Whether it’s a Dutch Oven…Make Soup…
… A Croc Pot … or A Big 6 quart pot…Make SOUP!
By Kathie FitzPatrick
There is something about a good bowl of home made soup . . . it seems to warm the body and soul and put a smile on your face every time! Whether it fills you up to go back to work at the office, back to school to face the test, or out to shovel the driveway, it makes lots of healthy fuel for the both the body mind and spirit!
White Lentil Soup With Bacon
Fill the chosen cooking vessel with about 3/4 water. Decide if you will use a small bag of white lentils or a large one depending on your pot. Use the water to lentil ration indicated on the bag. Place one or two pork ham hocks in the pan, salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 diced onion and two or three chopped celery stalks, plus chose sliced carrots. Let come to a boil, then simmer for about 3 1/2 hrs or until lentils are tender. Serve with chopped fresh parsley and sprinkle with real crumbled bacon. Be sure you also serve your favorite hot bread and a salad. This makes a healthy, satisfying combination whether for lunch or dinner!
White Lentil Soup with Swedish meatballs
Make the white lentil soup with ham hock as described described above. In large fraying pan make your Swedish meatballs, turning them often as you fry them for even results.
In large bowl combine 1 package of lean ground beef (1 or 2 lbs or so) with half the amount of ground pork sausage. Add 1/2 diced medium onion, 2 eggs, 1 cup breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp nutmeg or so depending on your taste; mix well. Shape into small meat balls about 1 inch or so. Fry in pan with a small amount of olive oil coating the pan. When cooked through and through, drop into the pot of hot white lentil soup mixture. Serve with you favorite hot bread, real butter and green salad. Yummmm!
Italian Pasta Fajole
In a large iron pan with cover or Dutch oven, place chopped left over beef chuck roast or diced beef stew meat, and place in hot pan with a little olive oil. Stir in fresh or dry rosemary, and Italian seasoning of your choice or herbs from your garden such as Oregano and Thyme. Let flavors cook into the meat. Add five cups of water and one bag of dry mixed bean mix. Then stir in 3 cups chopped canned tomatoes, Italian style if you can get them. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then turn heat down to simmer for 4 or 5 hours. Shortly before serving pour into boiling mixture, 1 half bag pasta shells. Cook until tender about 9 minutes. Serve with joy, add hot sourdough or faoscia bread! Make green salad with Romain lettuce, spinach, tomato and artichoke hearts…and Italian dressing. This is a family recipe!
Easy Split Pea Soup
The simple recipe for this warm satisfying soup is as old as the hills, and then some! My grandma Elizabeth, on my Mom’s side, who’s family did a homestead farm in Oklahoma, always had a pot of beans of some kind simmering on the stove. Split pea is one of those easy, tummy warming ones!
Fill large pot with lid (or croc pot) about 2/3 or so with water. Place one or two ham hocks in it along with either a small or large bag of dry split peas. Read the mix to water ratio on the bag. Add a couple of chopped/sliced carrots, 1 diced onion, and a couple of stalks of chopped celery; salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then simmer 3-4 hours of until the split peas are tender, and liquefying into soup. Serve with Honey corn bread and your favorite salad!
Quick Five Bean Chili
This is easy and quick! Decide on the amount you want to make. Say, using 2 lbs ground beef would be an average amount serving about 6 people. In large frying pan cook the ground beef stirring frequently until thoroughly done. Add salt and pepper to taste and about 3 TBS chili powder, or tailored to your taste. Use the same frying pan with lid if large enough or transfer to a larger cooking pot with lid.
1 can white northern beans
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can of chipolte beans, or any other kind of beans you like that would be compatible with Chili.
1 can chopped tomatoes, Mexican style or plain
Use the liquid from the canned beans as a base. Cook on medium heat for at least 30 min to 1 hour. Simmer longer to let the flavors continue to release and mix well into the chili. Shortly before serving add small slices or bits of sliced or chopped fresh green bell pepper. Let cook barely through and through to keep crisp.
Serve with Taco chips or your favorite bread.
