10 Hol­i­day Kitchen helpers

Play it cool this hol­i­day sea­son with al the hot cook­ing ac­ces­sories

The Covington News - - SHOWCASE OF HOMES -

The ar­rival of crisp weather, shorter day­light hours and fall­ing leaves in vivid au­tum­nal hues are all signs that the hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing sea­son is just around the bend. Bring­ing to­gether friends and loved ones for a de­li­cious meal is a great way to get into the spirit of the sea­son. Whether you en­joy host­ing for­mal or im­promptu get-to­geth­ers, a well-stocked kitchen can go a long way in help­ing to keep cook­ing and en­ter­tain­ing a stress-free and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Here’s a list of the “top 10” cook­ing es­sen­tials to help you make the most of your time in the kitchen dur­ing the hol­i­days.

1. The height of the hol­i­day cook­ing sea­son is no time to find out your cook­ware is in need of a makeover. Be­fore the rush be­gins, take an in­ven­tory of your cur­rent as­sort­ment and con­sider up­grad­ing to heavy-duty gourmet cook­ware. In­fi­nite Cir­cu­lon’s 10-piece cook­ware set, a hard-an­odized non­stick cook­ware line that is both dish­washer safe and com­pat­i­ble with all types of stoves, in­clud­ing glass and in­duc­tion cook tops, is a ver­sa­tile choice. Con­structed of durable, even­heat­ing, hard-an­odized aluminum, In­fi­nite Cir­cu­lon fea­tures a tough and easy to clean non­stick sur­face. And be­cause it’s dish­washer safe, clean-up is easy, which means spend­ing less time in the kitchen scrub­bing and more time en­joy­ing your guests.

2. When gear­ing up to pre­pare main dishes such as prime rib, Anolon Ad­vanced Rec­tan­gu­lar Con­toured Roaster with Rack is an ideal pan to have on hand. Crafted with hardan­odized aluminum con­struc­tion, the Roaster heats quickly and evenly to en­sure per­fect roast­ing and gravy mak­ing. A heavy-duty non-stick in­te­rior saves time on clean-up and sturdy stain­less steel side han­dles make lift­ing the pan to and from the oven a cinch.

3. Some­times re­ly­ing on a pop-up timer can yield an overor un­der-cooked turkey. Cook­ing times can also vary by oven, leav­ing you won­der­ing, “Is it done yet?” Bon­Jour’s Com­pact Meat Ther­mome­ter takes the guess­work out of cook­ing and al­lows you to mon­i­tor the in­ner tem­per­a­ture of poul­try or meat with­out hav­ing to open the oven door. Sim­ply se­lect the type of meat you are pre­par­ing and de­sired done­ness level. Then in­sert the stain­less steel probe into the meat. An alarm will sound when the food reaches your de­sired tem­per­a­ture. In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing pre­set tem­per­a­ture sug­ges­tions for dif­fer­ent meats, the ther­mome­ter also has a me­mory func­tion that al­lows you to pro­gram it to your taste.

4. Whether you need a sharp knife to slice through ten­der meats, quickly chop fresh veg­eta­bles or gen­tly cut crusty homemade breads, Cir­cu­lon Cut­lery has a knife for the task. This col­lec­tion of sleek, light­weight knives is in­no­va­tively de­signed for easy han­dling and stick-free cut­ting per­for­mance. Honed to main­tain a long-last­ing sharp edge, Cir­cu­lon Cut­lery is crafted from non-re­ac­tive, stain- and rust-re­sis­tant ti­ta­nium-plated Ja­panese steel. Each knife fea­tures a com­bi­na­tion of small holes and ridges in a row across the lower por­tion of the blade. This in­no­va­tive de­sign makes even the most stub­bornly sticky foods slide off the blade cleanly and ef­fort­lessly. Con­sider adding three cut­lery must-haves - an 8-inch chef, 31/2 -inch parer, 7-inch bread knife - to your hol­i­day kitchen tools as­sort­ment.

5. To round out the per­fect hol­i­day meal, start with a fresh, crisp salad. Bon­Jour’s Salad Chef Salad Dress­ing Mixer makes it easy to whip up homemade dress­ings that can turn a mun­dane head of let­tuce into some­thing ex­tra spe­cial. This bat­tery-pow­ered, hand-held mixer emul­si­fies oil, vine­gar and other in­gre­di­ents within sec­onds. The mix­ing de­vice rests se­curely on top of a spe­cially de­signed glass carafe that fea­tures four easy to make salad dress­ings, such as Di­jon vi­nai­grette, com­plete with mea­sur­ing guide­lines for each in­gre­di­ent. To add a hol­i­day fla­vor to sal­ads, try recipes with in­gre­di­ents such as cran­berry, ap­ple and blood orange.

