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Mix it up a little, will ya?

Re-posting an oldie but a goodie (seriously a strange saying)….

Mixing bowls are a secret love of mine.  When I walk the kitchenware aisles, the booths at the Houseware’s Show or just open my cabinet, I am drawn to the fun colors.  Boring mixing bowls are sooo yesterday.  Mixing bowls are a statement piece.  Fun colors, fun materials, fun features.  I am going to give you a quick rundown of some of the advances that I have seen in the past five years and I encourage you to toss your old bowls (or use them for messy kid crafts or something) and buy something fresh, fun and new.

  • Silicone – Most bowls now come with silicone on the bottom to prevent slipping while you are mixing.  Love it!  A select few also add a silicone handle for you to get an extra secure grip while mixing (OXO makes a great set of bowls with silicone on the bottom and on the handle for $24.99 on So cute!
  • Materials – Mixing bowls are available in almost every material imaginable for the kitchen.  Glass.  Ceramic.  Melamine. Stainless Steel.  While the fun colors are reserved typically for the ceramic and the melamine, I do still use my glass (Pyrex makes a great mixing bowl set that comes with fun colored lids for @ $20 for an 8 pc set) and stainless steel bowls as well (usually a little pricier $20-$40 for a set of three depending on the brand).  There is just something about whisking eggs in a stainless bowl that makes me feel like a pro.
  • Storage– While I prefer to buy bowls that nest, collapsible bowls do exist as well.  Progressive makes a collapsible 3 qt bowl in a few fun colors that are great if you don’t have much cabinet space. (retails for about $10 on or at Kmart).
  • Pourable – You can also find mixing bowls with a pour spout.  Huge bonus for those of us that want to just pour cake batter or pancake batter without making a big mess.
  • Sets or open stock–  You can buy mixing bowls in a set or as open stock (single bowls).  As an example, OXO  comes in a 1.5 qt ($8-$9), a 3 qt ($9-$11) and a 5 qt ($10-$13) at retailers such as Amazon, Kmart, Target and Crate and Barrel (to name a few).  A set of three OXO bowls is typically @24.99 and really makes the most economic sense.

Fun tip:  Mixing bowls are for more than just mixing.  Throw fresh fruit in them and leave them out on the counter.  When you buy such fun colors, why hide them in the cabinet.

Happy Mixing everyone.  I hope you will feel as inspired as I am by these fun colors!

You’re going to flip!

You’re going to flip!

food turner– n. cooking utensil having a flat flexible part and a long handle; used for turning or serving food.

spatula – n. a utensil with a broad, flat often flexible blade, used for lifting, spreading or stirring foods.

Ok. Got it. Are we good? Do you understand the difference? Based on these standard dictionary definitions… me neither.

It’s funny because growing up, a spatula was the thing that my Mom used to flip pancakes, cook eggs and everything else that involved a fry pan. The wood utensil with the flexible plastic on the end used to scrape batter out a bowl? I don’t think we even had a name for that. So, that was the info I had going in to the wonderful world of kitchenware buying. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Here’s the run down on turners

  • The Basics: Turners are typically made from nylon, silicone or stainless steel. Nylon is the cheapest option and the most brittle of materials. You can find nylon turners for @$1. Silicone is a wonderful option, it is incredibly heat-resistant and safe for nonstick cookware. Stainless turners should never be used on nonstick cookware but I love mine for getting the perfect lasagna squares out of my glass bakeware.
  • Types: Solid turners (great for all types of cooking), slotted turners (great for greasier foods such as hamburgers. When you pick them up with the slotted turner, most of the grease drains through the slots and remains in the pan), fish turners (longer more narrow turner head to pick up larger pieces of delicate fish and drains the oil thru the slots as well) and pancake turners (wider head to pick up more of the pancake and minimize flipping mistakes).
  • My recommendations: Personally, I love the Kitchenaid turner line (prices range from $5.99-$9.99 at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, Kohls and Amazon to name a few) and the Kenmore stainless-silicone line exclusive to Kmart (prices range from $8.99-$9.99). Color and design preferences play a big part in selecting a tool line. People typically gravitate to the color and design of a particular brand and stick with it for all of their kitchen tools.

Okay. Okay. I admit it. I made the title sound wayyy more exciting than this blog ended up being but they can’t ALL be the best blog ever, right? Happy flipping everyone!

Sliced and Diced.

Complicated. Confusing.  Overwhelming.  Expensive.  Any guesses on the topic of the day?? Parenting?  Nope.  Leaving home for the first time?  Nope.  Making a major purchase (house/car)?   Nope.  Weirdly enough, I am talking Cutlery (thanks Ellyce for my topic today!)  Trust me when I tell you that there is more to Cutlery than meets the eye. What brand? What type of handle? What type of knife do I need? Should I buy a block set? or just a few knives? I could go on and on. It is never ending and in my experience, people tend to skip the questioning and buy the block set that has the best sale price. Not to overgeneralize but really, does anyone truly understand cutlery these days. It cuts my veggies, my meat… I’m good. I hope that after you read my little blog, you will file just a few of my tips in your ‘someday this info may be helpful’ file in your brain.  If you remember these three things when buying cutlery it will be a great starting point:

  1. Every Kitchen needs an 8″ chef knife (use for large cuts of meat, chopping small and large veggies) and a paring knife (use for peeling, mincing and dicing).  The rest is nice to have but you can survive without them.  I say this because if you focus on these two knives, you may be able to spend a little more for a great quality brand such as Wusthof or J.A.Henckels.  You can find Wusthof at Macy’s/Crate and Barrel/Williams Sonoma (to name a few) and Henckels is available at retailers like Macy’s and at Target.
  2. Buy forged if you can – What in the world is forged?  Forged is when the knife is made from one solid piece of steel, making it incredibly strong.  Forged doesn’t always have to be expensive.  You can get a great Hampton Forge forged set for @$50.  You can buy Hampton Forge at Target and Kmart.
  3. Buy Stainless Steel blades –  Most knife blades are made of carbon steel or stainless steel.  Carbon steel is cheaper but is susceptible to corrosion so I say steer clear!

Once the site is up and running, I will do a complete cutlery guide so that when  you are ready to buy, you can just hop on the site, print and take with you.  In the interim, I hope this helps.  Happy Slicing and Dicing everyone!

Fun fact:  ‘sliced and diced’ was going to be my website and blog name but my amazing brother in law came up with ‘minced reviews’ when I realized I couldn’t use my original idea and I love it! Thanks Paul!