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Chef'sChoice Edge Select Pro Electric Sharpener M120 : Patented 3-stage sharpening process delivers a super-sharp, long-lasting edge to both straight-edge and serrated blades. Manufactured with 100% diamond abrasives for superior sharpness, it customizes edges from more "bite" to ultrafine. The ultrafine flexible stropping discs ensure flawless polish. Needs no honing oil or water. 125 watts. Assembled in USA. 3-year limited warranty. 9 3/4"L x 4 1/4" W x 4"H. Product Features Versatile design sharpens straight and serrated edges 3-stage sharpening system provides an edge more sharp than a razor Stages 1 and 2 feature 100% diamond coated conical disks Stage 3 uses flexible stropping/polishing disks Produces a more durable, longer lasting edge in minimal time Uses Trirazor-Plus for optimum edges on gourmet cutlery, butcher type knives, sporting blades and serrated knives 100% diamond abrasive system is guaranteed to never detemper your knives Perfect for economical and high-end, quality knives Patented elastomeric springs hold knives securely against precision guides for accurate control of sharpening angles Uses 100% diamond coated conical disks in stages 1 and 2, stage 3 uses a revolutionary patented flexible stropping/polishing disk for a system that creates edges of hairsplitting sharpness in seconds Requires no water or honing oil Includes detailed photographic instruction booklet
 
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5 / 5
Fine Sharpener!
PostedAugust 22, 2012
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TomK
fromMcGregor, TX
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
First electric sharpener (besides a grinder!) I've owned or used. I've spent many hours hand sharpening my knives over the years, & this sharpener approaches what I always thought was just about perfect! Easy to use, especially maintaining proper angles. Honing is very good, too... and works well on my serrated knives. I'm convinced!
My Favorite BrandHenkel, Wusthoff
+3points
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Breville Smart Oven, BOV800XL : The Breville Smart Oven lets you control the power with its innovative Elements IQ technology. Turn it up or down with the ease of a dimmer switch to distribute heat evenly and cook to perfection. Simply adjust to taste and this brilliant appliance delivers the right power at the right time. Broil function activates top three heating elements to the top only to melt and brown. Toast function activates top two and bottom two heating elements to seal and crisp. Bake function uses top two and bottom two heating elements with the convection fan turned on to ensure the item is cooked right through. Product Features Distributes 1,800 watts of power among five quartz elements where it's needed most. Blue backlit LCD screen. Intuitive dial controls. 9 customizable presets. Stores settings in memory. Smartly designed stainless-steel rack auto-ejects halfway when the oven door is opened. Sturdy stainless-steel body has a top that doubles as a warming tray. Retractable crumb tray makes cleanup easy. Includes 13" Dia. nonstick pizza pan, 12" Sq. baking pan and broil pan.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Excelent Quality w/ versitile features...
PostedAugust 22, 2012
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TomK
fromMcGregor, TX
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
I purchased this toaster oven on the same order as a Breville You Brew coffee maker... so my 82+ year old brain struggled a day or two mastering their many features & controls... but I'm absolutely sold on Breville's quality & verstility! Especially its "memorizing" my preferences. This is without a doubt the best toaster oven I've ever used! Easy to use, consistent results, & capacity. I already have Thermador & JennAire built in convection wall ovens & was already sold on convection baking/roasting.
My Favorite BrandKitchenAide, Thermador, Le Cruisett
+1point
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 Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker with Built-In Grinder, BDC600XL
Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker with Built-In Grinder, BDC600XL
Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker with Built-In Grinder, BDC600XL : The Breville YouBrew sets the platinum standard for coffee maker automation, letting you select the beans, corresponding roast, precise strength and flavor, then grinds and brews automatically. Press the start button and the Breville digital coffee maker does the rest. Integrated burr grinder ensures maximum freshness from ground beans, and automatically activates the brewing process. With the exclusive Breville Brew IQ system, this coffee maker has Intelligent Dosing, grinding the precise amount of coffee beans according to brew size and strength you select. With five settings for strength, from mild to intense, and seven settings for flavor, this coffee maker adjusts steeping time to brew mild to bold, full-flavor coffee to please the most discriminating tastes of connoisseurs. This is the first drip coffee machine that is programmable to brew coffee into a single serving cup, the 12-cup thermal carafe, or a travel mug, with the clearance to accommodate tall insulated mugs for morning commutes. With this coffee maker, you can enjoy the same great coffee taste brewing a single cup, without sacrificing flavor. Large LCD screen on the user-friendly contoured panel displays "pre-heating" to indicate water heating and "brewing" for cycle in progress. Intelligent Pre-Heat function ensures water heats to the optimal temperature, extracting full coffee bean flavor, even when brewing smaller quantities. Brew pause activates automatically when you remove the carafe, without altering strength or flavor of coffee remaining to brew. Once the brew cycle is complete, ready signal sounds and "Empty Coffee Filter" flashes as a reminder to empty grounds, particularly useful when pre-programming for automatic start. LCD screen also indicates when water reservoir is empty and time to refill. Press the on button and the soft-opening, front-access basket swings out for easy filling to use pre-ground coffee. The best coffee requires enough time in hot water to brew full-bodied taste. This Breville digital coffee maker with thermal carafe brews coffee hot and the carafe keeps beverage hot for serving. Breville provides automation at a higher level, with LCD screen indicating when it is time to descale or clean the coffee chute. Easy-fill water reservoir features pop-up button and audible alert to prevent overfilling, and the LCD screen shows water level inside the reservoir. Includes gold-tone flat-base basket and burr cleaning brush. Removable drip tray accommodates direct brewing into travel mugs. Automatic shutoff. BPA-free parts. 