REVIEW: Salton QM2R Santa Fe 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker

Salton Quesadilla MakerDoes your family love Quesadilla?  Such a quick and easy dish to make. And a very satisfying meal when served with a nice green salad and refried beans.

Well there’s no reason to go out to eat them when you can cook them exactly to your  own liking right there in your own home.

The Salton QM2R Santa Fe 900-Watt Quesadilla Maker makes cooking quesadillas quick and easy and only in around 5 minutes.

This appliance takes tortillas that are 10 inches in size.

To use you simply place in a soft flour tortilla and then add your fillings. Then top with another tortilla and then close the lid.

What We Like

  • It comes with an owners manual that has recipes included.
  • The plates are nonstick which helps in removing the cooked items easily.
  • It has an indicator light that lets you know when the appliance is ready to use.
  • The top and bottom of the quesadilla maker latch together so you can store this appliance in a vertical position which saves on space.

Some  things to consider:

  • You can’t wash this in a dishwasher and it can’t be immersed in water. The only way to clean this is the wipe it down with a damp cloth or paper towel. But that doesn’t take much effort really.
  • You will have to watch how much filling you add because it doesn’t take a lot of filling before overflowing.

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Kuhn Rikon Vase Spice Grinder Looks Classy – Works Well

51oP6SpmOtL._SL1082_We really enjoy the flavor and aroma of freshly ground spices. After all the addition of a herbs and spices can quickly jazz up what could be an ordinary tasting or bland dish.

And there are just so many beautiful spices available which means I never tire of experimenting when I am cooking.

So I am always on the lookout for grinders that not only do a credible job of grinding up spices, seeds and herbs quickly and efficiently but also look good.

I have a number of grinders that perform well but I am a bit like the Imelda Marcos of grinders, I don’t believe you can have too many.

This Kuhn Rikon Spice Grinder has the ceramic mechanism on the top of the grinder which means that your counter stays clean and you won’t end up with bits of ground spice all over the place. The Vase Spice grinder is equipped with the CrushGrind® ceramic mechanism that is reportedly sharper and stronger than steel.

This classy looking Vase Spice Grinder has four interchangeable inserts which allows you to quickly and simply change to whichever spice or herb you require. The adjustment wheel turns easily  giving you control over the final result and  letting you choose whether you want extra fine or coarsely ground spices.

Just imagine have total control over your ground spice results. The Kuhn RikonVase Spine Grinder lets you easily grind up salt, peppercorns,  rosemary, flax seeds, cloves, chilis, basil, oregano….all your favorite dried herbs and spices, with a minimum of fuss and you can even grind up the spice mixes that you and your family like, whether you make your own homemade mix or use a store bought mix.

The Vase Spice Grinder is available in  black, red, blue or white.

Features:

  • Turn the spice grinder over and grind from the top so counters stay clean.
  • The Vase Spice Grinder easily adjusts for fine to coarse grinding.
  • Three containers make changing spices a snap.
  • There are ergonomic finger grips for easy action.
  • The CrushGrind ceramic mechanism stays sharp.

These spice grinders are attractive enough to leave out on your counter top.

For the black, white and red Kuhn Rikon Vase Spice Grinders go to Amazon.com

 

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Review: Lodge Enamel Coated Cast Iron 11″ Skillet

Lodge Enamel SkilletAs more and more research becomes available showing that Teflon coated cookware may not be good for us, more cooks are moving back to traditional cookware.

Cast iron cookware is natural; you don’t have to worry about any non natural materials entering the body.  However, while cast iron is an excellent cooking medium that holds heat, and is versatile it can sometimes add an off taste to acidic foods.  There is a way around this problem though and that is to choose enameled cast iron cookware.

Lodge manufacture a wide range of enameled cookware and one example of this is the versatile 11″ skillet.

The Lodge Enamel Coated 11″ Cast-Iron Skillet is the perfect blend of cast iron and enamel. You can move it from the stove top to the oven. It will perfectly cook your food in either environment. In fact you can sear a piece of meat on the stovetop then move it to the oven to finish cooking. Try doing that with a Teflon coated skillet with a plastic handle. You’ll end up with a melted goopy mess.

The Lodge enamel coated cast iron 11” skillet works great on any cook surface, even an induction range.  About the only place you won’t want to use it is in the microwave.

What We Like:

  • Heavy cast iron construction: This is a skillet that will last a lifetime.  It’s heavy but in a good way.
  •  It distributes heat throughout the cooking surface eliminating hot spots.
  • Thick enamel coating: This coating is on both sides of the skillet. It’s just as non stick as a Teflon pan.
  • You get great cooking and no chemical residue with enamel coated cast iron.
  • Hold Handle: We love having a grip opposite the main handle. It means you can grab both sides of the skillet and have compltete control over pour out fats, gravy etc. It’s little features like this that really enhances the Lodge line of cookware.

