Super Automatic Deliciousness At Home!

steamy espressoAnyone who knows me is familiar with my love of coffee. Espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, I want it all! So when I read a couple of other blogger’s super automatic espresso machine reviews, I just had to dive in and get one. Super automatic espresso machines can make all of my favorites, and even types I’ve never tried, all at the push of a button. It’s like having a local neighborhood coffee joint at home, right in your kitchen. It’s your own personal barista. Just without the line, take away the tip jar, and minus the attitude.

There are quite a few models, but I’ll just talk about the DeLonghi ESAM 3300 Magnifica. Whew! What a name. Most machines are ‘bean to cup’. Which means, you put in the fresh beans, press a button and out comes great smelling, freshly brewed morning Joe. The machine grinds the beans fresh for every brewing cycle, although you can use pre-ground coffee if you desire.

Any size milk container fits inside, and the coffee spigot height can be adjusted as well. Very convenient. One thing I like is that the DeLonghi has ‘fineness’ settings, which allow you to make the coffee as weak or as strong as you want it. There’s also no waiting between espresso and cappuccino like some machines, because it uses a double boiler system. Not only did the double boiler allow me to do espresso and cappuccino simultaneously, but the coffee temperature is always near perfect every time.

In addition to the more technical features it also has a few secondary features that I really like. It has a cup warmer and a built in grinder. Good for me, because I like to buy whole bean coffee. The cup warmer is great so that when the steamy espresso is pulled into the warm cup, it doesn’t lose temperature to the cup.

One gripe I had about the machine is that it is a bit loud. All espresso machines have some level of noise, the noise level of this one is slightly above the average. Thankfully (I think), my mornings are usually a whirlwind of chaos so I rarely notice it. Overall, this is a great machine that coffee lovers will enjoy for years to come. Whether you decide to get this one or one of the other models, be sure it fits your coffee style. Bottom’s up!

My Search for the Perfect Microwave

microwavedSo I spent the last few weeks comparing different microwaves to find the one that will cook my favorite salmon (and many other stuff, yum) without fail. There are a ton of options out there so in order to narrow down my choices a bit I chose to set a budget of not more than $75. I looked for the best microwave ovens review and decided to try a few microwaves.

The first microwave I decided to try out was the Nostalgia Electrics Red Retro Series Microwave. I like the retro look of this one and the led display. It comes with a clock (pretty standard in a microwave) 12 pre-programmed features, 5 power settings and 700 watts of power. It’s not very large, sitting at only 18 x 14.2 x 10.2 inches which means it fits nicely on my counter top. The biggest draw back on this one for me though was the lack of a turn table inside, I don’t feel like my food cooks evenly unless it’s spinning.

The next microwave I used was the Kenmore countertop microwave. Kenmore is a brand I’ve heard a lot about and trust so giving this microwave a whirl was a no-brainer for me. At 19 x 14 x 11 inches the size is pretty comparable to the Nostalgia microwave and the weight is nearly identical as well. This one comes with a 10.6 inch turntable that is dishwasher safe, which is a big deal when my hot pocket explodes sending melted cheese all over my microwave. This particular microwave has a save feature so that I can program the times and power level (all 900 watts of it) that I want to cook certain things at. Also with just the press of a button I can increase the cook time by 30 seconds, also handy. At only $63 this one is about six dollars cheaper than the Nostalgia, in my book the Kenmore is the clear winner.

The final microwave I tried was be the Westinghouse 600W Counter Top Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cubic Feet. Again the size on this microwave is pretty comparable to the others at 10.3 x 17.8 x 13.6 inches and it weighs about 23 pounds. It has a turntable, 6 different power levels, and 600 watts of cooking power. This microwave has mechanical dials that you turn to set your cook time as opposed to the buttons of most modern microwaves. The time can only go up to 30 minutes which can be a pain if you need to defrost something and it is going to take a while. The inside is also significantly small than the other microwaves at just 0.6 Cubic Feet. This microwave really doesn’t have a whole lot going for it in terms of what I am looking for and it actually costs more than the Kenmore.

After spending some significant time with each of the 3 competitors the clear winner and the microwave I used to this day is the Kenmore. They have a trusted name and everything I was looking for in a microwave. It has a sleek design, programmable features, a turn table, and a price that fits in to my budget.

Definitely The Best Buy Toaster Ovens

A toaster oven is a versatile kitchen appliance. Some of us think it is only good for making a toast. An oven toaster combines both aspects of an oven and a toaster. It can be difficult choosing the right one for your kitchen, because of the many brands in the market. Below are the best brands based on the best toaster oven reviews:

Black and DeckerTR0480BS CounterTop Oven

Black and Decker 0480BS

  • This toaster meets all the expectations of a basic toaster. Its small and stylish design makes it look good on your kitchen top. It is a 4-slice toaster. Its crumb tray is accessible from the front. This makes it very easy to empty it. It is a large capacity oven with 1200-watt motor. It comes with the following functions: Bake, bagel, broil and keep warm functions. It features adjustable temperatures up to 450 degrees. It has a timer that lets you set depending on what you are cooking.

