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About kathiefitzpatrick1

I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, but live in Washington state now. I've been a Realtor since 1994. I am also an author, and have a new interest in bringing out a series of children's books. The first is "The Wish," available on Amazon in print, Kindle and audio book by typing in The Wish FitzPatrick. With a history of home entertaining I have always had an interest in "The Gourmet Kitchen." Yes, I am a coffee and espresso lover myself!

Best Super-Automatic Espresso Machine-Reviews

Two cuts of ewspress with heart cookies

Best Automatic Espresso Machines You Will Love

by Kathie FitzPatrick

So how do you find the best espresso coffee machine? There are many choices of home espresso machines out there.  The variety sometimes seems as vast as the stars in the sky. Well, perhaps not quite that vast!  But it is a bit confusing to say the least.  This article will review our top favorite picks in the realm of Semi-Automatic and Super-Automatic Espresso Machines in order to help you determine the best automatic espresso machine for you.

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Favortite Amazing Kitchen Gadgets Available on Amazon


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

Scizza. . . Get your amazing pizza scissors on Amazon

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 

Smood potato avocado and vegetable masher

Smood- Mashing avocado

  • 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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  • 3. TAPI

  • Dreamfarm Tapi – Faucet Drinking Fountain, Fits Most Taps (Assorted Colors)

  • TAPI- Makes kitchen tap into a water fountain

  • 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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4. Temji

Temji. Regulate the temperature in your shower or kitchen tap with Temji

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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5. Teafu

Infuse tea and eliminate the mess!


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;

Click here to purchase Teafu

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6. Garject

Amazing garlic press- Garject

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

To buy  Garject on Amazon, click here

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  • 7. Chopula

  • The amazing Chopula…get yours today!

  • 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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How to Use Coffee to Build Relationships

Having coffee together adds a warm positive note to both your discussion and work projects.

Having coffee together adds a warm positive note to both your discussion and work projects.

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.

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Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee?

Love Coffee?  Are You Drinking 3 or 4 Cups a Day? It might Just be Very Good For your Health!

Studies show that coffee in moderation is actually good for your health.

Studies show that coffee in moderation is actually good for your health. Scroll below for the video YOUR BRAIN ON COFFEE

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.

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Small Espresso Machine for the Home

“Where is that Small Espresso Machine that I Will Love?”

"Where is that small espresso machine that I will love...and will fit neatly on my kitchen counter space?"

“Where is that small espresso machine that I will love…and will fit neatly on my kitchen counter space?”

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!

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Which Nespresso Machine is Right for You?

Cappuccino of the favorite specialty coffee drinks!

Cappuccino coffee…one of the favorite specialty coffee drinks made with a Nespresso machine!

“Which Nespresso Machine Shall I Buy?”

Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frothier, Chrome


Which Nespresso machine makes cappuccinos and lattes?”

Here we go . . . this one does!

This Nespresso machine includes an Aeroccino Plus milk frothier, rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte and Iced Cappuccino
Owners notice an easy insertion and ejection of the coffee capsules.  This model of Nespresso  holds 10 used capsules. It also has a removable 34-ounce water tank. This is for use with Nespresso coffee capsules only.
The Nespresso Citiz is a good example of compact brewing unit technology.  Fast preheating time is 25 seconds. This machine has a 19 Bar high pressure pump. The automatic power turns off off after 9 minutes of inactivity
This machine also has an automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo). Items sold separately valued at $348.
The flexible pivoting tray accommodates tall recipe glasses!

Buy the Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker on Amazon:

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Which Nespresso Machine Should I buy?

Here are a few questions posted on Amazon reviews from people considering owning a Nespresso machine or who already own one:

Question:  Can you also make just plain coffee with this model?

Answer: No. If you want one that makes coffee and espresso look at the Nespresso Vertuoline machines.

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Freshest beans? Is Home Coffee Roasting for You?

The Importance of Fresh Coffee Beans . . .

Is Home Coffee Roasting for You?

Green and brown decaf unroasted and black roasted coffee beans as background.

Green beans will make the transformation to freshly roasted coffee beans in our cup!


Ah, if you are a coffee lover there is nothing like fresh coffee beans in your cup!
Since the critical top priority in making a full and flavorful cup of coffee is in the freshness of the beans, let’s get to the bottom of it.  You can sometimes find a source of freshly roasted beans close by your home through various coffee stores or specialty shops, or possibly through mail subscription, or you can decide to roast the green coffee beans at home yourself.  More about home coffee roasting later.
When you look around the local grocery store where you shop you probably assume that the beans on the shelf are fresh, but this often just not the case.

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Best Home Coffee Bean Roasters

So why do people do home coffee roasting?

Freshly roasted coffee . . . there's nothing like it.

Freshly roasted coffee . . . there’s nothing like it.

I watch people on-line passionately stirring those green coffee beans in a frying pan on their stoves at home, patiently waiting for those precious “cracks” to signal the first sign that their roast is about done.  The first crack finally makes a loud pop or a crack sound like a branch breaking. Then here is comes, the second crack that sounds like rice krispies . . . ah, now it’s  time to pull it off and cool it in a colander, and eyeball that perfect medium roast.

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Italian Espresso Machines-Reviews & A Little Bit of History

Italian Espresso Machines-Reviews

By Kathie FitzPatrick

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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.

Vintage teapot with dry tea and rose buds over black metal background

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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Cuckoo Rice Cooker Review

Cuckoo CRP-HR)*^7F 8 Cup Rice Cooker

Cuckoo CRP-HR0867F 8 Cup Rice Cooker

Best Cuckoo Rice Cooker

By Kathie FitzPatrick

It’s no secret that the rice cooker Cuckoo Brand has been a top favorite in the world of rice cookers. Let’s take a look at the wide variety of Cuckoo Rice Cookers, and see what makes them unique.

Best Cuckoo Rice Cooker Review

Cuckoo CRP-EHSS0309F Smart IH Pressure Rice Cooker

Cuckoo Rice Cooker EHSS0309F Smart IH

Cuckoo Rice Cooker
EHSS0309F Smart IH

Cuckoo CRP-EHSS0309F Smart IH Pressure Rice Cooker, 110v, Metallic

White cup full of rice with vegetables

White cup full of rice with vegetables

It is time to discover a  rice cooker with the advantages of induction heating.   You will be happy to taste the difference.  This style of rice cooker is full of delightful differences.  This type of rice cooker will produce chewy but soft, and just plain delicious rice.  The difference will be clear if you try the same rice with different style rice cooker.

Such an induction heating pressure rice cooker will assure your rice stays fresh not just for hours,  but that the rice stays fresh for days! You will be happy to learn that you have  lots of cooking options.  If you are a beginner, don’t be worried. You will learn quickly how to cook rice in induction stove. Once you buy induction pressure rice cooker, you will also receive a rice paddle and a measuring cup included in the price.

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