The best pepper mill I have ever used

I can’t express enough how glad I am that I listened to the positive reviews and made this purchase. I’ve used AT LEAST 5 different pepper grinders within the last year and NONE of them worked well enough for me to want to use on a regular basis. Some only put out a little pepper for tons of effort, some just clogged up after a few turns, one just didn’t work at all. NONE of these problems with the Oxo Good Grips Pepper Mill. You just turn the handle (which turns with VERY little effort) and you get a rainstorm of pepper all over your food in the coarseness of your desire! I would definitely recommend this best pepper mill for those with arthritis problems etc who love freshly ground pepper. It IS a large (about as thick around as a soda can) grinder, so you are forewarned. I really like the bottom cover and it’s very quick + easy to refill. Check out this!

OXO pepper mill

My only MINIATURE issue with this grinder is that when placing your hand around it, you have to make sure that your fingers do not END on the clear plastic part of the grinder (The mechanism of it will make the top end of the clear refill part of the grinder pop out and if it’s filled to the max you’ll have peppercorns falling out). However this small problem in my opinion does not merit the removal of a star or take away much from my love of this product. I will certainly update this review if the grinder does not stay as functional for a reasonable amount of time.

In the meantime, My plan for the near future is to buy at least two more of these grinders, one for my coarse sea salt (no more disposable sea salt grinder for me!) and one for a three-color mix of peppercorns.

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A skillet breakfast recipe

Recipe by emily p

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Bag of Shredded Hash Browns ( slightly thawed )
1 Bag of Jimmy Dean’s Original Sausage Links ( Use as many links as you’d like ) OR use Bacon instead
5 Eggs (scrambled and no need to add milk )
1 Package of Crimini Mushrooms or Button Mushrooms (use about 75% of the mushrooms)
1 Block Medium Cheddar Cheese OR Your Favorite Cheese (Shredded and use enough to cover the everything)
1 Small Tomato (Chopped )
1/2 An Onion (Chopped)
Handful of Chopped Green Onions
Salt & Black Pepper to taste

* You can also add some chopped green & red bell peppers if you’d like !

On medium high add a little bit of oil to a skillet.
Once the oil is heated add the onions & mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes. IF you’re going to add green & red bell peppers then this is the time to add them in as well.
Add the shredded hash browns, mix everything and cook for 5 minutes.
Then press down on the hash browns. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the sliced sausage links and pour in the eggs to completely cover everything.
Add the shredded cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.
Lower the heat to Medium Low, cover with a lid and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the eggs are set.
Sprinkle with salt & black pepper to taste.

*** If you’d like to use bacon instead of sausages then cook the bacon first in the pan until as crispy as you’d like it. Then remove and place on a paper towel to drain the fat. Cut into small bite size pieces and then add the bacon on top of the breakfast skillet just before serving.

Satisfied with my new slow cooker

best slow cooker to buy

I purchased this slow cooker based on some solid reviews on Amazon. I have used it once for a roast and it came out beautifully. The last slow cooker I owned was a Crock-Pot brand and I had it for many years. What I did not like about it though was that is ‘boiled’ food. The heat would be so intense that the ‘boil’ would be pretty steady and aggressive. I read another reviewers post on Amazon and that person noted that a key quality about this one was that it actually slow cooked and it did not ‘boil’ food and that person was RIGHT. This is a ‘true’ slow cooker. The crock is white and after having a black one for many years, I really appreciate the light color.

slow cooker

My only squabble about this is the chrome part around the glass lid seems a little cheap and/or a tad loose if you push on it a little. It is not a deal breaker for me because it retained moisture and heat VERY well but I wanted to mention it. Also, the lid needs to be positioned just so or there will be a wee gap around the crock. I suspect this is so moisture can build up and ‘seal’ it and also so it does not ‘boil’ food. All in all, really satisfied with this purchase. I do recommend to others. – Butterfly


This is an outstanding skillet you should consider

I have several Anolon Advanced pans and skillets and like them all very much. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with this set, but the pans are NOT as heavy as some of the other pans. I was initially disappointed by that since I really like the hefty feel of my other Anolon Advanced pans. That’s why I’m giving it a “Almost Great” rating.

I will say that the pans do seem to work just as well as the others I have. And the quality seems just as good. I DO wish, however, that it had been noted in the product write up that these pans are not the same thickness/weight as the others. So, if you are picky about things like that as I am, then this is your warning. If you don’t care about weight or thickness, then I’d say you will love these best skillets.

Again, the quality is there, the nonstick works great, and they are wonderful to work with. For those new to Anolon Advanced, be warned that you absolutely can NOT use high temps on any of the pans. Preheat your pans to a medium setting first and you’ll have the best results. These pans DO hold temperature really well and will get very hot, even on a medium setting. Enjoy! By Writer in Alaska

Check out the official site here.

More: How to choose the best all-purpose skillets

An amazing ceramic cookware i’ve used

I don’t often write reviews, but I just have to rate this set of cookware. I greatly enjoy cooking, trying out new recipes. However, I don’t always stand at the stove, especially when I cook potatoes.

So, I left the boiling potatoes and went on my computer, but lost track of the time. Suddenly, the kitchen is filled with smoke and I can smell the horrible burned on potatoes. The water had completely evaporated and just left a black, crisp, burned in mass of potatoes.

I was mortified and sad, thinking that I’ve already ruined one of my beautiful new pots. I soaked it over night and to my amazement, everything came out and the pot wasn’t even damaged.

The only thing that remained was a very light smoke/burn coloring at the bottom of the pan. If you look at the pot though, you can’t tell that I once made charred potatoes with it!

I wish I could give this set 10 stars! I highly recommend it. I will never go back to stainless steel.

Plus, no matter what I cook, clean up is so fast and easy, I don’t even have to soak anything over night (unless it’s charred potatoes lol).

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Treat myself to a matching cookware set

calphalon cookware

When I moved to my new apartment, I decided to treat myself to a matching cookware set. I ended up with the Calphalon set and I couldn’t be happier. The set is very durable and after 6 months still looks great. I originally had the circulon set but really there is no comparison. Food doesn’t stick, these clean easy, heat is even, and it is affordable. The look of the set is very polished and clean. This alone is one of the main reasons I love the set. The weight is decent and the balance feel good when I’m holding the pot or pan.


The exterior is a little sensitive and these can and do scratch. They do show wear and tear after awhile as well but anything that is used will show wear. If you take care of it, then the set will likely last a long time. If you don’t treat these well, then they won’t last but that goes with anything. (Read: How to take care of your nonstick pots and pans)
I will have to reiterate because this is important information with this set:

Remember….NO dishwashers, NO metal utensils, NO harsh chemicals, NO abrasive scrubbers, NO cooking spray, NO stacking of pans, NO contact with other surfaces or the exterior WILL scratch

I would really give it a 4.5 but it isn’t perfect since the set is so sensitive. Calphalon definitely has built a brand with me though. I will likely check out more of their products over time because my experience with this set has been so positive.