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Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop, Black
Max Burton 6000 1800-Watt Portable Induction Cooktop, Black
Offered by Sale Stores
Price: $139.75
3 used & new from $139.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great, November 26, 2011
If you want an inexpensive entre into the great technology of induction cooking, this is the one. Very responsive, quick to heat and cool, great control, easy to maintain a perfect simmer, super hot if you want to do some stir fry--in every way superior to electric and gas. The drawbacks are two: 1. you only get 10 heat settings, and it would be really nice to have about forty. 2. The actual magnet is only about 4" in diameter, so the actual heating is limited to 4"...now, if you have good pans like All Clad, they will transfer heat pretty well to the entire bottom of a 10" or 12" pan. But the greatest heat is still only 4" in the center of the heating surface. So you, for example, have to rotate burgers or hash browns to make them brown evenly, and so on. The ideal induction cooker would have a 12" magnet so the entire bottom surface of your cooking pot or pan would be evenly heated. Nonetheless, you should try out induction. And this is a very powerful, very inexpensive, way to do just that. This unit won't sit around unused. You'll find yourself cooking with it several times a week--because it's so superior to your traditional stovetop.


Glad Storage Bags, Original Twist-Tie, Gallon Size 100 bags
Glad Storage Bags, Original Twist-Tie, Gallon Size 100 bags

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Millions of Brainless Consumers, October 19, 2011
To understand why the silly, expensive zip locking storage bags have driven the good, eco-friendly, inexpensive twist-tie bags out of the market and out of most stores--you have to go back to a bizarre fad: the "burping seal" tupperware craze. You see, most housewives and househusbands evidently think that a very, very strongly sealed storage container is somehow related to vacuum sealing. In other words, they worry that air will "get in" if a plastic food container isn't "locked." It's all very stupid of course; there's no vacuum involved here: Any bag that's not vacuum-sealed always has air in it. But don't try physics or logic with these millions of superstitious, daffy creatures. After all, why not waste plastic and create ever more "secure" seals: sliders, triple rails, color-changes to ensure that you have a "good seal." And of course they also want to prevent the contents from "getting out" when they randomly knock things around in the fridge. Whatever. Waste? Who cares? We're a rich country still. Glad probably will stop making these soon enough. Stock up now.


Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce, 18-Ounce Glass Bottles (Pack of 2)
Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Sauce, 18-Ounce Glass Bottles (Pack of 2)
Offered by GoodBoy
Price: $18.39
9 used & new from $13.69

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, September 4, 2011
LKK is a pretty good brand for most anything they sell. (As are "Healthy Boy" and "Asia Best.") However, you might want to try the LKK oyster sauce that has "No MSG" printed on the label. LKK sauces are assertive. And oysters are the third or fourth down the ingredients list--after water, sugar, and so on. You might also try an excellent Thai oyster sauce. It features oysters as the main ingredient, first on the list, and a full 30% of the total contents! Its English brand name is Maekrua and the label features a healthy looking woman against a blue background pouring the sauce into a giant wok. A more subtle sauce than most, but also more meaty (as opposed to sweet or salty). Maekrua's motto is "Diversity and Refinement" which, although certainly oxymoronic, is a noble ideal.
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Slow Cooker Revolution
Slow Cooker Revolution
by America's Test Kitchen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.24
151 used & new from $6.30

31 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They're Not as Reliable as Before, April 17, 2011
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After a decade of really good recipes and solid cooking advice, Cooks Illustrated has really deteriorated. I guess every organization eventually degrades into a decadent phase. Take, for example, their "Lazy Man's Stuffed Cabbage" recipe in this book. Good heavens, the prep time for this recipe is two hours! Making ordinary stuffed cabbage, the prep takes about 1/2 hour. On the plus side, their recipe for the tomato sauce is really tasty. But, on the whole, Cook's Illustrated Magazine is really being run by the inmates these days. (Look at their totally nonsensical advice about electronic pressure cookers. The woman who tested them couldn't figure out the simple rules for how to use them, so she advised that you stick to the old-fashioned stove-top cookers. Idiotic. And they get equipment prices wrong, tell you to "drain" cabbage that has no liquid (see this Lazy Man's recipe), get timing wrong, and other bizarre errors. Their recipes until recently were reliable. Now some of them are quite good, others laughable.
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Samsung UN55C6800 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black)
Samsung UN55C6800 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV (Black)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung Is the New Sony, December 31, 2010
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For decades Sony TV's were the technology to beat. They were the gold standard. In the past few years, however, there's a new Number One manufacturer: Samsung--offering the best R&D, the most sophisticated tech, and, clearly, the best picture. I just replaced my two-year-old Samsung LN52A850 set with the Samsung UN55C6800. The former was excellent; the latter is superb. The picture will take your breath away. (I have no interest in 3D which, given the state of the art, seems to me clumsy, inferior, and gimmicky). So, if you want the best possible picture quality currently available in a regular television, I suggest you consider this unit. You can go see it at Best Buy (where the set is sold under the model number UN55C6900). I bought mine on Amazon and it arrived in a few days, via HomeDirect shipping. No problems with the shipping, and the TV is, I think you'll agree once you see it, astonishing.