Easy Chicken Soup
They say chicken soup is good for the soul, and everything else that ails you. This is probably true!
If you have just finished off a baked or roasted chicken, or even brought one home from the deli on the way home from work . . . you may be looking at the chicken carcass, that also made a few tasty sandwiches, thinking, “Now what? Is it time to toss it?”
No! You can make delightful, warming chicken soup with the remainder, and you’ll be glad you did!
Place the chicken “carcass” in a croc pot or stewing pot, add water up to the three quarter point of the pot or so. add salt and pepper, I chopped onion, 3 stalks chopped celery, and 2 chopped carrots. Bring to a boil then let simmer 3 hours. This going to create a “base stock.”
From here decide which kind of chicken soup do you want?
Chicken rice – add 2/3 cup of rice to the boiling mixture.
Chicken vegetable: add your favorite variety of veggies such as potato, green bean, broccoli or other. You may wish to add additional sliced carrots.
Chicken Curry: Add 1 tsp curry powder.
Chicken Oriental: Add 1 or two egg whites, stir until; add dried Chinese style mushrooms, diced fresh green scallions. Serve; make enough to freeze and enjoy another time!
Grandma Ruby’s Homemade Soup
Here is a simple and easy home made soup recipe sure to please! Take a large beef bone and place in a large cooking pan with 5 to 6 cups of water. Add chopped potatoes, 3 stalks chopped celery, 1 chopped onion, 3 large carrots, add salt and pepper to taste, 2 cans pinto beans, one can black beans, 1 can kidney beans. Stir in 2 small cans or one large can tomato soup. Optional: add corn; Add braised beef pieces. Bring to a boil, then cook for 4 hrs – 5 hrs. on medium heat until the soup looks well blended and the flavors and have released throughout! Add sage or thyme if desired. Serve with honey cornbread.
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“Where is that Small Espresso Machine that I Will Love?”
Small Espresso Machine for the Home
Ever found yourself looking over the display of home espresso machines on-line and wondered if the one you like would fit your limited counter space?
Or maybe starting with evaluating a small espresso machine is just the way to go from the very beginning.
Let’s take a look at a selection that should answer the question and give you a wonderful espresso machine that will make those really great coffee drinks you are looking forward to!
This Jura super-automatic machine is a great favorite and a top seller anyway!
Its compact size is just one extra plus!
This machine has a height-adjustable dual spout, cappuccino / coffee (75 – 125 mm / 3 and 5 inch); The Jura ENA 9 One Touch has an Aroma Boost feature for extra coffee kick owners love!
The Jura ENA 9 offers 6 different products at the touch of a button. It is a little smaller and compact in size measuring just 23.8 cm (9.4 inches wide; 14.2 x 17.5)
The exterior has a nice double coat of metallic-look glossy silver lacquer which will look appealing on your counter top.
The machine has a programmable amount of water plus adjustable coffee strength, also a favorite feature.
The Jura ENA 9 One Touch has an adjustable, conical burr grinder built into the machine.
Also included is a Thermoblock heating system with a high performance 15-bar pump, and an integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling program.
This delightful home espresso machine produces a latte macchiato and cappuccino at the touch of a button.
It also has fine foam technology!
According to a customer review posted on Amazon, one owner of this machine commented, “As for the froth, it has to be seen to be believed. It’s truly amazing . . . feather light and fine.”
On the Jura Ena 9 One Touch the cleaning is also fully automatic. It monitors what drinks you’ve been having and periodically (or on shutdown) applies the corresponding self cleaning mode all ready for you. This is a thinking machine! It can also be done manually with one click. For example, any time milk frothing is used, just replace the milk source with water and press C-Clean. It cleans both the Sialastic hose and rinses the milk nozzle. Too good to be true . . . and all in a compact size
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This Barista Express model is not only one of the most popular mid range priced espresso machines out there, but it is compact in size as well. Measuring 13.2 x 12.5 x 15.8 high it is a good fit for most any kitchen counter space.
Many owners reported that the Breville BES870XL Espresso Machine was easy to use and made the very best lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos even exceeding their expectations.
