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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 foodnetwork.com 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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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. • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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