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Gadget Tree: Dexas’ Over-The-Sink Strainer Grippboard®

April29

Here’s how you buy a little more kitchen real estate without blowing out a wall: Dexas’ Over-The-Sink Strainer Grippboard®. OVER-THE-SINK STRAINER GRIPPBOARD® This 22-inch durable cutting board has non-slip handles that grip the surface to keep the board securely in place over your sink. This means you’ve instantly got almost 2-feet of additional counter space to slice, dice, mince and chop that you didn’t have before.

Dexas’ Over-The-Sink Strainer Grippboard® has a removable silicone strainer basket makes it even more convenient to wash and strain fresh fruits and veggies. And it expands to a 2½-quart capacity so you drain hot pasta or vegetables. The board is made of non-porous and odor-resisting poly board, so it won’t dull your knives (I loathe dull knives!).

And when you’re finished… it folds flat for storage. How’s that for efficiency?

Click here to order, or find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, The Container Store, Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s Dillard’s and Sur la Table! Check out Dexas’ website.  They design some pretty cool kitchen tools and gadgets as well as specialty products that will really stimulate your culinary creativity (as well as help you eat healthier!). Oh… and they’ve got some pretty great pet products, too!   OVER-THE-SINK STRAINER GRIPPBOARD®

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs +Tutorial!

March31

Perfect Scrambled Eggs are one of those recipes everyone should know how to make.

Scrambled Eggs are one of those recipes that seem relatively easy to prepare, but, for some reason, perfect scrambled eggs are hard to master.

Until now.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware 10-Inch Frying Pan

I’m giving full credit to the new 10-inch ceramic-coated Induction 21 Steel fry pan my friends at Chantal asked me to try out. The pan has copper melted into the steel, which conducts heat quickly and evenly. Even cooking temps are important so your scrambled eggs will have those light fluffy curds (not grainy dry ugliness).

The pan is also ceramic coated, which means it’s a non-stick pan… but doesn’t emit toxic fumes when it’s overheated. It is PFOA and PTFE free (click here for more info on what that means and why that’s a good thing). Chantal doesn’t recommend using non-stick sprays… butter and oil are best. It’s nickel-free… which is a plus, because I’m allergic to nickel!

The pan is made with titanium for added strength and durability… super important if you cook a lot.

I really like that the long ergonomic handle stays cool to the touch while cooking. It features a wide flat bottom, sloped sides and has a dripless pouring rim to reduce spillage. I used it on my gas cooktop, but it’s perfect for induction or other cooktops.

This pan does not need to be preheated and a low to medium setting is all you need for most things you’ll prepare. It is not dishwasher safe, but I don’t put my pots and pans in the dishwasher anyway.

This pan is great for searing fish fillets, browning chicken breasts, sautéing vegetables… or making the Perfect Scrambled Eggs! There’s a step-by-step tutorial after the recipe!

Tutorial: How To Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs

1. Gather your ingredients: 2 eggs, ¼ cup boiling hot water, 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper to taste.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

 

2.  Heat your water.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

3. Beat the eggs vigorously until completely blended (you want as much air in them as possible so that they’ll be fluffy); set aside.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

4. Heat butter in the Chantal Induction 21 Steel™ Fry Pan on medium low heat until melted.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

5. Beat boiling hot water into the eggs.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

6. Pour immediately into the fry pan; reduce heat to medium low.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

7. Push eggs gently across the pan with a wooden or silicone spatula, forming large, soft curds.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

8. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware

 

9. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

 Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Chantal Induction 21 Steel Cookware


Cabinet Mount for Smart Devices

March24

If your tablet has become your sous chef, here’s the perfect way to keep it clean, off the counter and in perfect view: Upper Desk’s Portable Cabinet Mount

There are a lot of products out there that will hold your smart device while you work in the kitchen. The problem is that most of them take up valuable kitchen counter real estate.

Upper Desk Tablet Mount in Kitchen

This cabinet mount securely installs to a cabinet or shelf in seconds and can be used with tablets and other smart devices (like your phone). It’s got an easy latch system that requires no tools or permanent hardware, so it won’t leave marks or holes. Very portable.

But the best part is that the mount has a 180° rotating arm that you can swivel and position to see it best. It also has angled settings to reduce glare. Here’s a demo:

Upper Desk’s Portable Cabinet Mount works in either landscape or portrait mode and is compatible with protective cases. And, it’s not just for kitchens… you can use it anywhere you want to view your smart device hands-free. Great for step-by-step tutorials!Roderick Phillips inventor of the Upper Desk Portable Cabinet Mount for Tablets

I met Roderick Phillips, the mount’s inventor, at the recent International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago and he asked me to give his product a try. Mr. Phillips came up with the device while tinkering in his garage. It’s such a great product, it was selected as a finalist in the Home Organization + Storage category at the 3rd International Housewares Association (IHA) Innovation Awards. Way to go Mr. Phillips!

I love it when people have dreams and work to make them real. It’s sweet.


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Gadget Tree: The Smart Kitchen Now

March19

George Jetson’s “smart” kitchen is finally here.

You remember George, don’t you? The Saturday morning cartoon character whose housekeeper, Rosie, would put a block into an oven and, seconds later, a fully cooked meal would pop out?

Smart Kitchen-Rosie from the Jetsons

copyright Hanna-Barbera

It’s not quite that easy yet, but we’re well on our way to a Jetson’s-like smart kitchen.

We’ve been able to connect the care and maintenance of our homes through the Internet for a few years now… thermostats, lights, sprinklers, security systems, televisions, etc. But now, even our small, everyday kitchen appliances can be programed and operated from our phones or tablets.

Here’s what I found at the recent International Home and Housewares Show:

Before you start cooking, you’ll need the Orange Chef Company’s Prep Pad, the smart kitchen food scale that connects over Bluetooth to your iPad. It uses an app to show you the nutrition in the food based on weight, not labels. Here’s a demo:

 

The app-enabled iDevices Kitchen Thermometerlets you program the cooking time and temperature on your smart device and then monitors the temperature of whatever you’re preparing. The thermometer sends that info via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet as it cooks and when it’s ready. iDevices has a whole range of thermometers… I’ll tell you about those in the coming months.

The Smart Kitchen: iDevices Kitchen Thermometer

The Crock-Pot is probably one of the first programmable kitchen appliances. Now, no matter where you are, you can turn on the Crock-Pot and adjust the programmable cook time and temperature from your smart phone or tablet.

Crock Pot

Finished cooking… but forgot to sweep the kitchen floor? Send a message to Ecovacs Robotics’ Deebot D9 and it will clean your kitchen floors… or all of the floors in your house for that matter. It even returns to the charging dock and empties its own bin when it’s through cleaning!

The Ecovacs Deetbot D9

 

But by far, the best “smart” device I saw at the show was the Famibot… which really reminded me of Rosie (the Jetson’s housekeeper).

Smart Kitchen Ecovacs Famibot

Ecovac’s Famibot is an air purifier, entertainment center, security guard and home network connector. This little guy can even roam around your house and take photos and videos inside and send it to your phone or tablet.

Having a smart home seems like it would be really cool… but with all the bad guys out there, what if they find a way to reprogram my pot roast?

 

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Hi…
I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com