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Edible Arrangements Our Lovely Berries™ Semisweet Chocolate Box

Edible Arrangements Our Lovely Berries™ Semisweet Chocolate Box

Since my first time receiving a fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements their products are my favorite to receive as well as give. I had the chance to try their  Cupcake Collection and wrote a post about it then. Since then I have used them for gift giving and its always a huge hit.

This valentines day I had the Our Lovely Berries™ Semisweet Chocolate Box sent to my husband at work. We normally do not do gifts for Valentines Day, but I knew he would love these. He loves fruit and more then that loves chocolate. He was very surprised receiving them. Thankfully there was still a few left that he brought home for me and the kids. The strawberries were so good. Everyone loved them. They came packaged beautifully and were the biggest most fresh strawberries I have had in a long time. Each scrumptious strawberry was dipped in chocolate and  adorned with pink and white heart sprinkles.

Their website is very user friendly, making it easy to find the right gift for any occasion.  Instead of sending flowers, try sending one the many beautiful arrangements from Edible Arrangements. You can find out more about the items the have on their website, and be sure to like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

The New Cupcake Collection from Edible Arrangements

The New Cupcake Collection from Edible Arrangements

When I think of arrangements that can be delivered to your door I would have never considered sending or receiving fruit.  That is where Edible Arrangements comes in. They carry some of the most beautiful arrangements and the best part is that are edible. I have never had one of their arrangements but was really excited to get the Cupcake Collection delivered right to my door.

The first thing I noticed and loved was how beautiful it was. Each and every part of it was perfect. It came on a sturdy cake stand wrapped really well in clear plastic and it looked great. I got the Grand Confetti Fruit Cupcake set that has cupcake-shaped pineapple dipped in gourmet white and semisweet chocolate with rainbow sprinkles. It’s filled with tons of fresh fruit like, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries and grapes.

The fruit was really fresh and so tasty. The chocolate dipped pineapples are sheer genius and so mouth watering. My kids totally loved these and had a blast with the arrangement. I would love to not only receive a package from Edible Arrangements I would love to send this to someone. They would make a great Birthday gift, and would be wonderful for a new mother. I can’t think of any occasion where these arrangements wouldn’t be just beautiful.

Their website is very user friendly, making it easy to find the right gift for any occasion.  Instead of sending flowers, try sending one the many beautiful arrangements from Edible Arrangements. You can find out more about the items the have on their website, and be sure to like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

 

Trop50 Juice Beverage with Tea

We have told you how much we loved the Trop50 Orange Juice Beverage. Now they have a new one, it’s Trop50 Juice with Tea. We had the chance to try a few of their flavors. The Raspberry with Green Tea and Peach with White Tea. We really enjoyed them both. I loved the light tea taste in each one. It is hard to say but I think my favorite was the Raspberry with Green Tea. My husband loves a glass of it with breakfast and even my kids really liked it!

You can see all their products and see what flavors are available on their website. Be sure to also to like them on Facebook!

 

Trop50 Juice with Tea is a new line of juice beverages that offers fruit juice goodness with 50 percent fewer calories, now with tea!

∙ These refreshingly different juice with tea combinations are made with delicious fruit juices and white and green teas to deliver a great-tasting and nutritious juice beverage.

∙ Found in the chilled aisle, the line includes Trop50 Peach with White Tea, Trop50 Raspberry with Green Tea, and Trop50 Pear Lychee with White Tea.

∙ With 35-40 calories in each 8-ounce glass, they provide a full day’s supply of vitamin C and good source of antioxidant vitamin E.

Brownie Sampler from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Brownie Sampler from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? My whole family loves to eat brownies, any kind, all kinds of brownies.  And I knew they would love the Brownie Sampler from Gourmet Gift Baskets. The Brownie Sampler came in some of the most amazing and delicious flavors like Belgian Chocolate Chunk, White Chocolate Macadamia Blonde, Butterscotch Blonde, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter, and Fudge Walnut. The sampler was perfect for any brownie lover. My kids and husband each had their favorite but mine was the Peanut Butter. It was delicious! The Brownie Sampler comes with 2 gourmet brownies in each flavor and is available for $34.99.