6. Tim­ing is al­ways an is­sue when pre­par­ing a large hol­i­day meal, and the sim­ple goal of serv­ing all foods warm at once can present a chal­lenge. Bon­Jour’s Stain­less Steel Serve­ware pieces are ideal ves­sels to have on hand for serv­ing foods at just the right tem­per­a­ture. Avail­able in oval and round shaped, 2- and 3-quart sizes, in­clud­ing a retro-style di­vided dish, th­ese at­trac­tive, in­su­lated, stain­less steel serv­ing pieces can keep foods hot or cold for hours. For heat­ing, sim­ply fill with hot wa­ter to warm the dish be­fore adding pre­pared food. As an al­ter­na­tive for cold foods, pre-chill the dish with ice wa­ter.

7. Be­fore the hol­i­day menu is planned, stock up on cook­ing tools to en­sure you have an ad­e­quate sup­ply for all the dishes you’ll be pre­par­ing. Anolon Ny­lon Kitchen Tools, de­signed with er­gonomic, sil­i­cone rub­ber han­dles, stain­less steel shafts and heat-re­sis­tant ny­lon tool heads, are avail­able in a wide as­sort­ment of shapes and sizes, from slot­ted spoons, solid turn­ers, and whisks to tongs and la­dles.

8. When hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions are in full swing, some­times you just need to take a quick break from the hec­tic pace of shop­ping, dec­o­rat­ing and cook­ing to re­lax and recharge. Bon­Jour’s Hot Choco­late Maker lets you whip up creamy, rich-tast­ing hot choco­late, pre­pared eas­ily and con­ve­niently with­out saucepans or fuss. A deca­dent de­par­ture from tra­di­tional hol­i­day eggnog, hot choco­late hits the spot and is a per­fect way to get a quick “choco­late fix.” Just fill the Hot Choco­late Maker pot with milk and heat in the mi­crowave un­til hot. Add choco­late syrup, choco­late shav­ings, pow­dered co­coa or choco­late chips. Place the lid on the ce­ramic pot, in­sert the mix­ing unit through the open­ing and press the but­ton to per­fectly blend the milk and choco­late. A de­li­cious bev­er­age for wel­com­ing un­ex­pected hol­i­day guests, make hot choco­late ex­tra spe­cial by let­ting each per­son cus­tom­ize their cup with gourmet marsh­mal­lows, driz­zled caramel sauce, or pep­per­mint stick stir­rers.

9. Bak­ing and cook­ing en­thu­si­asts agree that the allin-one Bon­Jour Dou­ble Boiler is an es­sen­tial pot for mak­ing del­i­cate sauces, gravies or melt­ing choco­late or cheese, and elim­i­nates the need to store and clean the two pans used in tra­di­tional dou­ble boil­ers. The 1.5-quart ca­pac­ity, stain­less steel Dou­ble Boiler holds one to 1.5 cups of wa­ter in its in­te­rior wa­ter cham­ber. To use, pour tap wa­ter into the han­dle open­ing us­ing the sup­plied fun­nel, then place the pot on stove to heat wa­ter in the reser­voir to a boil. A whis­tle will sound when the wa­ter is boil­ing and the dou­ble boiler is ready for use.

10. Baked gifts are a heart­felt ges­ture, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Be­fore you be­gin to make the first batch of sugar cook­ies or savory ap­pe­tiz­ers, make sure you have the right bake­ware pieces for each recipe. Cir­cu­lon Bake­ware is an ex­cel­lent choice and fea­tures an ul­tra-durable non­stick sur­face to en­sure re­lease and ef­fort­less clean­ing. The bake­ware’s non­stick sur­face fea­tures Cir­cu­lon’s state-of-theart non­stick sys­tem, which is com­prised of high/low grooves that pro­tect against abra­sion from kitchen uten­sils. The com­plete col­lec­tion in­cludes all the pieces a baker might need, in­clud­ing cake, muf­fin, spring­form and loaf pans as well as large and small cookie sheets.

To learn more about mak­ing hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing eas­ier - and mer­rier - visit, www.anolon.com, www.bon­jour prod­ucts.com, or www.cir­cu­lon. com.

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