Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

Here’s a quartet of new products that make life easier, boost your mornings, solve a problem, or make your food taste remarkably better. Bon appétit!

Life is easier and cheesier with the T-fal Grilled Cheese Griddle. If you’re a rebel at heart, you’ll use this non-stick, lightweight griddle with an even heat base for much more than grilled cheese, including eggplant, purple onion + mozzarella on ciabatta, olive tapenade, chopped walnuts and basil on baguette, and wherever else your wild imagination may roam in the realm of the culinary;

If you prefer to have breakfast in your bunny slippers rather than the latest trendy brunch spot, invest in a waffle iron and have at it. A great option is the T-fal Removable EZ Clean 2 in 1 Waffle & Sandwich Maker. This compact, sleek little gem is easy to use (and, yes, clean – just flip the non-stick cooking plates right out and pop them into the dishwasher), versatile and affordable. If you’re in the mood for more savory fare, toss a small burrito wrapper onto the sandwich plates, fill it with a pre-scrambled egg, some shredded cheese, diced veggies and/or meat and, in 15 minutes, you’ve got a breakfast pocket!

The innovative Cookina Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet solves a major kitchen problem: a solution for the dripping pan that results in crusted, burnt food splattered in the oven. Rather than purchasing an oven cleaner that fumes you out of your kitchen, simply spread Cookina’s heat-resistant liner on the bottom of the oven. When finished, wash in warm soapy water and use again when needed. Cook food on the liners and use less oil as a result; the sheets won’t burn, won’t retain odors, and food won’t stick to them. Since they’re reusable, they’re more practical than aluminum foil, wax paper and parchment paper. Genius! Find them for $14.99 at Home Depot stores and at

Carrington Farms coconut oils are incredibly versatile and of exceedingly high quality. The cold-pressed Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Liquid Coconut Cooking Oil are a delectable and healthy alternative to butter and fat when cooking (as well as a natural source of energy). Find both and other healthy offerings such as organic flax and chia seeds at (and inspired recipes, too).

Originally published August 2014
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