Kitchen

What types of Cookware do you need for Cooking

“I adore cooking. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.”

― Truman Capote

Cooking is an art, and art requires equipment. Cookware is one of the most basic and essential requirement in the kitchen, and without them, you can’t even cook a simple meal, let alone a big one. What is cookware? It is the merchandise required for frying, baking, grilling and other cooking related tasks, and today, we are going to talk specifically about the types of cookware and uses required to make a complete and well-equipped kitchen. So, let’s get right into it!

Cookware required:

The most important part of getting kitchen equipment is to only get what you need. You don’t need to waste hundreds of dollars on stuff you’ll just put away in your cupboard for a long time. The following are the ones that hang by my stove and are used countless times throughout the day, so assess your requirements and get equipment based on your observations.

A skillet:

A skillet (don’t think about the music band!), or simply a fry pan, is a flat-bottomed pan used for browning or frying various foods. It is used in frying all types of food because of its ease of handling and efficiency. A regular pan is usually 200 to 300 mm (or 8 to 12 inches) in diameter, but can also be more or less depending on the type.

Braising pans:

Braising pans, or simply called roasting pans, are wide and shallow pans used to roast meat, including beef, pork and chicken meat. They are generally rectangular in shape and are made of materials which can withstand high temperatures, as the roasting process requires a large amount of heat to directly fall on the food.

Sauté pans:

Sauté pans are pans generally used for cooking food by the method of tossing. They have straight sides, but can also be rounded. Leave this one if you aren’t a fan of having your food stick to the ceiling.

Stockpots:

You don’t want to miss these! Stockpots are the most basic requirement in making food for a large family or occasion. They are long in diameter and have a large amount of storage space, ranging from 4 to 12 Qt. Their sides are at least as tall as their diameter, so you can guess the size! They come in a variety of sizes, with ones needed for homes to banquets.

Source: Cookwithtina.com

Coffee Machines, Espresso Tips

What’s the best Automatic Espresso Machine to buy in 2017?

Top 4 picks in 2017

Fully automatic espresso machines are expensive. So when you’re looking to make the investment it’s

only right that you get the best. These days it seems every company is making their version of the fully

automatic espresso machine. How do you know which one of these are the best? Here are the top 4

picks when looking to purchase an espresso machine in 2017 and also take a look at espresso machine reviews on bisuzscoffee.

When looking to purchase your fully automatic espresso machine there are a few things to consider.

Size, performance, and convenience. Fully automatic espresso machines are sort after for their ability to

create espressos with no manual aid whatsoever. Depending on your budget you will be able to choose

the best fully automatic espresso machine for you.


Krups Falcon Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

Krups Falcon Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

If your looking for a model under $1,000.00 USD then this machine is all you need. It’s compact enough

to fit on your counter. Its simplified system can be learned in under a week so you can be making your

favorite drink in no time. Though it is not exactly a one button machine, it still doesn’t contain multiple

levers and complicated buttons. The best thing about this model is not only are you able to create

espresso but lattes and cappuccino also. This model is currently unavailable on Amazon but the two-in-

one model is currently available for $798.99 USD.


Delonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine

Delonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine

At a price point of $683.91 USD, this espresso machine is well worth it. With all the functionality of the

larger models but small enough to fit on your kitchen counter, this machine is able to perform just as

great as it’s larger siblings. A common problem with this unit, however, is that the heating plate doesn’t

heat up as much as desired.


Delonghi Perfecta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Delonghi Perfecta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Seeing a trend here? Delonghi is no doubt a reputable brand. So why choose this machine over the one

previously mentioned? This is a more advanced version. It features a quiet grinder and a fully

programmable display. This model, however, requires it to be cleaned by hand. You can purchase this

model for $847.92 USD on Amazon however it does not include free shipping and you will be required to

pay an extra $97.95 USD in shipping costs.


Jura Impressa Automatic Coffee Machine

Jura Impressa Automatic Coffee Machine

Being at a price point of $999.00 USD you expect this machine to perform beyond the expectations of all

others. Fumbling with buttons is not an issue with this model as it is as easy as flipping a switch. It’s

smaller than other models and possesses the ability to make all coffee drinks much lighter to drink. It is

able to do this due to its milk frother. Everything made by this machine comes out being light, fresh and

exactly what you’ve wanted in your drink.

Recipes

Recipe for the day, Calzones!

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I can’t believe this time next week we will be gathered around friends and family eating, watching football and plotting out our Black Friday routes.  Don’t judge… you know you do it too. 🙂  But enough about next week, today I’ve got the recipe for the perfect chilly day/ carb lover.  Calzones!!!

Alright, before I get down into the nitty gritty of the recipe I have to be honest and let you guys know that the first time I made this, I TOTALLY botched it.  We are talking like beautiful outside but doughy inside.  Yea… ew.  So, I’ve added a few pointers along the way to make sure you don’t end up with the same mess I did.  Ok, on we go…

If you haven’t grabbed the shopping list, get it here::

First things first, set your bread out to rise.  You can use the loaves like I used or the frozen Rhodes rolls would work perfectly to create smaller more kid friendly calzones.  They need to rise between 3 – 5 hours so set them out on your lunch break and you should have some perfectly risen bread by dinner time.

Again, you have to excuse my terrible picture taking but just look at those buns! hehe… couldn’t resist the pun.

Now, here comes the fun part.  Remember all along the way with this recipe that PAM is your friend.  Not Pam down the street, Pam in the can.  Got me?  Alright… grab some wax paper or foil and set it out on your countertop now, let it get REAL acquainted with your friend Pam or else that bread you just let rise half a day will become the stickiest substance ever. in your life. amen.

This next part is where I went wrong so listen up… if you let your bread rise as long as I did and it’s as big as mine was, make 2 calzones out of each loaf.  If you only needed two tonight still go ahead and make the other load into two more, wrap them in that foil you have laid out with Pam all over it and, voila!  You have an easy dinner for a couple of weeks down the road.

On to the stuffing!  Take your dough and set it on the foil or wax paper you laid out.  Split it apart with your fingers until you have a big enough space to fill it with lots of goodies.  Melt your butter and add your garlic to it, use a silicone brush or your fingers or the spout of the measuring cup it’s all in to spread some over the dough where you are about to put your toppings.  Put a good layer of marinara sauce in there, then get to stuffing!  We chose big chunks of mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and ham.

Now, all that’s left to do is pinch your bread back shut, place it seam side down in the PAM soaked pan, drizzle more garlic butter on the top and bake it on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  If you are cooking a smaller calzone, adjust your time and just watch for the top to get a good golden brown color and the bread to be done all the way through.  If you are wanting to freeze the extras, place the calzone pinched seam down and wrap it tightly in pam sprayed foil and place it in the freezer.  When you are ready to get it out and cook it, let it thaw just a bit, pull the foil off, and give it an hour or two to rise then bake it just like you did the fresh ones.

Should end up looking a little something like this:

Yum!  Let me know what you thought when you made your calzones!  What did you stuff it with?