Le Creuset Childrens Bakeware Set

Le Creuset

Cooking and baking together are two of the most special activities you can share with your children.  Baking is bonding.  You will make memories for years to come.

We have had several requests for a recommendation on children’s bakeware.  During most of our research, we came across bakeware sets which were just the right size but the wrong materials.  Oftentimes, manufacturers do not take baking for children seriously.  They create cheap plastic bakeware sets that will not stand up to the task.

We finally discovered a bakeware set worth recommending: the Childrens Bakeware Set by Le Creuset.  Le Creuset consistently scores high marks with us because the company makes great, high-quality products that are well-designed and will last for years to come.

The Children’s Bakeware Set by Le Creuset will teach your children to share the joy of cooking and baking by giving them hands-on experience “just like Mommy!”.

The Childrens Bakeware Set contains a mixing bowl, mini spoon, mini spatula, and six silicone baking cups.  The bowl is just the right size for little hands.  The set also contains durable recipe cards with easy-to-make yet delicious recipes your children will love to make, eat, and share.  This Children’s Bakeware Set is truly brilliant in design and function.  It comes in pink or blue.

You can find it here at www.lecreuset.com.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

We highly recommend it!

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Coffee Talk: Jeremiah’s Pick

Jeremiah's Pick Italian Roast

It’s time for coffee talk!  Here’s what our reviewers are talking about.

Jeremiah’s Pick, a private label coffee company based in San Francisco, makes coffee that will take you places.  Founded in San Francisco in 1933, Jeremiah’s Pick prides itself on using the finest Arabica beans while buying from environmentally and socially responsible growers.

The Jeremiah’s Pick coffees we tested had an incredibly smooth finish.  Here they are:

Italian Roast — A dark roast coffee with hints of fruit and spice.  Complex and smokey. *Reviewer’s Favorite

Organic Vilcabamba — Strong body with hints of honey and dark plum.

Private Reserve — Dark Roast with hints of chocolate and nuts.

Pure Hawaiian  — Light roast with hints of macadamia nuts and honey.  Classic and creamy.

We noted that the flavors described were subtle, not dominant.

Overall: Jeremiah’s Pick brews a good cup of coffee and will make a nice pairing with breakfast, chocolate, or other treats you enjoy.

Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

You can find Jeremiah’s Pick  here at www.JeremiahsPick.com.


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Fall Into Chocolate Bliss With Godiva

Godiva Chocolate CUpcakes

Fall is here.  Cozy, yet?  Nothing is better during the arrival of Fall than watching the leaves change while eating your favorite chocolate.  Many of our readers have asked us to make a recommendation on “Best Chocolate”.  Here’s one of our favorites that we always fall for: Godiva.

Godiva offers a variety of timeless confections which will transport you into chocolate bliss.  We tested four of Godiva’s premiere confections: Chocolate Chunk Brownies, Carmel Brownies, Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and Godiva Cupcakes.

Our top pick: The Assorted Chocolate Cupcakes.  These delicious confections achieve the chocolaty bliss that most cupcakes only dream of having.  They are truly all-chocolate with every bite.  We especially loved the Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  They are so chocolatey, you won’t be disappointed!

For chocolate lovers looking for a salty twist, Godiva Chocoiste Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels are great.  They are chocolatey through and through with a tinge of saltiness.  They come arrayed in a beautiful golden tin.  When you open the tin, a chocolatey aroma bursts forth.  Chocolate covered pretzels can’t get any better than this!

Our reviewers enjoyed the brownies as well.  Yet they looked chocolatier than they tasted.  We hope in the future Godiva will add some big chocolate chunks to them to give them that extra chocolate burst in keeping with the rest of their great products.

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!  (Cupcakes and Pretzels)

You can find these delicious confections here at www.Godiva.com.


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Best Crepe Pan Set


Le Creuset Crepe Set

Delectable every time…The perfect crepe pan makes perfect crepes.  The perfect crepe mix makes the perfection complete! The question we had: where can we find one?

