Toaster-Oven Cooking Can it Be Done?

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With the warm weather fast approaching people still want to cook and bake, they just don’t want the heat of using a conventional oven. So a solution I use is toaster oven cooking and toaster oven baking.
Yes I do both in my Cook’s toaster oven. A toaster oven can be used for a lot more then just warming up those old hot pockets or pizza.

I have used my toaster oven for cooking whole meals same as a oven. I have made baked chicken dinners, pizza, roast, even broiled steaks in my toaster oven. So I would say toaster oven cooking is definitely a good option to heating up the house using the big oven.

I move the cooking grate to the highest setting in the oven. Also you have to watch the cake a little closer to tell when it is done baking. The toaster oven usually does take a little longer to cook.

With any form of cooking you need to practice and learn. Toaster oven cooking, and toaster oven baking is no exception. Once you use the toaster oven to cook, or bake you will definitely not want to use your big oven during the hottest days of summer.

One big draw back for toaster oven cooking, and toaster oven baking is that the oven is smaller. So you can’t make as much. But for a family of three or four people (where to of those people are younger kids) you can make a perfect sized dinner without having any problems.

The cooks toaster oven I have I got used fairly inexpensive. It fits well on my counter. I picked up pans for it from the dollar store that work great. I have two 9×13 square pans and two 9 inch round cake pans. With just those for pans I can do almost all of my cooking and baking in the toaster oven.

I am planning on going out and getting at least one or two more of each pan type though. That is just for my convenience. The recipe I gave for chocolate cake in my other article gives me three layers. The third pan would be nice.

I hope you enjoy not having the extra heat in your kitchen when you use your toaster oven for either cooking or baking during the dog days of summer.

A Conversation in the Dark

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We have been searching for our hotel for over an hour. Clutching a travel guide in one hand and a map in the other, Jessica and I huddle under a small umbrella squinting up at the unintelligible street signs.

We are in Prague just for that one weekend, a weekend escape from our studies in Vienna. We are there just to be somewhere new, but our lack of planning as we grabbed a guidebook and a change of clothes and ran to catch the last train has caught up to us once we are unloaded one cold and rainy evening in Prague. Somehow we had expected Prague to be more like Vienna, with tourist friendly maps and smatterings of English here and there. But as we leave the streets usually trod by tour groups and go off in search of an increasingly obscure motel advertised in our book we realize that we are in trouble.

The night is getting darker as the rain lashes around us in the wind, somehow evading our umbrella and aiming straight for our eyes. It has gotten so dark that we have to stand right below the street signs to make out the Czech script and compare it to that on our map. For a long while we stand on that corner, staring blindly into the night through our dripping eye-glasses and debating whether we should go back near the tourist area and splurge on a hotel-room that is out of our price range but easier to find.

I hear the shuffle of footsteps nearby and turn to see an umbrella approaching, its owner hidden by the dark. My heart starts to beat as I considered our position, two young girls in a strange city alone in the dark.

“Is that a man?” I ask Jessica. She wipes her glasses and squints towards the figure and shakes her head.

“I don’t know. I don’t care, lets ask for directions,” she begins to wave, “Hello! Hello!” The umbrella spots us and changes directions, coming towards us. I hold my breath until I can make out the hunched body of a small elderly woman shuffling towards us. The tiny figure embodies all of the images in my head of old Europe. Her gray hair is pushed up underneath a brown scarf, framing a face defined by deep wrinkles. She wears a gray sweater that looks itchy but warm over a black skirt that goes down past her stockinged knees. Her shoes resemble little brown buckled boxes. She has a look of being left in the dryer too long that reminds me of Sophia from Golden Girls. As she gets closer she breaks out into an almost toothless smile. “Hello! Thank you! Can you speak English?” Jessica asks.

The woman cocks her head, “Blaho vecer.” Jessica tries again, hello, can you understand English… The old woman just smiles at us and begins to laugh, her solo tooth shining in the streetlight. “Ah, foriegners. Tebe ar odešlý?”

“Foreigners, yes! We are foreigners! Can you help us?” I ask as the wind begins to pick up, ripping at the map in my hand and spraying us all with cold water. Jessica and I begin an intricate dance of charades, indicating the motel’s name in the book and pointing to the map, doing the universal confused shrug. The old woman watches us for a minute, clapping her hands and chuckling. She takes a quick glance at the book and begins to laugh more, shaking her head.

