I’ve often watched in envy as an expert flips a pan over and makes a crepe on the back of it, but my own efforts to make crepes in any pan have fallen short.
To do it at home, an easy way is with the Fissler SensoRed® Crepe Pan. The pan looks red, but the red color, but look closer and you will see the patented, innovative thermo-sensitive nonstick coating with dark speckles.
When those specs disappear, the pan has reached surface reaches 390˚F (200˚C). it’s the perfect temperature to cook your crepes (or other food).
The crepe pan has a long metal handle that makes it easy to grip, especially if you’re going for the “flip” (novices are better off using a spatula and not sending the crepe into orbit)!
You also get a cute little wooden T-shaped spatula to ensure you crepe is spread out on the pan perfectly.
You can make your own batter or use pancake mix (to the consistency of heavy cream). Each crepe takes about 2 minutes. Flip the crepe when the edges are getting slightly golden brown.
That’s not all you can do with this awesome crepe pan, Use it for lots of other things, such as pancakes, eggs, and more. Brunch at home will never be the same!
It’s $99 and it is a really beautiful pan Fissler makes other SensoRed pans. for more information visit https://fisslerusa.com
A Wok Worth Diamonds!
Swiss Diamond makes excellent woks in different sizes and types. In fact, The Advice Sisters Beauty and Style reviewed a fabulous Premium Clad Stainless Steel Swiss Diamond Wol in 2017
A wok is one of those essentials you can find in a wide range of price points and types.
The thing that’s so great about the Swiss Diamond XD Nonstick Stir Fry/Wok is that the surface is diamond reinforced with genuine diamonds for easy cleanup.
All of the cookware in this collection cast aluminum bodies, see-through tempered glass lids with a knob that doubles as a steam vent, and “stay cool” ergonomic handles. They’re also oven safe up to 500°F (260°C).
Our wok sample was the 11″ $149 version that holds about 4 quarts of food and is non-stick, so user-friendly.
The extra thick cast aluminum body and diamond reinforced. Therefore, it conducts heat quickly, so you don’t have to blast the stove to cook with it.
There’s another great feature — a flat bottom and the pan is oven safe to 500F.
The flat bottom means it spin on your stove, You cook just about anything in even eggs or pancakes. The Swiss Diamond nonstick wok is really so multi-purpose,
This makes a great gift for a couple, a family, or a single person looking for an easy way to cook meals without any fuss or mess.
For best results, preheat the wok for 3 minutes before using it. You don’t need to use a lot of oil. In fact, if you use too much the pan will develop a residue.
For more information visit https://www.swissdiamond.com
Hooked On Chicken!
Beer cans are not just for holding beer. Many cooks use beer cans to help cook a crispier, more delicious whole chicken.
However, beer cans aren’t all that sturdy, and you can’t re-use them. Elevate chicken with the Original Chicken Hook by The Elevated Cook.
This substantial, stainless steel hook/stand holds your whole chicken at the perfect angle to cook it from all sides without having it sit in its own grease.
The downward slope helps the legs to cook properly, while juices run down the angled chicken to self-baste the breast.
The hook is dishwasher safe and can be used in an oven, a grill, even a smoker. Season your chicken and slip it on the hook breast side down. That’s all you need to do.
For a holiday gift idea, add The Elevated Cook spice set ($13). SANTA CLARA (“40 Cloves of Garlic” mixture); MACHU PICCHU (tangy lime spice); and POSITANO (Italian seasoning).
Our chicken was deliciously juicy and flavorful! This is a gift they are sure not to have yet!
You can get the chicken hook in a variety of places. We found it on Amazon for under $30.
Music & Booze, Book:
Do you remember putting a record on the platter, pouring some wine, and having a romantic evening?
Perhaps it was a dance party, and everyone rocked the house! Even if you aren’t from a generation when record players, ruled,
Booze and Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music & Mixed Drinks by Andre Darlington and Tenya Darlington (Running Press 2018) brings you back to the time when “downloads” and streaming” didn’t exist.
This book isn’t really as much of a nostalgic romp as it is a way to make a connecting between booze and music something fresh and new for all ages, millennials to octogenarians.
The book gives fair play (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun) with 70 albums from the 1930’s through the dawn of the new millennium.
Chapters are cleverly organized by Rock, Dance, Chill, and Seduce (you get the idea). There are two suggested cocktails (Side A and Side B) with every album, liner notes, what kind of event it’s for, and information about the artist.
A sprinkling of party-ready recipes are scattered throughout the book.
Vinyl is HOT again but if you don’t have a turntable buy the CD or stream the songs (but vinyl is so much better)!
Have a listening party going. It’s amazing how much fun this is! I found Booze And Vinyl at Amazon.com but you can find the book other places online and in your favorite bookstore (SRP. $25).
An Instant Pot Must-Have
So you have an Instant Pot, but you really don’t have a clue how to use it?
Many of these amazing devices are languishing in closets because the owners don’t really understand how to use them or what they can do.
How To instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions Of the One Pot That Will Change The Way You Cook by Daniel Shumski (Workman Publishing Company 2017) is the “bible” of Instant Pot and Pressure cooking.
This book has 100 recipes but more than that, it explains the how, why, where and what for using your Instant Pot that you will never get from the instructions alone.
From how the pot works, to cleaning it, to setting it up and using it, and even converting your favorite recipes, this is a treasure-trove of must-have information that totally de-mystifies the Instant Pot.
There are 6 chapters, but the first three are really all about the appliance. The second three cover everything from making rice to yogurt, to steaming, releasing the pressure, and of course, recipes!
This book is full of information, it really did change my view, and my life. It makes a great gift, one that’s almost priceless.
Get one for yourself, and everyone you know who has an Instant Pot. The book is available online (I found mine on Amazon.com ) and of course, in your favorite bookstore.