This popular machine includes an integrated burr grinder which limits the time between grinding and extraction of the espresso to just seconds. This helps create the very best fresh in creation of your espresso shot.
Owners can also select the grind settings they desire from fine to coarse (From 1-16) . Also adjustable is the amount of fresh grounds that goes into the filter basket and can have a filter size button to indicate whether a single shot or double-wall filter basket is being used.
Included in the box, there are 4 filter baskets: 2 double-wall pressurized filters (for 1 and 2 shots) that help take that the guess-work out of your tamping which is ideal for people new to using an espresso machine.
The Breville Barista Express comes with a 54 mm tamper with magnetic storage that easy to remove when you need to use the tamper. It also comes with a 54 mm portafilter in study stainless steel which compared to a commercial sized 58 mm portafilter is a very nice feature. It also has commercial style spouts. Because the grounds are relatively dry after brewing, emptying the portafilter of the spent grounds is very easy and simple.
Found at the back of the machine is a 2 liter removable water tank with water filter. This means you can easily use the water from the sink to fill your water tank either at the sink or at the machine. This keeps things neat.
Some of the features strongly appreciated about this Breville Barista Express model is that it is made of stainless steel and that it has no components that feel flimsy but is quite sturdy and made to last. The unit also has a built in PID for easy use. PID stands for Proportional-Integral-Derivative. This feature usually comes with only higher end espresso machine models. It is important in order to make consistently great espresso shots.
There is also an infusion gauge that lets the user know when you need to adjust the grind, the tamp or the amount coffee. The unit comes with a milk pitcher when you first open the box, according to buyers.
Owners also love the built-in grinder which has an adjustable control feature for the grinds. Steaming and foaming milk is a snap with the Breville Express steam wand which is great and easy to use and easy to clean later. When using the steam wand, owners report that it only takes 30 seconds to come up to steam temperature.
This machine produces really great espressos, lattes and other milk-based coffee drinks! Owners say that the customer service for the Breville BES8780XL Barista Express is very good!
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Also on our “Small Espresso Machine list.” Measurements are: 11.4 x 13.4 inches.
Coffee connoisseurs who have been making espresso at home for years rave over this machine! The joy of professional quality in a espresso machine is now available for the home. The reliability of the Rancho Silvia machine seems impeccable according to the reviews. On that same note, it has also been said that this machine is a bit finicky and it takes some practice to get the procedure down smoothly. The “finicky” part seems to revolve around the fine grind that this machine requires.
People who love this model machine say the secret is to buy a very good Burr grinder. The recommendation is the Rancilio HSD – ROC-SS or Rocky Espresso Coffee grinder with doser chamber. Rancilio also makes a specialized tamper that also helps you get it right.
One happy owner commented on Amazon that she got tired of buying the cheaper off brand machines for around $250. that just die right away. She had been making espresso at home for about 25 years and stepped up to the Rancilio Silvia, and could not be happier. She discovered superior coffee and espresso! The owner said it was very well made, “Almost bullet proof!” this owner said. “I’ve had my machine for over five years and it’s still running like new.”
The very flexible steam wand offers complete range of motion and the professional steaming knob precisely controls steaming pressure for the user.
But owners of the Rancilio Silvia caution that the amazing and wonderful results that you will grow to love will not occur with this machine right out of the box. It takes time and investment and a little extra practice.
According to most owners of the Rancilio Silvia the first thing is to purchase is a Burr Coffee grinder that is made for this machine. Rancilio makes two different kinds:
This 50mm commercial grade Coffee grinder has grinding burrs that
grind the beans directly into porta filter for simple operation. According to an Amazon review, a purchaser said that he “Never regretted the purchase . . . delivers consistent quality!”
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This machine also has the 50mm commercial grade grinding burrs. The doser chamber for professional style dosing of espresso into the porta filter is an extra feature the other machine doesn’t have. This machine has a Powerful 166-watt direct drive quiet operation motor to keep down the noise.
Also this grinder has a tinted hopper with a 0.65lb capacity. The ROC SS Rocky model has a simple variable grinder adjustment control. All machines are tested prior packaging which might leave a small trace of coffee residue.
