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Now You're Cooking!

Surveys show that almost everyone prefers home-cooked meals — but the fact is, few people have the time to make them. TurboChef says its Speedcook Oven can help. The appliance relies on a microwave element and convection cooking to prepare foods fast — a 12-pound turkey takes about 45 minutes, for instance — and comes preprogrammed for 400 common dishes. It's sold in two models: a double (for about $7,900) and a single (for $6,000). Customers can choose from seven finishes. TurboChef Technologies, 866/543-6569,

Wide Load

A second dishwasher is showing up on more and more wish lists, but some kitchens just don't have room for two. Dacor's 30-inch-wide Epicure holds as many dishes as two 24-inch units (20 place settings) while taking up less space. Other features include a stainless interior, a 158°F rinse temperature, and a hidden control panel. The appliance costs about $2,000. Dacor, 800/793-0093,

Get a Grip

As baby boomers enter their golden years, home modifications that allow homeowners to age in place are becoming increasingly popular. Moen's SecureMount grab-bar mount uses extra-large plastic toggles to accommodate bars of numerous styles and lengths; unlike another popular retrofit mount, it's suitable for 1/2-inch drywall. Most impressive, it's rated for 600 pounds. A pair of mounts costs about $22. Bars are sold separately for about $25 and up. Moen, 800/882-0116,