Rachael Ray Orange 10 Piece Stainless Steel Set Review

Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware SetThis set contains a 1½ quart saucepan with lid, a 3 quart saucepan with lid, an 8 quart stockpot with lid, an 8 inch skillet, a 10 inch skillet and a 10 inch (3 quart) sauté pan with lid.

This is a very ‘Rachael’ set with her trademark favorite  color orange.  If you like orange you will love this set – and it is also quite a good safety feature as it makes you more aware of where the handles are positioned on the stove top and so you automatically turn them in for safety. 

The stay-cool handles are also attached to the pans with double rivets making them extra strong.  They are easy-grip silicon and angled high so it doesn’t hurt your wrist to lift a full pan.

Stainless steel is not known for its’ ability to heat up quickly and evenly.  However the Rachael Ray 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set has a thick, flat aluminum base which makes up for this deficiency and it is great when you’re cooking as you don’t get hot spots that cause the food to stick and burn. 

It also has a nice satin finish rather than a shiny one  which is aesthetically pleasing – it looks really good. The slight rounding of the interiors from the base to the side makes them work like professional chef’s pans and gives great results.

The edges of the pans are slightly flared which makes it possible to pour from them without annoying drips. Dishwashing is not recommended but to be honest, because the bases are so thick, you don’t need a high heat so not much sticks to these – so hand washing isn’t a chore. 

If anything does stick, just give the pan a good soak in hot, soapy water and use a non-scratch dish scrubber.  Bar Keepers Friendwill get rid of even the most stubborn stuck or burnt on food.

The glass lids are great for seeing what’s happening to the food but the drawback with these is that there is no vent in the lid.  This means that as steam builds up, it clouds the glass so that you can’t see the contents and you do end up having to lift the lid off anyway.

A helpful bonus with this set is that the lids for the sauté pan and the Dutch oven also fit the 10 inch skillet so you don’t waste time hunting for lids. The set is compatible with all stove tops, even induction and is safe in an oven up to 400 degrees. All in all, a great ‘starter’ set for a reasonable price, which you can add to as there are many other matching items available.

Where Can I Buy the Rachael Ray 10 Piece Stainless Cookware Set?  Amazon

Unusual and Not So Unusual Recipes of the Week

We’ve decided to start adding a regular blog post per week highlighting some of the best cooking recipes we’ve found during the week. Since we both love to cook, we regularly surf the net looking for recipes and it seemed like a waste to not post the ones we thought deserved a mention.

So here are the results for this week:

  • Recipe for Cool Cherry Soup – This one is unusual but looks very refreshing and so easy to make. I love the sound of the ingredients with the additon of ginger, mustard and honey. Unfortunately cherries aren’t in season here in Australia but I know that most of our readers are from the US and you shouldn’t have a problem finding cherries at the moment.
  • Roasted Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream – There’s nothing like making your own homemade ice cream and I love the sound of this recipe. Combining balsamic vinegar with strawberries may sound a little strange but they actually work really well together. This is a great looking blog and well worth a visit.
  • Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Dessert – This one looks soooo good and is another really quick and easy one to make.
  • Marinated Flank Steak (London Broil) – My mouth watered when I saw the photo of this succulent steak.

Vacation Homes Southern Californian Gourmet Getaway With Chef Bonnie

Like Holidays? Like Cooking?

Then You are in for a treat.

Talking about vacations is generally kept for our www.traveltripz.com travel website. But this is a special treat that combines two loves of mine, travel and cooking.

Who wouldn’t enjoy a holiday in Southern California with the special treat of having dinner cooked for you, and up to three friends, by Chef Bonnie from ‘The Food Network’ &  ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.  You will remember Chef Bonnie as the 26 year old nanny and chef from LA who was a finalist (and almost won) in the popular TV show ‘Hells Kitchen’.

Well if you pop over to VacationRentals.com you will see that they are running a competition in which you can win a holiday in one of the  Vacation  Homes in Southern California and have Chef Bonnie come to your vacation rental  home to cook dinner.

I don’t know about you but a winning a  Chef Bonnie Weekend Getaway sounds pretty good to me. There are also two other packages on offer but the gourmet weekend away appeals to me.

