Our friend Sarah’s unapologetically unrehabbed 1960s kitchen has many Jetson-esque features, including a counter-mounted motor into which she can dock a blender, a mixer, or a chopper. We were green with envy until TCC revived the Kitchen Center, complete with a digital keypad and cool attachments. Good-bye, blender; hello, chopper! Professional organizer Maureen Gainer Reilly loves the cord-free, easy-storing appliances. “People leave appliances on the counter because it’s too much hassle to store them,” she says. “These can be just whisked away!” Base unit $299 (suggested retail), attachments $36 to $110, at nutonesales.com.
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Ready, Set, Simmer
Caldera’s new Arrow series gas cooktop with electronic touch controls gives you 21 precise flame settings, including eight “simmer” settings where the flames noiselessly cycle on and off. The precision control eliminates the need to peer under the pan to control the flame. Samuels, of Angel Food Bakery, likes the convenience: “You can melt chocolate without a double boiler or leave stock to simmer with no worry about a constant temperature.” $1,995, at Overture Custom Kitchens, 8S421 Oxford Ln., Naperville, 773-447-5851 (by appointment only); overturecustomitchens.com.