I’ve been posting a lot more kitchen and cooking stories lately. It’s no secret that the reason is, we’re still quarantined at home and maybe, like me, you are doing a lot more cooking than you used to do. Whether you’re steaming healthy veggies, making breakfast quiches, drinking wine, or just adding some spice to food, These items from Circulon, Ayesha Curry, Epare, and CorkPops make life easier and frankly, more fun.
Circulon’s Sensational Steamer Lid Casserole:
One Pot Wonder:
The other day I steamed six ears of corn. None of my pots, except for Circulon Symmetry 5/5 quart casserole with locking straining lid could hold them all.
But in addition, whether it’s corn or something else after you’ve steamed the veggies, cooked pasta, etc. You have another step. Now you have to get out a colander that’s big enough to hold everything and remove the water from the pot and the food.
This Circulon Symmetry casserole with strainer lid is a one-pot solution that makes life just a bit easier.
Lots to Love:
There’s a lot to say and tons to love about this casserole/pot with strainer lid. The hard-anodized aluminum pot in a modern merlot color (sort of like a soft, subtle eggplant) looks beautiful. The large and easy to grip silicone with Stainless Steel handles make it easy to take from oven or stove to your table with the need for another serving dish.
The non-stick coating is metal utensil safe. The non-stick system has 3 layers of long-lasting premium nonstick coating made of raised circles that keep food from sticking. Furthermore, the pot is suitable for induction stoves.
You can put this pot in the dishwasher, and it really makes a difference because food really does not stick. Also, it’s oven safe to 400°F.!
The real star, however, in my opinion, is the shiny, shatter-resistant glass and stainless lid. There’s a sliding “lock” so that you can cook, then open the holes in the strainer to let liquids flow out from the pot. You also can see how cooking is progressing through the glass top. I have six large ears of corn in the pot!
Investing in good cookware makes your job easier, especially when the item is a multi-tasking beauty such as this Circulon Symmetry Casserole/pot. It would make a great gift or a great addition to your own kitchen. The retail price is $99 on the Pots and Pans website
Cooking More With A Major Muffin Tin:
In these times when eating at home is a must, muffins are a welcome addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Although you may think of cupcakes or muffins, a great muffin tin is also good for breakfast quiches and the like.
You can buy a muffin tin for a couple of dollars, but using good tools such as the Ayesha Curry 12 cup muffin pan ensures the effort you put into your muffins, breakfast quiches, and so forth, will be worth it.
The steel and copper pan is substantial with a texturized diamond pattern that helps to promote even browning. It’s oven safe to 450°F.
Buy The Baking Sheets, Too:
This holiday season we also reviewed Ayesha Curry’s baking sheets with the same construction as the muffin tin, making it easy to crisp fries or toast nuts, or a gazillion different things, as well as for sheet cookies, cakes, and other sweets.
Another nice thing about this generously sized pan is the extended edges for easy handling in and out of the oven. In my test, this was definitely a welcome design plus as my potholders weren’t the most heat resistant and I wanted to grab the pan, quickly!
You can put this pan in the dishwasher, but hand washing is recommended.
No Kid Hungry:
This Ayesha Curry kitchenware helps support No Kid Hungry to provide up to 500,000 meals to children in need. Learn more at
Cooking more with the right tools really helps make the results, really great!
Find Circulon and Ayesha Curry kitchenware in a variety of places on and off-line, such as the Pots & Pans website
Spice Up Your Life:
To get the full flavor of spices, you really need to grind them “fresh.” Therefore, my uncle used to carry a small pepper mill in his pocket.
Most salt and pepper grinders would be too large to put into a purse or tote, but Epare makes it easy to “grind fresh” even on the go, with their Mini Salt & Pepper grinder set.
The grinders fit in the palm of your hand. But don’t be fooled by their tiny 7.5″ L x 2.4″ W x 5.1″ H size. They are equipped with, powerful adjustable ceramic burr mechanisms that offer adjustable grinding.
Small and Great!
Cooking more means you are going to want to add flavor with spices. Depending upon how much you use salt or pepper, the Epare mini grinders will hold just a few go-rounds, but they are easy to refill. Screw open the clear bottom jar and fill. Set the grind dial to the left for coarser grinds, right for finer ones.
When home, or when dining out, you can place your mini grinders in the little acrylic holder–so elegant!
The grinders work flawlessly. These grinders are small but great.
After social distancing ends, you might want to “bring your own” when you go to a restaurant and avoid touching a stranger’s salt & pepper. They also make a really cute gift.
We found it several places and on Amazon for under $17
Aerate Your Wine:
It is wineOclock somewhere. With quarantines still in effect, WineOclock is a “thing.”
Whether it’s cheap or tres chere, when you aerate a wine you add oxygen that can enhance the smell of the wine as well as the taste.
The VinOstream from CorkPops does more than just make the wine taste better. It also dispenses your wine with a press of a button.
There are many wine aerators on the market such as the Vinturi Spirit and the Soiree but the VinOStream fits right into the bottle and it’s a no-drip, right into the glass multi-tasker. This is truly a novel approach!
How To Use VinOStream:
It is so easy! You insert the VinOStream into the top of your opened wine bottle. The soft rubber stopper creates an airtight seal. Put one of the included air cartridges into to top of the VinOstream. Place a wineglass under the VinOstream’s metal spout. Push down on the air cartridge, and VinOstream dispenses your aerated wine into the glass.
For the occasional wine drinker, the air cartridges are not an issue. However, if you’re aerating a lot of wine, you’ll find that you need to replace those air cartridges often. (a pack of 10 was around $31 on amazon).
The VinoStream will work with any wine, but it is particularly good if you’re going to drink a young red bold red with heavy tannins. It also does a great job on older aged wines with sediment and heavier and more complex white wines.