Kitchen Tip #2: Be the Shiznit of the Hiznit (I have no idea what this means, but it sounds cool)

September 3, 2007 at 3:39 pm (BBQ, grill, healthy eating, Kitchen Tips, Reynolds Non-Stick Grill Foil)

To take a breather from the advice giving aka bossing everyone around, I will foray into the world of household recommendations. As today is Labor Day, many will be out grilling a variety of delicacies on their outdoor BBQ. For some, it will be Porky the Pig on a spit; other more health-conscious friends will be julienning some zucchini, eggplant and other veggies, slopping on some marinade and roasting to absolute culinary perfection. A most abhorrent task is scraping the grill post-BBQ. For those who forgo the task, or run from the room with a sudden urgent to-do when others are buzz sawing the grease from the rungs (you know who you are), this may lure you back to the task.

So, here goes… drum roll please….. The beautific creation is Reynolds Non-Stick Grill Foil. I am not recommending this product lightly. After grilling baked potato halves and salmon (marinaded in a ginger sesame concoction) atop these sheets, I can attest to their fabulousness. These nonstick sheets are sturdy, have holes to allow for uniform heat and blackening. And cleanup is nil. Into the bin they go.

Product: Reynolds Release Non-Stick Grill Foil

PROS: extra heavy duty preventing the much-feared tasty bit drop into the flames of hell, perforated for even cooking/blackening and fat drainage thus healthier cooking, non-stick so easy food removal and no need for chemically-overridden greasy non-stick cooking sprays, no grill clean-up

CONS: Won’t have excuse for post-grill-cleaning spousal/partner/friend guilt session, which has its enjoyments (i.e., prolonged guilting leading to unending expectation of gifts)

WHERE: any grocery store

Inspiration: A tune to grill by.

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Kitchen Tip #1: Now we’re cooking…

August 7, 2007 at 12:17 am (Kitchen Tips)

Before I discovered the joys of cooking, I knew the pleasures of eating. Nothing was more blissful than watching my Mom whip up something fabulous. As I grew older, I began experimenting, unknowingly incorporating what my mother does. So, as a fledgling cook, I discovered a few things. Finding any recipe to fit scraps in the fridge is deadly. A few sweet potatoes should just be roasted or tossed if sprouting spindly legs. What was on the menu was Sweet Potato and Pumpkin cake. If I actually thought about it logically, I would have realized how revolting this would be. I baked it and baked it for what seemed an eternity… and it still was goopy. Fortunately after this disaster, I always stepped back from recipes to think, do I want to eat this? or would I reserve this delicacy for my worst enemy? So aside from understanding spices and letting one’s creativity loose in the kitchen to make both disasters and then culinary miracles, was grasping how important good kitchen tools are. So, my latest discovery and recommendation for simplifying and beautifying your lives are the fabulous Caphalon Contemporary pots and pans. I did a bit of research before putting this set on my wedding registry, but nothing prepared me for the absolute glee that would follow. You immediately become a better cook because you wipe away many pitfalls, such as burning food due to absentmindedness. These pots and pans have a substantial feel and a slick look. The surface heats evenly, and ingredients blend and cook to perfection. And if you get lost in an episode of Lost, your food not only does not burn, but it retains moisture. And with conveniently clear lids, you can see what your food is doing. Perhaps it’s doing the merengue, but whatever it going on it’s usually not involving becoming dry nastiness. Food never sticks due to the hard-anodized exterior and nonstick interior. The cleanup is quick and easy, with no staining or discoloration with time. You won’t turn back. Toss those cheap pans in the trash bin and opt for a set, instead of individual purchases. The 8 or 10 piece sets have far more bang for the buck and if you’re lucky, you can find an unopened set for much less on Ebay.

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8 or 10 piece set of pots and pans
8 pc (Model JR8A), 10 pc (Model JR10A)
Hard-anodized aluminum exterior, nonstick interior

8 pc Set Includes:

8″ omelette pan
10″ omelette pan
1.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
2.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
8 qt stock pot w/cover

10 pc Set also has:

3 qt sauté pan w/cover

PROS: sturdy, attractive, clear lid to see food, food cooks evenly and does not burn, may use on stove top or inside oven up to 450 degrees, food doesn’t try out, quick cleanup, good value, last FOREVER, long handles that stay cool, lifetime warranty,

CONS: may be heavy for some, must clean by hand

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Kitchen Tip #1: Now we’re cooking…

August 6, 2007 at 11:17 pm (Calphalon, cooking, ebay, Kitchen Tips, pans, pots)

Before I discovered the joys of cooking, I knew the pleasures of eating. Nothing was more blissful than watching my Mom whip up something fabulous. As I grew older, I began experimenting, unknowingly incorporating what my mother does. So, as a fledgling cook, I discovered a few things. Finding any recipe to fit scraps in the fridge is deadly. A few sweet potatoes should just be roasted or tossed if sprouting spindly legs. What was on the menu was Sweet Potato and Pumpkin cake. If I actually thought about it logically, I would have realized how revolting this would be. I baked it and baked it for what seemed an eternity… and it still was goopy. Fortunately after this disaster, I always stepped back from recipes to think, do I want to eat this? or would I reserve this delicacy for my worst enemy? So aside from understanding spices and letting one’s creativity loose in the kitchen to make both disasters and then culinary miracles, was grasping how important good kitchen tools are. So, my latest discovery and recommendation for simplifying and beautifying your lives are the fabulous CalEbayphalon Contemporary pots and pans. I did a bit of research before putting this set on my wedding registry, but nothing prepared me for the absolute glee that would follow. You immediately become a better cook because you wipe away many pitfalls, such as burning food due to absentmindedness. These pots and pans have a substantial feel and a slick look. The surface heats evenly, and ingredients blend and cook to perfection. And if you get lost in an episode of Lost, your food not only does not burn, but it retains moisture. And with conveniently clear lids, you can see what your food is doing. Perhaps it’s doing the merengue, but whatever it going on it’s usually not involving becoming dry nastiness. Food never sticks due to the hard-anodized exterior and nonstick interior. The cleanup is quick and easy, with no staining or discoloration with time. You won’t turn back. Toss those cheap pans in the trash bin and opt for a set, instead of individual purchases. The 8 or 10 piece sets have far more bang for the buck and if you’re lucky, you can find an unopened set for much less on Ebay.

PRODUCT: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8 or 10 piece set of pots and pans
8 pc (Model JR8A), 10 pc (Model JR10A)
Hard-anodized aluminum exterior, nonstick interior

8 pc Set Includes:

8″ omelette pan
10″ omelette pan
1.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
2.5 qt sauce pan w/cover
8 qt stock pot w/cover

10 pc Set also has:

3 qt sauté pan w/cover

PROS: sturdy, attractive, clear lid to see food, food cooks evenly and does not burn, may use on stove top or inside oven up to 450 degrees, food doesn’t try out, quick cleanup, good value, last FOREVER, long handles that stay cool, lifetime warranty,

CONS: may be heavy for some, must clean by hand

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