She takes my hand, still laughing, and we begin to walk. We go a slow turtle’s speed through the wet streets of Prague. The old woman begins talking to us in a slow slurred voice. We cannot understand a word she is saying, but her tone is soothing. She may have been talking about a million things, but her words wrap around me as we pick our way in the dark and I imagine she is telling me of her life, of years filled with children and strife, love and wisdom.

After a half an hour I turn to Jessica, “Where do you think she is taking us?”

Jessica jumps as my words interrupt the rhythm of our stately pace against the woman’s voice. “I don’t know,” she answers as we continue on. The old woman lets out a girlish giggle at the sound of our strange words, and then she continues to speak. Her voice rises as she emphasizes some point, falls to an occasional whisper as she grips my hand. I can’t tell if she is talking to me anymore or if she is talking to the night, using her words to fill the dark. Then she falls silent, and looks at Jessica and I with expectation.

I feel it is my turn to talk, and I begin to tell the old woman about my life in Vienna. How I am there to learn about the turning point in Austria before the world wars. I tell her about how I love Europe, how my whole self tingles with the discovery of a new café or while watching small children play in flower laden courtyards. I speak of a lost love who I had wanted to share my travels with, and about how the beauty of light and rain dancing along cobbled roads makes me wish that I could explore new places forever. The old woman listens carefully as if she can understand every word. She smiles when my voice laughs and nods slowly when I turn morose.

Jessica goes next, talking about what she wants when we graduate from college. She tells about her mother and her boyfriend, and as I walk along with the woman’s fragile hand within my own I stop listening to Jessica’s words and turn my ears towards her sounds. We cross streets and alleys, the rain falls harder and softer and stops. I’m wrapped up in Jessica’s voice and the old woman’s shuffle, forgetting all about the map soaking in the puddle in my purse and the lost motel and the fear of the dark in a foreign city.

Then the old woman stops. Still smiling she points across the street to a small building, our hotel. She pats my hand and turns to touch Jessica’s. Then with another beautiful smile she waves and walks away. She becomes just an umbrella and then fades away into the night.

Two Of The Best Blender Reviews

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Cuisinart CBT-2000 Hurricane Blender

The Cuisinart CBT-2000 is Cuisinart’s most powerful blender. Featuring a huge 3.5HP motor and arriving with a 10-year warranty, you simply cannot go wrong. Being the most powerful blender does come with a small drawback, this blender can cut through anything, including your fingers, so make sure you keep them away from the blades. Similar to other blenders produced by Blendtec or Vitamix the performance is top notch. Perfect for making smoothies and making sure all the bits are liquidized and the CBT-2000 is excellent for green smoothies that require ultra powerful blenders to make sure they become liquid and don’t contain large chunks. The CBT-2000 is an older blender but is still featured on many publications such as the Delicious website.

Cuisinart CBT-2000Bolstering a 6 point stainless steel blade, the CBT-2000 spins at very high speeds to crush, cut and convert all the solids to puree. This blender makes sure that all the ingredients are blended thoroughly. With the CBT-2000 comes a BPA-FREE 64 ounce container, so you can make large quantities of blended smoothies, juices or milkshakes. The compact build and size of the blender allow it to be stored away easily in small kitchens. Along with the 10-year motor warranty comes a 3-year warranty for the entire blender, so if at any time there is a manufacturing fault you can return the blender to Cuisinart.

Nutri Ninja Blender Duo BL642 Review

The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo BL642 is extremely powerful. Some blenders offer you only 500 watts of power and at such a low wattage the crushing power of the blender is almost useless. With 1500 watts of power with the BL642 you can crush through almost anything and make the perfect ice-cold smoothies, milkshakes or other fun concoctions. Along with the high power comes the special blade design that is expertly designed to crush through any ingredients you place inside the blender. Two different sets of blades work together to create a powerful crushing force, breaking apart all the solid chunks.

Similar to the CBT-2000 the blender arrives with a large 72-ounce container, so you can make large batches of smoothies/milkshakes or any drinks of your choice to share with others. Differences arise when compared to the Cuisinart blender, as you also receive a variety of cups in different sizes, these cups can store your drinks throughout the day. All cups that come with the blender have sip and seal technology, so you can bring it with you without worrying about spilling the contents of the drinks. Along with all of this the Nutri Ninja Blender comes with recipes and guides written by nutritionists to help you make the best tasting and most nutritional smoothies – made with of course the best blender.

Advanced technology is definitely something that the BL642 does not lack. It comes with an Auto-IQ system that has 5 programs that automate the blending of your ingredients. A 1-touch system allows you to automate everything depending on which container you choose and your desired drink.

Why Use Clara?

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