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    January 8, 2009
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 How to Be A Domestic Goddess
How to Be A Domestic Goddess
How to Be A Domestic Goddess : Filled with more than 220 lavishly illustrated recipes, "How to Be a Domestic Goddess" makes cooking and baking as luxurious as it should be, with recipes for cakes, pies, pastries, and breads--sumptuous treats that can all be made at home. Color throughout.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Fabulous, easy baking!
PostedJanuary 28, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
Nigella presents recipes that the home cook can execute with success and look like a pro. For example, a dense, moist chocolate loaf cake that is divine and fool proof. It can even be made ahead and still taste perfect.......drizzle some caramel sauce on the side and voila'!!!!
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Bouchon by Thomas Keller : Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of Napa Valley's French Laundry, is passionate about bistro cooking. He believes fervently that the real art of cooking lies in elevating to excellence the simplest ingredients; that bistro cooking embodies at once a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, and simplicity; that the techniques at its foundation are profound, and the recipes at its heart have a powerful ability to nourish and please. So enamored is he of this older, more casual type of cooking that he opened the restaurant Bouchon, right next door to the French Laundry, so he could satisfy a craving for a perfectly made quiche, or a gratineed onion soup, or a simple but irresistible roasted chicken. Now Bouchon, the cookbook, embodies this cuisine in all its sublime simplicity. But let's begin at the real beginning. For Keller, great cooking is all about the virtue of process and attention to detail. Even in the humblest dish, the extra thought is evident, which is why this food tastes so amazing: The onions for the onion soup are caramelized for five hours; lamb cheeks are used for the navarin; basic but essential refinements every step of the way make for the cleanest flavors, the brightest vegetables, the perfect balance--whether of fat to acid for a vinaigrette, of egg to liquid for a custard, of salt to meat for a duck confit. Because versatility as a cook is achieved through learning foundations, Keller and Bouchon executive chef Jeff Cerciello illuminate all the key points of technique along the way: how a two-inch ring makes for a perfect quiche; how to recognize the right hazelnut brown for a brown butter sauce; how far to caramelize sugar for different uses. But learning and refinement aside--oh those recipes! Steamed mussels with saffron, bourride, trout grenobloise with its parsley, lemon, and croutons; steak frites, beef bourguignon, chicken in the pot--all exquisitely crafted. And those immortal desserts: the tarte Tatin, the chocolate mousse, the lemon tart, the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. In Bouchon, you get to experience them in impeccably realized form. This is a book to cherish, with its alluring mix of recipes and the author's knowledge, warmth, and wit: "I find this a hopeful time for the pig," says Keller about our yearning for the flavor that has been bred out of pork. So let your imagination transport you back to the burnished warmth of an old-fashioned French bistro, pull up a stool to the zinc bar or slide into a banquette, and treat yourself to truly great preparations that have not just withstood the vagaries of fashion, but have improved with time. Welcome to Bouchon.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
You simply must have this one......
PostedJanuary 28, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
While Thomas Keller can be intimidating, any cook can learn a lot about the essentials of cooking from this book. I have cooked my way through most of the recipes and they are a delight for any serious lover of food.
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 Breville Handheld Food Processor
Breville Handheld Food Processor
Breville Handheld Food Processor : Effortlessly chop, blend, stir, and whip ingredients for guacamole, hummus, salsa, sauces, mayonnaise, smoothies and more. This cordless powerhouse does it all without restricting your mobility in the kitchen. Use the patented loop attachment for smoothies and protein shakes or the surgical-grade stainless-steel blade attachment for classic blending. When you're done, just return the blender to the base to recharge the 9.6-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery. Also comes with 32-ounce mixing container. Product Features Model: BCS500XL Cordless immersion blender in brushed stainless-steel with black polymer handle Patented stainless-steel loop attachment for smoothies and shakes Surgical-grade stainless-steel blade attachment for classic blending 32-ounce mixing container Recharging base 9.6-volt NiMH battery Two speeds: high and low 1-year limited warranty
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Tool!
PostedJanuary 28, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
This is one of my most used tools in the kitchen. It can be used for smoothies, to puree sauces and soups on the stove, or to whip up a quick salad dressing. Any cook needs this tool.
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Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet : It's perfect for making virtually anything from bacon and eggs to grilled sandwiches, pan-fried fish, and fabulous cornbread. Each has dual pour spouts (except the 15" size) and a helper handle. Set of 2 includes the 10 1/4" and 12" diameter skillets. Lodge Logic's preseasoning process penetrates the metal's pores thoroughly and uniformly, so it looks and performs better than traditional home seasoning. You still get the even heating, superior heat retention, and inherently stick-resistant finish that has made cast iron cookware a favorite of professional chefs. Oven-safe. Made in the USA.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
A kitchen staple
PostedJanuary 28, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
Any good cook MUST have several cast iron pieces in their kitchen. They are essential for getting a perfect sear on meats, or the crunchy exterior on cornbread. I recommend a small, medium and large size to be ready for every cooking challenge.
