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Kitchen Helpers 

Cool accoutrements make your kitchen hot.

Photo courtesy Casabella
Clean sweep -- Sweeping will be less of a chore with a colorful, artistically shaped broom that fits into a standing dustpan -- no more leaning the broom against a wall and hearing it crash to the ground or losing the dustpan just when you need it -- by designer Karim Rashid, available soon in lime, fuchsia and periwinkle. Casabella products are sold at Linens-N-Things (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4266; 1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 368-0633; 5151 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 736-9070) and Bed Bath & Beyond (4410 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-6930; 127 Northshore Blvd., Suite 1, Slidell, 985-641-8664; 3414 Hwy. 190, Suite 2, Mandeville, 985-727-1608) or at Call stores for availability.
The silver bullet -- This double-drawer dishwasher by KitchenAid (also available in single-drawer units) not only is great looking, but also energy efficient, and a space saver. With stainless-steel panels and handles (panels are available in other finishes), the drawer design takes up less space than a standard dishwasher and allows flexibility in how you configure your kitchen. You can run small loads of dishes in a single drawer without wasting energy, and the units have a powerful wash system and flexible loading options, about $1,499, from Glindmeyer Distributing Co. (2910 Lausat St., Metairie, 832-2223); A-1 Appliance dealers, Best Buy and Sears.

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Photo courtesy Diva Induction
Cooking without gas -- The look of this Diva Induction Cooktop is sleek, almost seamless, because of its onyx vitroceramic glass with concentric cooking areas on the flat surface, all in a stainless-steel frame. The revolutionary thing about the stove, however, is that the surface remains cool even when you're cooking because the induction method directs electromagnetic energy directly into your cookware instead of heat. Only the pots and pans you use to cook a dish will be hot. The manufacturer says the stoves also cook dishes in half the time of conventional power sources. Prices vary according to size and number of burners. Available at Nordic Kitchens & Bath (4437 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-2300) or Louis W. Howat & Sons (6201 Humphreys St., Harahan, 734-2102).


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