I reviewed my fair share of kitchen/food-related products this past year and quite a few of them were really wonderful, but I narrowed down my picks to three OUTSTANDING, AMAZING, YOU-WON'T-REGRET-BUYING-THEM products.
If you like baking, then surely you've heard of Pampered Chef. Have you tried the company's products? If not, you really should take a second look at what the brand has to offer. These two bakeware items, in particular, stand out as being top of the line.
First up to the plate, Pampered Chef's Springform Pan ($25.50). My cheesecake is pretty much famous, thanks to this ingenious pan. It comes out looking truly spectacular...and tasting even better. It's rich and decadent and oh-so-creamy. You don't have to worry about your cheesecake sticking to the edges of the pan because the outer "walls" of the pan slide away with ease to reveal your cheesecake (or pie) masterpiece.
Secondly, Pampered Chef's Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan ($16) is truly fabulous. It's shiny and 100% stick-free. My 3-year-old and I absolutely love making miniature muffins because they're so fun to eat + serve...and this pan makes that task a dream. The little muffins just pop right out of there. You can create 24 muffins in a snap...anything from blueberry and pumpkin to maple walnut to chocolate chip.
I went to Dream Dinners exactly one week before I delivered my second baby - and it ended up being one of the best things that I did to "prepare" for my baby's arrival.
If you're unfamiliar with Dream Dinners, it's a meal-assembly place that allows you to "assemble fresh, delicious dinners for your family to store in your freezer...and then serve in the weeks ahead."
Select great menu options, according to the whims and preferences of you family. Make St. Louis Smokehouse Ribs, Buffalo Chicken Stuffed French Bread, Citrus Marinated Steaks, or other delicious recipes (the menu changes monthly).
The Dream Dinners that I visited was spotless and organized. The ingredients were fresh. The owners were friendly and courteous. And I had...FUN. Best of all, at the end of the session, I had 12 amazing meals in my freezer - ready to be grilled, baked, or stir-fryed on any night of the week.
Unfortunately, the nearest DD to me is about 45 minutes away. Despite the distance, I DO plan to go back. Not as often as I would like, mind you. But spending a few hours preparing meals without having to grocery shop, chop onions, think up meal ideas, etc. was absolutely priceless.
Do you have trouble getting your meat exactly right on the grill? Tim likes his steak on the medium-rare side. He says red meat is supposed to be red (or at least pink) when you cut it open. I, on the other hand, like my meat "Well Done"...or "overcooked," as Tim calls it. I want it to be brown, through and through.
These days, our steaks are served just the way we like them...thanks to the ultra-handy, super speedy Thermapen by ThermoWorks. The tiny device will give you a reading in 3 seconds. Just pierce your meat and a temperature will appear in large, easy-to-read letters. Your chicken, hamburgers, steak, and ribs will be cooked safely and tastily - just the way you like.
Retailing for $96, it will last you a long time and save you the headache of cutting open your steak with a kitchen knife and fork.
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