Reviews

Welcome to the Reviews section of Miss in the Kitchen!

From time to time I will post reviews of products.

The opinions expressed will always be my own, unbiased.  I hope you find this fun and maybe helpful.

FOR REVIEW!

Mid Continent Cabinetry

A few months ago we started remodeling our kitchen.  Except for the flooring, my husband and I did all of the work, and boy was it a lot of work!  However, now that it is finished I am very appreciative and am enjoying every minute I am in the kitchen cooking up new things!  We chose Natural Hickory cabinets from Mid Continent Cabinetry.  I am very pleased with the outcome. The drawers are made of wood and the solid hickory doors are so beautiful, yet rustic enough to blend well in our log home.  The cabinets have a wonderful finish that makes them easy to wipe down.  Believe me, between myself and the three boys we create some messes!
I worked with Bloedorn Lumber for designing and ordering the cabinets and could not be happier with the whole experience.  Mid Continent makes a wide range of cabinets in many styles and finishes, if you are considering new cabinets, I would recommend checking them out!   To see more pictures of my kitchen remodel check out the Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream post!

Disclosure: I received a discount on my cabinet order in exchange for the review, all opinions are honest and my own.

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I could go on for days about my love for the OXO GOOD GRIPS products.  I received their potato peeler as a wedding gift and I am still using it today, 18 years later.  Now that’s quality!  I also have a cheese grater, paring knife, cookie scoop, dough blender, multi-purpose scraper & chopper and now a food mill and rubber spatula.  If you think that’s a long list you should see my wish list!  I reckon you get the point.  OXO makes a great product.  I had a food mill a few years ago and I ended up giving it away.  I thought it was too much trouble to use and clean.  The OXO Food Mill is different!  So easy to assemble and use plus cleanup is a snap.  I was so impressed, I know I will use it often.  Food mills produce the fluffiest mashed potatoes and it is the perfect tool for making jams and jellies or homemade apple sauce. Don’t forget about amazing soups, like my Mom’s tomato soup.  You can also make homemade baby food with this food mill, isn’t that handy?  I highly recommend the OXO GOOD GRIPS Food Mill.  It is a great addition to any kitchen and for any level of cook.  What a great gift idea.  OXO also sent a Rubber Spatula for me to try out.  It’s my new favorite spatula, not just because it is red!  It is the perfect fit for my hand, it is sturdy and ideal for using with my food mill.  I love the OXO products and I know you will too!

OXO provided the food mill and spatula, of course the opinions are my own, thank you very much!

__________________________________________________________________________Guy Fieri’s Knuckle Sandwich 8″ Chef Knife “Big Stick” with Criss Cross Crusher by Ergo Chef. Now isn’t that the coolest knife you have ever seen?  You know it’s going to be awesome coming from superstar chef Guy Fieri.  I was super impressed with this knife, not just for it’s great looks but the comfort and ease of use.  It has such a great feel to it.  It is sturdy and stable but not too heavy.   I easily chopped vegetables, sliced meat, like the brisket above, chopped nuts, garlic, herbs, all with ease.  It is now the first knife I reach for.  My son said, “Mom can we have steak tonight, cause I need to use that knife.”  Maybe a little big for a steak knife but it will definitely do the job!  On the handle end of the knife there is a criss cross crusher for garlic, nuts and the like.  How handy is that!  My favorite thing about the knife is that I can chop for an extended period of time and my arm doesn’t get tired or ache, it is truly comfortable to use, like it was made just for me.

Here are a few more of the attributes:

  • The blades are precision heat treated to 56RC to keep a great edge
  • Patented ergonomic design is created to be an extension of your hand for natural comfort
  • Made of high carbon German stainless steel (X50CrMoV15) for stain resistance
  • Full tang and abbreviated bolster adds strength and balance
  • Hollow ground ovals in blade promote less stick and smoother cuts

I was supplied with a knife from Ergo Chef to review.  Comments and opinions are my own.

photo courtesy of Ergo Chef


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The Orginial Recipe Slathern’ Sauce

photo courtesy Slather Brand Foods

As I stated in the Hawaiian Pizza post this sauce is some kind of fantastic.  It states on the label that it is “The Cure for boring food” and by golly it is!  I was excited to try this new brand and it lives up to everything that the name implies.  Sweet and a little spicy not your usual run of the mill sauce, a great combination of flavors.  Stated best by Slather Brand Foods on their site, ” This sticky, sweet, slightly spicy sauce is a unique blend of honey, pineapple, tomatoes, crushed red pepper and spices.”

