Flapjack lovers, rejoice. Now you can make fresh, 97% fat-free pancakes in as little as 30 seconds using the ChefStack Automatic Pancake Machine ($3,500). This microwave-sized wonder uses no-mess batter pouches to crank out stack after stack of four- inch diameter pancakes, and doesn't even require supervision, letting you cook up breakfast for you and your crew while you get your other morning activities out of the way — like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or downing a half-dozen mimosas.
Satisfy your java cravings with the Breville Single-Cup Coffee Brewer ($250). It features a brushed stainless steel exterior with a programmable one-touch control LCD screen that customizes coffee to 4 cup sizes and any preferred temperature, a 60-oz. water tank that brews up to 10 cups of coffee before refilling, a charcoal water filtration system, and uses widely-supported K-Cup packets, even including a personal, reusable K-Cup for brewing your own favorites. If you're looking for something a little less pricey, the Keurig B40 Elite does away with some of the Breville's features, but does K-Cup brewing for $150 less.
Tired of dealing with chintzy pitchers or the hassle of tiny plastic filter replacements? Check out the Charcoal Water Pitcher ($85). Made from high-quality glass and stainless steel, this unique pitcher uses Iouseki stones and Binchotan charcoal — an eco-friendly mix that lasts up to six months — to filter and deodorize, leaving you with crisp, fresh, mineral-rich water.
Keep your recipes handy at all times with the Demy Digital Recipe Reader ($300). Instead of filing through a box of index cards, the splash-resistant Demy provides a 7-inch touchscreen for recipe searching and navigation, and comes pre-loaded with 250 recipes, expandable up to 2,500. It also features a USB port for syncing with a keyingredient.com account, letting you pick out dinner long before you get home.
Some of the best home cooked meals must be prepared using a cast-iron skillet. But it takes dozens of uses in order to season one, as the food you cook slowly ads its essence to the skillet, creating that famous, non-stick black coating. Seasoning a pan this way can take years... until now. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillets ($10-$40) ship pre-seasoned, the result of a secret process that uses vegetable oil and high temperature gas ovens to create the perfect patina. Grills ($140) and Dutch Ovens ($40-$100) are also available. Just don't tell Grandma that you cheated.