We are excited to announce that Le Creuset recently launched the new Le Creuset Crepe Set.  Le Creuset partnered with Charleston Crepe Company to make a great combination.  Le Creuset’s 11: Nonstick Crepe Pan is made of hard-anodized aluminum which heats quickly and effectively to cook crepes to exact perfection.  The crepe pan comes with a wooden crepe spreader to make crepes thin and smooth.  In our test kitchen, the Nonstick Crepe Pan received the highest marks available in the five-star category.

Charleston Crepe Company’s Classic Crepe Mix adds Southern flare to a longstanding gourmet tradition.  When we tested the crepe mix, we found it to be exactly what we were looking for: light, suitable for sweet or savory crepes, and all natural.

We recommend Le Creuset’s Crepe Set as the Best Crepe Pan Set on the market today.  We believe it will make a great gift for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, and anytime, really.  The Crepe Set is a gift that keeps on giving.  It will last for years to come.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

You can find it here at www.LeCreuset.com.


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Best Kitchen Utensil Set

Kitchen Tool Set by Cutco

Every good cook knows that timing plays a key role in creating melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces.  “Where is my spatula?” “Honey, can you get me a serving spoon?!” “Where did I put the potato masher?”  If you have ever said these words, you know what we are talking about!

We have a recommendation for you that will help you find what you need when you need it: get a kitchen utensil set.  The best kind of kitchen utensil set contains sturdy-made, versatile pieces and a solid container to hold them.

The best kitchen utensil set we have found on the market today is the Kitchen Tool Set With Holder by Cutco.  The Kitchen Tool Set contains five essential cooking tools:  Cutco’s own Slotted Spoon, Basting Spoon, Ladle, Slotted Turner, Mix-Stir and Potato Masher.

Each cooking tool has a long, ergonomic handle which allows cooks to handle food without getting too close to the heat.  Cutco’s products are well-made and have a lifetime guarantee.   The cooking tools fit snugly in the wooden holder.  The utensil holder takes up a minimal amount of counter space.

We have reviewed several kitchen utensil sets over the years, and this is the best we have seen.  It sets the standard for quality, useability, and overall excellence.  As always, Cutco will last you a lifetime.  One of our clients shared a heartwarming story with us recently about Cutco.  On his wedding day, 40 years ago, friends gave him Cutco.  He is still using his Cutco today and they look just like they did when he got them 40 years ago!

We highly recommend the Kitchen Tool Set With Holder.

Find it here!

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Easy Milk Frother

Fall is just around the corner.  It’s time to get ready to enjoy warm, frothy coffee, hot chocolate, and lattes.  Why not start early?  You’ll enjoy them even more with the Capresso Froth Pro.  The Froth Pro is compact and easy to use.  It whips your milk into a creamy cold or warm froth or steam.  It is easy to use and easy to clean. 

We tested it with a variety of beverages: raspberry hot chocolate, milk ‘n honey latte, and Starbucks Via.  It transforms a glass of milk into a culinary masterpiece!  Kids will also love this.  It will make their drinks magic.  (Note: The heating plate is very hot, so this product is recommended for adult use only.)

The Froth Pro is an easy milk frother that will save you time and money on those lattes you love!

You can find the Froth Pro and more  here at www.capresso.com.

Rating: 3 Stars! Good!

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Best Chopping Knife

Kuhn Rikon Kulu Knife

If you are looking for no-fuss chopping, we recommend the Kulu Herb and Vegetable Knife by Kuhn Rikon.  This knife has an innovative design which provides ergonomic comfort and enables rounded, natural cutting action.  In short, it is the easiest knife we have found for chopping.

We tested this knife with a variety of ingredients: fresh herbs, vegetables, and nuts.  It transformed chopping from a chore into an accomplishment!   It cut the herbs into beautiful slices or chopped them as we desired.

Our favorite use: chopping pecans and other nuts for baking.  Although several electric “choping and blending” machines claim to have chopping capabilities, we have found that most electric choppers pulverize nuts, reducing them to a mixture of a few chopped nuts, mostly ground nuts, and a fine powder, rather than only chopping them.

Some things are done best by hand!  That’s why we love the Kulu. We placed pecans in a flat-bottomed, round-edged stainless steel bowl and chopped them with the Kulu.  The Kulu allowed us to control the quality of the chopped nuts and achieve the results we were looking for.