Having created my own barbecue sauce that I turned into a small business and later sold, I am pretty partial to my own sauce, but always anxious to try others.  This is a really unique sauce that my whole family enjoyed, in fact everyone that came through my house had to stop and try it.  They all agreed, it’s fantastic.  We used this sauce on grilled steaks, fried chicken, Hawaiian pizza sauce and made a dandy snack with my favorite snack of Dubliner cheese and crackers.  The possibilities are truly endless.  After these delicious meals I found my bottle to be empty!  I promptly ordered more and of course I would love to share with you so one lucky reader will win a bottle of each of Original Slathern’ Sauce and Spicy Slathern’ Sauce! Just hop on over to the Hawaiian Pizza post and leave a comment!

I was provided with a bottle of each sauce to sample from Slather Brand Foods.

The opinions expressed are my own and I am sponsoring the giveaway.

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For Review!

Bob Marley always said he would return to farming one day. With Marley Coffee, Bob’s son Rohan fulfills the dream. Rohan remembers his grandmother drying their wild coffee berries in the sun, then hulling and roasting them for her own cup of coffee each morning. Marley Coffee is determined to deliver that same intoxicating aroma and rich smooth flavor into every cup.Marley Coffee is an international gourmet coffee company founded by Rohan Marley and his friend Shane Whittle, sourcing beans from around the world, including Ethiopia, Central America and Jamaica. The beans from Jamaica are from a 52-acre private estate sits atop the Blue Mountains in Chepstowe, Portland, Jamaica, long revered as the region with the world’s most desirable coffee beans. From the Marley’s Jamaica Blue Mountain® coffee farm, to partner farms in Africa, Central America and other top coffee-growing regions worldwide, Marley Coffee strives to support communities and the environment through organic, sustainable and ethical practices.                                                                               photo and information from Marley Coffee
Cooking.com has partnered with Marley Coffee and they offered to send me a bag of Marley Coffee to try out and review.  I am somewhat of a coffee fanatic, so of course I said YEAH!  I have one of those coffee makers with the automatic timers so that the coffee is ready when I get up in the morning, which is a really good thing.  I am not much of a morning person, I must be a middle of the day kind of person, because I am not a night owl either!  Okay, back to the coffee.  I really liked the coffee, it was a slightly darker roast than I usually drink, but it had great flavor without bitterness.  I just hate bitter coffee, I guess I am a bit picky. We drink a lot of coffee, especially in the winter, at least two pots a day and today we drank three as the temperatures dwindled down well below zero.  I also shared this coffee with a neighbor and it was well received.
I would recommend this coffee, it is a bit more expensive than my regular coffee, but as much as I love coffee, I tend to splurge every now and again. This would also make a great gift for a coffee lover.  Cooking.com has partnered with Marley Coffee to bring you all of the coffee essentials from coffee grinders, coffee pots, dvds, you name it.  Head on over and check it out. Marleycoffee.com
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review.  I received one bag of coffee for review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you and goodnight!

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Rachael Ray Bubble & Brown Baker Set


photo courtesy: Food Network

I love these Bubble & Brown bakers!  I’ve had my set for a year now and I use them every week.  They look so great they can go from oven to table and come in such great colors.  I have used them to roast chicken, made chicken pot pie, broccoli and rice casserole, enchiladas, scalloped potatoes, and  you name it in these all with pleasing results.  These are so durable and cleanup is amazingly easy.  These are exclusive at Food Network.  Did you realize Food Network has a store?  A vast selection of everything you ever wanted from your favorite Food Network chefs.  Check it out, you will be impressed!

Features Include:

  • Multiple Use Stoneware – Dishwasher, microwave, freezer safe and oven safe to 500°F for convenience and versatility. The glazed interior is nonporous so foods won’t interact.
  • Contemporary Design – Contemporary, playful shape in a vibrant and fun color goes directly from oven to table. The shallow sides result in crunchy tops for each serving.
  • Easy Storage – all bakers conveniently nest together to save space in your cupboard.
  • Wide Handles – Extra wide handle holes allow you to remove the stoneware from the oven even with bulky pot holders.

Set Includes:

  • Small Baker with 1.5-qt. capacity, measures 11.5 x 7 x 4.5-in.
  • Medium Baker with 2-qt. capacity, measures 14 x 9.75 x 4.5-in.
  • Large Baker with 4.5-qt. capacity, measures 16.5 x 11.75 x 4.5-in.                                                                                                      I received compensation for this review; however, the opinions expressed are my own about products I chose to review.

