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October 15, 2008
THE "Worth It? Not Worth It?" (Oct. 8) article by Russ Parsons and Amy Scattergood about the kitchen equipment they consider a good value prompted more than 100 responses at and in e-mail. Many readers took issue about whether toasters and mini food processors are indeed not worth it. -- OVERALL I agree with most of your selections. But I have had a mini Krups food processor for over 10 years and have used it probably 10 times more than my big processor.
May 20, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
For all those June weddings on tap, Korbel Champagne Cellars has a wedding toast hotline. You can call (800) 7-KORBEL for any questions about protocol and etiquette (such as who toasts whom, who gets served first). The hotline also offers do's and don't's, such as "Don't gesture wildly with your hands or use any other distracting motions," which might be summed up: "Don't do anything that people in your favorite sitcom would."
June 16, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck isn't known for burning much of anything. But his retail products are gaining a fiery reputation. About 1,500 Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven Toasters have been recalled by W.P. Appliances Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The reason? The toaster part of the Toaster Oven Toaster can remain on after the toast pops up, causing the elements to overheat and then catch fire, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said Monday. W.P.
December 4, 1999 | Bloomberg News, maker of a low-price personal computer called the iToaster, has closed and is under investigation by the Washington state attorney general. founder Rick Latman said via e-mail Thursday that his closely held company has shut down. He declined to provide further details. The Washington attorney general's office said it filed suit against the closely held company last month, accusing it and Latman of engaging in illegal and deceptive practices.
December 6, 1990 | RICHARD O'REILLY, RICHARD O'REILLY is director of computer analysis for The Times
An obscure company of self-described video and computer fanatics in Topeka, Kan., has created a remarkable device that converts an Amiga computer into a broadcast-quality desktop video production system. For $1,595 the Video Toaster from NewTek Inc. offers real-time video digitizing and manipulation capable of just about every special effect you've seen on television--and some you haven't. What's more, it is easier to use than most software.
October 31, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Three days after Black & Decker Corp. started a recall of about 224,000 of its Spacemaker Optima Horizontal Toasters, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed suit against the company, saying it isn't satisfied with the recall program. The government's primary reason for the suit, filed Thursday, is "lack of public notice," said commission spokesman Ken Giles. The lawsuit alleges that the design of the toaster creates a substantial risk of kitchen fires when a toast cycle is completed.
September 26, 2006 | Dalton Conley, DALTON CONLEY is chairman of New York University's sociology department and an advisor to the Aspen Institute's Initiative on Financial Security.
IF YOU ARE OLD enough, you might remember when banks offered customers a free toaster if they opened a savings account. If you are on the younger side, you may have seen advertisements for a free iPod or even $50 cash back for new customers. Banks know that establishing the financial relationship is key and that, once you have been reeled in, they can get you to maintain an account as well as cross-market other products.
September 17, 1987 | DON G. CAMPBELL, Times Staff Writer
Question: I think there is a widespread problem that might be worth your attention. We recently purchased a Black & Decker toaster oven equipped with a 20-inch cord. It is hard to imagine what executive decreed that a toaster must be used within 20 inches of an electrical outlet, but he must live in a different house than most of us.
January 28, 1988 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
Is the toaster oven getting more work than the conventional big oven? If it belongs to a family like mine, definitely. Two teen-agers can't live without this little appliance for their pizza snacks. A seven-year old boy depends on it for his English muffin, which he splashes with peanut butter and jelly. Almost every single morning, the toaster oven starts getting warmed up for my husband's usual breakfast of a buttered French roll or bagel.
September 4, 1986 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
As technology improves, so does function and design in electric housewares. The toaster, for instance, has come a long way from its early primitive designs. In ancient times, toasting came about as a form of preservation when ancient Egyptians started parching their bread to remove moisture and prevent spoiling. One of the first toasters developed was a simple wrought-iron holder that was placed over a fireplace.
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