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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Good Pan

One Good Pan

Even though you may have 10 pairs of shoes ready to wear, do you find that you reach for the same, tried and true, comfortable, versatile, go-with-anything pair? Perhaps you have a favorite handbag that fits everything just right? Having one good pan that can be used for so many dishes in the kitchen can make cooking so much more of a pleasurable event. I get asked often what is my favorite item to use in my kitchen. It is, hands down, my electric frying pan. Not only is it my favorite item to use in my own kitchen, but it's my favorite thing to use in other people's kitchens when I do cooking demos and classes. 

Why the electric fryer? 

There are two main reasons why I love this piece:

1. It can be used anywhere. Not just anywhere as in at anyone's house, but anywhere in the kitchen where there's an outlet. In the dining room in fact, or on any surface. If counter space is an issue in the kitchen.... be creative. It frees up the stovetop to be used for other things, or allows you to not be confined to cooking in one spot. I move it closer to where the kids are doing homework to "multitask". You could move it closer to where you can see the tv, or look out a window if that increases your dinnermaking pleasure.  

2. Its size. A 5-quart frying pan with a lid can double as a stock pot for soups, chilis, larger portions, sloppy joes, etc. And as opposed to a stock pot that has tall sides, the frying pan's heat is more evenly distributed with more "bottom" space. 

What do I use my electric frying pan to cook? Breakfast lunch and dinner mostly. I can fit eight pancakes, five grilled cheese sandwiches, 6 - 8 pieces of meat.. you get the idea. I also love it for simmering, and below give you two great dinner recipes from 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store that work great in this pan. 

I find that many people don't like to cook a lot because the kitchen is not a place they like to be. Well if your shoes were uncomfortable, you wouldn't want to walk in them either. Buying one good reliable piece for the kitchen can be all that it takes to get you excited about showing up ready to cook. Even better, the money spent on kitchenware makes up for itself in approximately two uses when you calculate the money you've saved by dining in.

For a limited time, I am offering 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store (retail value $16.00) and a beautiful electric frying pan (retail value $50.00)  for $49.99. Together these items can save you a great amount of stress and money at dinnertime. Click here to buy now, and start cooking. 

Grecian Chicken


4 chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 can marinated artichoke hearts

1 can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 cups cooked rice

Cook rice according to package directions. In electric frying pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken seasoned with Italian seasoning and cook until just browned on both sides, but not cooked through. Add artichoke hearts, tomatoes with their liquids, and chicken. Reduce heat to high simmer, and cook uncovered in oven for 45 minutes. Serve over rice. 

Salisbury Steak 


1 lb. ground beef
3 tablespoons flour

1 can mushrooms, drained

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, sliced

1  cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Form beef into four patties. Season with salt and pepper and then coat in flour. In a large pan, heat butter and brown patties on both sides. Add mushrooms and onions to skillet and stir until just warmed. Then add broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix through, spooning sauce onto patties. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for additional 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

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