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Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla : This rich, unsurpassed vanilla extract comes from a single variety of orchid found only on the island of Madagascar. Made from hand-selected vanilla beans through an exclusive cold-process method to preserve the complex flavor and bouquet, it enriches homemade ice cream, custard, creme brulee and baked goods. It also boosts the flavor of dishes containing chocolate and coffee. More concentrated than extract, the pure vanilla bean paste is a sweet, slightly spicy syrup with flecks of handpicked vanilla seeds and is used when the distinctive look of seeds is desired. From Nielsen-Massey, makers of the world's finest vanilla since 1907 and the choice of chefs worldwide. Product Features Rich, intense vanilla flavor Made in the USA from Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans Flecks of handpicked vanilla bean seeds in paste Exclusive cold-process method to preserve complex flavor and bouquet Gluten-free Kosher pareve, certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council This item can only be delivered within the 48 contiguous states.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The Best Pure Vanilla Extract Ever!
PostedOctober 8, 2012
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
Gender:Female
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Vanilla is the only pure vanilla extract that I ever use in my cooking and baking. It has a unique, inimitable aroma and flavor, it's gluten-free, and it enhances every dish I add it to. It's the best!
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PepperMate Mills : You'll have a crush on these versatile ceramic mills used by celebrity chefs including the Barefoot Contessa and Paula Deen. Easy to operate and adjustable to any size grain from fine to course. Snap-off lid and large opening make them easy to fill, and a clear base cup makes measuring a snap, too. Best of all, they're durable since ceramic mills are not affected by corrosive elements like salt. Product Features Models: 723B, 723W Attractive molded plastic housing with ceramic grinder Perfect for grinding fresh peppercorns, sea salt and dried spices up to the size of a coffee bean Adjustable from fine- to coarse-grain Large-capacity removable base Lifetime warranty on grinding mechanism
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
These are Excellent - The Best!
PostedApril 4, 2012
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
Gender:Female
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
These PepperMate Mills are the best! I purchased the black one for black peppercorns and the white for white peppercorns. i can adjust the size of the grated pepper very easily, and I really appreciate the little container on the bottom so that I can grind and store a supply of pepper. I love the slim design, which makes storage very easy, and the grinder handle on the side of the mill is very convenient. These mills also store a hefty amount of peppercorns, which means that I don't have to keep refilling them. The price is excellent too - a great value for a superb performance! I highly recommend these peppermills!
My Favorite BrandCuisinart
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 Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl with Lid
Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl with Lid
Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl with Lid : The most practical prep, serve and storage bowls in your kitchen feature measurement markings and airtight lids to preserve freshness of foods. The stainless-steel mixing bowl with lid keeps ingredients fresh in the refrigerator or pantry and makes it easy to transport food to potlucks. Interior and exterior measurement markings let you easily prepare recipes right in the bowl. With the easy-grip rims and wide, flat-bottom bases, these are the ideal bowls to mix ingredients, make sauces and blend batters. Nonreactive to foods and thick-walled in construction, these bowls serve chips, salads or vegetables, even hot wings right from the grill or deep fryer. Polypropylene lid features a side tab for easy removal. Stainless-steel retains its smooth finish. Hand washing is recommended to maintain the natural luster of the stainless-steel. Product Features Stainless-steel prep, serve and storage bowls with lids are durable for everyday use The airtight lids preserves the freshness of foods in the refrigerator or pantry and allow easy transporting to the table or potlucks Exterior and interior measurement markings let you prepare recipes right in the bowl Ideal to mix ingredients, make sauces and blend batters With easy-grip rims and flat-bottom bases, these bowls are excellent servers for snacks, salads, vegetables or pasta Nonreactive to foods and thick-walled in construction, these bowls can take the heat of hot foods from a grill or deep fryer.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is the BEST!!!
PostedMarch 19, 2012
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
Gender:Female
My Cooking Level:Expert
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Cooking Enthusiast
I love this bowl! I used it to make bearnaise sauce and I was delighted with the results! The stainless is so sturdy and heavy-gauged that it doesn't dent, and I was beating the sauce for at least twenty minutes with a heavy whisk. The shape is wonderful - I really appreciate the deepness of the bowl and that it's not shallow like other bowls that I've used. The lid is an added extra that I never had with other stainless bowls, so no more foil or plastic wrap! The bowl washes beautifully, too. I was so pleased with it that I ordered one for my son, who's a gourmet cook. I highly recommend this product!
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Dial-a-Slice Adjustable Apple Slicer & Corer : Instantly slice the size you need for snacks, cobblers, sauces, coffee cakes and crisps. A simple turn and lock of the base reveals 8 blades to create thick wedges for snacking or 16 slices for desserts. Wide-grip handles provide push-down leverage control. Fingers are a safe distance from blades. ABS plastic with stainless-steel blades. Dishwasher-safe. 7 1/4"L x 2"H. Product Features Extra-sharp stainless-steel blades create 8 uniform wedges or 16 slices for snacks, cobblers, sauces, coffee cakes and crisps Dial the base to adjust blades, base locks in place One press instantly cores and divides apple ABS plastic housing and handles keep fingers safely away from blades
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Greatest Invention Ever!
