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Kudos For Cuisinart

For the combination of top-performance and affordability, it's tough to beat Cuisinart cookware. In a 2006 equipment test conducted by Cook's Illustrated, the Chef's Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized Omelet Pan was the highest-rated, among several competitive nonstick brands. Testers observed that it had the largest cooking area of all the skillets and declared, “this pan impressed us with its sturdiness and heft,” commenting that the salmon used in testing was “beautifully and evenly browned.” Consider this cookware if your budget is tight, but you still seek quality in the kitchen.

   
I hate waiting around for a stew or pot roast, to simmer, so I'm thinking about buying a slow cooker. Can you recommend a good one?

For Meals That Almost Cook Themselves

Do you love digging into the tender meat in a perfectly cooked beef stew, yet lack the patience or time to wait for hours at home as it simmers? With the Cuisinart slow cooker, you can toss together ingredients in the morning, leave for work and return to a delicious, fully-cooked meal. It features high or low temperature controls that may be set for up to eight hours. When simmering time is up, the settings automatically shift to warm, to ensure food remains hot, but never overcooked. The ceramic cooking pot is removable for easy cleaning, and for even more convenience, does double duty as a serving piece. A sleek, brushed aluminum exterior makes the Cuisinart slow cooker an attractive addition to any countertop. For dessert lovers, it includes a rack for use with ramekins and other bakeware, and for cooking inspiration, there is a recipe booklet.

   
I'd like to cook more, but I am often just too tired and time-constrained when I return home. Do you have any suggestions for streamlining dinner preparation so I can put together a healthy, good tasting meal fast?

Cookware Pressure You Can Take

No time to make dinner? Check out the Cuisinart pressure cooker. You'll have a meal on the table up to 70 percent faster than with using the stovetop or oven. Steam trapped inside builds up pressure that creates warmer temperatures for quicker cooking, while keeping food moist. Food cooks up healthier too, thanks to a super-tight seal that locks in vitamins and minerals, preventing them from boiling away. It features controls for either high or low pressure, plus settings for browning, simmering and sautéing to create quick and easy one-dish meals like soup, stew or chili. But don't limit yourself. The Cuisinart pressure cooker simplifies the preparation of roasts, short-ribs, vegetables and even cheesecake and custards. For safety, pressure will not build until the cooker is fully locked and it can't be opened until the inside pressure drops to zero. To make things even easier, the removable cooking pot is non-stick and dishwasher safe.

   
Sometimes I need a food processor for small jobs like chopping onions or making salad dressing. Which one do you recommend?

A Small Cookware Solution

Sometimes you want the ease and convenience of a food processor for a small job, like chopping onions, pureeing a sauce or
mixing a dip. For those times, try the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus. This compact, easy-to-store or keep-on-the-counter processor features a clear 21-ounce work bowl that handles a variety of tasks, from blending salad dressing to mincing garlic and herbs to making pesto. You can even use it to make homemade baby food. An exclusive auto-reversing blade grinds hard foods like coffee beans, nuts, seeds and even spices, like cinnamon sticks. Touchpad controls wipe clean effortlessly, and removable, dishwasher-safe parts add to the convenience.

   
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