MetroKitchen visits the International Home & Housewares Show

The MetroKitchen team landed in Chicago on an unusually warm day in the windy city, Chicago. We trotted off to McCormick Place, the home of the 2009 International Home & Housewares Show (suitcases and all!). We were excited to see what new products would be showcased. The Housewares Show was a great place for the MetroKitchen team to see what products our top brands were introducing for the new year, and to check out new and upcoming brands in the cookware/cutlery/small appliances realm. Besides noticing the obvious, the show seemed more empty than in prior years, most likely due to the current economy. We also noticed there were not very many new innovative products being launched this year. also “sign of the times”. One trend in products, offered by several brands was the all-in-one oven or electric cooker. With the success of the All-Clad Slow Cooker, its no wonder other brands are catching on. In today’s busy world, customers are looking for quality cookware, producing quality meals, in a shorter time while being more energy efficient. Induction cooktops are also continuing to grow its reputation, as the way to cook your food.

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The MetroKitchen Team and Chef Marcus Samuelson

We found our trip to the Home and Housewares Show to be highly productive and lots of fun. We were able to sneak in some fun as well, such as a late night beer and Chicago deep dish pizza and a trip to the Rock ‘n Roll McDonalds!

Of course we got to mingle and meet with some celebrity chefs.

We had a great time at an event held by Chef Marcus Sameulson at his restaurant C-House. Roof top cocktails and tapas was a great way to end an eventful day. We love Marcus Cookware, and look forward to seeing his newest products on tap for 2009.

Global 7 inch Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife Review

Global Chef's Knife

In my kitchen, there is one knife that is always being used. As you can imagine, I have a drawer of several top quality brand name knives, but lately the daily goto knife is my Global 7 inch hollow edge Chef’s knife. The main reason this is a favorite knife in my home is versatility. We use this hollow ground edge knife for slicing all our fruits, vegetables, meats and even cheese. The handle is ergonomically designed so it is very comfortable, and such a delight to use.  The santoku-like blade shape and granton edge is designed to makes chopping a snap.

Why are is these knife so great?  Here’s a little background.  Global knives are produced within Seki, Japan in the Gifu Prefecture which has a history of blade making which spans centuries.  Japanese industrial designer Komin Yamada blended Italian design, German durability, and Japanese precision when designing Global cutlery.  Each knife is forged from a single piece of finest high carbon stainless steel from knife tip to end of the handle.  Compared to German knives, Global knives feature a harder steel which is ground to a narrower edge.  The result is a supremely sharp edge which makes chopping easy.  For more information visit our about Global knives feature.

One thing to beware of — there are many counterfeits in the marketplace, especially on auction sites, which is not of the same quality.  MetroKitchen is an authorized retailer selling authentic Global Knives which feature a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.

This knife has opened up a whole new world in my kitchen, it is by far the most superior kitchen knife I have ever used for just about any cutting task.  If you are looking to invest in a superior kitchen knife look to this and other Global chef’s knives.  Plus enjoy free shipping on just about every Global knife we carry.

Emerilware Cookware for Beginners

Emeril Stainless SetWith my mom’s recent move to the South, after retiring from her job…she requested something as a housewarming gift that I never would have guessed she wanted in a million years: cookware. The thing about my mom is that she’s never really cooked before! I shouldn’t say never cooked, but she’s no pro. Her idea of cooking is meatballs and pasta with sauce courtesy of Ragu. She makes a mean grilled cheese and wonderful french toast, but beyond that, her cooking ability is limited. Now that she is retired, I guess she has time on her hands to try new things. So I say, good for her, and I’d be more than happy to support anything she wants to do!  So I looked to Emeril Cookware for my mom.

Free Gift With Purchase!

