A stovetop pressure cooker is a great way to make hearty, delicious meals like stew, beans, and braised meats. Learn all about choosing a pressure cooker, like this Fissler pressure cooker.
Do you have a portable induction cooktop? If not, you should know what a useful tool it can be in (and out of) the kitchen. I use mine as an extra burner for holidays or parties, to keep things warm on a buffet, or to take to potlucks or for cooking demos. I know people who use them on RVs and boats or even at campsites that have electricity. If you're curious about induction cooking (but don't want to invest in a new and expensive cooktop, a single-burner cooktop is a great way to test the waters. A good, affordable option is the Max Burton Portable Induction Cooktop. Max Burton is the consumer electrics brand name for Aervoe Industries, which makes paints, coatings and other industrial products, but also has a line of 12-volt portable products, such as for automobiles and RVs, plus induction cooktops.
The company's basic, single-burner induction cooktop sells for around $80, and is efficient and easy to use. Read the review of the Max Burton Portable Induction Cooktop to learn more.Image courtesy of Aervoe/PriceGrabber.
It always amazes me how just a jar of the right sauce or seasoning can make the simplest dish seem totally authentic and impressive. Case in point: this recipe for Korean Beef and Broccoli with Fried Egg. Cooking the beef and broccoli was as easy as combining them with a jar of Korean barbecue sauce I picked up at an Asian market, and throwing them in the slow cooker for the afternoon. Best of all was how easy it was, and how my slow cooker and rice cooker did all the work all afternoon, while I popped into the kitchen 10 minutes before dinner to mix up an easy slaw and to fry a few eggs to perch on top. Thank goodness for time-saving appliances!
I've just posted a review of the Hemisphere Control Blender by Breville. This blender can be found for as little as $150, and it's a great option for people who aren't ready to spend the money on a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Read the review to learn about its great design and effective performance.
Breville Hemisphere Control blender image courtesy PriceGrabber.