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 Cuisinart PartyPop Popcorn Maker CPM-900
Cuisinart PartyPop Popcorn Maker CPM-900
Cuisinart PartyPop Popcorn Maker CPM-900 : Make popcorn the way you like it! With this quick-and-easy popcorn maker, you choose the flavoring. Popcorn maker puts the crunch back into homeade popcorn and it's healthier than microwave popcorn. Unique motorized stirring mechanism thoroughly coats each kernel so more kernels get popped with less oil. One-half cup of kernels and 1 tablespoon of oil yield up to 10 cups of fresh popcorn. Popcorn pops into 4-quart bowl that flips for serving. Both the bowl and popping plate are dishwasher safe. Imported. 3 year limited warranty. 8 1/4" Dia. (10 1/4" with handles) x 12 1/4" H. Model: CPM-900. Product Features Pops up to 10 cups of popcorn in under 5 minutes Popcorn pops right up into its own plastic serving bowl, just turn the bowl over and dig right in! A removable stirring mechanism requires less oil and thoroughly coats kernels ensuring more kernels get popped Simple design delivers one-switch operation Popping plate and serving bowl are removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning Included measuring cup eliminates guess work Cool touch handles on popping plate stay cool to the touch Elegant stainless steel base adds classic style to this popper Conventional popper adds a healthier alternative to microwave popcorn Illustrated instruction booklet and 13 popcorn recipes included
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great for Entertaining!
PostedJanuary 16, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
This popcorn maker is fast, easy to use, easy to clean and makes crunchy, fresh tasting popcorn in just a few minutes. It's so nice to have guests walk in the door to the smell of fresh popped corn! You can also choose to use no butter or salt for those on dietary restrictions. a great machine.
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Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill : Deliciously grills up everything from asparagus to salmon right on your stovetop, including panini sandwiches. Two pouring spouts and helper handle makes lifting and food transfer easy. Glossy porcelain enamel cast iron with a non-reactive finish doesn't require seasoning and builds up a patina to allow nearly 100% fat-free cooking. Enameled cast iron. Made in France. Dishwasher-safe. Product Features Molded of cast iron with an expertly enameled glossy porcelain coating Versatile for stovetop, oven and broiler Highest quality porcelain enamel coating is impermeable to odors and stains Foods will not react with the enameled finish Enjoy healthier cooking as deep ribs separate the fat from food Superior conduction of heat promotes faster cooking times Even distribution and retention of heat ensures cookware stays hot longer Suited for stovetops including electric, gas, ceramic, induction and halogen Safe for oven or broiler up to 400 F Use Instructions The distinctive ribbed base of Le Creuset's grill pans allows the cook to enjoy the flavor of chargrilled meats, poultry, fish and vegetables. After a light greasing with oil, no further fat or oil is added, so one can also enjoy the benefits of low-fat cooking. Any fat that escapes from the food is held between the ribs of the base. The deep-sided design prevents splattering onto the stovetop and the handy pouring lip directs cooking juices and excess fat away, if necessary. The pan can be "deglazed" after cooking with water, stock or wine so the flavors and juices of cooking can be served "au jus" with the dish. To check that the grill is hot, scatter a few drops of cold water over the surface. If they evaporate almost immediately, the surface is hot enough. Brush the ribs lightly with oil. The surface should not be smoking before the food is added. If it is, remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly before proceeding. All meats, poultry, fish and vegetables should be dry" before cooking begins, otherwise they may stick to the ribs. Pat dry on kitchen towels. Marinated foods should also have the excess moisture patted dry. Once placed on the ribbed surface, foods should not be moved immediately, otherwise the distinctive "char" lines will not be produced. Leave for 1-2 minutes to seal and sear the outside before turning over.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for Searing!
PostedJanuary 8, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
Do you watch all those cooking shows on TV where they get beautiful grill marks on their meat? Well, this is the pan that will do it best. It gets really hot (essential for great grill marks) and doesn't stick to the food. An essential for any kitchen.
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Wusthof Classic Hollow Edge Chef's Knife : The hollow-ground pattern of oval indentations on both sides of the blade give the essential chef's knife an extra edge for stick-resistant precision slicing. Also called a cook's knife, this is the all-purpose kitchen workhorse. Handmade in Germany since 1814, Wusthof cutlery is prized by the world's top chefs for restaurant and home cooking. The Classic line features cutlery that is precision forged of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel and skillfully honed by hand. The black virtually indestructible full tang handle is triple-riveted for superior strength and durability. Product Features Precision forged from one-piece of steel for greater stability and sharpness Precision hand-honed, high-carbon, stainless-steel knife resists rust and stains Hollowed edges reduce friction when slicing Computer-controlled grinding and polishing yields precise tapering of blade Laser-controlled blade edges stay sharp longer with a more consistent blade angle Completely hygienic, virtually indestructible Hostaform-C plastic handle is buffed and polished by hand Handle is secured to tang with three distinctive silver-nickel rivets Signature bolster/finger guard accounts for the solid balanced feel Ergonomically designed handle offers a smooth, comfortable grip Dishwasher-safe, but hand-washing recommended Made in Germany Limited lifetime warranty
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Fabulous Tool
PostedJanuary 8, 2009
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ChefBoyRDD
fromLos Angeles, CA
Any avid cook knows that a great knife that holds a sharp edge is essential in the kitchen. This one is excellent! I use a chef's knife for almost all my prep work and this knife feels good in my hand, slices all types of food easily and stays sharp for quite awhile, even with frequent usage.
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