Family Kitchen Must-Haves That Make Mom’s Life Easier
Style Meets Performance
Traditionally, the kitchen has been a family gathering space, a comfort zone where food serves as the common thread as individuals reconnect with each other. Newer homes are designed to facilitate that social element, with kitchens opening into common living spaces.
Arthur Tanturri, owner of New York’s Chelsea Kitchens, notes a trend towards European designs that integrate style and function when it comes to kitchens and kitchen appliances. “With many of our customers, we see a need for kitchens to perform family-wise, but to also fit in with the overall décor of the home,” he says. Tanturri points to appliances like the Miele MasterChef Speed Oven as ideal for the style-conscious family. A combination microwave and convection oven, it does everything from defrosting, cooking, and reheating food, to broiling, roasting, and crisping it. Leftovers never tasted so good!
The oven’s sleek design, which includes a black glass or stainless steel front, fits in nicely with any kitchen’s appearance. More important to busy moms, however, may be its ability to substantially reduce cooking time on a bevy of menu items. Imagine preparing a roast chicken in less than an hour and a half—with the combined microwave, roast, and broil functions, a four-pound bird is ready in just 70 minutes. Chicken parmesan cutlets cook in 15 minutes, with no messy frying.
The appliance has smart features, as well. During the roasting function, the oven saves energy and money by switching to residual heat cooking near the end of the cooking time; and the oven actually stores recipes electronically, which ensures that your favorites are always on hand. Available through authorized dealers across the United States, the ovens run about $4,500 for a stainless steel double or $3,300 for a single stainless steel model.
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