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Nov 12

Taking tech into the kitchen

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I don’t know about you, but I am a fanatic when it comes to finding cooking info on the web. Epicurious, Allrecipes, simplyrecipes — they all have their place when I go searching for a new dish. And let’s not forget the places where I can see if what I’m doing is correct, like America’s Test Kitchen, Good Eats or the multitude of Youtube videos that are available.

But, I have cooked with me before, and, quite frankly, I’m the kind of cook that can’t be trusted with my best tablet in the kitchen. I’ve had to clean spaghetti sauce from the wall, over my head, due to vigorous stirring. When I dust a pie crust, it’s not just the crust that gets dusted. And let’s not talk about doing dishes, cleaning countertops and boiling — all of which require water.


You are reading about cooking from a person who has baked 2 Bob Dylan CDs in the oven.

I have a unique kitchen skill set.

So, I have been separated from my best tablet while in the kitchen. I don’t want it ruined as I whirl and flail away. I know tablet kitchen usage would start well, but it would all end in tears.

But I want my on-line kitchen info in the kitchen. It’s the holidays, I’m trying new recipes, I need my tablet in the kitchen. And so I set about to see how to do it.

And one answer came more quickly than anticipated. Because I also fish, a waterproof case is a great option. Since I’m the guy who wrote about how to dry your cell phone after it’s gone swimming, the waterproof case is a great option. Though the waterproof cases I’ve seen are a little heavy and somewhat bulky. It’s not something that I would want to use every day, but in the kitchen or on the water, I am more worried about protection than function.

But if you don’t need or want a waterproof carrier for your best tablet, there are other great options.


iPort Wall Mount

I was surprised at how many other people seem to have had the same issues, and come up with solutions. After doing a little Internet browsing (at work — because this blog makes it work related) I decided that I wanted 2 features. One, the rack must not be counter based. It needs to be further away from the spill zone than a simple counter stand can provide. And it needs a stylus for screen activation, because when I’m wrists deep in cookie dough, I need a stylus to save my screen.

And I found a great answer for iPad usage in the kitchen. The iPort Wall Station. It mounts to the wall, no wires, and keeps my best tablet out of the spill zone. But, in my list of needs, I said stylus, and this has no stylus. So now what, keep looking for a combo pack?

No way, the iPort is a great idea. Want to see some videos. Click here.

So I went out and found a stylus. Well, actually I stumbled across this. (yes, internet research at work again) It’s a DIY stylus, so that makes me a smart shopper. And it works on phones or tablets, so it’s versatile. And when I drop it down the disposal, it won’t cost much to replace it. Ah yes, the power of positive thinking, in that . . .

I’m positive I’m going to drop this stylus down the disposal at some point. And I WON’T CARE.

I’ll just make another.

Burned cookies

Like the batch of cookies I made last weekend. I should know better than to cook and watch football at the same time. Something is going to give. It was the cookies.

At least the Steelers won.

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