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Product Spotlight - Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

For us, summer means salad season – greens, pasta, cheese, fruits, veggies, pancetta – you name it and we’ve probably had it in a summer salad. Over and over again I find myself reaching for a Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl. They are so useful and there is really no end to their utility, just ask my kiddos – they have been known to use them as hats, bathtubs for toys, and of course, noise makers. We like them so much that we wanted to highlight how we use them on a daily basis.

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Memorial Day Sale - 20% Off Today

Memorial Day Sale - 20% Off Today

In honor of Memorial Day, enjoy 20% off your order today, Saturday, with code MEMORIAL20.
Sale will continue with 15% off Sunday and Monday using code MEMORIAL15.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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Ina's Skillet Brownies

Ina's Skillet Brownie in our Mini Cast Iron Skillets

Looking to add savoir-faire to your next dinner party? Or just want to make an at-home meal extra special? My tip, serve individual portions in mini cast iron skillets.

A single serving dish adds style to any meal and makes everyone feel like you went the extra mile. (Even though you didn’t, it’s just as easy as making family-size. A little more clean up, but totally worth it for the wow factor.)

Ina Garten uses them to bake her incredible Skillet Brownies (Make It Ahead). They are nothing less than amazing and will instantly elevate your status to 'dessert royalty.' Thankfully, they aren’t too complicated. I did use Ina’s trusted Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract because I wanted them to be 'Ina perfect.' Ina's recipe is below along with some photos of my own skillet brownies.

And the skillets…they’re not just for brownies. They’re a great option for breakfast frittatas or side dishes like potato cauliflower gratins. I even use them to prepare shareable appetizers and snacks like baked brie. It's a straightforward dish, but the mini skillets add an element of polish and sophistication. I serve them as appetizers with sun-dried tomatoes and chopped spinach. Always a big hit.

Cassandra-

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Ina's Skillet Brownies

Ingredients:
¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
4 ounces plus ½ cup Hershey’s semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1½ ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder, such as Nescafe
1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 pint vanilla ice cream, such as Haagen-Dazs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the butter, 4 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl set over simmering water just until the chocolate melts. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee powder, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, sift together ¼ cup of the flour, the baking powder, and salt and stir it into the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips and one tablespoon of flour together in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture into four individual cast iron skillets (the skillets I use measure 5 inches on the top, 3½ inches on the bottom) and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for 22 minutes exactly. Don’t overbake! A toothpick inserted in the center will not come out clean. Cool slightly and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

 

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Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

Ingredients: 
5 ounces brie cheese - rind removed and cut into medium-sized chunks
½ cup chopped spinach
4 sun-dried tomatoes chopped into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the brie in a mini cast iron skillet. Scatter spinach and sun-dried tomatoes on top of the cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once to combine. Remove from heat and serve with crackers or French bread.

 

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Leftovers

Leftovers

Thanksgiving in our house means turkey for days (in a good way). There’s always so much food and it’s all so good. I look forward to the leftovers and eating a turkey feast for lunch, in my kitchen, with much less pomp and circumstance.

The Plan B Containers are an easy way to divvy up leftovers for all of your guests. They're perfect for transport and you don't have to worry about tracking down your containers post holiday. I put portions of turkey, potatoes, and veggies all in one. For gravy and cranberry sauce I use the small Clear Plastic Containers – since everyone likes to add their own. I think I may put together a ‘leftover mash-up’ by layering turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn, and gravy (so good!).

I love to use the Wrap‘n Snap to help store leftovers. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. It looked like there was a lot to it, and off-the-roll plastic wrap seemed simpler. NO WAY! Now I use it nearly every day and on occasions like Thanksgiving, it’s a lifesaver. No more frustration or time spent trying to keep the plastic from bunching up and then unbunching it. Just pull out the plastic film (I use Stretch-Tite, it's Ina's favorite), close the lid, and release. I use it to wrap leftovers right in the bowl and keep food fresh while in the fridge or waiting to be served. The cutting blade isn’t exposed so I let me kids use it to wrap up avocados or fruit. It’s easy, and even kind of fun. And when I don't need it, I store it in a drawer under my counter for easy access.

We took a few photos to show how simple it is.

--Cassandra

 

 

 

 

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5-Piece Baking Package

5-Piece Baking Package

When I think of baking, my mind automatically jumps to Ina’s Outrageous Brownie recipe. It’s one of my favorites and it works so well with my half sheet pan (the perfectly precut parchment baking sheet is a MUST have for this recipe). The half sheet pan and cooling rack are great for baking cookies (Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, anyone?) and evenly roasting all types of veggies. But honestly, the thing I bake most often is bacon.

I’ve been using my cooling rack and half sheet pans to prepare bacon for a while now. It’s simple, less messy, and a great time-saver for when I have guests for breakfast (like during a 3-day holiday weekend). I preheat my oven to 400 degrees, line the half sheet pan with foil, set the cooling rack on top, and put the strips of bacon directly on the rack. I bake it for about 20 minutes - until crispy. After removing the pan from the oven, I usually dab each piece of bacon with a paper towel to soak up any excess grease (most of the mess drips below the cooling rack). Voila, crispy bacon. And I get to sit and drink coffee instead of standing over my stove avoiding grease.

In honor of the Columbus Day weekend (and breakfast guests), we're offering the 5-Piece Professional Baking Package for 20% Off. Package includes: Half Sheet Pan, Quarter Sheet Pan, Cross Wire Cooling Rack, Pan Cover, and Parchment Baking Sheets. Available October 10th - 12th. 

-Cassandra

 

 

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Container Sale - 20% Off, September 25th-28th

Autumn is here which means cold-weather meals and holiday cooking are just around the corner…it also means it’s time for the Annual Container Sale.

Our Clear Plastic Containers are Ina’s favorite for storing and freezing her delicious chicken stock (featured in Family Style). They are dishwasher/microwave safe and BPA free. Simple and sturdy, I use them for everything from storing leftovers and baking ingredients (and candy!) to organizing my office supplies.

Next up…Plan B Aluminum Containers. These containers live up to their name as they have saved me, and my dinner table, on multiple occasions. For the most part, I use these for make-ahead dinners, but I’ve also had the opportunity to share meals with friends – these are great for transporting, the lids stay put and I don’t have to worry about tracking down my bakeware afterward! For the winter, I’m going to take inspiration from Make It Ahead and stock my freezer with deliciousness.

And of course, the Chinese Takeout Containers. They make even leftovers special (Thanksgiving anyone?). I love to use these for kids’ treats and desserts - cookies and brownies work well. They’d also be fun containers for an easy fall picnic in the park.

All three of our containers are featured on Ina’s Easy Tips and with 20% Off, you don’t want to miss out on these kitchen staples. Use code CONTAINER20.

 - Cassandra

 

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