T-Fal Avante Oven

  • This oven toaster is more compact with plenty of features. A 1600 watts motor for convection and convectional baking powers it. It can prepare six slices of bread. It features an easy to control panel that is digitalised with customized settings. This oven allows you to adjust temperatures. The exterior is safe to touch. The baking pan and the broiling pan are non-stick. It has a permanent clock with a 90-minute timer. The manufacturer offers 1 year limited warranty.

Sanyo Toaster Oven- SK-7S

  • This toaster has a vertical oriented shape to fit well on your kitchen counter top. It is best suited for kitchens with small counter space. It is 13 inches tall and 9 inches wide, it does not require too much space. It has four control settings. This toaster oven cuts down on your electricity costs. It also comes with a fifteen-minute auto shut off. For safety purposes, the oven should be unplugged from power when not in use or when cleaning it.

Convectional VS convection oven – Ehow

Presenting the Game Changing Bread Maker

breadmakerYou might be passionate about making your own bread at home, but are you sure about the best bread maker to use? Do not be confused any more. Let us indulge in a Cuisinart bread maker review, shall we? There are some aspects about a bread maker that improves your bread making experience fundamentally. One Such aspect includes the versatility of the kinds of bread you can make. One should also be concerned about the ease of using the bread maker, and of course the quality of the final bread.

The Cuisinart bread maker does not compromise on versatility. Cuisinart allows you to make loaf of breads of three distinct sizes with the maximum size being 2.00 lb. Any cooking device worth its salt must come with recipes, and Cuisinart does not disappoint. The Cuisinart manual gives you a range of 101 cycles and 16 programs/recipes of making bread. With each recipe, you can easily choose a cycle from the Cuisinart which will determine crust thickness among other diverse bread qualities.

breadBread making could prove complicated especially for a novice. However, the Cuisinart is an automatic bread maker. All you have to do is follow the recipes provided, and then watch the Cuisinart direct your bread making. The Cuisinart is an automatic bread maker operated by the push of buttons, and is fully equipped with an LCD screen that gives you the remaining time to the next step of your bread making. For example, you await a beep that instructs you to add ingredients such as nuts, or to shift the dough to the oven. For the Cuisinart, you simply use a button to choose your preferred bread size, or to make a delay time choice. The delay time simply schedules the beginning of the bread making to a later time. The Cuisinart serves you with a delay time of up to 12 hours. The Cuisinart also has a power back up. Therefore, as a Cuisinart user, you do not have to worry about power disrupting the bread making process.

While the Cuisinart gives 101 bread types to choose from, the operation of the bread maker can be complicated. Imagine if you wanted to make a specific type of bread. Then you would have to consider not only the ingredients, but also the bread size, and other specifics such as crust colours. Do not worry for the solution to the complication is following the manual keenly. The Cuisinart is not an aesthetically striking bread maker, and cleaning the bread maker can be tasking. Perhaps the mentioned complication is the price you have to pay for the versatility and the easy and automatic operations of the Cuisinart.

Great Sets of Chef Knives

knifeIf you need good chef knives then it is wise to buy them in a set. This way you will get the suitable knife for all your functions. Most knives are made the best way to help them to multipurpose but its good to have specific blades that help you to make work easier. There are several brands of knives that make the best sets and these will make your work in the kitchen so much easier. Here are the best rated chef knives.

The Victorinox Chef’s knives

These knives are the most sought after because of their many functions in the kitchen. You can easily use them to cut, dice and slice through food in the kitchen. They are also easily sharpened and they have a firm handle that does not come off easily. The handle is made if ergonomic fibrox and it is slip resistant. The knives are made of stainless steel and they are dishwasher safe.

Wusthof chef’s knives

wusthofsTheir unique handle design only adds to their efficiency. They are designed to have a partial bolster that ensures that the entire blade is sharpened without one causing harm to themselves. The contoured handles help one to have a firm grip of the knife and so they can be used for any function in the kitchen. These knives made by World Solingen Company in Germany are the best as their blades are laser tested for right angle and sharpness.

Non-stick Sushi chef’s knives

This is one of the most wished after set of cutlery in a chef’s world. The blade has non-stick coating and integrated holes on the blade to make it function better. It has a plastic handle that is quite durable and a rocker blade which is very effective for its function. This knife is best for cutting raw fish, meats, vegetables and cheeses without the food sticking on it. Japanese chef knives like this are also great knives to consider.