Gadgets Galore

THE DISH

March 26, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

Like car manufacturers rolling out their new models, the makers of kitchen products have introduced their latest gadgets. Trends this spring include more ergonomically correct tools, high-tech materials and even more specialized appliances and cookware.

Here are some highlights:

The right cut

A Precise Slicer Adjustable Knife from BonJour features a serrated blade and an adjustable cutting guide that lets cooks slice meats, breads, vegetables and other foods into perfect slices.

The cutting guide can be adjusted to create slices ranging from paper-thin to 1 inch. The knife is available in kitchen stores for a suggested retail price of $25. Call 800-2BONJOUR or visit www.bonjour products.com.

Peeling made easy

If peeling garlic is too onerous a task, check out Silicon-Zone's garlic peeler. The gadget is made of brightly colored silicone and shaped like a garlic bulb. Just drop in a few cloves and roll it back and forth on a hard surface a dozen times. Then shake out the peeled clove. Just turn it inside out to clean.

The peeler retails for $6 and is available in stores that sell kitchen products. Call 212-997-9591.

Timing your toast

If you take your toast seriously, then T-Fal has an appliance for you -- it's two-slice Avante Elite with a digital control panel that lets you watch as the minutes and seconds count down to that perfect piece of toast.

For extra safety, the toaster is equipped with a security mode that lets parents disable the toaster to keep youngsters from getting into trouble.

With 1,200 watts of power, the toaster is 40 percent faster than standard models.

The toaster sells for a suggested retail price of $80. For more information and availability, call T-Fal at 800-395-8325 or visit www.t-falusa.com.

For those sweet on ice cream

For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ice cream, Chef'sChoice International offers its new waffle-cone maker.

The appliance lets you make sugar cones in just two minutes. It features a nonstick baking surface, lights to let you know when the temperature is just right and a cone-rolling form. Price is $59.95.

And as a perfect companion, try the ice-cream-cone holder for $14.95.

The products are available from gourmet stores, department stores, online retailers and major catalogs. For more information, call 800-342-3255 or visit www.chefschoice.com.

EVENTS

Chefs from Roy's will demonstrate how to make Pan-

Asian foods 7 p.m. April 8 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. $45. Call 410-539-8600 for information or to register.

Learn to make Mediterranean dishes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant, 8293 Main St., Ellicott City. $67.50. Reservations required. Call 410-465-4004.

Meals on Wheels will celebrate its 11th annual culinary extravaganza 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. $150, $115 is tax-deductible. For tickets and information call 410-558-0932, Ext. 3027.

Learn to prepare a Greek lamb roast and Passover / Easter dishes 9:30 a.m. April 1 or April 3 at Pine Hill Farm off Falls Road in Upperco. $50. Call Sandy Spanos at 410-833-1108.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun,

501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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