A great kitchen tool offering a wide variety of uses, the pastry scraper is mainly designed to scrape and split bread dough as you work with it on a board. It can also be used for scraping, crushing, chopping, and even measuring. Inch increments are listed on the blade for dividing cookie and pastry dough. Durably made with a stainless-steel blade and a wide, comfortable nonslip rubber handle, the tool is comfortable to hold and work with. Cleanup is easy since the scraper is dishwasher safe.
Ideal for frozen beverages, dips, sauces, smoothies, soup, and nuts. view larger Sharp, stainless-steel, ice-crushing blade. view larger All-metal drive system for long-lasting durability. view larger 6-cup dishwasher-safe glass jar can handle extreme temperature changes. view larger 8 speed settings, including Pulse and Ice Crush. view larger Removable filler cap in lid for easy measuring and filling. view larger
In eye-catching, vibrant red, this bold, beautiful Oster BCCG08 blender means business. The blender comes fully loaded with innovative features that make everyday blending a breeze. Whether it’s a banana protein blend after an invigorating morning run or a chocolate shake at the end of a long week, the unit blends to perfection.
Not just for smoothies and milkshakes, though. The Oster BCCG08 can take on so much more.
Robust 450-Watt Motor
Power is no problem with this gem of a blender. Equipped with a 450-watt motor, the blender can handle almost any favorite family recipe or new creation–from dips and savory sauces to pesto or olive tapenade. Mix, chop, puree–even crush ice–the versatile BCCG08 blender’s got you covered.
Stainless-Steel Ice-Crushing Blade
With its rugged power and stainless-steel ice-crushing blade, the BCCG08 blender efficiently transforms ice cubes into crushed ice. Savor the day with strawberry daiquiris, mango margaritas, or refreshing pina coladas. The blender’s sharp blade makes easy work of pulverizing frozen fruit, chopping onions and green peppers, and pureeing soup. It even grinds almonds, peanuts, and pecans to perfection, as well as coffee beans for fresh, flavorful brews.
All-Metal Drive System for Lasting Durability
Experience the superior quality of an all-metal drive system with the Oster BCCG08 blender. The two pieces that connect are made of durable metal–instead of plastic–which means reliable, long-lasting, high-quality performance from one use to the next. Made in North America, this Oster blender is built to perform.
8 Speed Settings
The Oster BCCG08 blender features a user-friendly push-button control panel, which includes eight speed settings. Choose from Mix, Chop, Puree, Smoothie, Milkshake, and Liquefy. There’s also Pulse for precise blending control and Ice Crush for those smooth frozen drinks (no large ice chunks).
6-Cup Glass Jar
Scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe, the unit’s blending jar offers a roomy 6-cup capacity and is made of Boroclass glass that has been thermal-shock tested to withstand extreme temperature changes, which means it’s no problem to pull it out from a steamy hot dishwasher and safely blend up a frosty cold beverage seconds later.
For added convenience, the jar provides measuring marks up the side, a secure-grip handle, and a removable filler cap in the lid. Use the filler cap to easily measure ingredients, which can then be poured in through the filler-cap opening while simultaneously blending.
A useful addition to any chef’s arsenal of tools or as a housewarming gift for those setting up a first-time kitchen, the Oster BCCG08 blender takes blending to a whole new level of creative versatility. With Oster, life just got better.
