Kalamazoo countertop outdoor pizza oven

Refreshed for 2014, countertop outdoor pizza oven by Kalamazoo heats to 800°F and bakes pizzas in less than 3 minutes. Essentially, you have your very own patio pizzeria. What’s better, a delicious homemade Neapolitan-style pie cooked in about 3 minutes or calling the local pizza place and waiting for a delivery that may take up to an hour?

The redesigned 2014 version of outdoor Artisan Fire Pizza Oven, just unveiled by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, offers more power, control and an updated exterior pattern.

Powered by natural gas or liquid propane, the Artisan … (read more)

The best countertop appliances for under the tree

The best countertop appliances for under the tree

Cookware and cutlery are popular holiday presents, but shiny things with a plug are much cooler gifts for the holidays, says Debra Mednick of the NPD Group, a marketing research company. “Giving a small appliance as a holiday gift doesn’t have the stigma it once did, and there’s a lot of cool stuff now.” We know. In Consumer Reports’ labs are some blenders, juicers, toaster ovens, and espresso and coffeemakers that have become just a few of our favorite shiny things with … (read more)

Top countertop and over-the-range microwaves

Top countertop and over-the-range microwaves

Microwaves are used more often than range ovens to prepare some part of the meal, and that means we’re doing more reheating and less baking and broiling, says Harry Balzer, author of the "Eating Patterns in America" report. Countertop microwaves outsell over-the-range models nearly 2 to 1, but each type has its advantages. Here’s a look at some of the top scorers from Consumer Reports’ microwave tests and tips from our testers.

CR tip. A microwave eats up counter space—about 3 square feet—so look … (read more)

This hand-painted stand mixer is over the countertop

This hand-painted stand mixer is over the countertop

A KitchenAid stand mixer on the counter suggests not only that you have the cooking chops to use it but that you can afford a high-end appliance as well (typically they cost between $ 200 and $ 500). But keeping up appearances just got a bit more dear—for the holidays KitchenAid is offering stand mixers that are hand painted and signed by the artist. For $ 1,900 you can whip up a batch of snickerdoodles in a mixer with one of … (read more)