PostedSeptember 3, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I hemmed and hawed about buying this gadget, but I'm so glad I finally succumbed! What a fantastic tool for slicing apples - it REALLY works! It slices eight or sixteen same-size slices quickly and evenly - no muss, no fuss. Perfect sizes for pies, tarts, or just plain munching, and it's easy and safe to use as well as easy to clean. Kudos to the inventor!
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 Chicago Metallic Cooling Grids
Chicago Metallic Cooling Grids
Chicago Metallic Cooling Grids : These handy grids are the fastest way to cool cakes, muffins and other baked goods, as well as keep your cookies crisp as they cool. Ten times stronger than other nonstick bakeware, all Chicago Metallic Professional Bakeware is made of heavyweight aluminized-steel and can handle temperatures up to 550 F. Nonstick surface won't chip or peel. Medium chrome grid fits all Chicago Metallic small jelly roll pans; large nonstick grid fits all Chicago Metallic large jelly roll pans. Product Features Heavy-gauge aluminized-steel construction for durability Medium grid with chrome finish; large grid with nonstick finish Chip- and peel-resistant Tight grid spacing to prevent baked goods from slipping through Four 1/2" feet to raise rack and keep air circulating Oven-safe to 550 F
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic Product!
PostedJuly 5, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I don't know how I got along without these cooling grids for so many years - they're the best purchase I could have made to support all the baking I do! They cool cookies and breads quickly, wash beautifully, and store easily - they take up practically no space. I highly recommend them, especially if you do a lot of baking. I even used one of them when I was making chicken satays (make sure to soak them for easier clean-up).
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PoachPod Stainless Egg Poachers : These Poachpod stainless egg poachers with nonstick interiors stay afloat and upright to automatically poach eggs in minutes! Add a pod to a pan of boiling water, crack the egg into the pod and simmer. Eggs slide right out from the easy-release interior of these egg poachers. Also ideal to bake flan, mini cakes or muffins. Pods are heat-resistant to 675 degrees F. Perfect for molding individual gelatin desserts or freezing single servings of sorbet, gelato or sherbet. Stainless-steel exterior. Oven-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe. Product Features Pods stay afloat and upright to poach eggs in minutes Add a lightly-greased pod to a pan of boiling water, crack the egg into the pod and simmer Nonstick interior provides a quick and mess-free release Pods are heat-resistant up to 675 degrees F to bake flan, mini cakes or muffins in a traditional oven or microwave Mold individual gelatin desserts or freeze single servings of sorbet, gelato or sherbet
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Adorable and Practical!
PostedJune 1, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I love these poach pods! They poach eggs beautifully and perfectly, and are a cinch to clean. They make poaching eggs a breeze - no more vinegar and spoons. And, they are so cute and adorable! They're super easy to store - they stack and take up very little space. I even got my son 2 sets because he loves Eggs Benedict. This is one of my best purchases ever!
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KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Design Series Stand Mixer KSM155GB : This tilt-head stand mixer includes 10 speeds for perfect consistency and unique planetary mixing action that means less scraping - all powered by a 325 watt quiet motor. Rugged all-metal construction ensures long life and quiet operation. Rubber feet anchor it securely while in use. The Artisan has a 5-quart glass bowl, professional wire whip, flat beater, dough hook and recipe booklet. Bowl and wire whip are dishwasher-safe. Assembled in the USA. Product Features Tilt-head mixer style for clear access to the beater and bowl 325-watt quiet motor All-metal construction ensures long life Direct drive transmission for durability 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir High-performance, 67 point planetary mixing action ensures ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl Multipurpose attachment hub 5-qt. glass mixing bowl with pour spout and graduated measurements 9-cup flour power "C" dough hook kneads yeast dough for bread and pizza recipes Professional wire whip Flat Beater Recipe booklet
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is the BEST!!!
PostedApril 5, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I absolutely LOVE this mixer!!! I kept putting off buying it because I didn't have room, but I finally sucuumbed and made the room, and it's the best decision I could have made. No more standing for five or more minutes with my hand-held mixer and suffering from arm-ache or stiff elbows. I put the butter and sugar into the bowl, turn the mixer on, and walk away while it creams. It mixes cake batters, cookie and pasta doughs, and bread dough perfectly. The glass bowl is wonderful - I can see what's happening to whatever I'm mixing. And, a huge plus is the handle on the bowl! I no longer have to awkwardly struggle trying to pour cake batters into pans and worrying that I'm going to drop the bowl. This mixer is a great time-saver, too - I don't know how I got along without it for so long! I did have to adjust the the flat beater so that it just clears the bottom of the bowl, but the directions were quite clear and it was a very simple operation. I highly recommend this stand mixer to all bakers and cooks - it's well worth the expense and making room for it!