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KitchenAid KSM150PSMC 5QT Artisan Stadmixer – Metallic ChromeKitchenAid 5-QT Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield 5 qt SS bowl w/ comfort handle.Knead bread dough or concoct cake batter with this stand mixer that features a 325-watt motor and 67-point Planetary mixing action to power through tough mixing jobs. The tilt-head design allows easy access to the 5-quart stainless-steel mixing bowl.Product FeaturesSlide mixing control for simple, reliable operationPowerful 325-wattmotor and 10 mixing speeds provide flexible mixing options, from a fast whip to a slow stir67-point Planetary mixing action delivers intense mixing to handle a variety of mixing jobsTilt-head design allows easy access to the mixing bowl5-quart polished stainless-steel bowl with contoured handle accommodates large quantities of ingredientsIncluded C-style dough hook is ideal for kneading dough for bread and pizza; included wire whip adds air to creams, egg whites and other mixes for light, fluffy resultsMultipurpose attachment hub makes it easy to add additional attachmentsWide-chute pouring shield helps retain ingredients in the bowl and reduce messes and spillsKitchenAid’s Artisan stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 325 watts of mixing power make child’s play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. The kid in you will appreciate how quick and easy it is to mix up a batch of cookie dough. This model comes with three attachments: a flat beater for making batter, meat loaf, and all textures in-between; a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and more air-infused creations; and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. All three are solidly constructed and easily secured to the beater shaft with a simple twist. This model also includes a pouring shield for guiding ingredients to their proper destination, and the bowl itself locks tight to the base. Standing about 15 inches high, jutting out a foot, and weighing more than a grown woman’s bowling ball, this stand mixer isn’t the sort of appliance you’ll wipe down and put away. Better to find a square foot of free counter space for easy access; besides, this machine is as pretty as it is rugged–you’ll want to show it off. –Betsy Danheim
From the Manufacturer
The Artisan mixer’s strong 325-watt motor delivers the power to handle the heaviest mixtures, and mix large batches easily.
The 5-quart polished stainless steel bowl with ergonomic handle is big enough to handle large batches of heavy mixtures. Its ergonomically designed handle is contoured to fit the hand and makes lifting the bowl more comfortable.
Unique Mixing Action
The beater spins clockwise as the shaft spins counter clockwise; moving the beater to 67 different points around the bowl. This unique mixing action creates a thorough blend of ingredients and eliminates the need to rotate the bowl.
10 speeds allow the user to select the right speed for the mixing job; from very high to very slow stir. It’s easy to select the precise speed needed for a perfect mix.
The flat beater, dough hook, and the professional wire whip add to the versatility of the mixer. The flat beater is the ideal accessory for mixing normal to heavy batters. From cake mixes to firm cookie dough, the flat beater mixes quickly and thoroughly.
The dough hook mixes and kneads yeast dough, saving both time and the effort of hand-kneading. The wire whip incorporates the maximum amount of air in whipped mixtures for fluffier whipped cream and angel food cakes.
All attachments are solidly constructed, and attach easily to the stand mixer.
Easy Clean Up
The pouring shield fits around the top of the bowl and prevents ingredient splash-out. The chute makes it convenient and easy to add ingredients.
The tilt-back mixer head allows for easy access to bowl and beaters. A lock lever holds the mixer head securely in place and the bowl fastens tightly to the base.
Optional attachments (sold separately) complete the package to make cooking a pleasure. From citrus juicer to sausage stuffer, KitchenAid stand mixers can handle just about any job in the kitchen.
The Crock-Pot SCCPVL600 Cook & Carry Slow Cooker is an easy way to take your slow cooked meal on the road. The easy locking lid with rubber gasket will help you get to your final destination without making a mess. The SCCPVL600 is ideal for all your favorite slow cooker recipes, with 6-quart capacity and three settings to accommodate varied cooking needs and time constraints.
Capable of handling any slow cooker recipe, the manual SCCPVL600 Crock-Pot slow cooker will take care of mealtime while you enjoy your day. Manual settings include high, low and warm to best fit your cooking needs. Simply load the ingredients into your Crock-Pot slow cooker, turn it on, and come back to a beautiful, home-cooked dish.
The SCCPVL600 will keep food safe on the go with hinged locking lids and carrying handles. With these features, there’s no need to repack food in other containers, making travel a breeze. This slow cooker also has removable stoneware that can double as a serving dish.
In just three easy steps, you can enjoy a home-cooked meal that cooks while you carry out your day.
