When it comes to entertaining, the kitchen is usually the last place you want your guests to congregate, what with all the piles of dirty cookware, bakeware and utensils you used to "whip up" your fabulous dinner. And yet, company always make their way in. This year, wow your guests with the chicest kitchen gadgets around. They'll be too busy "oohing" and "aahing" to notice the mess.
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1 Sharp Superheated Steam Oven
On the market for about a year, Sharp's sleek steam oven uses conventional heat and steam, which, when combined, melts away fat from meats and poultry, seals in natural juices, enhances flavour and results in healthier cooking. And with its chrome or red finish, the steam oven is perfect for the most modern decor.
2 Lego Ice Tray
Mom and Dad may have told you to stop playing with your food, but they never said anything about your drink. Make mealtime fun again with these cool ice cubes that look like Lego blocks. Drop them in your drink or stack them on your plate to build your very own ice castle.
3 Vase Grinder
This mill, from Kuhn Rikon Switzerland, is equipped with a ceramic grinder that grinds herbs, spices and even coffee beans as fine or as coarse as you like. The grinding device sits on top of the mill keeping your counter clean and the vase-shaped body is clear letting you know what's inside and how much you have left. With the vase grinder available in seven colours, you can colour code your spices and never have to use pre-ground again.
4 Dalla Piazza Nüscup
If you like to cook or bake but hate all the clean up, pick up the Dalla Piazza Nüscup. This handy scoop adjusts to the amount you want to measure, from 1/8th to ½ cup (or two to nine tablespoons), for both liquid and dry ingredients. When you're done, just toss it in the dishwasher -- and toss away all those other bulky measuring tools.
5 CoffeeTeam Therm
For those who love fresh ground coffee and need a cup all day long, the CoffeeTeam Therm may just be the answer. A combination coffee maker and burr grinder -- which preserves more aroma and provides a finer grind than a blade grinder -- the CoffeeTeam Therm lets you program the time, amount and strength of coffee, holds up to 80 grams of coffee and drips into a stainless steel carafe that will keep coffee warm for hours. Let the caffeine high begin.