We highly recommend it!

You can find the Kulu here at www.KuhnRikon.com.

Rating: 5-Stars!  Best!

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Best Knife Sharpener

Pro Edge Elite Knife Sharpener

The best knives are sharp ones.  That’s why every serious cook knows that you need a great knife sharpener to keep your knives at their best.  We recently tested the Pro Edge Elite Electric Knife Sharpener by Edgeware.  The Pro Edge Elite is a diamond and ceramic electric knife sharpener.  It will work wonders on every knife in your drawer.

Described as “the world’s most advanced knife sharpener”,  Edgeware’s Pro Edge Elite certainly lives up to its title.  The Pro Edge Elite sharpens with maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Furthermore, it only shaves off a minimal amount of metal.

In our testing and review, we found Edgeware’s claims to be true to the test.  Our favorite quality of this knife sharpener is that it sharpens both sides of the knife at the same time.  When you have one of these, you will be able to say goodbye to the old days of manual knife sharpening.

This electric knife sharpener is designed to sharpen a wide variety of knives, whether alloy, stainless steel, or carbon.  However, it is important to note that it will not sharpen serrated, single beveled, or ceramic knives.

It is called a “diamond and ceramic knife sharpener” because the diamond and ceramic wheels each play a vital role in knife sharpening, not because it sharpens ceramic knives.  The diamond wheels sharpen the knives and the ceramic wheels polish them.

Find it here at www.edgewareproducts.com

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!


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Best Summer Treats

Perfect Pops

Best Summer Treats
Make Summer Memories With Perfect Pops

One of the greatest joys of summer is to have fun outside on a hot, sunny day and enjoy a delicious popsicle. Better yet? How about enjoying a homemade popsicle? Charity Ferreira’s Perfect Pops contains recipes for “The 50 Best Classic & Cool Treats”. Charity spent many summers with her kids and kids from the neighborhood creating homemade popsicles in her kitchen.

Her favorite part? “The kids amazed and inspired me with their sensitive palates and their willingness to try new flavors. It was so much fun to see four-and five-year-olds enjoying pops made from sweet corn or strawberries and balsamic vinegar and to hear twelve-year-old boys discussing whether or not they liked the flavor of shiso in the plum pops, or whether the Mexican chocolate pops should have more chile. I hope these are some of the flavors they will remember when they are adults,” Charity says. We also give kudos to Leigh Beisch, who took such spectacular photos of each Perfect Pop it makes you want to try all of them!

Summer is a special time to make great memories sharing wonderful moments with popsicles dripping down your chin. We made a few of these recipes ourselves. Editor’s Pick: Chocolate-Creme Fraiche Pops Kids’ Pick: Triple-Layered Rocket Pops

This book will certainly add great memories to your summer. You can find it here at www.ChronicleBooks.com.

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Decadent Chocolate Pairings

Godiva Bear 2011 Valentino

Instead of any chocolate, why not give Godiva?  And instead of roses, why not give a romantic little bear to the one you love?  We recently sampled a trio of delight: Godiva 22 Piece Milk Chocolates, Godiva Hazelnut Coffee, and a Godiva Chocolate Torte.   This year, Godiva’s Exclusive Gund 2011 bear, Valentino, will add a romantic Parisian flare to any occasion.  He is cute, cuddly, and yes, wearing a red beret.  These gifts will even elate  the person who has everything.

Godiva 22 Piece Milk Chocolates come in a variety of flavors.  When you entertain dinner guests, we suggest offering these chocolates after dinner and pairing them with Godiva Hazelnut Coffee.  The fragrant Hazelnut aroma will fill the room with a sweet, nutty fragrance which will create pleasant memories and a desire to visit you again.  The great secret of all gourmet chefs is serving great coffee.

Godiva also makes decadent cakes and tortes which we suggest serving with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.  This is the way we enjoy them.  These chocolates are a cut above.

You can find Godiva’s fine products at www.Godiva.com.

Rating: 2 Stars Very Good

Godiva Hazelnut Coffee

Godiva 22 pc Milk Chocolate

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