Swiss Diamond Nonstick Stock Pot - 8.5 qt (11")
Swiss Diamond Nonstick Stock Pot - 8.5 qt (11")
Offered by Chef's Arsenal/Market Warehouse
Price: $219.95
50 used & new from $181.46

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, July 10, 2010
As long as you don't take their advice (that you can use metal utensils), the Swiss Diamond line is the finest cookware available today. Just the right weight, cool handles, totally flat bottoms, oven-safe, nonstick inside and out, really fine pots and pans. Just get yourself a set of silicone spoons and whisks (and be sure they have silicone handles too, not metal handles that you'll bump against the edges of the pots). Oh, and avoid their "wok"...its bottom is too small to get hot enough. Instead, stir-fry in the 8 1/2 Quart Stockpot. It's also good for cooking pasta, stocks, stews and so on.


The Everything Pressure Cooker Cookbook
The Everything Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Pamela Rice Hahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.16
147 used & new from $0.90

50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recipes; Quirky Organization, July 10, 2010
I've tried two recipes so far--Old South Chicken Stew (Brunswick) and Stuffed Green Peppers. Both were excellent. I've read other recipes and they seem as if they'll be good, too. Don't be misled by the publisher's list of example recipes on(pork with figs, and so on). The book has few weirdo recipes with "twists." They're mostly normal comfort food. But the book is organized in a very bizarre fashion. The editor should have caught this problem. For example, there's a section for Chicken. But two thirds of the chicken recipes are not in the chicken section! Chicken recipes are scattered throughout different sections such as Stews, International Flavors, and so on. Sometimes a recipe is put in the wrong category. "Grandmother's Chicken Casserole" for instance, is mysteriously put in the International section. She says it's "French-inspired" but .... And probably as a result of both the book's inherent disorganization, combined with no indexing skills, the book's Index is the worst I've seen in many years. For example, look up Chicken and you just see 30 page numbers, not a list of the names of the recipes. Big help. So, I'd say buy the book for the good eats and tolerate the poor editing. If indeed anyone edited the book. One final note: the publishers have apparently copyrighted the word "Everything." Well, that's one less word I can use in a title of one of my own books. Rats! I think I'll try to copyright the word "The."
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Swiss Diamond 10 Piece Set: Ultimate Kitchen Kit
Swiss Diamond 10 Piece Set: Ultimate Kitchen Kit
Offered by A`21stCenturyKitchen`
Price: $599.95
29 used & new from $599.95

32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookware, June 8, 2010
I've been cooking for 50 years and have tried them all. This is the best line of cookware ever. It has all the right features: can be used in the oven, proper balance, excellent conductivity, totally flat bottoms, great non-stick (both inside and outside), the handles stay cool, just the right weight. However, don't believe the claim that you can use metal utensils. They can be scratched if you don't use wooden, silicone, or plastic utensils. Treat them with care and they'll be your favorite cookware.
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Swiss Diamond Nonstick Soup Pot - 5.5 qt (10")
Swiss Diamond Nonstick Soup Pot - 5.5 qt (10")
Offered by Chef's Arsenal/Market Warehouse
Price: $199.95
11 used & new from $199.95

5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Go Wrong with Swiss Diamond, June 8, 2010
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I've been cooking for 50 years and have tried them all. This is the best line of cookware ever. It has all the right features: can be used in the oven, proper balance, excellent conductivity, totally flat bottoms, great non-stick (both inside and outside), the handles stay cool, just the right weight. However, don't believe the claim that you can use metal utensils. They can be scratched if you don't use wooden, silicone, or plastic utensils. Treat them with care and they'll be your favorite cookware.


Swiss Diamond Cast-Aluminum Nonstick 3.2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
Swiss Diamond Cast-Aluminum Nonstick 3.2-Quart Saucepan with Lid
Offered by Price Tronics
Price: $139.95
33 used & new from $139.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever, June 8, 2010
I've been cooking for 50 years and have tried them all. This is the best line of cookware ever. It has all the right features: can be used in the oven, proper balance, excellent conductivity, totally flat bottoms, great non-stick (both inside and outside), the handles stay cool, just the right weight. However, don't believe the claim that you can use metal utensils. They can be scratched if you don't use wooden, silicone, or plastic utensils. Treat them with care and they'll be your favorite cookware.


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