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CSNStores.com’s Hamilton Beach Hand Blender (Review)

25 Aug

Continuing with the New York City cramped kitchen theme, CSNStores.com has extended yet another lucky gift to FoodForFodder.com–this time to the tune of a $20 gift certificate to use anywhere on the site. As a reminder, CSNStores.com has over 200 online associated outlets where you can find anything you need from swingsets, to fitness equipment, or even insulated dog houses! CSNStores.com is really your one-stop destination for all your online shopping needs.

Similar to my review of the cast iron skillet, I really wanted to give readers some ideas about other useful kitchen gadgets that could really cut down on storage space and time. As I scoured the list of kitchen tools, the Hamilton Beach Turbo Twister 2 Speed Hand Blender almost popped off the screen. It is perfect for mixing cake batter, making pancake mix, creating homemade sauces and soups, or anything else that needs a good whip. Unlike bulky mixers that take up a ton of overhead storage space or can barely fit on your counter top when you need to use it, this hand blender is a slim item with multiple uses–and can actually fit in a drawer. Continue reading

CSNStores.com – Hamilton Beach Hand Blender (Coming Soon!)

24 Jan

Continuing with the New York City cramped kitchen theme, CSNStores.com has extended yet another lucky gift to FoodForFodder.com–this time to the tune of a $20 gift certificate to use anywhere on the site. As a reminder, CSNStores.com has over 200 online associated outlets where you can find anything you need from swingsets, to fitness equipment, or even insulated dog houses! CSNStores.com is really your one-stop destination for all your online shopping needs.

Similar to my review of the cast iron skillet, I really wanted to give readers some ideas about other useful kitchen gadgets that could really cut down on storage space and time. As I scoured the list of kitchen tools, the Hamilton Beach Turbo Twister 2 Speed Hand Blender almost popped off the screen. It is perfect for mixing cake batter, making pancake mix, creating homemade sauces and soups, or anything else that needs a good whip. Unlike bulky mixers that take up a ton of overhead storage space or can barely fit on your counter top when you need to use it, this hand blender is a slim item with multiple uses–and can actually fit in a drawer.

I am extremely excited to add the Hamilton Hand Blender to my kitchen gadgets. And of course, once I receive this generous gift from CSNStores.com, I will be sure to illustrate to you guys how helpful it has been in my cramped kitchen life.

The Cast Iron Skillet (from CSN Stores) — An Essential For Any NYC Kitchen

13 Dec

Yum, raw meat!

When it comes to living in New York City, there is nothing more coveted than space. In fact, space is so limited in NYC, landlords often convert standard one-bedroom apartments into two-bedrooms (aka “a conversion”). So upon receiving a $35 gift certificate from the nice folks at CSN Stores, it got me thinking—what compact kitchen item could be used for one or two cooking purposes? Alas, it led me to the very versatile Emeril Lagasse brand “cast iron skillet,” which costs just $24.95! The cast iron skillet looks like a heavy-set stove-top frying pan, but it can also be used in a high-degree oven. What better for cramped Manhattan kitchen cooking?

To prove the versatility of the cast iron skillet, I decided to make one of my favorite foods, meatballs. I love meatballs because, like the cast iron skillet, they can take on many forms. For instance, you can have meatballs in the morning, afternoon, night, consume them hot or cold, and accompany them with or without spaghetti. They also come in all shapes, sizes, and can use a variety of meats and vegetables–like mine, which are Turkey Mushroom Asparagus Meatballs.

Browned meatballs. The true sign of stove-top cooking.

However, whenever I decide to cook meatballs, I always run into the same inner-debate–how am I going to cook them? If I cook them on the stove-top, I run the risk of not cooking the meatballs through (nothing is worse than burnt meatballs with a rare interior), but, if I just cook them in the oven, I never get those beautiful grill marks on the outside of the meatballs. Granted, I could just cook the meatballs on the stove-top to get the grill marks and then transfer them into a baking dish for the oven to secure my meatballs are cooked, but that’s a whole lot of work on the cooking and cleaning sides.

This, of course, is where the value of the cast iron skillet comes into play. I first start cooking my Turkey Mushroom Asparagus Meatballs in the cast iron skillet on the stove-top. See those grill marks forming? That’s the sign of a great meatball! You don’t want the meatballs to just have one grilled side, so you have to let all sides of the meatball have a turn face-down. Once all sides are browned, turn off the stove’s flame, add-in your tomato sauce, and put the cast iron skillet in the 350-400 degree pre-heated oven. Since cast iron skillet’s can survive a high-heat oven, there’s no need to worry about it melting or exploding.

Close-up, beauty shot.

I like letting the meatballs cook in tomato sauce for as long as possible, but sometimes it’s hard to ignore my stomach–so anywhere from 15-30 minutes is usually sufficient. Unlike a regular baking pan or regular skillet, you cannot place the hot cast iron skillet in cold water. If you do, you run the risk of cracking your cast iron skillet! Your best bet is to just let the cast iron skillet naturally cool on the counter, and then, once cold to the touch, you can rinse it out. And notice how instead of a cleaning a regular skillet and baking tray, you just have one magnificent cast iron skillet to clean? I sure did.

The addition of the cast iron skillet to my tiny New York City kitchen has been a blessing. And the mere idea of using, storing, and cleaning one less pan is reason enough to make cast iron skillets a pre-requisite for living in a typical NYC apartment. I urge all of you to buy your own cast iron skillet at CSN Stores!

Don't forget to add tomato sauce!

Put those puppies, err, I mean meatballs in the oven.

That's what I call a cast iron skillet meatball!

Mangia!

CSN Stores, Crispin Cider, and Peanut Butter & Co. Reviews Coming Soon!

9 Dec

Hi all.

I know you guys have been eagerly awaiting my upcoming product reviews, so I thought I’d give you a little status update.

I have received my samples/products from CSN Stores, Crispin Cider, and Peanut Butter & Co., so the reviews are underway. Sometimes it takes a bit to actually use the products and then write a in-depth response–so bear with me!

I assure you, you won’t be disappointed (with my reviews or the products!).

Best regards,

Food For Fodder

CSN Stores — Review Coming Soon!!!

12 Nov

Sometimes bloggers got it good. We get to write whatever we want, have a fan or two, and sometimes, even get free stuff. I’m fortunate enough to boast about the latter today. The generous folks over at CSN Stores extended me a $35 gift certificate towards a kitchen product in order to write a review. For those unfamiliar with the online mega store that is CSN, buyers can literally find anything from sheik bathroom shelving, to a cozy space heater, to an old-fashioned hot dog roller.

As tempting as all CSN’s items are, the average New York City apartment dweller has to be overly conscious about every inch they fill. In fact, space is so tight in NYC apartments, landlords often convert standard one-bedrooms into two-bedrooms (aka “a conversion”). That got me thinking—what kitchen items are usually used in one fashion, but could also serve two purposes? Alas, it led me to the very versatile “cast iron skillet.” The cast iron skillet looks like a heavy-set stovetop frying pan, but it can also be used in a high-degree oven.

The idea of using, storing, and cleaning one less pan is reason enough to make cast iron skillets a pre-requisite for living in a typical NYC apartment.

Stay tuned my cast iron skillet review!

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