Tag: cooking

A handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons. It’s okay, we need it too.

Like so many other folks out there, we’re obsessed with The Instant Pot, a hot, new kitchen gadget you might have discovered here on Cool Mom Tech. (And if not, hey, it’s okay, we forgive you. Ha). Recently, our food editor Stacie Billis put together a quick, handy guide to the Instant Pot buttons, which can make cooking your favorite Instant Pot recipes a whole lot easier, and well, more successful. If you’re just opening your new Instant Pot box this week, or you’ve had it for awhile and want a handy cheat sheet so don’t have to do...

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The ultimate indoor/outdoor grill for people who thought they could never have one. Tech to the rescue!

  Of course tech innovations are making their way to the traditional BBQ now too, and if you don’t have the space for an outdoor grill, I’ve found a solution in the Kenyon SilKEN Grill which keeps your grilling game on all year round. This portable electric grill is less than two feet wide and weighs a little more than 20 lbs, making it perfect for any countertop or outdoor space, no matter how compact. It’s even perfect for that yacht of yours docked in the marina!  (Seriously, the company made an appearance at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this year.) What’s...

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Yummly Recipes: Our cool free app of the week

I have fallen into a dinner rut, relying on a few tried-and-true recipes that I can whip up before the kids get too peckish at the end of a busy day. But now that I’ve download the free and gorgeously designed Yummly app, which is available free for iOS, Android, and Windows, I think our meals are about to become so much more interesting and, well, yummy. The Yummly app lets you take an entire library of recipes along with you wherever you go on either your smartphone or tablet. But instead of having to page through book after book, just use the...

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The most technologically advanced blender we’ve ever seen, thanks to Panasonic. (Yes, Panasonic!)

I recently sat through a cooking demo press event at Panasonic HQ for the Panasonic High-Power ZX-1800 Blender, and was admittedly skeptical. (Hi, that’s me with my arms folded across my chest.) First of all, I do not tend to think of Panasonic as makers of top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. TVs, cameras and electric toothbrushes? Sure. A blender, not so much. And I’m super picky when it comes to my appliances in terms of both style and function. Well after tasting the most velvety butternut squash soup, chopped, pureed, blended and served hot all right from the blender, I was definitely intrigued if not totally convinced. That lead me to...

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Web Coolness: It’s Apple’s Big Day! Apple Watch, HBO Now, and the gold MacBook, oh my!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web we’ve enjoyed this week. We hope you like them too. It’s a big day for Apple today. You can pre-order the Apple Watch today, though we’re digging this DIY Apple II watch (above), complete with a teeny floppy disk. And that pretty gold MacBook is now for sale, though we might be most excited about HBO Now, just in time for Game of Thrones Season 5, whoo! Get ready for a cool new Instagram feature that gives you even more editing control over your photos.   Now here’s something we haven’t seen before:...

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10 of the best organizational apps for parents: Back to School Tech Guide 2014

There’s excitement and anxiousness in the air at back to school time, but for many parents, this time of year can also bring about a little dread. As in: Ugh. Here comes the deluge of To-Do lists and classroom paperwork and lunch-packing and scheduling and on and on. So next up in our back to school tech guide, we present you with 10 of the best organizational apps for parents to help start the school year on the right foot. Whether you’re an Android lover, an iPhone addict, or yeah, even a few for you Backberry holdouts.   1. For Better Time...

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5 of our favorite tech Pinterest pins

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 awesome tech pins, plus lots more techie coolness from our site and around the web.   1. This retro gaming backpack looks great whether you are going on a quest or back to school, don’t you agree? 2. Live every week like it’s Shark Week with these fishy earbuds. 3. Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on this cute iPhone case? 4. This amazing kitchen gadget makes us so happy it’s 2014. 5. The coolest use for old plastic toys...

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A beautifully low tech cookbook stand for high tech tablets

When I can manage to wrestle my iPad out of my children’s hands (shaking my fist at you, Minecraft), it is often because I need it as my cookbook. While I’ve liked products like the iPad cutting board for propping up the tablet right where I’m chopping, and most recently, the Otterbox Agility Mount if you can be more committal about location on the kitchen wall, traditionalists might like this cool Universal Cookbook stand for tablets from British designer Sebastian Conran made for West Elm Market. Handsome, right?   One thing I like is that the beechwood stand is easily used for either an old fashioned cookbook...

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Get your grill on with these mouth-watering BBQ and cooking apps

One of the things I love best about summer is that we go into full-on BBQ mode. And while my husband primarily holds the reins on the tongs, I like exploring different recipes and fun summer dishes, which is where these great BBQ apps and cooking apps come in handy. Of course, then I get to reap the benefits of the amazing smells and tastes that magically appear from the smoky flames. New technology meets very very old school cooking.   Grill-It app Whether you’re an avid carnivore or you’re over the moon with a good veggie burger, Grill-It (shown above) provides a...

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An indoor herb garden inspired by NASA technology. Rocket science degree not required.

It’s officially spring and that means in-season veggies are back. I can’t wait to make that first batch of pasta with fresh basil leaves in it, but the thing is that requires an indoor herb garden right now. And every year I try to grow herbs indoors, is another year they die on me. (It might have something to do with the fact that I forget to water them, but I’m not one to point fingers.) That’s why I was so intrigued by the Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden which is inspired by, of all things, NASA technology. This has...

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