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Why I Am Very Pleased With My New Cuisinart Bread Maker

Before I decided to purchase it, my wife and I spent many days reading the best bread makers reviews I can find online. I finally bought it three months ago. I use it twice a week and so far, I have truly loved it. I like making cinnamon raisin bread and beer bread, and every loaf I have made has been aromatic and delicious. Right now I do not even need another air freshener, I just love the smell of making bread!

I have purchased different bread makers before and to be sincere, not all impressed me. After gone through the Cuisinart bread machine reviews, I decided to choose the Cuisinart CBK-200 because it had some qualities that really impressed me. It is weighty, a solidly constructed piece and nice looking on the counter. It is quite different from other bread makers that are made of plastic and doesn’t last an amount of time equivalent to their price tags.

Before going out to shop, I had in mind that there are some noisy bread makers that shifted around the counter. This is not a speculation, but it is a real concern my wife and I had. I was concerned because I wanted to make the best decision I can. In the end, am very pleased with the decision I made and my wife is thrilled with it too.

Just like some reviewers mentioned before, I have noticed that I cannot change some of the options mid-cycle. I love baking, and I think even at three to four loaves a week for the next two years, am not going to have those reviewers expertise to make mid-cycle decisions.

For the price, I am electrified with what I have gotten back. Am persuaded that the convention oven aspect of the appliance only adds to the diligence of the baking. The crusts come out exactly how I want them to, and the bread is delicious. I wish the machine would cut the bread, too!

Kitchen tips and tricks that save you time

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time planning meals and preparing food, making all of those helpful kitchen tips and tricks that save you time (and your sanity) worth knowing! And so, I have rounded up some of the best kitchen tips that just might have you saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”. I certainly wish I had known these a long time ago!

A few of these “secrets” I know I will use often (like fishing out broken egg shells and freezing leftover sauces). Whether you’re a workaholic who barley has time to open the fridge, a busy stay-at-home mom, or are in the running for your own show on The Food Network, I think you’ll find a few hacks here that will make life easier!

1. Grate Cold Butter

I haven’t tried this little trick just yet, but I love the idea! Your stick of butter has to be close to frozen for it to work, and you must work fast to keep it from melting, but the grated butter is perfect for adding to flour before baking biscuits, scones, muffins, etc.. It also makes the butter melt much faster, so if your butter is too cold to spread, consider grating it first and then topping toast, veggies, or a baked potato!

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2. Scooping Up A Broken Shell

It happens every time! I make eggs for breakfast just about every morning, and the brown organic eggs seem to break off into little pieces so much easier. Instead of fishing around with your finger to dig them out of your bowl (yeah, I do that), use one of the egg shell halves to scoop it out!

Source: Happy Roots Happy Soul

3. Peeling Garlic The Easy Way

This is not the job I like to sign up for (who likes to smell garlic on their hands for 3 days straight?), but this technique looks like too much fun to pa

ss up! Smash, shake, and separate! I’ve also seen this done with two ceramic bowls placed on top of each other (rim to rim) to create a dome for the garlic. The hard surface might work more efficiently than tupperware at breaking apart the garlic.

Source & Instructions: The Pin Junkie

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For the Love of Coffee: The Best Espresso Maker Review

If you love coffee like I do then I suppose you know about the importance of an early morning fix! Nothing gets me going like a good cup of espresso. I’m sure by the time you’re reading this you’ve probably gone through some best espresso maker reviews website or two… but I believe I can make things easier for you.

See the thing about any espresso machine out there is the convenience and ease of use. There are digital and fully programmable espresso machines as well as manual ones for the more experienced “home baristas”. A programmable espresso machine is probably what you will need. Why? You don’t need to remember the perfect recipe and quantities that produced the best brew. Just key in your preferences and bam! You can continuously have your favorite concoction with just a touch of a button.

The Breville Barista-Express BES-860XL espresso machine is a top class coffee brewers the market has received so far! It stores your coffee beans in a tightly sealed large-size hopper to keep them fresh for long without the need for refills. I use this espresso machine every time I go to my sister’s and I love the results it produces. The aromatic fresh beans coffee can make anyone’s taste buds do a backflip! The good thing with this espresso machine is that it switches between manual and automatic.