And the great thing about this competition is you don’t have to make any purchase to enter, simply provide your name and email address.  You will be entered into the competition and you will also receive notification of great deals from Vacation Rentals.

There are, of course, a few guidelines that you need to be aware of such as the fact that you do need to be a US resident who lives in one of the 50 US states,  D.C. and Canada. Oh yes there is one other stipulation – you must be 21 years of age or more to take part in this great prize of a  Celebrity Chef Vacation.

Its a great opportunity so I certainly urge you to enter competition and for a second entry into the competition send the details to three of your  friends that you think would like to join you.  The prize is pretty amazing as apart from having Chef Bonnie cook for you,  the prize also includes the money towards your airfare and vacation home rental.

I really think everyone should really take advantage of the opportunity to win this $5,000 prize for a great holiday and gourmet dining  experience.

You know, it isn’t always necessary to stay in a hotel when you go on holiday.  Staying in a vacation home is just like being at home with all the conveniences and comforts that you are used to, and at a very reasonable rate.

Its such a great idea really, you can rent your home out through vacation rentals or you can rent a home for your vacation.

Review: Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Deli Knife

wusthof-classic-8-inch-deli-knife Have you ever been in the deli and been amazed at how they can make quick work of nearly anything put on the cutting board with their special deli knife?

Well now they aren’t the only ones who can have that deli knife. With the Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Deli Knife you can get the same results in your home kitchen.

The Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Deli Knife is designed differently than many of the knives you have in your kitchen. First, it has been forced from a single piece of high-carbon stain-resistant steel. This means it is a sturdy piece and can handle more work and pressure in the kitchen than many other knives and will continue to look great through it all.

Additionally, the blade design itself is a bit different. It is slightly offset and has a wavy edge that will make it just as easy to neatly cut bread as well as you can meats and other items.  It also has an offset handle that makes it easier to cut the items you are working on without hitting your fingers on the cutting surface.

What We Like

  • While this knife is a little pricier than other knives out there, in this case you are paying for quality. This is a precision knife that will do the job and last.
  • It is a very sharp knife that can carefully cut bread without ripping it, while still being able to make quick work of harder cheeses and meats.
  • It continues to look good use after use.
  • It is a sturdy and hefty piece that feels like it will last a long time.
  • The offset handle will save many knuckles, as you will be much less likely to smack them on the counter as you cut through meats, cheeses and sandwiches.
  • The  knife has a high-carbon stainless steel blade, hardened to maintain a sharp edge.
  • The full tang provides perfect balance.
  • The urable, impact-resistant polypropylene handle has been buffed and polished by hand and it  is moisture- and food acid-resistant.
  • The  knife has a seamless fit between the handle, bolster and the full-tang making if  extremely hygienic.

Where Can I Buy the Wüsthof Classic 8-Inch Deli Knife?

Review: Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 1-Quart Open Pour Saucier

cuisinart-chefs-classic-nonstick-hard-anodized-open-pour-saucierHow many times has this happened to you? You’ve made a perfectly delectable sauce on the stove and were ready to pour it onto a plate, pasta, or where ever else was appropriate, but as you start to pour from the pot you are using, sauce begins to dribble down the side of the pot as well as to your destination. Before you know it, you have a drippy mess all over the counter and stovetop, and a lot of clean up to do.

If you were to have the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 1-Quart Open Pour Saucier , this would no longer be a problem. T

The Cuisinart Open Pour Saucier is a perfect stovetop pot with the added bonus of having a pour spout on one side. This means you will be able to pour that saucy creation just where you want it, and NOT anywhere else.

While many people think this is great only for making sauces, this pot is also great for small items that need to be drained like veggies or specialty pasta. You can just use a straining spoon at the spouted edge of the pot to pour the water out without having to pull out your colander.

This pot has been created with a nonstick surface so once you are done cooking, the clean up is a cinch. It also has a cool grip handle that makes it easier to use and move around the kitchen without any burns.

What We Like

  • The convenience of being able to pour sauces effectively out of the pot or straining while items are still in the pot.
  • The cool grip handle makes it easy to use this pot without any discomfort.
  • The smaller size saucepot is great especially if it is just you or you are cooking for 2, as there is less clean up.
  • The non-stick surface makes it easy to clean.

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