Pans, knives, a Dutch oven, cutting board and roasting rack are among the tools no kitchen should be without, according to Chris Kimball, host of “America’s Test Kitchen” and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated. Kimball says support gadgets like a garlic press, digital scale and salad spinners help round out a fully stocked kitchen.
Chef, paring and bread knives are the only cutting implements an individual needs to begin cooking at home. The chef’s knife is a kitchen’s workhorse, cutting, chopping, slicing and carving a broad variety of foods.
Haier has unveiled a wireless rechargeable blender as part of its presentations at the Consumer Electronics Show. The unit charges using a technology similar to that of conductive charging mats for laptop computers.
The KitchenAid 12-piece forged cutlery set is designed to make quick work of kitchen slicing, dicing and carving tasks. The set of high-carbon stainless steel knives includes santoku, steak, paring, carving and utility knives.
A new trend is brewing in the decadent dessert world: Instead of coffee, chefs are beginning to offer beers with the final course. Some cooks are even giving the trend a special showing at the upcoming Philly Beer Week. The key is knowing what flavors go together best. For example, darker beers are better with chocolate and lighter, wheat beers go well with ice cream or vanilla cakes.