Place the stoneware into the heating base, add your ingredients and cover with the lid Plug in your Crock-Pot slow cooker and select the temperature setting Once cooking time is complete, enjoy your delicious meal Lid and Stoneware Usage Part Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Microwave Safe Stovetop Safe Lid Yes No No No Stoneware Yes Yes, but not in the broiler Yes No
Once you are through cooking with the SCCPVL600 slow cooker, be sure to unplug and allow it to cool before cleaning. The lid and stoneware can be washed in the dishwasher or with hot, soapy water. The outside of the heating base may be cleaned with a soft cloth and warm, soapy water. When not in use, the sleek design of this slow cooker will make a perfect addition to your countertop without taking up much space.
Features high, low, and warm temperature settings Carry this slow cooker with ease to any gathering Hinged locking lids make for mess-free travel
I am 100% guilty of going way, way overboard with the holiday baking. My list of things to make is always ridiculously long, and I’m always thinking of just one more thing that I could make. While my focus is overwhelmingly on cookies, chocolate bark is second in line as my next-favorite holiday sweet to make. I have made peppermint bark an annual tradition for nearly 10 years now, and a few years ago added a cranberry-pistachio white chocolate bark to the rotation. Since Christmas is notoriously a little light on the chocolate/peanut butter combinations (we have buckeyes, peanut butter blossoms and peanut butter cup cookies in our standard rotation), I thought I would add another to the mix. There’s always room for a little more chocolate and peanut butter, right?!
I love making bark, in part, because of how incredibly quick and easy it is to throw together. Simply melt down some good-quality chocolate, spread on some parchment paper, then layer on more chocolate, sprinkle on some goodies, and pop it in the fridge to set up. I’ve kept peppermint bark in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, and it stays just fine. Just beware – you’ll find yourself sneaking into the fridge for just another little bite. “Oh look – no one will eat these little pieces, they’re virtually crumbs, I’ll just eat them now.” It’s a slippery slope, but I’m not sorry for overindulging at the holidays!
Like all other bark, this chocolate/peanut butter version is just as easy and, thanks to the peanut butter, it tastes just like a peanut butter cup. If you’re as big of a peanut butter fan as I am, you should just go ahead and make two pans – one for yourself, and one for everyone else!
Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Bark
Yield: 1½ pound of chocolate bark
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
A layer of semisweet chocolate topped with a swirl of melted peanut butter and milk chocolate.
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a medium heat-proof bowl set above a small saucepan of barely simmering water, melt the semisweet chocolate, stirring occasionally, until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate into a 9×13-inch rectangle. Set aside.
3. In a small heat-proof bowl set above a small saucepan of barely simmering water, melt together the milk chocolate and peanut butter, stirring occasionally, until completely smooth. Dollop the peanut butter mixture over the surface of the semisweet chocolate, then use a toothpick to swirl it together. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Slice or break into pieces and serve. The bark can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living)
Basic tools, techniques, and recipes for creating easy, delicious meals
It doesn’t take culinary mastery and great recipes to be a great cook. Cooking Basics For Dummies, 4th Edition, appeals to beginners who want to learn the basics of cooking and implement understandable and practical recipes in their everyday cooking experience.. Cooking Basics For Dummies digs you out of microwave dinners and tipping delivery persons and propels you with all the ingredients you need toward becoming a superior home cook. This hands-on guide shows you the fun and easy way to prepare meals all your guests and family members will love, from die-hard vegetarians to the most passionate meat eaters.Fun, tasty, and easy recipes the whole family will enjoy for every occasionCovers grilling, slow cooking, pressure cooking, roasting, and sautŽingConsiderations for vegetarians, special diets, and sustainable dishes with flavor and pizzazz
With the help of Cooking Basics For Dummies, you’ll be able to handle boiling, poaching, steaming, braising, grilling, and so much more like a master.
Cook’s Illustrated Magazine has stood the test of time and distinguished itself among the pack by having a singular focus–developing recipes that work the first time and every time; it’s as simple as that. For the first time since the magazine’s inception, more than 2,000 of Cook’s Illustrated’s landmark recipes have been carefully compiled into a wide-ranging compendium that shows you how to make your favorite dishes better. A must-have collection for fans of Cook’s Illustrated (and any discerning cook), The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook will keep you cooking for a lifetime–and guarantees impeccable results.