1,100 watts. 1/2-lb. capacity bean hopper. Water reservoir holds 60-oz. Australian-based Breville sets the standard for advanced kitchen appliance performance and durability. Breville creates the new generation of heavy-duty, professional-grade countertop appliances for the home chef, with an eye for forward-thinking innovation, modern design and advanced technology. Product Features The premium coffee maker by Breville lets you select beans, roast, strength and flavor Press the start button and this advanced automated coffee maker does the rest Integrated burr grinder grinds whole beans prior to brewing, ensuring maximum freshness, flavor and aroma Breville Brew IQ system, features Intelligent Dosing, grinding the precise amount of coffee beans according to brew size and strength Intelligent Pre-Heat function ensures water heats to the optimal temperature, extracting full coffee bean flavor Five coffee strength settings, from mild to intense Seven flavor settings to customize taste, from mild to bold, automatically adjusting steeping time Programmable to brew coffee into a single serving cup, the 12-cup thermal carafe, or a travel mug Large LCD screen displays "pre-heating" to indicate water heating and "brewing" for cycle in progress Brew pause activates automatically when you remove the carafe LCD screen also shows water level inside reservoir, indicates when to descale or clean coffee chute Ready signal (with adjustable volume) alerts when brewing cycle is complete and LCD indicates "Empty Filter Basket" Programmable clock and auto start Press the on button and soft-opening, front-access basket swings out for easy filling to use pre-ground coffee Automatic shutoff Removable drip tray to brew directly into tall cups or travel mugs Gold-tone, flat-base basket filter Burr cleaning brush 12-cup double-wall, stainless-steel thermal carafe Easy, top-fill water reservoir with pop-up button and audible alert prevents overfilling BPA-free parts (in contact with water)
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best automatic coffee maker I've ever had...
PostedAugust 22, 2012
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TomK
fromMcGregor, TX
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
Had to carefully read & study directions, & then re-review procedures & steps... made several pots/cups of coffee before finally mastering what tasted best to me... seemed complicated & dificult to clean, but by the 3rd day I decided it is absolutely the best automatic coffee maker I've ever had! Really consistent! And very easy to keep clean! I like it! A bit pricey, but after using it one must admit it's worth the money!
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Le Creuset Signature Collection Round French Oven, 7-1/4 quart : This Le Creuset Signature 7 1/4-qt. round dutch oven is ideal to slow-cook all-in-one chicken meals, slow-cook beef or pork ribs to fall-off-the bone perfection or simmer a large quantity of stew. Preferred by chefs for the cooking versatility, superior heat retention and excellent browning of foods, Le Creuset enameled cast-iron cookware ensures all ingredients cook at an even temperature. With the high-quality porcelain-enamel coating, this round French oven is impermeable to odors and stains for lifetime use. The Le Creuset Signature collection combines traditional superior craftsmanship with ergonomic and functional innovations. Modernized lid is more stable and tight-fitting, ensuring better performance sealing in moisture and flavors. The handles on this round French oven are 45% larger, providing a roomier grip to lift with oven mitts. Improved ergonomic knob is heat-resistant to 500 F. This Signature collection features the most durable and resistant interior formulation offered by Le Creuset, smooth and easy to clean, roasting a chicken or slow cooking meaty ribs in the oven or simmering a large batch of Irish beef stew on the stove top. Food or liquid will not react with the enameled finish. With the tight-fitting lid, moisture is sealed inside for best absorption of seasonings and flavor. This 7 1/4-qt. French oven goes from fridge or freezer to the oven or stove top, then conveniently to the table for beautiful presentation. Oven-, broiler-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe. Made in France. Lifetime manufacturer warranty. Le Creuset is consistently chosen by leading chefs, restaurateurs and home connoisseurs for its cooking advantages, performance and style. Bright color choices are the legendary style at Le Creuset to enliven your world of serving and entertaining. The best gourmet meals deserve the cooking finesse of Le Creuset. Product Features Le Creuset Signature Collection of enameled cast-iron cookware is molded and crafted by hand, combining traditional unmatched craftsmanship with a reinvented, improved design Ample size to slow cook all-in-chicken meals, meaty ribs or large batch of beef stew Modernized lid is more stable and tight-fitting, ensuring greater retention of moisture and flavors, while self-basting foods Newly-formulated enamel interior is more durable, stain- and odor-resistant and easier to clean Handles are 45% larger, providing a roomier grip, even with oven mitts, ensuring safe transport from oven to table Improved ergonomic phenolic knob is heat-resistant to 500 F The iron is melted at an extremely high temperature in a cauldron (called a "creuset" in French) then poured into a sand mold. Under the hands of skilled craftsmen, each surface is smoothed in preparation for uniform porcelain enameling Le Creuset cast-iron provides unparalleled heat retention Smooth porcelain-enameled interior and exterior is nonreactive to food or liquid Bold and dynamic colors match Le Creuset enameled cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and accessories Versatile for stove top, oven or broiler For nearly a century, Le Creuset has been the preferred cookware choice of distinguished chefs around the world
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Wonderful!
PostedAugust 22, 2012
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TomK
fromMcGregor, TX
Gender:Male
My Cooking Level:Advanced
When I'm in the Kitchen, I become: Self-proclaimed Gourmet
I already had a 5-1/2 qt one... needed a larger one! So, obvuously I'm imporessed and sold on enameled cast iron dutch ovens! Versitle... braising, baking, frying. A superior dutch oven!KitchenAid
My Favorite BrandKitchenAid, AllClad, Caphelon, Le Cruisett, King Arthur
+2points
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