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4 Kitchen Items That Will Get You Ready For Holiday Cooking

With the weather finally getting colder here in SoCal, here are some of my favorite appliances to help out with fall food.

Anna Vu


October 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Fall Recipes

Fall is in the air and California has finally gotten the memo to slow down and let the leaves litter the parks and sidewalks while foodie types like myself start sharing pics of pumpkin-flavored everything on social media.

With the cool weather starting to set in, there’s nothing like firing up your stove or oven and turning your house into a comforting, heavenly home. To get you started, here are some great labor-saving kitchen items that will get you into the cooking mood

1. Cuisinart Smart Stick


The Cuisinart Smart Stick is the answer for those of who are put off by huge food processors that take up precious real estate on the counter or in the cupboard. It’s also great for those of us who have a tendency to lose the bits and bobs that go with such monstrous kitchen appliances. Small and compact, the Cuisinart Smart Stick  does what a basic food processor does, albeit in smaller batches, making it the perfect mini multi-tasker for those of us who live in tiny abodes.

The detachable stick motor has two speeds and connects to an immersion blender, a whisk attachment, and a food chopper so making soups is a cinch and meringues happen in minutes. But it is the chopper that is the real star – from hummus to pie crust to chopped nuts, this will be an instant go-to labor saver.

Pros: The mini chopper is perfect for apartment living – it’s small and compact but its 200 watt motor has enough power to blend liquids or chop in no time.

Cons: If you’re looking for something that can chop, puree or slice things up in big batches, or something with a feeder hole to stream in liquids, consider getting its cousin the Cuisinart Classic 7-Cup Food Processor

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Lodge carries a line of enamelled cookware.

They also make the most gorgeous cast iron- they have a series with steel handles- it's marine grade, lasts forever-- and the cast iron part is pre-seasoned and super- polished. It's like jewelry for your kitchen.

Lodge is also made in America, by Americans. It's the last cast iron cookware company located in America. I had to call the helpline once to find a press for making quesadillas. They are super, super helpful, every step of the way. The person answering questions is right there at the factory.

And, they have a line of cooking gear for Boy Scouts.

Just a super- cool company.

And, you can make a deep-dish Chicago pizza in one of their skillets. What's not to love?

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I do love Lodge cookware, but in doing research I discovered that their enameled cookware is made in China. I was a little disappointed, but on their website they state ' The profits from our Enamel sales still go to support over 250 families at our American company.' I can't fault them for outsourcing though, sometimes to keep prices competitive it just makes more sense to outsource some of the work.

I LOVE using my skillet for deep dish pizza - it is a Friday night staple at our place!

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I never understood the silpat craze. To me, it's silly to have something that only holds about a dozen cookies. I bake 8-10 dozen at a time and parchment paper allows me to slide them on and off cookie sheets. So much easier.

I also am not a fan of Le Crueset because their surface areas are too small but I love my Kitchenaid mixer and my forschner knives, and I am a huge fan of USA PAN baking pans. They're sturdy, bake everything evenly and they're made in the USA.
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I love my Siplat, and while I still use parchment paper for banana bread and muffins, I use my silpat to make toffee and honeycomb candy and for kneading fondant. I like your idea of sliding the parchment off the cookie sheets, I'll keep that in mind when the holidays roll around and I'm crazy baking!

I do love my Kitchenaid too, it's the best labor-savor ever. It really is worth the money since I use it almost on a daily basis. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm going to look into forschner knives.
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