Up Your Chef Game: 2 Kitchen Essentials to Try Now

We’ve scoured our appliances, weighed the pros and cons, and concluded that these culinary workhorses are must-haves. Here’s why.

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Reversible Griddle by Mario Batali
Cast iron grill on one side, flat griddle on the other. Translation: pancakes for breakfast and burgers for dinner with one space-saving, easy-to-clean piece. And with its bold pop of display-worthy cobalt, you can even store it on the stovetop.

PowerEdge Blender by Cuisinart
Hello, breakfast smoothies. And late-night margaritas. Oh, and homemade pasta sauce. With a built-in timer and pre-programmed functions (ice crushing included), this 700-watt machine is a giant leap above your standard pulser. Upgrading? A must.

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October 2, 2013