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Pampered Chef Measure-All Cup

by TT May 18th, 2011| Equipment Reviews
Mayonnaise, cream cheese, and peanut butter can prove to be daunting while cooking.  When an exact measurement is needed for a recipe, a standard measuring cup isn't very useful.  Sure, you can scoop the desired ingredient into the cup, but then you need to use a spatula to scrape

Polder All-In-One Timer/Thermometer

by TT April 18th, 2011| Equipment Reviews
As someone who uses a variety of cooking methods, quite often I need to gauge the temperature of the item that I am preparing.  Although there are some who can determine the doneness of meat by touch, that is a skill I have not acquired.  Other items, such as

Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater Revisited

by TT February 28th, 2011| Equipment Reviews
Two months ago, I published a review of the Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater.  At that point I had mixed emotions about this kitchen tool.  Yes, it did a fine job of grating, but I found it to be a nuisance when cleaning, as the handle collected water.  Sadly,

Magic Bullet Blender

by TT January 10th, 2011| Equipment Reviews
Not quite a year ago I wrote about the amazing blender that I own.  Nothing has changed in regards to my affection for this kitchen appliance.  It still provides perfectly smooth frozen drinks and purées soups quite nicely.  However, it isn't the only blender in my collection.

While the

Microplane Gourmet Coarse Grater

by TT December 10th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
Several years ago, I purchased my first Microplane Grater.  I thoroughly enjoyed using the Professional Coarse Grater.  With a sizable grating plane, it worked efficiently.  I used this kitchen tool at least daily, if not multiple times each day.  From grating cheese into a breakfast wrap to topping a lunch
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Mini Crockpot

by TT November 16th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
I am a longtime crockpot user.  In fact, I received my first crockpot as a Christmas gift from my parents when I was in college.  While it tends to be a seasonal kitchen appliance, only coming out during the colder months, it has been quite valuable.  There's nothing quite
Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker

Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker

by TT October 12th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
Last December, my husband became the proud owner of the Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker via a "Secret Snowflake" gift exchange.  While it wasn't a surprise, as all participants had to register for gift ideas, it was a welcomed present.  My husband had chosen this item because our twelve year

Bagel Guillotine by Larien

by TT August 23rd, 2010| Equipment Reviews
All four of our children enjoy bagels.  It's not uncommon to see a bagel being toasted for breakfast or lunch on any given summer day.  Some of the time we stock our pantry with pre-sliced, packaged bagels, and other times we have either homemade or bakery bagels, which need

Calphalon Unison Slide Nonstick 10″ Fry Pan with Poacher Insert

by TT July 26th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
With a flock of fourteen chickens, rarely do we lack eggs at our house.  Gathering about nine eggs a day on average, there are plenty to be used for cooking, baking, and as breakfast dishes.  While I prefer egg white wraps and an occasional scrambled egg or omelet, the

All-Clad Gourmet Accessories Panini with Press

by TT May 26th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
At our house, there is a general feeling of love toward good sandwiches.  When it is make-your-own-sandwich dinner night at our house, creativity surges.  Interesting combinations of meats, cheeses, veggies, and spreads are commonplace.

Although a well-filled sandwich is delightful, a well-filled sandwich that also includes hot, melted cheese is

Oster Professional Series Blender

by TT April 28th, 2010| Equipment Reviews
Most mornings I am a creature of habit.  Without the aid of an alarm, I am awake at 6:00.  By 6:15 I am starting that day's workout.  Some time after cooling down, I make my breakfast.  Typically, this breakfast is an egg white wrap or a fruit smoothie.  The

Nespresso Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother

by TT January 14th, 2009| Equipment Reviews
One of my favorite beverages is coffee.  After breakfast I brew a pot, and as I work from a home office, I enjoy refilling my cup throughout the morning.  I am slightly particular about how my coffee is served, though.  I like it with a pinch of sugar and some
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