Beginner’s Kitchen Favorites

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Much like a car without a steering wheel, a budding cook without the right kitchen tools has the potential to go nowhere.  I’m convinced many a carry-out-on-speed-dial fanatic could become culinary connoisseurs with a little help.
 
One of the greatest and most unique gifts I ever received was a Beginner’s Kitchen.  The gift came with love from two friends who stand squarely in opposite corners of the love-to-cook camp.  I received the box in celebration of my first college apartment.  Thirteen years, a marriage, two children, and a solid recipe repertoire under my belt later, I still use several of these quality pieces in my home today.  
 
Love to cook or hate it, everyone needs certain tools around the kitchen, be it an ice cream scoop (have you ever tried to serve ice cream with a serving spoon?), decent knives (to cut open hot dog packages, if nothing else), or a variety of spatulas, to name a few.  If you’re a subtle supplier, consider the KitchenAid Cook's Series 17-Piece Starter Tool and Gadget Set, Black .  If you think big, think this: Hampton Forge 52-Piece Kitchen Starter Set .
 
So set someone up for success, then invite yourself over for dinner.  Bon Appétit. 
 
Want to be a rock star gift giver?  Outfit your chef-to-be with the whole shebang.  DISHES, GLASSWARE, UTENSILS, NESTING BOWLS, POTS AND PANS…
 
COMBINE THE BELOW WITH THE ABOVE?  
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This Cuisinart Cookware Set ( Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set ) is an incredible steal and has every pot you really ever need.  I bought it on recommendation from a friend and haven’t been disappointed a day since.  For everything from popcorn, to meatloaf, to cornbread, these bowls are absolute must, especially for space savers, which most new apartments need: Trudeau Melamine Mixing Bowls in Assorted Bright Colors, Set of 6 .

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Hampton Forge 52-Piece Kitchen Starter Set
Manufacturer: Hampton Forge
Brand: Hampton Forge
Rank: 292879
Part Number: HMC01B752A
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Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
Brand: Cuisinart
Rank: 10913
Part Number: ZPV-662
Amazon Price: $113.32
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Architec The Gripper Bamboo Cutting Board, 10 by 14-Inch
Manufacturer: ArchiTEC Housewares
Brand: Architec
Rank: 173391
Part Number: BG14
Amazon Price: $14.99
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Lodge HHMT Max Temp Handle Mitt, Black
Manufacturer: Lodge
Brand: Lodge
Rank: 23956
Part Number: 暂无
Amazon Price: $15.68
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Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag
Manufacturer: Lipper International
Brand: Lipper International
Rank: 820
Part Number: 826
Amazon Price: $5.77
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Baker's Secret 1061483 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, Set of 2
Manufacturer: Baker's Secret
Brand: Baker's Secret
Rank: 79
Part Number: 1061483
Amazon Price: $7.55
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Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup
Manufacturer: Pyrex
Brand: Pyrex
Rank: 1815
Part Number: 6001075
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OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
Manufacturer: OXO
Brand: OXO
Rank: 73
Part Number: 20081
Amazon Price: $9.71
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OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush
Manufacturer: OXO
Brand: OXO
Rank: 1335
Part Number: 33781
Amazon Price: $4.99
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Gymboss GB2010 BLACK SOFTCOAT
Manufacturer: Gymboss
Brand: Gymboss
Rank: 261445
Part Number: Black Softcoat
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Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
Brand: Cuisinart
Rank: 643
Part Number: ZPV-425
Amazon Price: $44.55
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Ove' Glove Hot Surface Handler, 1 Glove (Pack of 2)
Manufacturer: Ove Glove
Brand: Ove Glove
Rank: 36623
Part Number: HH501-18
Amazon Price: $35.98
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Misto Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer, Eggplant
Manufacturer: Lifetime Brands
Brand: Misto
Rank: 58899
Part Number: 5086740
Amazon Price: $13.49
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Nopro Plastic Funnel, Set of 3
Manufacturer: Norpro
Brand: Norpro
Rank: 77
Part Number: 243
Amazon Price: $4.90
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Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set, 6-Pieces
Manufacturer: Calphalon
Brand: Calphalon
Rank: 771
Part Number: IB0601A
Amazon Price: $27.99
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Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Manufacturer: Nordic Ware
Brand: Nordic Ware
Rank: 22
Part Number: 43100AMZ
Amazon Price: $10.24
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Trudeau Melamine Mixing Bowls, Set of 3
Manufacturer: Trudeau
Brand: Trudeau
Rank: 28425
Part Number: 0993010A
Amazon Price: $18.84
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Taylor Precision Products Commercial Waterproof Digital Thermometer
Manufacturer: Taylor Precision Products
Brand: Taylor Precision Products
Rank: 1414
Part Number: 9842
Amazon Price: $8.25
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OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
Manufacturer: OXO
Brand: OXO
Rank: 120
Part Number: 32480
Amazon Price: $29.95
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OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Manufacturer: OXO
Brand: OXO
Rank: 2644
Part Number: 1057961
Amazon Price: $17.99
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Keurig

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Hmmm…Coffee. Whoever said ‘Love makes the world go round’ obviously didn’t need black gold to get his day going. Nothing makes an early wake-up call more bearable than a steaming cup of caffeine. That being said, I’m kind of a coffee snob insomuch as I’m definitely not a bad-coffee-is-better-than-no-coffee drinker. No day old or instant granules for me, thank you. That’s why I am positively in love with Keurig. I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes when I first saw my mom’s deluxe edition. Really, such a contraption for a simple cup of java? Yes. The answer is yes.

Children's Books Recommendations for Story Time

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Looking for a good book to read to your child? I have my master list of books that are can't miss choices on the first go around...and many subsequent re-reads. These books will not only be big hits with your child, but they’ll also be interesting enough to entertain you as well. After two years of children’s stories, I can assure you your child isn’t the only one that can be brought to tears with the wrong story time choice; too much of a bad read can bring a parent to the brink as well.

Kids, Cats and the Toilet Paper Roll

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At one point during a party to watch NFL football on TV, one of my over-educated friends pointed out that he had “fixed” the toilet paper roll in our guest bathroom.  Evidently our TP roll was on backwards and (obviously) it should always unroll over the top, etc….  I quickly pointed out that the error of his ways regarding the installation was the simply because he didn’t have any children – or cats.  I’ve already raised my kids and numerous cats along the way too.  Now if your house is like mine, both cats and kids have an uncanny knack for spinning the toilet paper off the roll!

Fatherly Love on Valentine's Day

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Though Valentine's Day may seem like a yearly tribute to Hallmark, this holiday revolves around expressions of love. You give a card to your mom, roses to your wife, but what about to your kids? They may not be expecting a Valentine from you, but such a surprise could show them how much you truly care.

Amazon Prime Membership

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amazon primeAbout a year ago, a friend of mine was blathering on about how cool the Amazon Prime membership was and I was mentally rolling my eyes and thinking blah, blah, blah… So a few weeks later I took the time to read up on the program details and decided that since it had a Free Trial option to give it a try. Besides, it couldn’t really be much worse than having a Costco or Sam’s Club membership – right?

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