Get the ideal burr grinder for the Rancilio Silvia machine. Click here to buy this product on Amazon
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Conclusion for the Rancilio HSD-Silvia Espresso Machine:
The Rancilio HSD-SYLVIA gets high marks with consumers who appreciate fine espresso!
The Rancilio HSD-SILVIA classifies itself in our small espresso machine category. The owners commented in various ways that if you want really great espresso, and a reliable machine, Rancilio Silvia is the way to go. They say you will have to take time and a little extra investment to get the technique down, but you will be glad you did!
Click here to buy the Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron frame and Stainless Steel Body on Amazon:
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This machine qualifies for our small espresso machine list. Measuring
14 1/4 x 8 x 9 1/2 inches it is definitely a compact machine.
The Gaggia 14101 Classis is a coffee/espresso machine with a 72-ounce removable water reservoir. It also has stainless-steel housing, brass portafilters and a grouphead for temperature stability.
The 17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler in a very nice feature. It also has hot-water dispenser and frothing wand.
A single and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop is included when you buy.
Buyers can refer to the product videos, Quickstart Guide and the User Manual for any issues they might have.
Purchasers left comments in Amazon reviews such as, “Outstanding espresso machine, we love it.”
“Top notch espresso with a beautiful crema time and time again.”
“Easy operation, easy cleaning, quick process.”
“Well built, stainless steel all around.”
“A really good value for the money.”
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This De’Longhi ECAM home espresso machine has the same features of the De’Longhi full size automatic machine but is much more compact. Product dimensions are 15 x 11 x 14 inches.
You can conveniently use tap water with the built-in water filtration system that comes with the De’Longhi ECAM.
The aroma button time-releases the water flow to saturate coffee grounds a little bit at a time to extract a fuller flavor.
This machine easily prepares latte and cappuccino with the patented cappuccino system. The frothier It mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth for perfect drinks every time
The De’Longhi ECAM saves up to 77-percent energy with energy-saving switch on this style machine.
Not only did this couple love their De’Longhi ECAM espresso machine, but they had a very good definition for a super-automatic espresso machine for their Amazon review:
“For those really ignorant like us: Super Automatic means you fill the bean bin and the water bin once every so often, and then it’s ready to go. When you want a drink – you turn it on and press a button – single espresso, double espresso, single lungo, or double lungo. Then you watch as it makes a bunch of interesting noises then fills your cup with beautiful, steaming hot frothy coffee. Then you drink it. ”
You’ve gotta love it!
Buyers can use De’Longhi’s specialized call center for help in setting up and maintaining your machine at 866-528-8323 (LatteBest)
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Once again, another entry in our Small Espresso Machine category:
Owners seem to love both the size and the quality of the espresso. Here’s a review from a person who purchased this machine on Amazon:
“Really impressive with the machine. It is just the right size and price I want. I use it for espresso only, and it does a really good job for me. I can fit a mug underneath, which is way better than expected. This is the cheapest one I can find from Saeco, and the only thing I don’t really appreciate is too many plastic made parts. The machine I got is made in Romania, I hope this means comparatively higher quality.”
Other features include:
This machine has a reallly great milk frothing steam wand.
•Brews coffee without burnt taste thanks to 100% ceramic grinders
• Has a memo function and adjustable grinders allow you to save and brew according to your personal preference each time
• Easy cleaning and maintenance
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Delonghi EC680M DEDICA 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Here’s another wonderful discovery in the world of small espresso machines! The dimensions are 13″ D x 5.9″W x 13″ H. The Delonghi Dedica is a wonderful and elegant looking machine for your countertop! The Owners say in Amazon reviews that besides the wonderfully attractive low price, it makes really great espresso!
The De’Longhi EC680 Dedica has very solid construction with a narrow footprint at the base and a beautiful design.
This espresso machine will accept either loose ground coffee or ESE coffee pods
The De’Longhi EC680 Dedica ships with three different size cups to insert in portafilter which is a single dose, double dose. or ESE pod size.
The De’Longhi EC680 produces a very nice layer of crema when proper steps are followed in brewing. The water level is also visible in the reservoir. Owners of this machine say that there is relatively easy clean up after brewing.