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Le Creuset Stoneware Rectangular Baker Set

photo courtesy of Cooking.com

I received this set as a gift from my aunt a few years back.  I can’t say enough about the quality, durability and usefulness of Le Creuset cookware.  I love every piece I own.  I use the Baker Set for roasting chicken breasts, vegetables, pasta bakes and more.  They are so beautiful they go right from the oven to the table for serving and then to the refrigerator for storing.  Easy clean up, they are dishwasher safe, a huge plus to busy cooks.   The finish is durable, I have had mine for about four years with no chips, scratches or stains.  I love the cherry red color that brightens up my kitchen and dinner table, always beautiful.

Right now when you purchase this 2-pc. rectangular baker set  from Cooking.com

(includes 10.5×7-in. and 12×9.5-in. bakers) you’ll receive a 7×5-in. rectangular baker free!

Checkout all of the great cookware at Cooking.com

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disclosure: I was provided a gift certificate to Cooking.com in exchange for this review.  The opinions expressed are my own about products that I chose to review.

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photo courtesy of MyBlogSpark & Progresso

And the winner is Kat!  Congrats to Kat and

thanks to everyone who entered!

Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs are so full of zesty lemon flavor.  I was impressed!  I even picked up another box today!   Click on over to my post on Lemon Pepper Chicken Cakes and leave a comment.  You could win a box of panko and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega!

I was supplied with information and products from General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Entries open through November 12, 2010.

US residents only.

Thanks for entering!

Bonus entry: become a facebook fan & leave an additional comment!

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Congratulations to Samantha Holland!

These look so fun, I actually made some lemon cake balls and white/choc cake balls w/ coffee liquer and they were wonderful.

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Cake Pops by Bakerella

Leave a comment on my Dulce de Leche Cake Pops post

and you are automatically entered!

Contest runs through Oct. 23, 2010.

Winner will be chosen at random.

I am the sole sponsor of this giveaway and all opinions are my own.

This is an amazing collection of recipes and wonderful ideas by Bakerella with step by step photos in a spiral bound book that is so easy to work from.  This is a must for all cook book collectors and baking enthusiasts!

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Winner of the Pine Ridge Barbecue Sauce!   Catherine: “hickory smoked bbq sauce!”

Congratulations Catherine and thanks to all who entered!


The next giveaway in the series celebrating my 100th blog post!  Check out the Barbecued Chicken Fried Chicken & leave a comment.

Extra entry by becoming a facebook fan and leaving a comment for that.

Entries open through September 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM Pacific time.

I am sponsoring this giveaway.

Win 2 bottle of Pine Ridge Barbecue Sauce!

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And the Winner is…..Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

Lisa’s comment: I’d pick the bear and moose! My dog’s name is Moose so I’m drawn to those! Thanks for the chance!

Congrats to Lisa and thanks to everyone for entering!

To celebrate my 100th blog post I am going to host a series of giveaways.  The first is for a set of my new printed flour sack towels. Just go on over to the Miss in the Kitchen Designs tab and take a look.  Then visit the Lime Picnic Cake with Strawberries post  or on the Miss in the Kitchen Designs page and leave a comment stating your favorite set & you are entered!

For an extra chance become a fan on facebook fan and leave me another comment.

Good Luck!

Pony Express & Buckaroo Bakery

I am sponsoring this giveaway.  Winner will be chose at random.  Enter through September 9, 2010 at 8:00 Pacific Time.

The First Review & Giveaway

New West Knifeworks Fusion Wood Paring Knife

First for the review.  This is the handiest little knife, that is now my favorite, most used knife.  Plus, it is as beautiful as it is functional.  I have used it for slicing tomatoes, herbs, cheese, potatoes, onions, and sandwiches.  The blade is high-carbon stainless steel and is twice to maybe three times thicker than my other paring knives.  It is sharp and has a great feel to it.  New West Knifeworks has two complete lines of knives that come with a lifetime 100% satisfaction guarantee.  You can’t beat that.  I also love that this is a Wyoming company.  And I am so excited to give one of these wonderful knives away.

The Details

  • One winner will be chosen at random, on Monday, July 5th, 2010.
  • To enter leave a comment on the Bruschetta Burgers post.
  • For an extra chance to win like Miss in the Kitchen on facebook and come back and leave another comment.
  • You can also post this giveaway on your facebook page and leave a comment on the post, that’s 3 chances to win!
  • Good Luck!  I always say, “You can’t win if you don’t enter!”  So what are you waiting for?
  • One last thing, US residents only for this.
  • I received a paring knife to review from New West Knifeworks.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I sponsored the giveaway myself.
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