Last month, our friends, the hot architects brought their vintage raclette over to have dinner. (Yes, the same hot architects whose wedding I crashed last summer. They've become friends, and in fact we're hiring them to help us with our condo remodel). So, have you ever seen one of these things before? I had not. It's basically this portable double-decker hot plate, with these special little dishes you use to melt a shit load of cheese over veggies and/or meat. You then scrape the hot, oozing, deliciously cheese-greasy mess onto bread (or I guess just straight into your mouth).
This is Offbeat Home's archive of appliances posts.
Like any offbeat roundup post, I tried to find as many colorful and fun options as is possible to find in the appliance section. We've got rice cookers that look like robots, we've got round ones, square ones, even teal ones! Check 'em out and get cooking…
It's important to me to have a coffee maker that grinds and brews because I always buy my favorite coffee beans in a big ol' bag, and I really don't want to grind them all myself. So I asked my father, the patron saint of Consumer Reports, to do some research for me and his results told him that the by far the best grind and brew was this guy…
I was gifted an awesome electric kettle from my British friends with a note that said, "So you can make a proper cup of tea. Step away from the microwave!"
And I love it! It's not only great at making water hot, but it also looks great. So here's my roundup of electric kettles that'll not only help you make tea, but will also help make you happy when you see 'em in your kitchen…
We just moved into a lovely older house that we're planning on renting for at least a year. It doesn't have a microwave, and I'm inclined to keep it that way. I am seriously at a loss, however, for how to heat up leftovers — especially meat — without making them rubbery and dry. Any tips for this erstwhile cook?
A few years ago I was watching an episode of one of Jamie Oliver's cooking shows. He noted, with an aire of superiority, that he doesn't even own a microwave. I remember thinking that he was a) wrong, and b) preachy. But the idea of having my shit so damn together that I didn't need the convenience of a microwave stuck with me.
I'm in the market for a new toaster and I'm happy and sad to report that I've found the toaster of my dreams! But, it's over $300. So my search continues. But in the meantime, I've been discovering all these brightly colored toasters in a full rainbow of colors. Wanna come colorful toaster shopping with me?
I am yearning for the delicious smells of dinner in the crock pot that I remember from childhood.
What veggie friendly meals do you cook in your crock pots? Thoughts on using meat-subs in recipes? Help us expand our meals by liberating this poor, neglected appliance!