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Thanksgiving Throwback–Deep Fried Turkey

29 Mar

Thanksgiving Throwback--Deep Fried Turkey

Yes, I am over four months late. For Thanksgiving, we deep fried a turkey using a Butterball indoor electric fryer. The turkey tasted great, especially since I injected it with Butterball Creole Marinade. I have to say, it was pretty scary. The fryer got super hot and melted the outlet. Needless to say, we put it back in the box and haven’t used it since….I guess it means this deep fried turkey costs us upwards of $100.


My New Found Friend: Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker (Review)

29 Mar

IMG_0634At the insistence of my eldest son, I finally broke down and bought a waffle maker.  I hate having a different small appliance for each and every thing, however I am hoping it will inspire him to cook more.

While shopping on Amazon, there were several waffle maker options and I decided to buy the Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker.  Maybe it was the name or maybe it was the adjustable browning level, either way, it would be a nice addition to my kitchen. About $30 + tax and two business days later, my precious waffle maker had arrived.  The next morning, I rushed to open it and make the best waffles ever.

It was a disaster.

The first waffle was stuck to the upper and bottom portions of the waffle maker.  What the hell did I do wrong? Waffle making is not rocket science! After another ugly looking waffle, I went back to the directions.  I finally found where the instruction booklet suggests seasoning the waffle maker before first use.  I was appalled that it wasn’t under instructions for use, but off to the side.

My Pam cooking spray spared me the embarrassment of anymore ugly looking waffles.  I still have two more pet peeves: Even on the highest browning setting, the waffles are awfully light and not really crisp at all.  According to the instruction booklet, darker waffles are crispier.  This is not the case. Next, I had to use Pam each and every time I made a waffle.  What’s the point of non-stick?  I wouldn’t be so peeved if the directions clearly told me to use oil/spray with each waffle.  Instead, the note next to the directions says I need to season the waffle maker as if it is a cast iron skillet.

Overall, I like my waffle maker.  It comes with a limited 3yr. warranty which is more than most appliances, small or large, carry.  The indicator light shows when the appliance is ready to use, cooking, and finished cooking.  Once I got the hang of it, the waffles came out pretty good.  I made chocolate chip pancakes to break my baby in (pancake mix + chocolate chips).  Now I’m looking forward to banana pancakes, or maybe we’ll try the fruit pancakes from the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet.