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Downdraft cooktop: Venting the oven

by doctor_mama 15 years ago

Much to my delight, we are moving into a new house in July with a much bigger, nicer kitchen than our current setup. For the first time, I'll have a Jenn-Air cooktop with downdraft venting and a do...

Charcoal grill question

by nickdanger 15 years ago

Seeking opinions on the Weber kettle w/gas ignition. Looking to replace my old grill, I'm wondering if it is easier and faster than a chimney or other coal starting methods.

small pasta machines

by pinstripeprincess 15 years ago

can anyone suggest a small pasta roller? i've never tried searching for one and have resorted to using a rolling pin but it just isn't cutting it to get the type of paper thin pasta i adore. i ju...

Sitram Profiserie Cookware?

by Spot 15 years ago

Shopping for some newlyweds. Amazon's selling an 11 piece set of Sitram Profiserie cookware for $130, which seems like a very good deal. Almost too good to be true, in fact. Anyone know anything ...

Microwave Oven Recommendations

by Laura D. 15 years ago

Hi everyone, I'm moving into my first apartment and need to purchase a microwave oven. However, I'm not sure what to look for, and haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of consumer reports i...

margaritaville drink maker?

by nickbobo 15 years ago

Saw it on the Frontgate catalogue. Says it shaves the ice really well, then mixes. $300 but looks like it might actually work. Anybody try it? Alternatives?

What's a cazador - and how do you use it?

by HowardL 15 years ago

On my "to do" list I found an old notation -- "go to Newark and buy a cazador". When, and why, I wrote that down is now a mystery to me. I assume it's some kind of cooking vessel, probably made of ...

Villaware sear tops?

by rexmo 15 years ago

Looking for some of these. Anyone know where to find a deal on Villa Ware sear tops?

I'd like to buy a mandoline

by Marsha 15 years ago

Any tips on buying a mandoline for slicing thin potatoes? Price range, sources, what to look for? Thank you.

Help my find this great gadget

by D-NY 15 years ago

At one point I bought a green disc that you place in the vegetable bin which keeps your veggies fresh longer (kind of the opposite of what happens when you put an apple in a bag to make the other v...

Krup's Juice Extractor?

by Katie Nell 15 years ago

I'm thinking about getting my dad a juicer for Father's Day. I found this Krup's model on Crate & Barrel, and it's really reasonably priced. I know Krup's is usually a decent brand, but does anyo...

looking for electric food slicer

by cheryl 15 years ago

Does anyone have a recommendation for an electric slicer? We cured our own ham which turned out well but really needs to be sliced very thinly. I can't get thin enough slices with a knife and e...

Yay - I found my mom's juicer!

by Caitlin McGrath 15 years ago

I grew up using the citrus juicer my mother's probably had for 40 years now, and for quite a few years, I've been coveting it, but they've been impossible to find (my mother says she's only seen ot...

Creme Brulee Torches

by vf 15 years ago

Now this may be a silly question...I'm looking to buy a creme brulee torch. There is a big difference in prices, but I can't imagine how different they all could be. (I've never used one before)....

Buying an immersion(stick) blender for soup- Which brand is best?

by Hope 15 years ago

Recognize it will be easier to puree with this tool but want to buy a reliable one. Which ones are good and which ones should we avoid? Any good prices at the national stores like Target?

spice rack

by willow 15 years ago

I want one. A large, wood rack that I can mount on a wall. I have had it with scrounging through my cabinet groping in the dark. Any suggestions for source? I want one that allows some flexibi...

Disposable souffle container ideas?

by nooodles 15 years ago

What can I use? I don't want to buy 12 ramekins, and I'd rather have little souffles for presentation and logistical reasons. Do fancy food stores sell individual souffle containers? Can I use...

carbon steel wok

by arifa 15 years ago

i see lots of posts about seasoning and caring for cast iron, but i don't see too many about carbon steel woks. i followed the instructions on a website (see link below) to season my wok using cr...

ruined cast iron

by monica 15 years ago

some good tips were listed on a thread below on how to care for cast iron - i had a roommate ruin my griddle - its got a couple of rust spots, lots of stuck on gunk - is there a way i can sta...

Cast Iron Pan

by Zephyr 15 years ago

My cast iron pan, which I use a lot (and so figure it should be conditioned) has spots which always need to be oiled after use. It gets dry and splotchy. How do I condition it so it will be li...

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