The sky's the limit
The Sous Vide Supreme, a countertop water oven that duplicates the trendy cooking method in high-end restaurants.
You vacuum-pack foods in air-tight plastic pouches, then submerge them in a low-temperature water bath (typically 120-190 degrees Fahrenheit). The results are moist, tender foods that don't get overcooked. It sells for $449 at www.sousvidesupreme.com — and this price doesn't include the vacuum-sealer or plastic pouches.
The Bosch Universal Plus dough mixer has been a very high "in-demand" item this year, according to Gregg Tuft of Tuft Bosch Kitchen Center. Although it retails for around $500, "there (are) not too many kitchen appliances you can say will last you the next 30-plus years," he said. "It has the capabilities to do anything from kneading 15 pounds of bread dough to a quick smoothie in the morning." It's available at local Bosch kitchen centers.
The Circulon nonstick outdoor grill pan is for outdoor cooks who don't like part of their food sliding through the grate and into the fire.
The patented design has a combination of solid and vented ribs that channel flammable grease toward the edge of the pan, to eliminate flare-ups. A pour spout built into the corner of the pan allows you to neatly drain collected grease after cooking ($69.95, in department and speciality stores nationwide.)
The Baker's Edge brownie pan has interior sidewalls, so every piece of brownie will have two or three chewy edges. It's around $35 in retail stores or on www.bakersedge.com. A similar idea, the Perfect Brownie Baking Set, is around $19.95 in national retail stores and at www.perfectbrownie.com.
Pourfect mixing bowls: These ergonomic-handled mixing bowls have a nonslip silicone base, measurement markings, a dripless pour spout and pivot that allows the bowl to latch onto the edge of a stand mixer without hitting the beater or spilling. They come in one-cup to 12-cup sizes, and cost $15-$40, depending on the size and set. Available nationwide in department and cooking stores, and Amazon.com.
The Paula Deen 19-Piece Kids Baking Set features real tools that are sized to fit small hands: measuring cups and spoons, wood rolling pin, mixing spoon, stainless steel offset turner, silicone spatula and spoon, a stainless steel whisk, and a liquid measuring cup.
The sturdy, dishwasher-safe tools come in a clear plastic storage box. Available in stores nationwide and at www.potsandpans.com, for about $24.99.
Healthy FoodTees: These are T-shirts, aprons and totes with clever designs promoting fruits and veggies. For instance, a picture of celery paired with the word, "Stalker." Or a picture of two beets, "heart beet," or a cauliflower and "flower child." They range in price from $20-$49, with part of the proceeds going to the Food Studies Institute and can be ordered on www.FoodTee.com.
"Julie & Julia" on DVD or Blu-ray. The hit movie to inspire some culinary fun stars Meryl Streep as the legendary Julia Child and Amy Adams as the food blogger who cooked and blogged her way through Child's book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes interview with cast and crew, and the Blu-ray disc has a tour of Child's kitchen, now housed at the Smithsonian, a bio on Child, and cooking demos from Child and other top chefs. The DVD retails for $28.96 and Blu-Ray for $39.95.
ChopKeeper Cutting Board: Made of colorful, thin, hard plastic, it has 1/2-inch raised sides to keep juices or crumbs from spilling. It's shaped so that you can funnel the chopped food more easily into a bowl. One caution: In the Deseret News test kitchen, we found it was hard to keep slippery foods from sliding around on the board's smooth surface. They are dishwasher-safe, and $10.99 for a package of three trays, at www.argeecorp.com or 800-449-3030.