In deciding which line cookware to buy her, I remembered that she always had junk, cheap pots and pans, never matching, never well cared for. I was not about to dig deep and splurge on a copper cookware set. I wanted something for her that was practical, functional, reliable, and looked good in her brand new kitchen. The perfect answer:  an Emerilware Stainless 10 piece Cookware Set. The Wall Street Journal recently named Emerilware Cookware as the best value for your money. I agree! Made by All-Clad, Emerilware stainless cookware is sturdy, yet not too heavy. My mom has found the set a delight to use.  She especially likes the see-through lids.  Emeril cookware sets comes with everything you need such as fry pans, sauce pan and even a stock pot.  Since its arrival in my mom’s kitchen, the cookware set has been put to good use.  The cookware set is not the only new kitchen accessory in my moms new kitchen. She now has displayed for all to see on her kitchen island, a Southern-Recipe cookbook, in an actual cookbook stand. Watch out Emeril!

Made in the USA: Marcus cookware

Update:  As of 2010, Marcus Cookware manufacturer Regal Ware USA, has been re-named it American Kitchen Try-ply Cookware.  The new line features the same tri-ply construction and continues to be made in the USA.

Marcus Cookware has arrived and is only sold at select retailers, including MetroKitchen.com. Designed by Chef Marcus Samuelson, Marcus cookware offers all the attributes and features you would expect to find in a professional’s chef kitchen. And above all else, it is proudly made in the USA, unlike many of its celebrity chef competitors.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (June 20th edition), declared Marcus Cookware as “the clear winner” of a recent celebrity chef cookware equipment test. In the article Samuelson states,”his stainless steel line is for the passionate cook who reads one of the great food magazines and cooks for their families…my pots and pans make it possible for home cooks to recreate restaurant flavors.” In the equipment test, the judges at the Journal “praised the classic design, constructed with aluminum sandwiched between stainless steel on the walls and the base.”

Everyone at MetroKitchen received a sample Marcus Stainless 8″ fry pan from Regalware and to try at home, and received rave reviews! One MetroKitchen employee said, “I tried it. I thought it was great. Heating was even and seemed to work as well as the other high end brands.” I was lucky enough to try the 6 quart covered stock pot, creating sauce and the performance was superior. My sauce heated evenly and quickly and never burned. I found the handles extremely comfortable and transported the pot right to my table.

This made in the USA cookware was designed to meet the needs of today’s professional chef. Marcus stainless steel cookware is safe for any cooktop surface, including induction. Additionally, it  is oven and broiler safe too!

Made in the USA, Marcus Samuelsson cookware can be bought in sets or open stock.

Special Offer: MetroKitchen.com is currently selling the Marcus 8-inch fry pan at special “try me” price of $29.95!

My Spring Fling with Food

Spring is in the air…at least in the Southeast, it is. Trees are starting to bloom, bulbs are rising, but the temperatures are still cool for the moment. With March just one day away (happy leap day, by the way!), that means just 17 days till St. Patty’s Day and 23 days until Easter. For me, Spring is my favorite season of the year. Everyone is coming out of their homes, playing tennis & soccer, wearing brighter colors, and you begin to see more smiles on people’s faces. The best part of spring in the south, is the foods lighten up as well. Fruits, salads, and veggies take the front row in spring. Except of course, on the spring holidays.

St. Patricks Day: On this day, my house smells deliciously yummy of corn beef and cabbage. Using a stockpot, such as the All-Clad 12-quart Disc Bottom Multi-cooker stock pot, I throw all my ingredients inside including, corn beef, carrots, onions, and cabbage. Its an easy one pot meal, ready to go in just 2 hours! Just be sure not to overcook the veggies. Some chefs recommend brining the corn beef one day in advanced. I’ll be sure to take pictures and blog when I cook on St. Patty’s Day.

Easter: Easter is such a fun holiday, I’m not quite sure where to begin? Is it all the Easter bunny chocolates or the great Easter meals? Some families host Easter brunches, other Easter dinners. This year, I’m hosting an Easter Lunch. I get to incorporate brunch and dinner at the same time. My Easter menu this year will include honey roasted ham, lasagna, stuffed artichokes, hot biscuits, sausage-egg casserole, bakery rye-bread, and strawberry trifle desert.