The pump on this machine delivers the necessary 15 Bar pressure for best extraction. The extraction time is also programmable.
There are three settings for water temperature and water hardness to review.
The boiler on the De’Longhi Dedica is pre-configured to produce water that is exactly 190F, and the pump is hard-wired for 15 BAR, both of which are perfect for espresso. This machine also has a pre-configured “ideal” brew/pull timing, but it still allows you to customize your pull times by simply holding down the buttons. This way you can pull Ristrettos or Longos if you wish to.
Looking over the reviews on this machine many of the owners were overall very happy, and thought it was an excellent product for the price!
However, some did have problems with the machine, and had to contact customer service, or ship back. I will mention this: on reviews concerning any home espresso machines when you see some extremely happy customers and some who had problems with the very same style machine, remember that espresso machines are often hand assembled and have a number of moving parts. Some machines may just be put together better than others. If you get a “lemon,” look into sending it back for another machine as soon as possible so you can be one of the happy customers, such as this one who said:
“This espresso maker has far exceeded my expectations.”
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Small Espresso Machine “La Italia”
Many of the Italian espresso machines do fall in the small espresso machine category. They are often tall and slender, and small at the base. You may wish to explore my article “Italian Espresso Machines” here on this site for even more choices.
The LaPavoni EPG – 8 Europiccola 8 cup home espresso machine measures 11 by 7 by 12 inches. It also has a 1-year warranty. It’s ideal for making high quality coffee specialty drinks at home.
This machine comes with sturdy all-steel construction under heavy chrome plating. In the box it comes with tamper, screen, screen holder, measuring ladle and cappuccino attachment. There is also included an instructional video for getting started
The LaPavoni has a manual Lever. If you want fill control over your coffee, owners of this machine say this is the way to go.
A great feature is that it has more than enough steam pressure/volume to steam 12oz+ of milk.
This Italian style machine is mostly all metal and solidly constructed.
The heat comes up very nicely, fast, or in about five minutes with a full tank. The head also comes up to the right temperature quickly.
It has a visible water level, and easy to clean drip tray. People who purchased the machine mentioned that they like the easy screw-off levers that are easily replaceable and customizable.
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The manufacturers of home espresso machines have definitely kept in mind that many people are looking for a smaller model to fit easily onto their kitchen countertop. They are actually many choices. Many of the best have been listed right here . . . so find your favorite, and buy now!
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer 5 -Quart
Best Selling Mixer – KitchenAid Artisan
By Kathie FitzPatrick
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red Do you love making decorated cookies for all holidays? Scroll down for the Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
KitchenAid makes one of the best Mixers on the planet!
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer 5 qt. Enjoy this high quality Mixer, both beautiful and study! This Mixer is dishwasher safe and is deal for all your mixing needs for every recipe and baking need. This Mixer comes in a wide variety of colors.
KitchenAid Artisan-Choose from all the color options to find the one that best matches your style and your personality.
The Joy of Grilling!
By Kathie FitzPatrick and Douglas Roberts
The barbeque . . . there’s nothing quite like it! There is no doubt that grilling is a favorite way of cooking, and part of our way of life not just in the USA, but in much of the rest of the world as well!
People Love Grilling!
People love to grill meats, vegetables and corn on the cob! There is something about it that adds a festive flare to any occasion, and often brings the liveliness of the outdoors into our dinners and other celebrations!
Need some creative ideas for grilling? Try this info from “Grill Mates,” from McCormick: http://bit.ly/2NG49an
Creative ideas for grilling are endless! You might want to explore ideas for marinades for your favorite cuts of meat. Explore creative combinations adding green salads and fruit salads to your table with your favorite grilling creations! You can Google your heart out on these topics, believe me!
Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Top 10 Favorite Grills from Amazon
Best Outdoor Grills: Top 10 Gas Grills
Considering a new outdoor grill for your deck, porch, patio, or backyard? The choices are many and varied. But be forewarned. The seemingly unlimited choices could lock you into an endless loop of possibility. You can easily waste hours – even days – in your search. But wouldn’t this time be better spent enjoying a delicious barbecued meal with friends and family instead? I think so!
