Cool Design, Great Gear

Today’s kitchen tools are both stylish and smart.

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Toss your square toasters and metal steamers.

Today’s kitchen tools are both stylish and smart.

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bottle top quality 

 

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The glowing green of ArtCook’s Zinc Bottle Opener makes it stand out in a crowd—a plus in the wee hours of your next neighborhood bash. Available at Chef Central in Hartsdale $12.99

 

safe and sound

 

 

The IFA-80 and IFA-90 cooktops from FagorAmerica not only offer speedy cooking but use 90 percent of the energy they produce—much more than traditional gas or electric cooktops. Smart safety features include an anti-overflow detection system that shuts off the power if food spills over the touch controls, and an auto-stop feature that turns off the cooktop if you forget to do so. Available at Albano Appliance in Pound Ridge. IFA-80 $2,499, and IFA-90 $3,299

 

mixed company

 

 

Known for the rainbow of color options in its iconic stand mixer line, KitchenAid just added a host of new hues, including trendy persimmon. The five–quart, 10-speed mixer comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, a wire whip, and a pouring shield. For local retailers, call (800) 541-6390 $349.99

 

cheering sections 

 

 

The Grapefruiter from Chef’N is a cut above, sectioning citrus in seconds flat. Operation is so simple you need only one hand: just insert the tool into a halved grapefruit or orange and squeeze. Available at www.chefs
resource.com $9.99

 

hot wired

 

 

The Espressione Café Retro has toggle switches with indicator lights, a temperature gauge, a sturdy pull-down lever for steaming/frothing, and plenty of flash. With its hot orange shade, it’s not just the caffeine that will wake you up in the morning. Available at www.target.com $399.99

 

compact fact

 

 

For chilling drinks super fast, Liebherr’s trim 24-inch-wide freestanding CS 1350 refrigerator-freezer can lower the refrige- rator section to 35°F for six hours. (It also can drop the freezer temperature to -26°F for flash freezing.) The EnergyStar-rated fridge is built with SwingLine doors with side-edge lighting, giving the small-sized fridge a cutting-edge look. Available at Albano Appliance & Service in Pound Ridge $2,900

 

good time

If you can’t decide between a traditional timer and a digital one, why settle? The silver OXO Good Grips Times Squared Double Timer has both. In addition to a 60-minute analog timer, a 100-hour digital timer also acts as clock. Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s $24.99

 

glowing reviews

 

 

The Hamilton Beach Liquid Blu Blender, equipped with an 800-watt peak-power motor, integrates blue illumination into its design, lighting up a five-speed touchpad,
as well as your countertop. Available at
Wal-Mart and Kmart, both in White Plains   $129.99

 

“cool” entertainment

 

 

The new LG HDTV—complete with DVD and CD player and a digital, cable- and DVD-ready television tuner with a 15-inch high-definition LCD screen—is a step ahead of the previous model: it offers time, temperature, and weather, plus a digital photo album to fill up with family pictures. A recipe bank from the Culinary Institute of America is like having a mentor in the kitchen. Available at Best Buy and Home Depot $3,999

 

turn the tables

 

 

A turn of the knob on the stainless-steel Cook-N-Dine exposes a grill that replicates the Japanese “hot table” method of cooking (think Benihana, but with less noise). Just outside the cooking center is a warming area; the outer perimeter—the dining area—remains completely cool. For dealer information, call (305) 893-1560 or click on www.cookndine.com $4,995

 

cold comfort

 

 

The Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker churns out up to one-and-a-half quarts of fat-free sorbets, low-fat frozen yogurts, and rich ice creams (depending on your willpower du jour) in merely 30 minutes. Available at Fortunoff in White Plains $49.95

 

yellow fever

 

 

This all-metal toaster in exotic
pineapple from Hamilton Beach’s Eclectrics Collection comes with extra-wide slots, an auto shutoff button, three settings, and a vivid retro design that gives a nod to mod. Available at www.hamilton
beach.com and www.amazon.com $89.99

 

down and out

 

 

The Viking Professional Rear Downdraft Ventilation System not only hides cooking odors, but hides in your streamlined kitchen: it rises and lowers into the countertop at the touch of a button. Available at Leibert’s Royal Green in White Plains $2,500

 

give a whistle

 

 

Le Creuset’s Ogive tea kettle’s shape was inspired by European Gothic architecture. The 1.7-quart kettle has a heat-resistant handle and comes in seven colors (shown here in kiwi). Available at Charles Department Store in Katonah $75

 

full-steam ahead 

 

 

Swap the metal relic for the Chef’N VeggiSteam, a cherry-red silicone steamer that protects rather than scratches non-stick cookware. Both microwave and dishwasher safe, the steamer, with its flat design, stores in a cinch. Available in three colors at Chef Central in Hartsdale, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Linens ’n Things $9.99

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