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There’s a microwave oven in that drawer!

Universal design leads to products that are usable by all individuals, regardless of their abilities. This is something that has been lacking in microwave ovens, which are normally placed on the counter or above an oven. This makes it difficult for people in wheelchairs, of short stature, or those without the arm strength to lift their food up into the oven. This also makes it dangerous to bring hot food down from the built-in oven.

Sharp has a line of microwaves that solve this issue. The ovens are built like drawers. The cooking space slides out effortlessly and can be placed under the counter.

Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven, Stainless

This video gives a better view of the oven. Just don’t follow this guy’s method of inserting a casserole dish, you may end up with half of it on the floor.

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Pop o’ Pop me some Popcorn

You’ll need a lot of popcorn to create your vintage Christmas tree garlands. Luckily this Waring Popcorn maker can whip them up in no time.

Waring WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker

This ain’t your grannie’s popcorn maker. It uses a halogen heater and the built in mixer arm will make sure you pop every last kernel.



Waring Pro WPM10 Professional Popcorn Maker


New From: $45.10 USD In Stock

The Croswell Red Phone for Retro Rings

There was a time when we’d hang out by the toaster oven, twisting the cord of a phone that hung on the kitchen wall. We’d stick our fingers in holes an slide the dial as we mimicked Lily Tomlin’s “one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy’s, …”

retro Crosley 302 Red Wall Phone (CR55-RE)

This phone can bring you back to those days. However, they’ve replaced the dial with convenient push buttons to make your ringy dingy’s just a wee bit less tactile. It’ll still look great on the kitchen wall.

The Crosley 302 Phone returns to the wall in this Henry Dreyfuss tribute. Dreyfuss, considered a brilliant industrial designer, worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories designing telephones that were sensitive to consumers’ desire to suit a variety of home environments. Well known for the 302 style Desk Phone, he later shifted his design efforts to include this wall unit allowing consumers to walk with the phone while cradling it on their shoulder. This unified and balanced form replaced the awkward and ungainly shapes of earlier models. Would you believe Dreyfuss actually used measurements from over 2000 faces to determine the distance between the average mouth and ear? The Crosley 302 Wall Phone features the nostalgic rotary dial but actually functions with push button technology. No more waiting for that rotary dial to make its excruciating slow rotation.

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You don’t have to be Fat, Sick, or Nearly Dead to use these juicers

Diet fads come and go. Remember the Beverly Hills Diet, the peanut butter and beet diet, the cabbage soup diet, or Atkins? We’ve done some crazy things to lose weight over the years.

Juice fasting is the latest trend in losing weight. But this is more than dropping pounds, it’s more like a nutritional holiday for your body.

Juice fasting popularity has been sparked by the inspiring documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Joe Cross takes us on a journey as he fasts for 60 days and gets others to join the juice parade.

Start with the Juicers

You’ll want a good centrifugal juicer for fasting. Look for one that has a big opening, is easy to clean, and extracts the most juice from your fruit. The Breville and Cuisinart juicers are going to be the best choices.

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the International Foodie

Does the foodie in your life eat food from around the world? Perhaps she’d like one of these gadgets in the kitchen

1. Spanish Paella Pan and Ingredients

Paella is the national dish of Spain. It’s a complex dish of rice, safron, seafood, chicken, rabbit, and other meats. Each region has their own specialty and there’s always a party when the paella pan comes out. This gift set includes a paella pan as well as a selection of Spanish ingredients to start the paella party.

Paella Gift Set with Spanish Delicacies

2. Sushi Kit

This sushi kit has everything you need to make and eat sushi, That is everything but the actual rice, nori, and fish. It has the wooden bowl for prepping the rice, the rolling mat, and service set.

Sushi Making Set

Sushi making also requires a good set of knives for precision cutting. This set of sushi knives are hand made in Japan, yet still affordable.
5 PC. SUSHI KNIVES, pro sushi carbon vanadium stainless steel, hand made in carrying case

3. Indian Thali Set

Meals in India are often served as a series of small dishes. These are served on platters with different containers or compartments. This thali server has an intricate pattern and several dishes to elegantly serve a meal.