“If you crossed Jason Bourne with Julia Child, you’d end up with Tim Ferriss.” – Marco Canora, Chef-Partner of Hearth & Terroir
“Wildly inventive.. [a] rangy, obsessive immersion in food and its many wonders. [T]he tools needed to learn to cook well can be deployed in every manner of endeavor, from skinning a deer to memorizing a deck of cards. The author distills them into minimal, learnable units and examines how to order the units so as to keep readers engaged in their endeavors. Ferriss is a beguiling guide to this process, at once charmingly smart aleck-y and deadly serious, and he aims to make readers knowledgeable and freethinking.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Tim Ferriss distills kitchen wisdom like a rotary evaporator on power surge. The results are potent, lucid, and delicious.” – Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner, Alinea, Next, The Aviary
WHAT IF YOU COULD BECOME WORLD-CLASS IN ANYTHING IN 6 MONTHS OR LESS?
The 4-Hour Chef isn’t just a cookbook. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of rapid learning.
#1 New York Times bestselling author (and lifelong non-cook) Tim Ferriss takes you from Manhattan to Okinawa, and from Silicon Valley to Calcutta, unearthing the secrets of the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs. Ferriss uses cooking to explain “meta-learning,” a step-by-step process that can be used to master anything, whether searing steak or shooting 3-pointers in basketball. That is the real “recipe” of The 4-Hour Chef.
You’ll train inside the kitchen for everything outside the kitchen. Featuring tips and tricks from chess prodigies, world-renowned chefs, pro athletes, master sommeliers, super models, and everyone in between, this “cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks” is a guide to mastering cooking and life.
The 4-Hour Chef is a five-stop journey through the art and science of learning:
1. META-LEARNING. Before you learn to cook, you must learn to learn. META charts the path to doubling your learning potential.
2. THE DOMESTIC. DOM is where you learn the building blocks of cooking. These are the ABCs (techniques) that can take you from Dr, Seuss to Shakespeare.
3. THE WILD. Becoming a master student requires self-sufficiency in all things. WILD teaches you to hunt, forage, and survive.
4. THE SCIENTIST. SCI is the mad scientist and modernist painter wrapped into one. This is where you rediscover whimsy and wonder.
5. THE PROFESSIONAL. Swaraj, a term usually associated with Mahatma Gandhi, can be translated as “self-rule.” In PRO, we’ll look at how the best in the world become the best in the world, and how you can chart your own path far beyond this book. Enjoy a Sampler Platter of The 4-Hour Chef
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Tim learns about selecting the best cuts at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats. At Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Tim gets tips on the art of butchering from an in-house expert. Tim prepares to make Bistecca Alla Panzanese. He coats the meat with grapeseed oil and seasons both sides with salt and pepper.
Harissa Crab Cakes, a quick appetizer that showcases the flavors of chili and lime. The ingredients for Mashed Coconut Cauliflower with Cashews–mashed potato mouthfeel without the guilt. Tim prepares succulent Herbed Sous-Vide Turkey Legs with thyme, sage, garlic, and butter. These White Chocolate Chip and Pistachio Cookies have a delectable flavor and texture.
Premium nonstick finish, inside and out for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning, fully immiscible and dishwasher safe with heat control removed. 120 volts, 60 Hz only
3-piece, all metal accessory for stand mixers contains a pasta roller, fettuccine cutter and linguine cutter. Includes wooden cleaning brush and toothpicks.If you have a passion for perfectly prepared pasta, try making your own delectable lasagna noodles, fettuccine, or linguine fini with this pasta roller set that fits all KitchenAid stand mixers. The three attachments include a pasta roller, a fettuccine cutter, and a linguine fini cutter. Just prepare pasta dough and form it into small rectangles which are then fed into one of the attachments. Out come uniform lasagna noodles, fettuccine, linguine, or angel hair pasta. The pasta can be enjoyed fresh or frozen or dried for later. Complete directions, cooking tips, and recipes are included, though cleaning the attachments can be a bit of a challenge, as they can’t be washed in water, and any dried-on pasta particles must be removed with the included cleaning brush and toothpicks. –Marcie Bovetz