One thing everyone knows for certain is that I cook a lot. I love to cook! My recipe section and meals on Monday can attest to that. But, a good cook needs to work with good tools. I would be happy to review your kitchen product or cooking gadgets here. Or your tasty edibles.Please CLICK HERE for details on submitting a product for review.I also provide a copy of my review to amazon.com if applicable. Disclosure and legal information on reviews and Katherines Corner in general can be found HERE
Review The Oil + Vinegar Twofer
Available at ArtandCook
I always use vinegar and oil on my salads and I used to have two bottles or two dispensers on the table. I think this product is brilliant! Did I say brilliant? Well I meant it. You get the best of both in one container. It’s attractive, easy to fill and easy to use. Just press the button marked oil or vinegar and taa daa. This may be one of the easiest reviews I’ve ever written. It is so practical.
Review – Red Envelope Floral Measuring Cups
Available at Red Envelope
These lovely measuring cups arrived packaged well and exactly as they appear on the Red Envelope site.This charming set is made exclusively from RedEnvelope. Made of ceramic the set includes 1 cup (light yellow), 1/2 cup (lavender), 1/3 cup (coral), 1/4 cup (light blue) Each flower is a different design. The interior of each cup is painted with a dotted line marking the measurement. Extra bonus they are stackable for easy storage
Each pretty floral cup is clearly marked with the measuring cup size. Each cups measures accurately and looks so pretty on the counter while I’m cooking. This is the perfect gift to give the cook in your life and is also a wonderful prop for food photographers too.
Review- Proflowers Mothers Day Gift Basket Cheese Lovers
Available at Pro Flowers
A gourmet gift made for cheese lovers! This is wonderful for gift giving. Filled with cheeses, crackers, nuts and tea too and it is all nicely tied together with a bow on a solid wood cutting board complete with hot mustard, some Wisconsin sausage and a cheese spreader too. All you need is an appetite and this gift is ready for you. It arrived safely and promptly and was securely wrapped. Everything inside was fresh and flavorful. My husband loved the spicy mustard. I will use the cutting board and cheese spreader often now that all of the goodies have been eaten. Proflowers has a wonderful selection of gifts other than flowers. I encourage you to visit their website for other great gift ideas for Mother’s day or any day.
Review- Sharis Berries
Available at http://www.berries.com
The kind folks at Sharis Berris, makers of delicious baked goods, dipped strawberries, goodie filled gift baskets and divine chocolates, generously provided me with their Sugar Free Sweets and Savories gift basket for review. Their popular gift basket is now sugar free and includes. Pistachios, Corn Nuts, Roasted Salted Almonds, Roasted Salted Cashews, Mixed Nuts ,Sugar Free Gummi Bears, Sugar Free Chocolate Almonds, Sugar Free Taffy, Sugar Free Jelly Beans and Sugar Free Caramel Taffy Swirls
This lovely snack basket arrived promptly, tied with a bow and securely packaged. Product inside was just as pictured. Each snack sized bag was filled to the top with delicious goodies. I am now officially addicted to their sugar free cinnamon bears. Their nuts were fresh and lightly salted, so in my words, perfect. Each jelly bean was individually wrapped, how wonderful is that! It’s like a little bite sized gift. Everything was absolutely filled with fresh flavor and the lovely fabric lined basket is now holding things in my pantry. Whether you buy a gift for yourself or someone else I believe you will be delighted with your purchase from Sharis Berries. Check out all of the goodies and gift baskets available for any occasion at their official website.
Please note the only reason this review receives four stars instead of five is that they use sorbitol and malitol as sweeteners. If they used sucralose it would be a shining five star rating.
Review-Fannie May Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
My box of Fannie May Chocolate Dipped Strawberries arrived well packaged and cold (thanks to the gel pack they cleverly place inside every box). Every beautiful chocolate dipped berry perfectly placed in the lovely red box they arrived in. The presentation was absolutely beautiful. Inside were (4) Pixie® Berries: dipped in a divine mix of caramel infused real milk chocolate and covered with crunchy pecans. (4) Trinidad® Berries: dipped in deliciously creamy, real milk chocolate and covered with golden toasted coconut. (4) Mint Meltaway Berries: dipped in luxuriously creamy, mint-infused real white and milk chocolate . I was happy to share them at our Thanksgiving get together. Our grandchildren had eyes as big as saucers when they saw the big plump chocolate dipped strawberries. I heard squeals of delight…but then a little moaning. Unfortunately some of the berries weren’t ripe yet. Although they ate every bit of chocolate off of them. Some of the strawberries just weren’t sweet. That was disappointing. However, at least half of them were ripe!
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About Fannie May Berries
Fannie May Berries can be ordered and in the customers’ home within 24 hours and includes large, luscious berries that are hand dipped in 100% rich, smooth, Fannie May chocolate. Fannie May Berries includes hand crafted indulgent flavor combinations including Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Caramel, Pink & White Champagne, Toasted Coconut & White Chocolate (Trinidad©), Milk Chocolate Caramel & Nuts (Pixies©) and Holiday flavors—Dark Chocolate Gingerbread, Candy Cane and Eggnog.
