With the seasons officially shifted, I am so ready to welcome Spring. The cold Winter mood is behind us, and there's no better time to give your kitchen a little lift with some happy kitchen appliances in every color of the rainbow. Click through to get your Roy G. Biv on, and help bring the freshness of Spring to your kitchen.
Clean and ample counter space — the elusive ideal everyone, from the culinary genius to the working mom to the metropolitan gal, dreams about. While renovating your kitchen and adding more cabinetry may not be financially and spatially viable, more counter space on a limited budget can be within your grasp. Lo and behold, five ways to hide, store, and camouflage those mixers, microwaves, and more for clutter-free counters.
Keep reading for three more tips for clear counter tops and easy appliance storage.
With so many products on the market to make your cooking experience less time consuming and more precise, it's difficult to decipher which tools are totally necessary and which ones will collect dust. I'm interested in your thoughts on the subject. Take a peek at the eight appliances up for consideration and let me know if you totally need it or can leave it.
The fact that I'm not so good in the kitchen doesn't mean I can't appreciate some good kitchen gadgets. But after stopping by the Kenmore booth at CES, I realized that the kitchen of the future will have more than just awesome tools; your fridge will actually know how to text you. We're one step closer to having our very own Rosie! Find out more about the smart appliances we found in Las Vegas in the video below!
Whether you're planning a big budget kitchen renovation or a small budget kitchen upgrade, it's the little details that matter. One detail we took into account was the microwave. Since we hardly ever use it, and since microwaves aren't sexy, we didn't want it to be front and center in our kitchen. We definitely didn't want it sitting on a counter or hanging out right over our very sexy Bertazzoni range.
So, instead, we designed our cabinets with a slot for the microwave to slide in underneath the counter. Below the microwave cubby is a tall pull-out drawer that houses microwave-friendly storage containers. This makes for a convenient little "leftover" station. Above the microwave is nothing but uncluttered countertop, and that kind of real estate is priceless in our tiny New York kitchen. I love that our microwave is out of sight and out of mind until we need to reheat last night's mac and cheese.
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In Aspen, at a special lunch, Michael Voltaggio named the microwave as "the most underused technology in cooking today." He used the microwave to make a delectable sponge cake and told us how easy it was to re-create at home. I was disappointed because I do not have a microwave. Although my kitchen is modern, there simply isn't a microwave. How about you?
Gadgets make our life easier, but there sure are some strange-looking gizmos on the market — sometimes it's hard to tell what exactly all those items are for. Can you tell what these gadgets are for?
Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, we're celebrating the ages and the toys that go along with them. Keep an eye out for your age group as we tick along throughout the season!
On the second day of Christmas, yours truly gave to thee... a kitchen to whip up servings! Parents may think play kitchens are for lil gals only, but young men like to bake up cookies just as much as their female counterparts. Go for broke with a fancy shmancy modern set from Pottery Barn Kids ($580) or settle for a simple one that will surely provide just as much fun at a lower price. Add to the package with a grocery cart full of "food" and pots and pans. It won't be long until their tiny mitts have a place in mommy's real mixing bowl.
Check out what we suggest for the other ages of Christmas!