Past experiences with the Rancilio-Silvia espresso machine weren’t that bad either although the thing was too damn heavy! Cleaning it wasn’t so hard making it very easy to maintain and that’s why I gave it to my grandparents.

nespresso espresso machine

I had saved up close to 8 months to get myself the Nespresso espresso machines, it’s the most easy espresso machine to use and also very affordable. But the king of espresso is this Saeco Xelsis, this is the king of all espresso machines the world over. Picture this… the Saeco Xelsis stores up to 6 different profiles and all it needs to do is identify each stored fingerprint to make everyone their favorite cup! How cool is that? And that’s not all… each stored profile can further have 9 different mixtures (coffee qualities) saved up under their individual profile! You just have to buy this espresso machine to fully understand what I’m talking about.

Any other good espresso machines out there?

My Favourite Rice Cooker Recipe

Chicken rice has always been one of my favourite food – and after moving away from Singapore, it’s only natural that I crave for the oily and fragrant rice topped with silky and juicy chicken meat! But as there’s only X and me, it’s a little ridiculous to cook up one whole chicken as we won’t be able to finish it in one sitting.

I then remembered my mom tried cooking chicken rice in a rice cooker before – her rice cooker had a steamer insert, so she placed the seasoned rice in the rice cooker, add in the steamer insert, place the chicken in the steamer and cooked as per normal, so even though my rice cooker is very basic with no additional gadgets, I decided to give this method a go.

When you’re in a pinch with little time and you don’t want to be stuck with a pile of dishes, use slow cooker recipes! They’re great because they allow you to multitask while your food is being cooked. And no worries if you don’t have a slow cooker – simply transform your rice cooker into a slow cooker so you can still get the job done!

Great hearty meal for a family dinner or your post-workout meal prep.

Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 2 cups uncooked sprouted brown Basmati rice
  • 1 lb chicken breast (chopped into pieces)
  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp (peeled, deveined, chopped)
  • 1 diced Roma tomato
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 4oz green chiles
  • 5 cup chicken broth (no salt)
  • 8oz tomato sauce (no salt)
  • 1.25 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 5 teaspoon chili powder
    • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
    • Fresh cilantro

Steps:

  1. Spray the inside of the rice cooker with olive oil.
  2. Then add all of the ingredients to the rice cooker.
  3. Briefly stir the mixture with a spatula, close the lid and select the appropriate cooking setting. I set my rice cooker to “brown rice” and it cooked for about 50 minutes. Just ensure the rice is neither undercooked (crunchy) nor overcooked (mushy).
  4. Once it has completed cooking, serve immediately or place in meal prep containers to enjoy throughout the week.
Find out other great recipes here.

Sure Tips to Buying the Best Kitchen Knives

Kitchen knives are one investment that is used daily in the kitchen for cooking and that is why choosing the best quality that is strong,durable and easy to handle is an investment that i don’t mind making.In this article i will share the tips to buying the best kitchen knife sets that has worked for me.

Kitchen knives are available in different sizes and shapes depending on the specific use.For instance we have a vegetable knife,a chefs knife,and a carving knife. However buying a set of knives that contain the above range is cheaper than buying each one of them. I therefore buy my knives according to the specific function i intend to use it for.

It is important to consider the set that is corrosion resistant because I wouldn’t want to buy knives that will let me down by breaking over time. Investing in high quality knives saves me money in the long run even if i bought it expensively. One set that i known to be strong is the Ginsu set. Corrosion resistance is another quality for a good set of knives as this makes the knives to last longer. I easily confirm the knives that are both corrosion resistant and strong by checking the manufacturers guarantee.

Another thing i do before buying a kitchen knife is feeling its weight.If buying the knife for everyday chopping of light ingredients then i go for a light weight chopper.However,for cutting hard food like nuts and palm sugar i would go for the heavy one.

To make sure i am buying quality kitchen knives i check for the balance both in the handle and the blade.I do this by placing my finger at the end of the handle then horizontally holding the knife with the cutting edge facing down. By doing this ,i would know a good quality knife when it balances at that point. A knife that is well balanced makes cutting easier without using much effort.

The ceramic kitchen knives are considered the best quality and i always look for those particular ones whenever i go to the store to buy my kitchen knives.This knives are able to stay sharp for a long time and are also rust free.