About Fannie May Chocolates
For nearly a century, Fannie May Chocolates has been bringing you the finest gourmet chocolates, fudge, and candies that have kept us as your favorite traditional chocolate store. Since the first Fannie May chocolate store opened in 1920 Chicago, we have been developing decadent chocolates, using only the premium of ingredients. Our rich chocolate recipes remain unchanged since the day we premiered them. Even when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May Chocolates kept its original recipes and refused to compromise the gourmet milk chocolate and dark chocolate tastes that put us at the top of the chocolate charts. We guarantee a high standard of excellence with all of our gourmet chocolates. We also stand behind our 100% satisfaction guarantee to ensure that the most delicious and high quality of gourmet milk chocolate, gourmet dark chocolate, and gourmet fudge gifts are being sold. In May of 2006 Fannie May joined the 1-800-Flowers.com family of brands. For more than 30 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. – “Your Florist of Choice®” – has been providing customers around the world with the freshest flowers and finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections and plush stuffed animals perfect for every occasion.
Review- Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier
Available at oransi.com and Amazon
The Oransi fridge air purifier works using a built in micro CPU that controls the purification cycle in the fridge. That sound impressive right! Especially since I have always used baking soda to help eliminate odors in the fridge. I was enthusiastic about trying this system. It uses two AA batteries that lasts for about 60 days. But I changed them to rechargeables. There is no filter to change and it’s small enough to fit on the back of the shelf and not get in the way. Overall it works as promised. I put an onion on a plate and placed it in the refrigerator. It took about 2 hours and then the odor was diminished quite a bit. It did not eliminate the odor immediately but over time it was gone! This product was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Review- American MetalCraft 3 Tier Platter Stand
Available at Instawares Cost $56.00
I was happy to review this product I knew it would be perfect for parties, barbecues and get togethers. I was right.Place your serving dishes on it and it is perfect for barbecues, family gatherings, and parties. It’s made of sturdy construction and has attractive scrolled feet. It is big , it stands 22 1/ inches high and 11 1/2 inches wide. It is big enough for large platters and dishes.It will hold a 17 inch dish, a 12 inch dish and a 8 1/2 inch dish ( also available at Instawares). I liked this product so much I gave one away in the July Summer Time Giveaway. Instawares carries a variety of products perfect for tablescaping, parties, receptions, large and small gatherings. I would have given this product five stars but you do have to buy the dishes separately.
Review- Duncans Kitchen Grips Pan Handle Covers ( set of 2)
Available at Leslie’s Kitchen through Amazon Cost $10.00 Available in red, green or black
The rubber grips help to keep the handle cover in place. The set of 2 Kitchen Grips handle covers includes 1 small(6 inches) and 1 large (7 inches) cover. Made by Duncan Industries ( Dishwasher Safe) The only thing that kept this product from receiving five stars is it does not hold it’s shape, you have to manipulate it a bit to use it. It’s worth the trouble though.
* Never leave this product on the handle while you are cooking, especially if you are using an open flame.
Review- Wolfgang Puck 20 Piece Cookware Set
Available at fine stores everywhere Cost varies $199.99-$249.99
This collection is well used in our kitchen. Made of heavy gauge stainless steel construction this set comes with a 1 quart and 3 quart saucepan, an 8 quart stock pot, a 10 inch omelet ( frying) pan, an 11 inch sauté ( frying) pan and the best of all a 12 inch chefs pan ( deep frying pan). I use every piece of this collection regularly. It cooks evenly and there are even holes in the handles if you want to hang them from your chef’s rack. All of these must have items come with glass lids.
In addition to the must have items you also receive 2 small bowls, a whisk, serving fork, spoon, slotted spoon, spatula and a slotted spatula. You can use this forever as it comes with a lifetime guarantee. Use them on your stove top or in your oven up to 400 ° F. Now, with all of this praise you would think I would give this cookware a five star rating. But, the handles do get hot! I have to use grips (see my other review), this is a minimal inconvenience though. Also, I did have a glass lid incident. Fortunately the lids were all replaced with stainless steel lids by the manufacturer. This set would be perfect if they’d change the lids from glass to stainless steel and cover the handles.
Review-Procter Silex Coffee Grinder
Available at Target and other fine retailers Cost
Varies from $12.99 – $16.99
This is an essential tool for any coffee drinker. My husband likes his coffee beans ground fresh for each pot. This little grinder did a fine job. It’s light weight and has a retractable cord. So I can keep it right on the shelf with the coffee. No need to have it out on the counter. It has three grind settings and a simple on off switch. The only thing I would change is the way the lid fits. I think it would be less messy if the top fit more securely on the inside rather than on the outside. Grounds can get in and when you take the lid off some grounds will fall out. But, this is a minor thing really. Some of the parts are dishwasher safe. But I prefer to hand wash.
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