Oxidized Stainless Steel Puja Thali with 5 Lamps and 1 Bowl for Arati

4. Party Size Brick Pizza Oven

This pizza oven is great for parties and families that can never agree on toppings. It’s got an earthenware dome with multiple openings that let each person create their own personal sized pizza and watch it bake. Think of it as an Italian fondue pot.

Wimmeley PD601 PizzaDome Portable Italian Brick Pizza Oven

5. German Spetzle Maker

Spetzle is a small dumpling-like noodle that is very popular in Germany. This tool works great for making spetzle, but can also be used for mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and other similar foods where you want a smooth consistency without lumps.

Kuchenprofi Potato Ricer/Spaetzle Press in 18/10 Stainless Steel

6. Electric Arepas Maker

An arepa is a dish made of corn and is popular in both Colombia and Venezuela. It is similar to the the Salvadoran pupusa. This arepa maker by Oster allows you to cook 6 of these at the same time. Epicurious.com has a great recipe for Columbian Arepas:

These tasty cornmeal cakes can be found grilled, baked, or fried in several Latin American countries. We love this Colombian version—the outside fries up crisp and golden, while the cheesy middle stays wonderfully moist. They can be eaten as a side dish or paired with hot chocolate for an afternoon snack.

Read the full recipe: Columbian Arepas – Epicurious.com

Oster 4798 Electric Family-Size 6-Cup Arepamaker

7. Persian Electric Samovar Tea Service

This electric samovar serves tea the Persian way. There are two pots, the one on top holds a concentrated tea, while the one below holds hot water. Pour some of the concentrated tea into your cup and then dilute it to your satisfaction.

Teasam Electric Samovar Teapot 4.5 Liters Cobalt Porcelain Handle

8. Polish Pierogi

Poland, like France, is a country where people really know food. One can stop at a wayside inn in the country or at a modest restaurant in a working-class city neighborhood and be served a meal worth remembering. This pierogi tray is sturdy and makes 6 of the dumplings at a time. You can also use it for making potstickers and other similar dumplings.

CucinaPro 135-03 Pierogi Tray

9. Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish coffee is strong. Real strong. It’s so strong, the grinds have their own psychic powers. This set includes the coffee pot and two cups. Just remember, don’t drink that last sip.

Turkish Coffee Set for Two

10. Stainless Steel Chinese Hot Pot

Many of the items on this list encourage family-style dining. This Chinese hot pot is no exception.

In the winter season, when chilly temperatures and frigid winds prevail over the land, people like to eat food that instantly warms their bodies and lifts their spirits. For that, the hot pot is a delicious and hearty choice. Families or groups of friends sit around a table and eat from a steaming pot in the middle, cooking and drinking and chatting. Eating hot pot is not a passive activity: diners must select morsels of prepared raw food from plates scattered around the table, place them in the pot, wait for them to cook, fish them out of the soup, dip them in the preferred sauce, and then eat them hot, fresh, and tender. They can also ladle up the broth from the pot and drink it.
Chinese Hot Pot – Chinatown Connection

Chinese Stainless Steel Hotpot

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Great Gifts for the Baby Boomer Chef

Let’s face it. At a certain age, things become just a wee bit more difficult. The following gifts will make cooking and baking more enjoyable for the chef with a bit of patina around the edges. These are helpful items without screaming “institutional”.

1. OXO’s Angled Measuring Cups

Imagine you are measuring a cup of hot water. You pour the water into a measuring cup and then lift the cup to your eyes to see if it hits the right mark. This gives inaccurate readings due to the cup not being level. So then you put it onto the counter and bend down to see the marks.

OXO removes the bending and guesswork of measuring with these ingenious cups. There’s a angled ledge within the cups. To measure, you simply pour in your liquid and look straight down into the cup. It’s accurate and very easy to use.

OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup, Set of 3

2. Rabbit Wine Opener

The Rabbit wine opener takes the effort out of uncorking a bottle of wine. It’s simple to use and makes anyone as graceful as a sommelier. This candy apple red version also looks great in the bar.

Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Lever Style Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Candy Apple Red

3. Vibrating Kitchen Timer

The kitchen can be a noisy environment, especially when there are multiple dishes on the stove at the same time. This easy to use timer lets you know it’s time to take the cake out of the oven with a vibration as well as an auditory alarm. It features large buttons and one-handed operation. You can also set it to remind you about the roast in the oven, the beans on the stove, and the pie-crust in the freezer.

American Innovative Klip Vibe Kitchen Dual Timer/Clock/Stopwatch, Charcoal

This kitchen timer by General Tools also provides a flashing light alarm.

General Tools TI150 3-in-1 Timer for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

4. Remote Grill Thermometer

Avoid repetitive trips to the patio to check the barbq with this remote temperature probe. Simple insert the probe into the meat on your grill and carry the remote with you.

Choose from eight entree programs including beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, pork, turkey, chicken, and fish, along with four doneness selections, which include rare, medium rare, medium, and well done. Two verbal and three audio alert options indicate the status of food–almost ready, ready, and overcooked. After reaching the selected temperature, an audio alarm will sound.

Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer

5. Black and Decker Jar Opener

Opening jars can literally be a pain for those with arthritis and stiff joints. This bottle opener by Black and Decker looks good on the counter and makes opening most jars a piece of cake.

Black and Decker Lids Off Jar Opener

6. Salt and Pepper Grinders

OXO is known for extremely well designed items that are easy to use. These grinders are no exception. This review says it best.

My sister turned me onto OXO kitchenware a few years back. She has issues gripping utensils. I liked them for their construction, how well they work and easy clean up. I saw these mills and loved the look and the quality materials they are made of. They are solidly constructed yet still light enough not to cause issues for those that OXO items were designed.

Both mills have adjustments on the collar above the see-through storage portion. There are little “ears” that allow selection of one of five various settings for “fine” through coarse granules to exit the mill.
I wouldn’t call any of the dispensed salt or pepper “fine” but that’s perfectly okay for me and my family. Please consider other options if you like “pepper dust” as these puppies just won’t grind that fine.

As others have noted, the mills set “upright” with the ceramic teeth facing the sky. It seems a little point, but how often have you lifted your old pepper mill to find flecks on the counter or table top? Filling and actual turning of the base portion to dispense either the pepper or salt is effortless.
Bruce Porter – Amazon.com

OXO Good Grips Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

7. Collapsible Step Stool

Every kitchen should have a step stool. I’m over 6 feet tall and I use this stool all the time to reach the deepest sections of the upper cabinets. It’s sturdy and very easy to fold up for storage. Just push the red button and lift up on the handle and it collapses for storage next to the fridge. It has non-slip feet and can hold a big bubba like me.

Polder 90401-91H 2-Step Mini-Stool

8. GelPro Floor Mat for the Kitchen

It’s not easy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time. Especially when making a big batch of strawberry preserves and you have to stir the pot for 30+ minutes. This thick, cushioned floor mat takes the stress off your angles and makes extended kitchen chores much nicer. You can get it in various colors and sizes.

GelPro Basketweave Mat, 20 by 36 Inches, Truffle

9. KittyKaddy Pet Feeder

Pets make a home. The KittyKaddy makes it easier to give cats fresh water and food. There’s a long handle that prevents bending over to reach the bowls. The K9Kaddy is for dogs and there’s even a cat litter box with a tall handle.

Kittykaddy Double Pet Feeder

10. Audible Alarm To Know When to Say When

Avoid burns from overfilling coffee and team mugs with this audible alarm. It sits on the side of your mug, glass, or pot and lets you know when you’ve poured in enough liquid. It’s easy to use and great for those with vision problems.

Loud Liquid Level Indicator with 9 Volt Battery

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