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My Review of the Swissmar KF-77073

What’s not to love about a raclette grill? In case you have thought of a reason for throwing a party and you came up empty handed, here is my solution: just ask your friends over for a raclette style party! In this post, I want to tell you my thoughts on a raclette grill I just bought, called the Swissmar KF-77073. A raclette grill is a pretty wonderful cooking machine, since it allows you to melt cheese on one cooking area, and cook meat and veggies on another placed on top. I will tell you what I like about this unit, what I am not crazy about and why I think you should try it, too.



What I like


This is really a raclette grill intended for a party. Designed to accommodate 8 people around it at the same time, there is no reason to worry about leaving anyone behind. I have already used this model for several parties, and everyone was really enchanted with it. What I also really like about it is that it is made to last. It is durable, the materials used are clearly of the highest quality and you do not have to worry about replacing it after a few uses how, unfortunately, it happens with other cooking items. By the way, although the name of this kind of cooking device may sound French to you, this raclette grill is made here, right in our home backyard. It was introduced to the US following a Swiss recipe, but that doesn’t make it un-American.


Now you may be wondering about how well this one behaves when it comes to cleaning. I have to tell you that things are simply great! Because the cooking surfaces are completely non-stick, you only need to wipe them clean with a damp cloth and you will be done with this fast and easy. Worried about picky guests? So far I have to meet one that is not simply in love from the very first sight with this raclette grill. Because you have separate temperature controls for each seating, each of your guests can choose how to cook their meal.


What I am not so crazy about


It is hard for me to say that I don’t like something about the Swissmar KF-77073. Because, in all truth, I love it! However, since this is a honest review, and I have no reason to lead you on, here is something I noticed after hosting a few parties. The pans for melting cheese in the center tend to be faster than those on the side, so you may want to play musical chairs with your guests a bit until everyone finds the perfect spot.


Do I recommend this raclette grill? I sure do! If you are just looking for something to make your parties the talk of the neighborhood, I think the Swissmar KF-77073 is just it!

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My Review of the Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven

I adore pizza. I think it is the one dish that I could eat over and over again, and never get tired of it. As long as nothing can stop me from trying different toppings and combinations, I think I will be fine. But making pizza is pretty messy, especially if you have to fire up the entire oven. Because of these inconveniences, in the past, I did not use to make pizza so often. Everything changed when the Presto 03430 Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven came into my life. This is a pretty little thing that can cook all the pizza I want, and I do not have to fire up my oven in order to cook one. Here are my thoughts on this particular pizza oven.

First of all, I like the design and the idea. You know how you have to open the door to the oven in order to sneak a peek and see if your pizza is cooked. Not the same thing applies here. Because this is an open oven, you practically see everything. Your pizza is slowly rotating, alluring you with its perfect crispiness and offering you a delicious sight. Of course, the downside is that you have to let the machine do its work if you want to be able to sink your teeth into the most delicious pizza you have ever made at home.


Now I don’t have to worry that the pizza oven from Presto will not look good in my kitchen. Actually, many of my friends ask me about it, the moment they see it. I prefer to joke and say that it is my little secret, but I always throw all precautions to the wind and I am set to show them all how the machine works. They are all blown away and I am starting to suspect that I get so many visits from my friends lately because they want to indulge in a slice of perfectly baked pizza.

Cleaning the baking tray after you are done with making pizza is really a breeze and that’s a great plus. I have never been in love so much with a cooking appliance but I frankly think this one is the special one. Easy to use and easy to clean, it is the type of thing you do not easily let go of. The baking tray from this model comes off, so you can wash it separately.


Last, but not least, I can control the heating elements from the top and bottom, so I can obtain a perfect crust or a different texture, with great ease. Many others I have talked to say that this is their favorite feature, too, so I thought I should tell you about it.

To see some more reviews, you can check out this or this.

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My review of the Aroma Housewares AYM-606 Digital Yogurt Maker

I really wasn’t a “yogurt person” until recently. Actually I should say until I purchased the Aroma Housewares AYM-606 Digital Yogurt Maker. Since it is digital you already know that it was something that I just had to have. All I can say is that ever since I got this new small kitchen appliance I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt. If you’ve been considering buying a yogurt maker for your home here is my brief review on this model.


Compact and versatile


One of the things that I love about this yogurt maker is its compact size. My kitchen is already cluttered with a lot of gadgets, and storage is often a problem. Its small size ensures that it fits easily in my cabinet, and since it only weighs 3.3 pounds it is easy to carry. I also love how versatile it is. Thanks to the multiple lidded jars I can make several flavors at the same time.



Digital display with programmable timer


I simply love the digital display. It clearly shows the time remaining in the cycle so I know exactly how long I have to wait until the yogurt is finished. I also enjoy the convenience of the programmable timer, I simply set it and walk away. Even though this may not be considered a “smart” appliance, as far as I’m concerned it is the next best thing.



Safe to use


It might surprise you to learn that not everything that we eat and drink out of is BPA free, even after all of the health warnings. This yogurt maker comes with eight plastic cups and tightly locking lids that are made from BPA free plastic. That means that everyone can enjoy a healthy and delicious cup of yogurt without worrying about putting any harmful contaminates in their bodies. This can be especially important if you have children since it has been scientifically proven that children that ingest BPA run a higher risk of developing certain neurological problems.