We’ve narrowed the field for you. Below is our selection of the best outdoor grills we’ve discovered. These are the top 10 gas grills we found based on our experience and that of other buyers. You might say this is also a favorite’s list from Amazon. Which one will be the best fit for you? Well that depends on your specific needs.
Choosing the right gas grill makes meal preparation easier and more convenient. This in turn means you’ll use your new grill more often to savor the flavors unique to outdoor cooking.
Number One: Napoleon Gas Grill
Napoleon is a quality brand of grills and it’s evident from every detail on this model.
Fans of outdoor grilling love this barbecue because it gives you everything – quality, performance and style. It’s a considerable size too at 26.2 inches x 64.2 inches x 50.2inches and weighing in at a solid 188 pounds.
ideal for large family get-togethers and party hosting. But of course, you could also use it for smaller family meals anytime you want.
The Napoleon Prestige 500 features 48,000 BTUs and 500 in.² of primary cooking area. There are four main burners (all heavy-duty grade stainless steel) one infrared rear burner, and one infrared side burner as well. It’s a sizable grill that can handle up to 30 burgers at once.
Napoleon is known for its quality and a big part of that is the high-grade stainless steel used in construction. But that’s not all. Quality, it seems, is engineered into every detail like the wave-style cooking grill grid. It’s a unique design to Napoleon that provides a more even heating across the entire grill area.
This model is essentially a full outdoor kitchen. It comes with side shelves and an integrated towel bar. But what sets the Napoleon apart are the two interior halogen lights and illuminated controls, making evening grilling fun and safe.
One side of the grill contains the infrared side burner – which is excellent for getting a steakhouse quality sear on those prime cuts of meat, or to prepare side dishes or sauces. The other side provides counter space for food prep, utensils, spices, and sauces. This side also folds down for easier storage, or to make the grill a little more compact.
With the charcoal smoker tray, you can convert your Napoleon Prestige 500 to a charcoal grill -and grill directly over charcoal – whatever you want. This is an even more enticing way to enjoy this grill!
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Instapot – Your Ideal Helper in the Kitchen!
Instapot LUX6043 V3 6Qt 6-in-One Multiuse Programmable Pressure Cooker
In this hectic world the cooks for the family whether they be Moms, Dads, young married’s or single people, definitely need a break!
With Instapot, you can get the meat for the upcoming meal done in a fraction of the time, which makes the meal assembly after getting home a snap. In the morning, set the meat of your choice in the Instapot, with the prescribed amount of water, seasonings and temperature. While you are at work it can be cooking to a tender, mouthwatering state ready to delight everybody who will joining you at the dinner table.
Instapot 6 in 1 – Like 6 Appliances in one
Instant Pot Lux 6 qt multi-cooker, combines half a dozen kitchen appliances in one handy cooker. It’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer. The Instapot prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy working lifestyle.
Built with the latest 3rd generation microprocessor technology, up to 240 minutes pressure-cooking up to 24 hours delay start, automatic Keep Warm up to 10 hours, 3 temperatures in Saute & Slow Cook this machine is sure to do a great job in your kitchen whether you are home or waiting to get home.
The healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, has a no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment ideally traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food itself.
Can even boil eggs
Put one cup of water and some hardshell eggs, set the timer for for 5 minutes, then let sit for an extra 5 minutes, put in cold water, and peel with ease. This is just one of the handy tips you’ll learn from Instapot. The appliance comes with detailed directions and many valuable tips.
Power supply: 120V – 60Hz
Power: 1000 watts
Conclusion: Instapot is one of the best modern appliances for our busy lifestyles helping us to start and mind dinner until we can get home from work or other activities. .
Italian Espresso Machines-Reviews
By Kathie FitzPatrick
No, espresso did not originally come from Seattle.
Thanks to North African and Turkish merchant traders who brought the early concept of espresso through Venetian ports to Italy in the early part of the 20th century during the Renaissance period, coffee had already become a part of daily life in Italy. In the year 1763 there were 200 coffee shops in Venice.
