Last week on Shelly’s Friday Favourites we talked about how taking a slow cooker along when you go back to school is a seriously good idea. This week we're packing up the microwave to take it to your dorm room, and I've got a few healthy, fresh microwave recipes ready for you to try.
All it took was one set of steaks cooked on the T-fal Optigrill Non-stick grill and it was time for my BBQ to step aside and let a handier appliance take over. Here’s what I found out when I tested out the T-fal Optigrill.
If you're a busy parent with school runs or a college/university student with a crazy schedule full of classes, your coffee maker can be the one thing in your day to keep you sane. It's great to read Best Buy customer reviews to help choose which coffee maker will work best for you. Read on to learn which coffee makers were chosen as favourites.
I’m not sure about you, but rice is a staple in my diet. It’s ridiculously versatile, can be dressed up or down to complement or become a meal, and is relatively low calorie as far as starches are concerned. The problem is that cooking rice—real rice, not the “nuke-in-the-bag-pseudo-rice”—can take a bit of time. And let’s be honest, time can be a luxury; especially when you’re a parent with kids in school, or a student yourself. When I think back to my university days, I have vivid memories of being so busy that the very prospect of cooking dinner made me sweat with anxiety.
Because I’ve already used a Panasonic microwave for a long time, and the microwave I bought for my new house was a different brand, I was excited to try out the latest Panasonic model, the Panasonic 2.2 Genius Prestige Plus with Cyclonic Inverter Technology; it promises even cooking and defrosting you just can't find on another microwave.
If you’ve ever watched one of those home improvement shows on TV, you are no doubt aware that the vast majority of interior designers think that a “fan” is either someone who follows them on social media, or an intrusive assault to the esthetic senses. Well, no disrespect to the interior designers out there, but here’s the thing: in the summer months, a fan is an absolute necessity. In fact, depending on the size of your home, and in the absence of air conditioning, multiple fans are a necessity. But what makes one fan different from another? That’s what I’m here to tell you!
If you've just upgraded to an amazing new induction range, you might be happy to know you'll also have to upgrade to new cookware. Induction ranges work with only two types of cookware, cast iron and stainless steel, and there's a lot of choice for both. Here's a look at the cookware essentials you'll need when upgrading to an induction range.
There are some small kitchen appliances you just can’t help get really excited about. For some people that appliance might be a crockpot, for others a bread maker. At my house, we always get a real kick out of blenders. That could be because we’ve had some real stinkers over the years, where you can literally see the blades struggling to cut through whatever we’ve put in the bowl and you can smell the blender’s motor as it burns out. Yes, I’ve killed off a few blenders in my time, so I’ve been really impressed with how far blenders have come over the past few years, and even more impressed when I gave the Breville Boss Super Blender a run through for a few days.
Induction cooking is one of the many ways you can cook your meals today. Because I had no idea what induction cooking was all about, I had to do some research to learn about everything induction cooking has to offer. Let me tell you, I found out it has some great benefits, so read on to see if an induction cooker is right for you.
If you’re at all into healthy eating, or even if you just happen to have flipped through the pages of a healthy eating magazine at some point in the past few years, you’ve likely heard all about food steamers. Because they eliminate the need to cook with oils or unnecessary additives, they’re said to be the bee’s knees when it comes to healthy cooking. So, given the fact that bathing suit season is right around the corner and I’ve recently launched myself into an epic mission to get in shape and slim down in record time, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review the Breville Health Smart Steamer.
When I was asked to try out the Breville Fast Slow Cooker I couldn't wait. There is a sense of accomplishment I feel when I am extremely organized and think to put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning so dinner is ready when we get home at the end of a long day. Any busy family will love this appliance since it can make a whole meal in one pot with easy clean up.
Today I bring you news of the Breville Sous Chef Food Processor, which might just be the best food processor in the history of food processors! OK, that may or may not be the case, but I'm going to tell you right up front that I really like this machine! If you'd like to know why, simply click through and read on and I'll tell you all about the many great features and benefits of this amazing Breville food preparation system. But be warned: If you do venture inside, you're almost guaranteed to come away wanting one of these food processors, so enter at your own risk!
Recently James Dyson revealed Dyson’s latest technology to the world via a media event in Tokyo. He launched the machine many have been eagerly anticipating—the Dyson robot vacuum cleaner. After years of intensive research and development, we are launching an intelligent, cyclonic, robot vacuum that is capable of cleaning properly: theDyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner.
Some days I look around my kitchen and think how lucky we are to have all of the kitchen gadgets we have now. Unlike our grandparents, we really don't really have to do anything by hand when it comes to food preparation in the kitchen. Take milkshakes and smoothies for example—with how popular they have become over the past few years, can you imagine trying to make one without a blender? A blender can chop, puree and blend in seconds, and the only way I can imagine making my favourite smoothie without one is using a potato masher. Can you imagine? There’s just something about that picture that doesn't seem something quite right.
