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By Laura on 12/15/2014 12:05 PM

It's almost impossible to always have the correct tool that you need for every project so you're probably familiar with the frustration of not having a tool you need. If you cook a lot then you've probably collected a lot of utensils over time but there's always something else you could use. Here are some great tools that have been put to the test to find out which ones can handle the heat in the kitchen:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/cooking-tools/

By Laura on 12/8/2014 8:00 AM

Christmas can be a stressful time as everyone is hunting for gifts for everyone on their list. If you are one of many that host Christmas events from your home then you may want to get some gifts for your home and decorate your home with some holiday cheer. Take a look at these house-warming ideas to get your home ready for the next Christmas party:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/gift-ideas/housewarming-gifts/housewarming-gifts-for-yourself#slide-1

By Laura on 12/1/2014 8:00 PM

Holidays can be a lot of fun but figuring out what to add to the menu can be challenging, especially if you have a lot of family and friends coming over. Here are some new recipes to try out this holiday season at fifteenspatulas.com that makes the lofty claim of being the “best thanksgiving stuffing recipe”!

http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/the-best-thanksgiving-stuffing-recipe/

By Laura on 11/24/2014 6:58 PM

The holidays are upon us and unfortunately some important details in staying safe get lost in the hustle of trying to get everything done on time. Even driving around gets more dangerous this time of year so take a look at these quick tips for how to stay safe this holiday season: 

http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/

By Laura on 11/17/2014 8:00 AM

There are all sorts of life hacks out there that could help you accomplish tasks you would never expect with items you already have around the house. Everything from changing your tire without using a floor jack to, well, accomplishing cooking tasks with a safety pin! Check out this article from Good Housekeeping for some surprising tricks you can do with nothing but a safety pin!

 http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/new-uses-safety-pins

By Laura on 11/10/2014 8:00 AM

Anyone who's ever shopped for a refrigerator before is familiar with how much of a pain it is going through all the options and being decisive enough to pick out the one that is perfect for you and fit your budget.  There are more options than you can imagine with all the different sizes, gadgets, styles, etc. You have "top freezer", "bottom freezer", "side by side", "french door", "french door with two drawer bottom", etc. Picking out what works for you could mean days of research before you could even start shopping for prices and don't even get me started on warranties. Fortunately consumer reports put together a comprehensive guide to how you can pick out what refrigerator could work for you: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/refrigerators/buying-guide.htm

By Laura on 11/3/2014 8:00 AM
Cooktops have been around for a long time but it’s not often that something comes into production that makes you do a double-take. There is now a technology on the market that allows you to cook anywhere you want on a cooktop! Thermador is one of the manufacturers implementing this induction cooktop technology and it is pretty impressive what it can do.

Take a look at: http://www.appliancist.com/cooktops/thermador-trimless-freedom-induction-cooktop-cit36xkbb.html

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By Laura on 10/26/2014 4:43 PM
Major appliances have all been around for a while and some things have changed fairly significantly. Efficiency is usually the biggest improvement but functionality has made leaps and bounds as well. Here are a few things that you should consider upgrading thanks to drastic changes over the years in technology:

 http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/research-institute/upgrade-your-kitchen-appliances?click=pp

By Laura on 10/20/2014 6:14 AM

Gas burners on a stove or grill are a designed for a perfect ratio of gas to air to get a perfect blue flame. If you’re not getting a consistent burn across the burner or if you’re getting yellow flames then something isn’t right. Yellow flames indicate that the burner isn’t getting enough air. If that’s the case, then the gas isn’t burning off correctly and could be a potential hazard. Make the safe choice and give us a call to get your stove burning correctly and efficiently again.blue flame gas stove

By Laura on 10/13/2014 7:42 AM

The power of the microwave ovens was developed due to an accidental discovery! Dr. Percy Spencer was a radar tube expert and discovered one day that his candy bar had melted in his pocket while working on magnetrons. He realized the potential and later experimented by repeating the process and then honing the process. His first deliberate food cooking was on corn kernels.

The first microwave ovens were gigantic and extremely expensive but by the 60's models had been developed that fit on counter-tops and were still nowhere near as cheap as today's models but were at least within reach for people that really wanted the luxury.

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