Then about 140 years later, in 1903, a businessman, Luigi Bezzera, was trying to figure out a way to make his coffee faster. He was an owner of a manufacturing business and was losing patience with how long it took to make his coffee each morning.
Bezzera delightfully discovered that by adding steam pressure to the coffee making process this not only cut down the time of the brewing process itself, but created a far stronger and more robust cup of coffee. It was a new creation of its own. Upon further study and tinkering he cleverly came up with what he called his “Fast coffee machine.” The word “espresso” means fast in Italian.
However, Bezzera was not as talented in marketing as he was creating the first espresso maker. In 1905 he sold the rights to another businessman, Desidero Pavoni. From there a short time later the machine was patented. Also within a short time Pavoni’s name was associated with everything having to do with espresso.
In current times Italy now has over 200,000 coffee bars and growing.
It’s fun to look at the history of espresso coffee creation! Today we are going to take a big leap forward in time and review some of the favorite Italian espresso machines for the home. So now you will get a good look at all things “espresso machine Italian,” and make the right choice for the best Italian espresso machine for your personal home!
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Sitting Down and Having Coffee Together is Much More Powerful Than you May Think.
By Kathie FitzPatrick
We know we love drinking coffee . . . and we know a lot of other people like to drink coffee.
So enjoying coffee is something we can potentially have in common with people, both current friends and soon to be friends, and business associates.
Today’s 10 Best Food Processors – The Favorites
By Kathie FitzPatrick
Food processors are probably the most useful kitchen appliance around today. While processors have been around for decades, the number of brands and models available today is truly astonishing. This can be a huge problem though if you’re looking to buy. With so many different choices – it can be confusing.
The purpose of this article is to simplify the process for you. Here is a sampling of the Top 10 Food Processors–the favorites.
I’m convinced that a food processor is most valuable kitchen appliance anyone can own. I often wonder how I ever got along without one. If you don’t yet share this sentiment, it’s likely that you soon will because owning your own quality food processor will simplify your kitchen life.
What makes food processors so helpful?
A food processor saves you enormous amounts of time. When you think of all the work you do in the kitchen to prepare a meal, where is most of your time spent? Chances are you spend most of your time doing prep work. It’s the kind of stuff the professional chefs don’t have time for – that’s why they hire assistants to do the grunt work for them.
Processors have come a long way. The first generation of food processors transformed the cooking experience. Today they’re even better at performing a much wider variety of functions. They chop, grate, shred, mix and dice . With the right blade, you can make dough for bread, pizza, pies – and more.
While most people use food processors to prepare vegetables and fruits, you can also use it to slice pepperoni, grate cheese, or even make your own breadcrumbs to top off a lasagna or casserole.
Food processors are amazing in their ability to prepare fresh homemade salsas, hummus, veggies for coleslaw and other salads. Plus, they’re a real time saver when making other things such as soups, dips, and sauces.
You can use a food processor to make your own curry paste, or to prepare incredible salads with finely chopped vegetables, or stews with a slightly larger cut.
You can even make your own nut butters and create healthy spreads. Chop fresh nuts to top off desserts – or to add to cereals or salads. You can also make homemade salad dressings that taste incredible are super fresh – without any additives.
The sky is the limit with a capable food processor like those below. The time they save you in the kitchen will make a huge difference in your meal preparation. You’ll be inspired to try new dishes because of the time saved with your new appliance.
Now let’s take a look at the top 10 food processors available.
Make Your Life Easier With These Brilliant and Amazing Kitchen Gadgets!
Here are some of the amazing kitchen gadgets available on Amazon. These are simple but brilliant gadgets that will make your life easier in the kitchen and life in general!
From quick slicing, cleaning, coring fruits and vegetables and more . . . you may want one of each! Turbo charge your kitchen to a new level of efficiency with these simple items that speed up food prep and make food display in a more beautiful fashion. Here is a quick video that will review them!
