Archives: Cookware & Cooking Gadgets

Kitchen Share SE opening in Portland

August 18, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Kitchen Share SE opening in Portland | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints, Life in Oregon, Local Goodness, Morsels & Musings

Kitchen Share SE, a kitchen tool lending library for residents of SE Portland, will be celebrating their grand opening on August 21st from 5-8pm in SE Portland at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church (2800 SE Harrison Street). The festivities will include music, food, demos, and homemade ice cream. Kitchen Share SE will be a place where “community members can borrow […]

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Glass vs. Metal Baking Pans

April 13, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints

I’m always interested in learning more about what makes baking work. Sure, there’s the chemistry behind a recipe that can render a moist cake or one that is as dry as toast. But there are other things besides ingredients that can make a big difference in your baking. I found some handy baking information in one […]

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Tips for using a slow cooker

January 21, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints

If you’re someone who uses a slow cooker (whether frequently or infrequently), here’s some handy hints for getting the most out of this popular appliance: Eleven Tips for Slow Cooker Meals -from Slow cookers are a wonderful way to make a meal. The key to creating a delicious slow-cooked meal? Knowing the rules. Follow these 11 tips, and […]

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National Bundt Cake Day – November 15

November 15, 2010 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cakes, Christmas, Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Dessert, Recipes, Thanksgiving

In honor of today (November 15) being National Bundt Cake Day, I’m reposting a few delicious bundt cake recipes that are perfect for the upcoming holidays. And of course, to make a bundt cake, you have to have a bundt cake pan. I love my Nordic Ware Bundt Cake Pan. The pan is heavy duty and has a nonstick finish…it’s […]

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A great garlic press

July 30, 2010 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints

Several years ago, I thought I lost my garlic press. Always looking for a reason to buy more kitchen stuff, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase a new garlic-smashing implement. The kitchen store I went to did not disappoint…they had numerous models to choose from. The one that caught my eye was a shiny stainless steel Rosle Garlic […]

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Nut chopping made easy!

December 3, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints

The Progressive Nut Chopperis one of the handiest tools in my kitchen. If you’ve ever tried chopping a cutting board full of pecans or almonds (or any nut for that matter), you already know that it’s no easy task. This is where the Nut Chopper comes to the rescue. I just did a little experiment to prove […]

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For perfect mashed potatoes, use a Potato Ricer

November 12, 2009 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints, Potatoes

I’ve tried different methods of making mashed potatoes: squashing with a masher, whipping using a hand mixer or my Kitchenaid mixer, and using a potato ricer. Each method gives potatoes a different texture. I reach for a masher when I don’t mind if the potatoes are a bit lumpy (I like to call it more of a rustic […]

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Mario Batali 6-Quart Dutch Oven

October 31, 2009 by andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets

In my kitchen, a good dutch oven is a kitchen necessity, especially now that we’re in comfort food weather. Not only is it great for making soups and stews, but it can be used to roast a small chicken or bake a casserole. In the summer, the dutch oven can be refrigerated and used to keep cold salads (like […]

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Panini Grill = Delicious Sandwiches

November 12, 2008 by andrea | 7 Comments | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets

If you’ve ever had a panini than you know how good they are. Warm, crunchy, often gooey (depending on the ingredients) and delicious. With all the ingredient possibilities, you could enjoy a different panini everyday. Oh, what a beautiful world it would be! I recently received a Villaware UNO ProPress Panini Grill from some girlfriends as group birthday gift. […]

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My New Tea Kettle

October 31, 2008 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets

One of my recent kitchen purchases was a new tea kettle. I loved my old kettle, a stainless steel model made by Kitchenaid that I received as a wedding present ten years ago. Husband & I used it daily and I frequently thought about what a good and functional gift it was. Then one day […]

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