I LOVE MY STAND MIXER
I use my stand mixer CONSTANTLY - it whips egg whites and whipped cream in seconds, stirs together the toughest batters, kneads dough AND it can have other attachments. WE have the small food processor and it works BEAUTIFULLY -. It's an expensive tool but I can't imagine my kitchen without it now.
My husband and I have become coffee crazy with my Espresso Maker. It is a nice looking machine with the light and sleek lines. The instructional DVD really helps with this product. It is very easy to use and the espresso rivals any coffee shop at a fraction of the price. It also makes great lattes and cappuccinos, when you have more time. It will take a bit of practice to get the milk frothier, but is well worth it.
3.5 L Slow Cooker
I have had a slow cooker for many years, but it was pretty basic with the only options being whether to cook on high or low. (Am I showing my age here?)When I received this new programmable slow cooker I was impressed right away with all the choices. Not only can I program the length of time I want it to cook, but it has 4 heating choices - high, low, simmer and warm. And after it has finished cooking, it automatically switches to warm, so supper is kept ready to eat. The very first time I used this slow cooker I unexpectedly had to go out just before supper. Because the appliance switched to warm at the end of the cooking cycle my meal was still perfect almost two hours later. With my old cooker, supper would have cooked way too long and probably stuck to the bottom of the pot.
I really like the design of this slow cooker. The oval shape takes up a lot less counter top in my small kitchen. And the stainless steel and black looks so much nicer than my old cooker. A really nice touch is the stainless steel rim on the glass lid. This may not seem like a big deal, but my old slow cooker lid developed a lot of chips in the glass lid over the years.
I highly recommend this slow cooker for busy families. It is also great for those who love to make soups, chilies and stews - anything that benefits from a longer cooking time to bring out the flavours. The booklet included with the slow cooker has some good recipes. I tried the Sausage and Lentil Soup with Tortellini - tasty!
Nuts about Seeds
The Nut grinder is so fast and simple to rinse/clean that I use it every couple of days so that the ground nuts/seed does not go rancid. Besides the ease of use the bonus is that you can use the metal container in which you grind, to store the seeds. The container comes with its own storage lid, ultra cool and convenient.
It is also fantastic for baking and easily chops whole walnuts/pecans/brazil/almonds and does a great job on grinding oatmeal. I also find myself buying lot more whole spice seeds (coriander, cumin) and grind them fresh when I cook. It really is true when they say there is a lot more flavor in your spices when they are freshly ground.
The true test of strength for the product to me was to see it hack/grind nutmeg. Those suckers are tough and I don't know how many times I have cut myself using the small graters to sprinkle my hot chocolate with fresh nutmeg - impressive.
Stainless Steel Can Opener
The Cuisinart Deluxe Stainless Steel Can Opener works hands-free on all sizes of cans. The cutting edge is sharp and the machine navigated well on my mildly-dented test cans. The cutting edge detaches from the base for easy cleaning. The machine's height and weight makes it well balanced, even when opening large, heavy cans. The stainless steel exterior is attractive; wipes clean easily, and will look good on any countertop. For me, I have limited counter space and so find the size of the unit a bit big for my liking. Would Cuisinart be able to develop a hand-held manual unit that would fit in my utensil drawer? I recommend this unit for those with arthritis or other ailment which makes opening cans difficult, or for those with plenty of counter space.
My children love grill cheeses, wraps and anything pressed and heated. Their mean mother stopped using butter or margarine on their grilled sandwiches so the non-stick surfaces of this product is great for that. Being able to open it right up and use the grill is amazing for chicken and vegetables. I use this product a couple of times a week. I also love that the plates are so easy to remove and clean.
Smoothies on demand
I'll admit that the only time I ever used a blender was to make slushy adult drinks, but this new blender has definitely changed my attitude towards this fun counter appliance.
Fruit smoothies are now a family favorite, and with my freezer stocked with bags of frozen fruit, we can easily whip up a creative new combo. My kids enjoy trying new combinations, as well as varying the thickness. (We usually add more juice than the recipes call for, otherwise it's hard to get through our skinny straws.)
It goes without saying that the stainless design makes it a nice countertop piece, and the large glass container is really solid and sturdy. All the pieces go in the dishwasher and clean up perfectly.
BTW, the ice chopping ability of this machine is outstanding!
Love, love, love this skillet!!!! I've tried many over the years and this is by far the best I've ever tried. I really was skeptical at the thought of not using any oil, or spray. It truly does not stick. Fantastic for grilled cheese sandwiches, omelets, eggs, anything you would use a skillet for. Excellent way to cut calories but not compromise taste.
This excellent tool gets used multiple times per week in my kitchen. We all know folks who face health problems...I'm crazy enough to believe that many lives can be made less stressful with good dietary choices. This great tool allows me to prep excellent creamy soups & baby foods that have low sodium & GI and are nutritionally sound.
My family is big on waffles/pancakes/crepes, so I was very excited to get my waffle maker. I have been using a $14 waffle maker prior to my Cuisinart one - let me tell you, there is absolutely no comparison. The waffles came out golden, light and perfectly cooked. Cooking time is fast, and the fact that you can cook 4 at a time is great. This being said, you have to have the room to store it. I do recommend you spray the grids prior to use, I did not and what a sticky mess. The basic waffle recipe in the Cuisinart instruction booklet yields 20 waffles which is too much for us and I am not a fan of freezing waffles, you can try my recipe:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs well beaten
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat eggs and milk together until blended. Add to dry ingredients along with melted butter and beat ONLY until batter is smooth.