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 Home Collection Mat Antifatigue Kitchen Mat, 36"x20", Fleur-De-Lys
Home Collection Mat Antifatigue Kitchen Mat, 36"x20", Fleur-De-Lys
Home Collection Mat Antifatigue Kitchen Mat, 36"x20", Fleur-De-Lys : Amazingly resilient underfoot, this fleur-de-lys mat by Home Collection provides cushioned nonslip performance wherever you find yourself standing in your home or work environment. Encourages better circulation and posture, while reducing fatigue. Smart Step's advanced anti-fatigue technology is the first of its kind, suspending body weight to reduce impact on your back, legs and feet. This 5/8" thick mat is guaranteed to always lie flat. The gradual edges will not roll or curl, ensuring a safe and steadfast walking surface. Will not de-laminate, separate or compress. The durable antimicrobial surface is puncture-, bacteria-, stain- and heat-resistant. Lightweight and easy to clean, this anti-fatigue mat maintains comfortable support and durability to stand smart and live better. Nontoxic and 100% recyclable. This Home Collection eco-friendly technology stands up in tough commercial nvironments: airports, department stores, salons, service and medical industries. This fleur-de-lys mat from the Home Collection is the identical eco-friendly polyurethane composition in an elegant design. Ideal where standing is commonplace: by the sink, stove or kitchen island, in a bathroom, laundry room or studio. Made in the USA. Industry-leading 7-year manufacturer warranty. Product Features Advanced anti-fatigue technology for unmatched comfort, durability and style anywhere you stand Suspends body weight to reduce impact on the back, legs and feet Promote better circulation and posture, while reducing muscle fatigue and stress Resilient and buoyant to retain shape and support Gradual edges provide a steadfast walking surface Will not curl, de-laminate, separate or compress Antimicrobial nonslip surface is puncture-, bacteria-, stain- and heat-resistant Nonskid bottom for walking safety Lightweight to move easily Recommended by health care professionals This item is shipped directly from the manufacturer so it can only be delivered within the 48 contiguous states. Express shipping options, gift wrap services and gift messaging are not available for this item. Please allow 7-10 days for order processing and delivery.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic Product!
PostedMarch 29, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I LOVE this mat! I feel as if I'm standing on air. I have granite flooring in my kitchen, which is very hard, and the Fleur-De-Lys mat makes standing much easier because it's so cushiony and resilient. It also looks beautiful on my flooring - the design is discreet yet very pretty. This mat is extremely easy to clean - a quick wipe with a wet paper towel and it looks like new, with no stains. Another big plus is that I no longer trip or slide using this mat, as I was doing with a former cloth-based design. This is the best purchase I could have made for my physical comfort, safety, and aesthetic pleasure! Everyone should have one in their kitchen!!!
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 Chicago Metallic Nonstick Pizza Crisper
Chicago Metallic Nonstick Pizza Crisper
Chicago Metallic Nonstick Pizza Crisper : Commercial-gauge nonstick steel perforated pizza crisper produces crisp crust every time. The heavy-duty pan is great for baking frozen pizzas and reheating leftover slices. SilverStone nonstick surface releases easily and cleans up quickly. Hand-washing recommended. 14"Dia. Model 59014
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Purchase Ever!
PostedMarch 7, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
I wish I had known about this pan years ago! I recently used it to complete the baking of a gluten-free pissaladière I had made, and I was delighted with the results. The entire bottom of the crust was wonderfully crispy, and this is because of the holes in the pan. I'm SO glad I bought this crisper! Now, Chicago Metallic needs to make the same size pan covered with tiny holes similar to French and Italian bread pans, and I will be in baking heaven!
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Lodge Logic Professional Pizza Pan : The Lodge pizza pan produces a golden crust every time. It is also great for roasted vegetables, pork chops, chicken and beef. Recipes included. Oven safe. Handwash only. 10 lbs. 14" Dia. The value of cast-iron is unsurpassed and the cooking performance is legendary. Many great American chefs put cast iron on the list of ten most essential tools in their kitchen. Lodge is electrostatically coated with a proprietary vegetable oil and cured at high temperatures to allow the oil to deeply penetrate the surface of the cast iron. The marriage of quality metal, molds and the Lodge finish produces the very best cast iron cookware. Made in the USA
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent Pizza Pan (and more)!
PostedMarch 7, 2011
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Chefdiva
fromYonkers
This was an inspired purchase! I have used a regular pizza stone many times, but I've recently been using a Lodge cast iron frying pan with great results. I decided to try the Lodge cast iron Professional Pizza Pan, and I love the excellent results I've gotten. It makes the gluten-free pizza crust I use very, very crisp, which my family loves. I've also used this pan to bake some of my gluten-free breads, and they've come out of the oven with delicious crispy crusts. I'm going to use it to bake oven fries next - the sky's the limit.
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