Saucy Brazilian Soapstone Cookware

Now here’s a way to add some elegance to your kitchen.
The beauty and versatility of soapstone has been known and used by Brazilians for generations.

These practical soapstone pots will compliment the cookware you are currently using; it looks great along side stainless steel, cast iron or copper cookware.

Soapstone is an excellent medium for cooking soups, stews, chilies and other slow cooked dishes and can be uses equally well for frying and sautéing.

These lovely sandstone pots are handmade entirely of solid stone and are designed to be used in the oven, on a stovetop or grill and have the remarkable ability to conduct and retain heat. In fact pots made from sandstone are able to withstand temperatures over twice that of cast iron and other metal cookware.

Soapstone is grey in its natural state but it develops a natural non-stick surface and lustrous black patina finish when it has been seasoned.<

I know it’s tough, but hand washing recommended, however, Soapstone pots are very easy to clean with a sponge and water, although occasionally you may need to use a tad of liquid soap but this is rare as usually soap and water will do the trick.

The pots are accented with sturdy copper giving it an attractive finish.

You will get many years of service and use from this material.

All-Clad 6.5-qt. Slow Cooker

I have used a slow cooker for many years, mainly because I worked long hours and had a young family. But even though they have grown up and moved on I still use my slow cooker for easy to prepare meals. Well that was up until recently when the exterior finally rusted away.  So it is time for an update and I don’t think you can go past the All-Clad slow cooker for style, quality and practicality.

A Slow Cooker is a must for the busy woman of today. There is so many things to be spending your time than to be continually wondering what to have for dinner. When you plan your weekly meals ahead of time it is so easy to factor in a couple of slow cook meals. Pop the ingredients into the cooker, set the programmable timer and when you arrive home in the evening, wallah – a perfectly cooked meal ready to serve.

All-Clad, who are makers of excellent quality cookware, have produced one of the finest electric slow cookers around. It has a generous 6.5 quart capacity, big enough to feed a large family or prepare a dish for guests.

There is a recipe book included, always handy when you start out with a new piece of cookware. The recipes featured in the book are an Asian beef stew, mahogany glazed pork, chicken with mushrooms, Tunisian spiced turkey breast and a recipe for peach melba dessert. Now I don’t know about you but that all sounds pretty mouthwatering to me.

There are a number of features that I really love about the All-Clad slow cooker apart from the smart looking stainless steel exterior, and that is the black ceramic insert, so chic; the 3 temperature settings and programmable timer that lets you prepare meals up to 26 hours in advance and the glass lid that conveniently allows you to monitor your cooking.

So where do you find one of these gorgeous, practical slow cookers:

Cookware Review: Calphalon One NonStick Covered Chefs Casserole

calphalon-one-nonstick-chefs-casserole-reviewOur latest review is for the Calphalon One NonStick Covered Chefs Casserole. I think I have said on numerous occasions how much I like the Calphalon One Nonstick line of products so it’s no surprise then that we decided to review yet another piece of cookware from this range.

This casserole is a beautiful piece of cookware with an elegant look and sleek lines. This pot is perfect for soups or stews and since it is ovenproof it makes it easy to move from stovetop to oven.

But what I love most about the One Nonstick range is the effortless clean up.  I don’t have a dishwasher so I look for nonstick that cleans up easily and the pots and pans in this range are brilliant in this respect. All I do is place the pot or pan in a sink of warm soapy water and it takes a few wipes with the wash cloth and the pan is clean.

Read the full review here:  Calphalon One Nonstick Chefs Casserole

Cookware Review: Calphalon One NonStick 10pc Cookware Set

calphalon-one-nonstick-cookware-setOur latest review is for the Calphalon One NonStick 10pc Cookware Set.

This set includes 2 fry pans, a saucepan, chefs pan, skillet and a stock pot.

I like the Calphalon One Nonstick range. They are durable and strong, the lids are solid and clean up is an absolute breeze.

Read the full review here: Calphalon One Nonstick 10pc Cookware Set

Grow Fresh Herbs Indoors

grow-herbs-indoorsThere is really nothing nicer than having fresh herbs on hand to add to your cooking. I have little pots of herbs standing on my window sill. I like to have fresh parsley, sage, thyme, dill on hand.

The system I have is similar to Emily’s hydroponic system in that the plants sit in a it’s own planter which is filled with a growing medium in a nutrient rich solution. A pump ensures that the nutrient solution circulates around the plant.Your plants absorb food and water as they need it. You simply have to pour in a little of the nutrient and water each week and that’s it.

The system is not restricted to growing herbs, you can also grow flowers and vegetables. I have used my system for a number of years with great success.

Emily’s hydroponic system includes everything you need to get you started.

So not only do you have an excellent source of fresh herbs on hand, the system is easy to use.