You also don’t have to worry about the yogurt spoiling if it is not all eaten at once. The lids seal tightly so it can be kept in the containers and stored in your refrigerator. The small containers also make it easy to take the yogurt with you for lunch or a health snack.

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The Fastest Way of Cooking Breakfast

cmc2Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; I bet your mom has told you this hundreds of times. The truth is your mom was right, and a good and filling breakfast is a great way to start the day. If you have a balanced breakfast that fills you with energy, you will feel great throughout the entire day and you will not end up munching on unhealthy snacks, while feeling exhausted and cranky. I have searched for the fastest way of cooking breakfast for a while now, and I can say that I found it. My solution is called the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker and it cooks a perfect breakfast within minutes. Here is my take on this breakfast making machine.

A really practical model

cmc4This one comes with two cooking areas, where you can place two sandwiches, a sandwich and a doughnut, or any other combination you may have found that it works as a breakfast menu. I love it how practical it is, because I only need to assemble the sandwiches on the spot and let them cook on their own for a few minutes. Right now, you may be thinking that grabbing a hamburger at the fast food around the corner or the drive-through is still more convenient, but let me tell you this. Do you know what really goes into the sandwich or hamburger they make at these eateries? All companies today, including fast food places, are trying to cut corners, which means that they will use lower quality ingredients and more sauce filled with preservatives and sugar to cheat your taste buds that you are eating something good. There is no such a thing when you cook your breakfast at home. The Hamilton Beach 25490A Breakfast Sandwich Maker offers you the perfect solution, so you can make your own food, knowing exactly what goes into it. Plus, you will not be driven to use extra sugar or salt, like fast food restaurants do, which means that you will have a healthier breakfast. In addition, if you need to prepare breakfast for more people, you could also get the double model.


It is fast and easy to use

It is absolutely a no brainer to use this sandwich maker. It is so easy that I even think it is fun to make breakfast this way. I just place all the ingredients in each cooking area, and I even break an egg on top, because I love the extra protein, and within less than 5 minutes, my breakfast is ready. If you look at it, the sandwich maker may look small, but because it has 2 cooking areas to use for 2 sandwiches at the same time, it will have no trouble offering you the most filling breakfast you can get.

Cleaning is a breeze, and the unit looks great, too

People hate doing the dishes, generally speaking, and I am no exception to the rule. So I like that the Hamilton Beach 25490A Breakfast Sandwich Maker is really easy to clean, since it can be taken apart and washed in a dishwasher machine. The looks on this model are nice, too, and I love it how it sits on my kitchen counter, just waiting to be used.


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A kitchen appliances addict’s blog

People have the strangest of passions. I believe mine is worth writing about on a blog, even if it’s not the most usual of hobbies. So “Hello, my name is Josh Carlson and I’m an addict”, but not the kind you would expect. My addiction is related to electronics and especially smart kitchen appliances and I don’t see that as a bad thing (maybe only when I spend more than I can afford on them).  I started buying all sorts of aiding kitchen items when I began cooking more complicated dishes. In the first weeks, I had trouble making dough on my own, so I bought a dough maker, chopping vegetables was also a nasty task and it took me a lot of time (and parts of my fingers occasionally), so I bought an onion chopper, if I wanted to make some kind of sauce, I needed a blender, etc.

All in all, my small utensils helped me through difficult times and I don’t know when buying them stopped being a necessity and became a pleasure, something that I did because it made me feel excited. I think the first item that I bought out of sheer excitement was a two-color teapot, although not for me but for my mom, who’s a great tea lover and she always invites people in for tea.

cmc3However, anytime I buy a new kitchen electronic I make sure it is not only useful, but it is also funny or have a design that will make me enjoy using it and that’s how I managed to keep myself an avid cooker and a healthy eater.  It is true that I also have items that are not particularly funny, but these are extremely useful, so they keep me hooked with their practicality. One of these is the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker that allows you to prepare a breakfast sandwich with eggs, ham and bread in about 5 minutes. At the end of these short minutes, all it’s left to do is to take the sandwich and eat it. It is incredibly useful and easy-to-use, and occupies only a small place.

The Darth Vader pancake maker

Cooking and kitchen appliances are not the sole passions that I have.  I’m also a fan of fantasy movies and literature. Star Wars is among my favorites and I have watched the series countless times. When I ran into this pancake maker, I knew it had to be mine. It works like a normal pancake maker, that is, you just pour the batter inside it, close the lid and adjust the cooking time depending on how crunchy you want your Darth Vader pancake to be. May the force be with you when you browse the internet to find it!

P.s.: If you can’t find the Darth Vader pancake maker you can try the Darth Vader imprinting toaster that will toast your bread wearing the face of the villain on it.


The iPhone controlled Kettle

This one is my newest kitchen gadget. This device I can control using my iPhone from a distance. If I’m outside the house, I can just program it to start. In the morning, when my alarm sounds, I can command the kettle to start boiling water automatically. It’s really useful in mornings when you stumble out of bed and you have a hard time deciding what to do first. One website that features a lot of interesting such products is


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