1. Pizza scissors – Scizza
Dreamfarm Scizza – Pizza Scissors, Non-Stick and Pizza Stone Safe Pizza Cutter and Server (Red)
- Scizza is a pizza cutter that perfectly slices any pizza on any surface and even serves too. Handy kitchen gadget for all pizza lovers
- Scizza won’t scratch your non-stick pans or dull on pizza stones
- Hardened German stainless steel blades provide a sharp, long lasting, durable cutting edge
- Non-Stick nylon base won’t scratch cookware and is heat resistant up to 205°C/ 400°F
- Pizza scissors that easily work through deep dish pizza too.
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- Click here to buy these handy pizza scissors on Amazon
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- 2. SMOOD
Dreamfarm Smood – One-Press Spring Coil Potato Masher with Silicone Pot Scraper (Red)
- Make mashing potatoes or other cooked vegetables easy!
- Effortlessly creates smooth mash in seconds by trapping food and forcing it through the thin gaps between the collapsing stainless steel spring coils
- Soft multi-grip handle is ergonomically designed to be held in several comfortable and efficient hand positions
- Unique spring design eliminates jarring on the wrist by absorbing the downward force
- Silicone scraper makes it easy to clean the pot or bowl and is heat resistant to 260-Degree c/500-Degree f
- This product is dishwasher-safe
- Make life easier with this amazing kitchen gadget!
- Click here to buy this handy kitchen item on Amazon!
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Dreamfarm Tapi – Faucet Drinking Fountain, Fits Most Taps (Assorted Colors)
- Convenient tool makes your kitchen tap into a water fountain. Great for traveling too!
- Tapi fits onto your kitchen tap and lets water pass through it normally
- Squeeze it to redirect the water up, creating a drinking fountain
- Drink or rinse your mouth straight from your tap without worrying about dirty hands, glasses or cups
- Not sure if it will fit your tap? Go to the Dreamfarm website for a fitting guide. Made of water-safe rubber.
- Includes ONE Tapi, color will vary.Click here to buy TAPI on Amazon
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Temji is a very handy tool that helps you adjust the water temperature on your kitchen tap or in your shower! This product recently moved from Amazon to Dreamfarm. Here’s the link:
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Dreamfarm DFTE8210 Teafu Tea Ball Strainers, Assorted Colors
Amazingly convenient tea infuser! Be kind to yourself. Buy a few of these in various colors!
- Eliminate the mess by squeezing out every last drop of tea into your cup before standing teafu up on the kitchen counter;
- Easily scoop your favorite tea into teafu just like using a spoon because it opens completely flat;
- Ergonomic handle makes it easy to squeeze teafu and infuse your tea quickly;
- Premium-grade silicone is heat resistant to 500 farenheit.
- Dishwasher safe;
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Dreamfarm Garject – Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject (Red)
- The Garject presses unpeeled garlic, scrapes itself clean, and then ejects the peel. Amazing.
- Automatically scrapes off any excess garlic and cleans itself as you open up the handle
- This product has a very clever design which ensures all of the pressed garlic gets into your meal and never on your fingers
- Simply push the ‘peel eject’ button to shoot the peel into the trash, then rinse under water and garject is clean
- Dishwasher safe. Place on top rack
- Truly amazing kitchen gadget
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Dreamfarm Chopula – Super-Flexible Chopping Sit Up Spatula – Safe for Non-Stick (Red)
- Chopula is a spatula that is thin and flexible for flipping and strong for chopping on its side. Amazing
- Great for separating meat or eggs in a pan, flipping pancakes, or serving right to the pan
- Keep counter clean thanks to the clever bended handle which holds the head upward
- Flexible, large head slides easily under food for a clean lift or flip that keeps even fragile food in one piece
- Dishwasher safe; Non-stick safe nylon is heat resistant up to 250°C/480°F
- Materials: Nylon
- Love it!
- Buy Chopula on Amazon right here
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Love Coffee? Are You Drinking 3 or 4 Cups a Day? It might Just be Very Good For your Health!
By Kathie FitzPatrick
There are certain things we love . . and some things we even feel guilty about indulging in. If you love coffee, relax. Drinking one to four cups a day may protect you from developing a number of various diseases, according to current clinical studies.