There is something about pasta that’s comfort food to me, especially in a cream sauce with mushrooms and asparagus. Pasta is a family favourite at my house, and because it’s my go to for entertaining and so easy to make on a busy night, I make it often. Fresh pasta is better than store bought pasta any day, so when given the opportunity to test the Phillips Pasta Maker, I was all in.
It’s pretty unbelievable how much our favourite appliances have changed over the years … Let’s take a look at the heart of the modern kitchen—the stove, and see how it’s progressed in being the powerhouse appliance that we’ve all come to love!
Have you ever stopped to think of just how far washers and dryers have come over the last few years? Or the last few decades? Today I take a brief trip back in time to see just how far these appliances have come and to ask the question, when is it time for a washer & dryer upgrade? Join me inside and prepare to be thankful for all the work that these amazing machines do! After all, it wasn't so very long ago that most of these tasks were either done by hand or simply not done at all!
We rely on, and come into contact with, so many modern conveniences on a daily basis that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that not all that long ago many of those conveniences had not yet been imagined, let alone invented. Take the electric mixer for example. Can you fathom making cookie dough or whipping cream entirely by hand? I certainly can’t. Electric mixers are a staple in almost every kitchen, but have only been around for about 100 years, and surprisingly, their history is much more interesting than you would have thought.
Choosing kitchen appliances can be intimidating. After all, you want an appliance that has multiple useful functions, one that fits with your existing kitchen or possibly into a reno, and to top it all off it’s a major expenditure so you want something that’s going to be a good value for your money. We’ve got some tips for picking those big ticket items.
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So, you’ve made the big decision—you’re moving! As anyone who has moved before can attest to, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to physically transporting your belongings, such as how to best pack up your kitchen, or move your TV and home theatre. Perhaps the most significant consideration when moving however, is what do with your large, very expensive major appliances. If you’re moving and have been thinking about this, read on as I have some helpful tips!
Did you know there are two Kenwood companies? The Kenwood Corporation that sells audio products, and Kenwood Limited, a company that’s been modernizing the kitchen since 1947. Kenneth Maynard Wood of Britain founded Kenwood Limited, and working from his garage, he set out to revolutionize how people perform tasks in their kitchens.
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Samsung’s built a tablet business with models that cater to specific users and their needs. Their Tab Pro line was designed around corporate users as well as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. Samsung has now created the Galaxy Tab A line of 8” and 9.7” tablets designed specifically for families and home users.
A kitchen renovation may boost your mood, but there’s another area that a renovated kitchen with new appliances can give you a boost, and that’s in your wallet. How exactly? Energy Star compliant appliances use less electricity than your older appliances, and even if your fridge, stove, or washer and dryer are only 10 years old, you’d be amazed at how efficient new appliances are in comparison.
A refrigerator is one of the biggest big ticket items you'll buy, and for many of us we may only buy a new one once or twice in our lifetimes. So what features are worth looking at in today's modern fridges? There's no better way to highlight what's new, than looking at what's now old news when it comes to fridge technology.
Having moved a fair bit in recent years, I have discovered that moving is a lot like Spring cleaning. In each case, some things simply must go, and other things are definitely worth keeping. In the case of moving, some of the things getting weeded out should be replaced, and in today's blog I examine the packing ordeal! Read on for a brief S & A: Suggestions & Answers!
When it comes to choosing a brand new BBQ, there's certainly a lot of choice available these days! And I'm not merely referring to the significant quantity of individual BBQ models that are out there, but also to the 3 main types of BBQs that are available to select among: Propane, Electric, & Portable. For this reason, today I explore some of the good, the bad, and the yummy considerations for each of the major BBQ types!
Where do you get started when you want to kick your spring season off with a bang? I think everyone should begin by saying goodbye to the winter dust bunnies in your house and greet spring with a good round of spring-cleaning, and this spring cleaning survival guide will get you from floors to windows in a flash.
Today I examine the Philips Airfryer Viva Deep Fryer, which is a very unique appliance that I was particularly interested in testing when recently given the opportunity. If you'd like to achieve the same delicious effect of deep frying your food, but without all the oil (and generally producing an overall healthier meal), then this counter top cooker may well be for you! Simply click on through for the full results of the extensive tests that my wife and I put this machine through, along with my ultimate recommendation of whether or not this particular appliance is worthy of a purchase!
When I first heard about the Belkin WeMo Smart Wifi Slow Cooker, I knew this Smart Home appliance would be something I’d like. With built-in Wifi, I could turn the slow cooker on and off remotely, and I can’t begin to describe how excited I was about that. No more overcooking! Read on for the recipe I tried out in the Belkin WeMo Slow Cooker.
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