All-Clad Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

All-Clad Stainless Steel 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

Mixing bowls are items that are probably in every person’s cabinet, but the average person doesn’t generally think of them as an essential kitchen item unless they’re an avid baker. However, the All-Clad stainless steel mixing bowl set is useful for much more than simply prepping dough for baking cookies. [Read more…]

Japanese Knives vs. German Knives: Who Has the Edge?

Shun Classic 10 inch Cook's Knife
Shun Classic 10 inch Chef’s Knife

The Japanese have a long history of making blades and an honorable track record for their samurai sword making methods.  Today they are also known for their kitchen knives. In my opinion, their kitchen knives are like mini samurai swords. They are sharp.

The Germans are no slouches either when it comes to making knives.  Solingen, Germany is a German knife mecca and that is where you will find the history of the major and more popular German knives.
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All-Clad Double Burner Grill Pan Review

All-Clad Double Burner Grill PanA lot of people out there love summer.  People like me.  I love warm to hot climates.  Your wardrobe is minimal, it feels good outside and feels better outside at night.  Lots of friends and family events are always going on.  Plus the beaches are always welcoming if you can get to one.  The subtle breezes, lemonade, kids riding their bikes outside and sounds of neighborhood dogs barking are all part of a good summer time experience.  The thing that makes summer also enjoyable is that it’s peak grilling season.  If you live in the south, we call that cook-outs.  Sure grilling can be done when it’s cold, but who wants grilled food that will get cold in 2 minutes.  There’s something about grilled food that is fascinating.  Here is an example, grilled veggies taste better to me than other methods of cooking veggies. That’s just my opinion.  Well, since grilling is so awesome and for those of us that live in places where it gets cold, wouldn’t it be great to bring the grilling indoors without the smoke?

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Krups BeerTender B100 Review

Krups BeerTender B100Gulp, gulp, gulp… ahhhhh! Picture this – you are having a get-together with some friends and/or family.  It’s one of those parties that involves a sporting or competitive event.  You know:  the Super Bowl, March Madness, a singing competition finale or the hoops championship.  And the right type of food is being served. “The right type of food,” meaning something fried or grilled.  There’s lots of chatter in the background.  The guys are talking junk. The girls are (thinking here – hang on….) talking junk.  All of this is going on in your home and you’re being a good host.  Everyone is happy and everyone has a draft beer in their hand.  Yes, a draft beer.  Like the pubs, cold and foamy at the top of the glass.  How is this possible you ask?  Well, the Krups BeerTender brings the draught/draft beer to your home.

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Coffee Talk-Capresso Z5 vs Krups 7230/7225

Capresso Z5 vs. Krups 7230 or 7225

Let me first start off by saying that I am not a coffee expert by profession. However, I do have love a good cup of java. The two coffee/espresso machines that I am going to give my review and compare are both great. I’ll start with the Capresso Z5 pros and cons:

Pros: It looks nice, the buttons are smooth to the touch, and it grinds the coffee beans well.
Cons: The display is somewhat lacking for the price of this machine. It is not very user friendly as far as operating it to get more complete brews. It’s also kind of big.

Now for the Krups 7230/7225:
Pros: It’s a good size for small counter tops. The instructional on-screen display guides you in whatever you are making. The buttons and rotary knob are smooth.
Cons: The grind function is noisy.

The two machines both make excellent espressos and coffee. I believe that the flavor of a brew is in the coffee beans. They both give the coffee a nice creme (the foam substance on top of the coffee).

The part that I prefer about the Krups machine is its size. It’s easier to find a counter top spot for it in your kitchen. The Krups machine also has a very informative display. The display walks you through the process of making your desired brew. You can adjust the size of your pour to fit your mug. The Capresso can do all the same things the Krups can do, but you wouldn’t know it until you read through the instructional manuel. Also, if the Krups machine needs a mini tune-up like filling the water tank or cleaning out the coffee grounds, the display shows you how to do it. The grounds also are compacted into mini hockey puck shape pieces, verses just a messy pile like the Capresso. The Capresso just has “terms” in its display. For example, it might just say “System Fill”. That can mean to fill the coffee beans or water. You are going to have to refer to the manual to understand how to use a very expensive coffee machine. Mainl, the Krups does just about everything the Capresso does and costs about a third of what the Capresso costs. If I were to buy one of the two and money was not a factor, I would buy the Krups. If I were to buy on looks alone, I would get the Capresso.