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December 7, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Techie Apron from Great Useful Stuff Is a Gift You Will Want to Buy for Yourself

Still looking for that perfect gift for the cook/gardener/crafts person in your life? How about the Techie Apron from Great Useful Stuff? When I first saw the press release announcing it I immediately thought it would be a useful item for my wife and she could buy me one, too.

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November 20, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

WineOvation’s Bowling Pin: A Fun and Useful Powered Wine Bottle Opener

If you enjoy drinking wine, then you likely have a corkscrew kept in your kitchen or bar drawer. While a corkscrew can get the bottle opened, The WineOvation Bowling Pin Powered Bottle Opener makes the whole process a little more automated and a lot more fun.

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November 3, 2016 • News

TCL Xess Tablet: The 17″ Amazon Alexa Connected Home Hub

We’ve got two TCL 4K Roku-enabled televisions in our house, and I feel like TCL is one of those brands that isn’t yet well-known, but they should be. TCL products are extremely well made, they work exactly as promised, and they are generally well priced.

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October 31, 2016 • Reviews, Yum Log

Maverick Industries PT-100 Pro-Temp Thermometer Is a Great Tool for Home Chefs

Chefs and home cooks alike need their tools to be both quick and accurate. Maverick Industries checks both of those boxes with their PT-100 Pro-Temp Commercial Thermometer. This digital thermometer with a foldout probe, half-inch white LED digits, accuracy to within 2 degrees Fahrenheit and 1 degree Celsius and a response time of 3-4 seconds, carries …

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October 19, 2016 • Reviews

Spice up Your Bar with Lucky Shot USA

As the manager of a nice home bar, I always look for unique and fun items to add. One way to give your bar some flare and give great gifts are bottle openers and shot glasses. Lucky Shot USA offers hand crafted goods made from fired military munitions. They personalized two items for me to …

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August 27, 2016 • Reviews

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden: The Garden Anyone Can Grow Just About Anywhere

I like to joke about having a black thumb, but the truth of the matter is that ever since I got a Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden, I’ve been feeling a lot better about my gardening prowess.

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July 1, 2016 • Events

CE Week WrapUp Interviews: Smarthomes, Robots, Editor Projections!

If you didn’t make it to CE Week last week, then you missed a great series of panels, including mine on Robots, Printers, and Games that featured Davin Sufer, CTO of WowWee; Kilian Saekel, Founder of A-Champs; and Max Bouge, Co-Founder and CEO of Wobbleworks — best panel ever!

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May 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Barbarian: The Only Bar Tool You’ll Need to Buy

If you are setting up your kitchen or bar for the first time, then you know that there are quite a few tools that will need to go into your drawer including a citrus press, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and a jigger. The Barbarian has all of that built into one very clever, well-built …

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February 18, 2016 • Reviews

Barbarian Bar Tools’ Simple Tool: Make Your Bottle Opener Work for You

We’ve all got a bottle opener or two in our kitchen drawer, but most of them are pretty straightforward: bottle opener on one end, can opener on the other end. Barbarian Bar Tools’ Simple Tool can open your bottles and cans, but it also has a few other tricks up its sleeve.

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February 17, 2016 • Reviews

The Spongester: Keeps Your Good Sponge Separate from Your Evil Sponge

If you use sponges (or O-Cell-O pads) in your home, then you probably have two: one that you use on dishes and countertops and one that gets used in places like the toilet, floor, or worse. The Spongester is a simple two-tiered stainless steel rack that stores your sponges so they can dry, keeping them clean …

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August 15, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Hello Fresh and The New iPad App Might Turn Me Into a Cook!

When I moved into my own apartment back in January I initially planned to eat all of my meals either out or as prepackage, already prepared food. I quickly found that this was not healthy nor financially wise. That’s why I was excited to check out Hello Fresh, their food delivery service, and their new …

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May 12, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Use the iGrill Mini to Get perfectly Cooked Meats for Memorial Day Weekend

With Memorial Day coming up in the next few weeks, one thing is for certain, everyone will be out grilling. If you’re not grilling steaks, vegetables, chicken, you name it, I’m sure you know someone that will be. But obviously there’s a lot to perfecting your favorite meals and making sure that NY Strip is actually …

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April 7, 2015 • News, Yum Log

The Orange Chef Countertop System May Be the Kitchen’s Operating System

A new and exciting kitchen device coming out this fall, is the Orange Chef Countertop. It syncs with your everyday kitchen appliances as well as your activity tracker to provide personalized recipe recommendations, helping you cook step-by-step, as well as keep track of your nutritional intake. It is now available for preorder at $99.95, 50% off future …

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February 6, 2015 • News

Easily Defeat Keurig 2.0 DRM with the Roger’s Coffee Freedom Clip

Last year I wrote about Keurig’s new version 2.0 K-cup brewer, and how they were including digital rights management like features into it that would prevent owners from using any other K-cup except “approved” ones.  This has been worked around by many, but this free Freedom Clip from Roger’s Coffee has managed to make it easy to defeat this technology.

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December 24, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Keyboard Waffle Iron Could Be the Greatest Holiday Gift Ever — Next Year

True story: a great deal of the gifts I got for family and friends this year came from either Kickstarter or Quirky, and if this keyboard waffle iron had only been available in time, I know exactly who I would have given it to! It wasn’t, but for $60 I’ve backed it, and I’ll be …

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September 10, 2014 • News

Updated: Finally, We Can Get “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder in a Metal Edition

I’ve wanted “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder set since I first saw the red one years ago, but … for whatever reason I held back, and now I’m glad I did. The original was made of plastic, and its blades were made in China. This Kickstarter project brings ‘The Ex’ to us in a solid …

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August 2, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Colossal Cube Molds Review: Big Blocks of Ice for the Best Drinks

I’ve been on a “designer” ice-cube kick for a couple of months now; the bigger and more interesting, the better. I’ve finally come across a clear winner; say hello to the $14.95 Tovolo Colossal Cube Molds. These molds produce blocky ice cubes that will look impressive in your glass as they chill your beverage!

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June 17, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Ice Balls Review: Make those Frozen Spheres that Mixologists Love

When I was in Barcelona, a “steampunk gastro-bartender” named George made me one of the foulest-tasting alcoholic concoctions I’ve ever tried. It didn’t matter, though. After watching all of the steps he took to create my gorgeous drink, capped with the flavored ice balls he was rationing out as if they were gold, I sipped and pseudo-savored that sucker.

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June 16, 2014 • Reviews, Yum Log

Jaz Innovations Oven Rack Guards Review: Stop Burning Your Wrists!

I love to cook, but there is one part of the process where I regularly drop the ball. and I have a lifetime collection of burn scars on my right hand to prove it. I can’t seem to help myself, but now I have a solution: Jaz Innovations Oven Rack Guards. No more painful wrist and hand burns for …

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May 7, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Can the Made Simplify Your Kitchen and Make You Eat Better?

If the idea of bringing home bulk beans, lentils, rice, and loose grains causes you to get nervous because you don’t want to figure out cooking measurements, but you know you need to integrate these healthy items into your diet more, then The Made might just be a Kickstart project that you should back.

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May 7, 2014 • Gear Bits

Towlhub 4 Port USB Charger – with Complimentary Wine Stopper Top

I noticed the Towlhub, a 3-in-one paper towel holder while browsing SkyMall on the flight back from the happiest place on earth. It features  a 4-port USB power , paper towel dispenser, and a hidden wine stopper (which also holds the paper towels); this MacGyver-ish device will set you back $49 –  add  Bluetooth speakers for a total …

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