In conclusion, I would say that a good quality kitchen knives set is an investment that i will never regret making.I will always go for non stainless steel knives like those made from carbon steel because they are easy to sharpen.

My Amazing Cookware Sets

It has been a long time since I was in the kitchen. My ex wife has always a homely woman, and I found myself spending less and less time in the kitchen each and every day. However, since our divorce the kitchen is seeing a lot more of me. The divorce meant having to move house. In fact, I have had to buy an entirely new house and everything that comes with it.

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We had been married for 15 years, during that time; I left all issues concerning the kitchen to my now ex wife. Thus, my reintroduction to the world of kitchenware left me in awe. Today’s kitchenware has so many features to choose from and at such fair prices. They are all so amazing and even harder to comprehend. Since I was beginning from scratch, a lot had to be put in consideration. Viewing of the best cookware set reviews quite important before committing oneself to a certain set. At the very top of the list was my choice of cooking. I have really embraced my carnivorous side since my divorce, all my meals are meat, or contain meat. My meals for the last 15 years have been green and tasteless, not that I have anything against healthy meals. But now, almost all my meals are dry fried, shallow fried or deep fried. Thus, my choice of pans was thorough.

I also had to make sure not to overdo everything. Hence, my extensive knowledge of what was otherwise, uncharted territory. I came to understand fancy terms that were in real sense quite simple. Some lingo was really quite unnecessary, as were some pieces in certain cookware sets. Avoiding non essential buying of utensils became as important as understanding what I was buying. Even more important was handling the utensils before purchase; this gives one a feel of what it would be like using the utensils in the kitchen. Even the look of the utensil is now a factor to consider. With so many varieties, the practicality of the item is almost as important as its look. The material making up the item is of primary importance; especially, the material that makes up the handle. These are the most important; however, the rim, lids and side walls are just as important factors to consider during purchase. Changes in technology have affected cookware too e.g. built-in thermometers in a lids knob.

How To Master 5 Basic Cooking Skills

A video on helping you to master your basic skills in the kitchen. Cooking rice, chopping an onion, sharpening a knife, deboning a fish and cooking pasta.
From Gordon’s Ultimate Cookery Course.

Best Small Rice Cooker I Have Ever Owned

My small rice cooker is the single most important kitchen appliance I own. Over the past few years, I have gotten into the habit of eating rice at almost every meal, sometimes even for breakfast. I eat rice with seaweed, rice with curry, rice with steamed vegetables, rice with soup, rice with chili – basically anything that you can think of. It’s easy to make (with the right cooker), filling, delicious, and cheap, so why not? This predilection for rice has given me a certain kind of expertise in rice cooking, which I am going to share with you now, because, in my opinion, everyone needs an electric rice cooker in their life.

The single best small rice cooker I’ve ever owned (and actually still do) is the wonderful Zojirushi NS-LAC05XT Micom 3-cup rice cooker and warmer. What can I say? The Japanese know their rice. It’s the right size for a single person living alone, and I’ve been using it daily for two years and it hasn’t broken down on me yet.

When I first started buying my own cookers, I went to Walmart and bought a cheap $30 plastic bucket looking thing. I thought, “It’s just a rice cooker. It’s not like there’s much of a difference between the cheap and expensive ones. Rice is rice.” I was wrong. The cheap cooker broke down in a matter of weeks, and I can say with some certainty that the rice that I get out of the NS-LAC05XT tastes much better than the rice I got out of the plastic bucket. It is as they say – you get what you pay for.

The NS-LAC05XT is a little on the expensive side. It retails on Amazon for $150, but believe me, it’s worth it. Just imagine this little scenario (which happened to me in real life): you’re driving home after a long day of work. You’re tired, hungry and already imagining what it will be like to walk into your apartment, go to the kitchen and reward yourself with a big bowl of hot, steaming rice, with a side of instant curry. Instead, you arrive home to a pile of cold, uncooked rice because your cheap Walmart rice cooker decided to break down while you were away, and now you’re stuck with gross instant noodles.

The Zojirushi cooker is the best small rice cooker ever. It hasn’t let me down yet. So if you’re into rice, go check it out!

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