Press Release: Making Your Dorm Feel Like Home: Must-Haves for Back to School

Making Your Dorm Feel Like Home: Must-Haves for Back to School

Cherry Hill, NJ. July 11th, 2012.

As the dog days of summer bark on, it's hard to imagine that we're just weeks away from the start of a new semester. Many anxious moms and dads out there will soon be sending their babies off to college after a summer, or perhaps a lifetime, at home. We here at Kitchen Kapers would like to ease the young pupil's transition into the big world out there with some great products that bring the comforts of home right to their dorm room.

The Chef's Choice Cordless Compact Hot Pot marries streamlined style with superior function. This lightweight, easy to use electric kettle is great for small spaces and includes an automatic safety function that turns the machine off once the water inside it has boiled. The Chef's Choice Cordless Compact Hot Pot features 1500 watts of power and boils water faster than a microwave. Though ideal for a classic spot of tea, it can also be used for student staples such as instant noodles, soups, or coffee, and the brushed stainless steel body matches any dorm decor.

We can't have a civilized discussion about coffee without mentioning Nespresso, one of the most trusted names in espresso machines, and their groundbreaking Pixie model. As one of the smallest espresso machines on the market, the Pixie really lives up to its name. Although it stores easily, it's not exactly the type of appliance you want to hide; it features a chic, futuristic body with unique textured side panels, and it comes in various colors such as aluminum, titan, dark red carmine, and lime green. It's easy to use, too: simply insert a Nespresso capsule and press the button for the desired drink size. This trendy yet functional machine is the perfect gift for a stereotypical "broke college kid", as using the Nespresso Pixie every morning instead of visiting their local overpriced coffee chain will save them dollars a day!

The Cuisinart Griddler Panini & Sandwich Maker turns a countertop into a cooktop! A smaller version of the classic Cuisinart Griddler, this versatile machine acts as both a panini press and a grill. Despite being loaded with features, the Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Maker is compact enough to fit on the average countertop and stores easily under the counter, making it the perfect appliance for dorm living.

Make movie theater style popcorn right in the comfort of your dorm with the Waring Popcorn Maker. This stylish red machine is ideal for entertaining your friends on movie night, as it yields about 4.5 cups of popcorn and comes with a removable serving tray.

The developers of the NoStik Toast-It Bags must have had the college set in mind, because these handy, inexpensive little bags are perhaps the greatest innovation in dorm living since the mini fridge! The reusable NoStick Toast-It Bags are coated in an easy to clean, heat resistant, non-stick surface that lets you make grilled cheese, toasted sandwiches, pizza, french toast, and even bacon in your toaster with no mess!

If the academic in your life just so happens to have some kitchen prowess, the cutting-edge Cuisinart Blend & Cook Soup Maker is right up his or her alley. The Blend & Cook Soup Maker lets you mix and cook soups, blend fresh smoothies, and whip up frozen drinks all in the same handy appliance. It's ideal for busy students looking to incorporate fresh, healthy ingredients into their diet without spending precious studying hours slaving away in the kitchen.

Often, students with full academic plates find themselves eating their meals on the fly. For those scrambling scholars we offer the Sistema "To Go" line of containers, including "Breakfast To Go", "Lunch To Go", and "Salad To Go". These brilliantly simple containers all feature removable inner compartments that let you keep moist foods separate from dry foods until you're ready to combine them. With the Sistema "To Go" line, you get a dining hall alternative that makes soggy cereal and spongy croutons a thing of the past!

College students are becoming increasingly eco-conscious these days, which means that "brown bagging it" is no longer cool, but the average college student wouldn't be caught dead dragging their old cartoon lunchbox around campus. Luckily, Kitchen Kapers has a few suggestions for eco-friendly lunchbags with seriously grown-up style. First up is the Lily Multistripe Koko Lunch Bag by Cosmoda, a colorful striped bag with a sweet bow that looks far more like a high-end handbag than a lunch vessel.

For those seeking a more demure bag, we carry the chic but understated Jenny Black Lunch Bag, also by Cosmoda. Not only does this insulated bag keep your lunch at its target temperature, but it also features two zippered exterior pockets for your keys and cell phone, letting you leave the bulky purse at home and keep your lunch and other school day essentials in the same versatile bag!

Lest we be accused of forgetting the big men on campus, Kitchen Kapers also carries Cosmoda's dude-friendly lunch solution cleverly called "The Man's Lunchbox", a convenient, fully insulated “pocket” that can be easily stowed in any book bag or briefcase. The Man's Lunchbox is low-key but functional, with an easy-wipe lining that makes cleanup a breeze for even the most distracted student.

Though summer can sometimes feel endless, its expiration date is actually a lot closer than most of us care to admit. Summer inevitably graduates into fall, leaving many college students on the precipice of big changes, and during this transitional time a little bit of home can go a long way. As you shop for dorm supplies for your loved one (or yourself), remember that Kitchen Kapers has everything you need to start the school year off right.

Kitchen Kapers is a family owned and operated national company with proud roots in the Delaware Valley. Since 1975, we've been serving neighborhoods all across the Greater Philadelphia Region with 12 retail stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Our website,, gives us the opportunity to serve communities well beyond the Mid-Atlantic; casual cooks and serious chefs throughout the United States have come to depend on us for the latest cooking and baking innovations, along with our great selection of gourmet cookware, bakeware, kitchen knives, and culinary gadgets.

The secret for our continued success is rooted in offering our customers value, selection and quality, combined with friendly and knowledgeable service.

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