Great items to equip your kitchen with to host an Easter celebration include:

All-Clad Stainless Large Roaster Combo – perfect for roasting your ham
All-Clad Stainless Lasagna Pan -this roomy lasagna pan holds in all your gravy
All-Clad Vegetable Steamer- you can steam asparagus or broccoli to perfection
Global Knife Set – 3 pc. – great knives for cutting and peeling veggies and potatoes
CIA Baking Sheet – perfect for cookies or biscuits

Metrokitchen.com carries everything you need for the upcoming holidays. Stay tuned for future blogs and photos with our cookware in action during the holidays!

Tis the Season to be shopping…

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are searching for something great for your favorite cook, shop online at MetroKitchen.com. We have everything you need to complete a gourmet kitchen, such as fine cookware, cutlery & wine accessories. Plus, we have FREE SHIPPING on any item over $49! That’s the lowest free shipping minimum available online! Ship your holiday gifts for free–how great is that? :)

Here’s a list of our Top 10 Gift Items for the holidays!
1. Viking Portable Induction Cooktop

2. Viking Hand Blender

3. All-Clad 10 piece Stainless Steel Set

4. All-Clad Slow Cooker

5. Global 3 piece Santoku Set

6. PEK Wine Steward Preservo

7. Vitamix CIA Professional Blender

8. Staub Mussel Pot

9. Riedel Tyrol Decanter

10. Riedel Glassware

Happy Holidays from MetroKitchen.com. Happy Shopping!

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Happy Blending with the Viking Hand Blender

 

Viking Hand BlenderI was recently passed the “torch” to try out in my own kitchen. What is the “torch” you ask? Well it’s the new Viking Hand Blender, of course! It actually does resemble Miss Liberty’s “torch”, and it also gives new meaning to the word “freedom” in the kitchen, just as the “torch” exemplifies freedom to Americans. The Viking Hand Blender provides you with the ability to work anywhere in your kitchen, from your stove, to your counter top to your wine bar.

My mission was to create a desert smoothie without having to use a full-size blender, since I was just making a smoothie for two. One of the many great benefits of using the Viking Hand Blender is that it’s just the right size when creating smaller amounts of foods. Yet, at the same time, if you are cooking a butternut squash soup on the stove for a party of 8, the hand blender by Viking provides you with the convenience of blending the soup right on the stove in your pot. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries, some crushed ice, mixed with non-fat vanilla yogurt and a dab of Cool Whip, was all it took to create a deliciously, creamy smoothie. The fact that all I had to do was place the ingredients in the 35 ounce mixing cup that came with the blender, and then immerse the blender into the yogurt mixture and lightly touch the speed button (I chose speed 1-the lower speed), and watch the Viking Hand Blender do its magic for literally 2-3 minutes, was amazing. I couldn’t get over how lightweight the actual blender was, and the ergonomic no slip grip provided great stability. Clean up was also a breeze, I chose to hand wash everything with mild soap and water. I never had to worry about bending down, pulling out my blender from the cabinet below and besides, cleaning a full size blender is never fun. Viking’s new Hand Blender is a great tool for the kitchen. You can store it easily or display it on your counter. You can also buy a separate chopper attachment as well. This product would also make a great gift, as it’s a multifunctional kitchen tool at a relatively low price. Create drinks at the bar, soups on the stove, or blend cake batter on your counter top, all with one tool.

Happy Blending!

 

Cooking with the Viking 13 inch Fry Pan

Viking Professional stainless steel 13 inch fry pan

Fall is here.For some that means its football season, for others it’s a signal to kick start holiday shopping, but for me it means less grilling and more indoor cooking!I’m so excited to start “cooking” all those feel-good, comfort meals again, and my family is ready to move on from turkey burgers, hot dogs and kielbasa, my staples from this past summer.

I’ve been looking forward to trying my new Viking 13” fry pan; so I decided over Labor Day Weekend, I would incorporate cooking into our Labor Day holiday bbq.A favorite meal among my family and friends is sausage and peppers.The decision was we would grill the sausage and I would sauté the sausage and peppers.I tweaked my mother-in-law’s recipe, and it seems to be a hit every time.See the Italian Sausage and Peppers Recipe below.

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