There are some things to consider:

Although the enamel is chip resistant, if you drop the pan in the sink or give it a hard knock, chances are the enamel will chip.

This Lodge pan is made in China, and some people tend to think Chinese made goods are inferior, although this is often a perception not necessarily a given.

You can read what others are saying and buy the Lodge Enamel Coated Cast-Iron Skillet from these trusted online merchants.

Cookware Review: Calphalon Contemporary NonStick Roaster Set

calphalon-contemporary-nonstick-roaster-setOur lastest review is for the Calphalon Contemporary NonStick Roaster Set.

With Thanksgiving  fast approaching  we thought that this was the perfect piece of cookware to review.

Not that its use is limited to Thanksgiving. You can use this roaster at any occasion when  friends and family get together to to celebrate and enjoy each others company. Good food – good wine  – good company, what more could you want.

Now I have to tell you what we love about this roasting pan.  Well for a start it will fit a turkey up to 25lbs and  then there is the added bonus in that clean up is a breeze – the non-stick surface makes it so easy. And who wants to spend most of their Thanksgiving and Christmas scrubbing away at pots and pans – not me that’s for sure.

There are some bonus pieces included with the roaster  – a non-stick rack, a baster and lifting forks. This roasting pan and accessories are great value for money and this roaster is one you will use for years to come.

Read the full review here: Calphalon Contemporary Non-Stick Roasting Pan

All Clad Tri-Ply Stainless 9 Piece Cookware Set – Now Fully Made in the US.

All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 9 Piece Cookware Set

The set includes all you need for everyday cooking:

  • 10-inch fry pan
  • 2 quart saucepan with lid
  • 3 quart sauté pan with lid
  • 3 quart casserole pan with lid
  • 6 quart stockpot with lid.

all-clad-nine-piece-stainless-cookware-setThe  All-Clad Try-Ply Stainless Steel 9 Piece Cookware Set is considered to be the best seller of the five All-Clad cookware collections.  All-Clad is the brand most used by TV Chefs. And it is fully manufactured in the US.

Many stainless steel cookware sets feature aluminum in their base, sandwiched in stainless steel but All Clad have three layers of aluminum in their ‘sandwich’.  Unlike less expensive sets, All Clad’s pure core of aluminum goes right up the sides of the pans.  This provides amazingly even heating which is one of the reasons that All-Clad cookware is a high end brand.

If you’re new to  cooking with All-Clad, you do have to be careful with this.  The heat is so even that a pot may be simmering but the liquid will seem to hardly even bubble!  This can make you think that you don’t have the heat up high enough – when in fact you do!  Turning up the heat unnecessarily will burn food and may mark your expensive pans.  So follow the manufacturers instructions and just keep the heat low – your food and your pans will thank you for it!

This beautiful cookware set has All-Clad’s heavy duty, fully riveted, extra long handles which stay cool and are easy to handle.  The pot lid handles do get hot though, so keep a pot mitt handy. If you buy your set from Metro-Kitchen simply spend $500 on All Clad and you will receive a bonus All Clad Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan, 2 oven mitts and a cookbook valued at $170.00.

The lids are stainless steel and are a good, tight fit.  The trademark ‘high dome’ lids do make the set awkward to stack but as it’s such a great looking set, you may prefer to hang it on a rack instead, which will also help to preserve that glossy interior.  Although the fry pan comes without its’ own lid, the saucepan lid fits the fry pan so if you’re not using both at the same time, you can use the saucepan lid to keep spatter down which helps with cleanup.

Although stainless steel cookware is dishwasher safe, it isn’t a great idea as the harsh detergents in dishwasher soap may eventually pit your lovely shiny cooking surface, making it harder to clean as time goes on.  All-Clad recommend Bar Keepers Friend for cleanup and it really is worth getting some.  It’s around $4.00 for a decent sized pot and is non-scratch.  You just use it straight from the pot with a damp sponge.  It will remove any heat discoloration and burnt on food and it will keep your cookware looking like new.

If you follow the instructions in the All-Clad booklet, this set is almost as good as non-stick.  There are new methods to get used to, such as preheating your pans, but once you get used to it, the improvement and increased enjoyment in your cooking is well worth it.

This is a quality set (which is reflected in the price).  It feels good, cooks well and looks beautiful.

Read our full review for the All Clad 9pc Stainless Steel Cookware Set.