In addition to their wonderful Brownie Sampler they have  gift baskets that are perfect for any occasion. You can shop by theme, occasion, recipient , price and more. Their website is well organized and totally user friendly.  One thing I have always loved about them is how great they package their items.  You can expect anything you order from them will come well packaged and will make a great gift! When you are looking for gifts to send this year, definitely check out Gourmet Gift Baskets. And be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

 

 

Healthy On the Go Snacking - Stretch Island Fruit Co and Bear Naked Foods

Healthy On the Go Snacking – Stretch Island Fruit Co and Bear Naked Foods

We have a very busy schedule.  It seems like we are frequently running from one event or practice to another, and often the kids need a snack in between so we frequently grab a quick snack on the go.  Unfortunately,  quick and healthy don’t always go together especially when you are trying to find something to keep in the car for those unplanned “snack emergencies.”  So I’m always excited to find easy, healthy snacks that we can eat between activities.  So I was super excited to try some items from Stretch Island Fruit Co. and Bear Naked Foods.

Stretch Island Fruit Co. has all natural fruit strips that are the nutritional equivalent of ½ serving of fruit in tons of flavors (Apple, Apricot, Grape, Mango, Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry).  All the flavors are good, but my favorite is the apricot or the cherry.   These are one of my new favorite “on the go” snack foods.  They are designed for more “grown up” tastes since they are a bit more tart than the FruitaBu Fruit Rolls that they make for kids (which have a full serving of fruit) in the flavors apple, grape, and strawberry.  Unfortunately, I have competition for the fruit strips because my kids love those more than the fruit rolls.  I have to hide them in the pantry or they would eat them all, lol.   Both the fruit strips and fruit rolls are great for snacking on the go, and can be kept in the car or in a backpack much easier than fresh fruit can.

Stretch Island Fruit Co has also partnered with the Fruit Tree Planning Foundation to make “Fruit Tree 101” which plants schoolyard fruit orchards to education students about the importance of eating fruit and caring for the environment.

Bear Naked Foods is an all-natural food company with a line of granolas, trail mixes, cookies, and cereals.  My favorite is the granola.  I love can’t decide between the “oats and honey with blueberries” or the “triple berry crunch” – both are delicious.  One of the snacks I love is vanilla yogurt with granola.  Both of these are perfect for that.  Trail mix is another great snack I love to keep in the car for the kids when they need a little something while on the go. Their Chocolate Cherry flavor trail mix is great – it’s cranberries, almonds, cherries, raisins and chocolate granola clusters.

Another awesome thing about Bear Naked Food Company is their partnership with TerraCycle in a program that encourages people to save their used bags that are then “up-cycled” into eco-friendly products such as shower curtains, umbrellas and other accessories.

I’m very happy to have found both Stretch Island Fruit Co and Bear Naked Foods to add to my list of healthy on the go snacks.

BellyWashers, TummyTickler & TummyTickler Tots Giveaway

All three of my kids love to drink juice. I often try and find the ones that are all natural with no sugar added. When shopping my kids always notice the Belly Washers brand juice because they have some of my kids favorite characters on them. I am generally reluctant to buy them something just because of the character, however they love the juice and I love that it is 100% All-Natural juice.

In our sample pack was Belly Washers, TummyTickler & TummyTickler Tots. All with great characters on them. My kids loved these so much! Belly Washers Fruit Punch are for ages 5-10, Tummy Ticklers Apple Juice is for ages 3-5  and the TummyTickler Tots is for ages 1-3 and has 40% reduced sugar juice pre-diluted with purified water, Apple Juice. All of them have no sugar added and a favorite 3-D character acts as spill proof spouts. They are BPA-Free. Come in age-appropriate serving sizes. Another great thing is that the bottles are reusable and dishwasher safe.

Keurig Elite B40 Brewer and Kcups image

Coffee Cow Keurig B-40 Elite Brewer Giveaway

coffeecow.com logo CoffeeCow.com is an internet coffee supplier for home and office.  According to their website:

Coffeecow.com was developed by a small group of coffee professionals who have over 37-years of experience in fulfilling any coffee service need. Last year CoffeeCow.com customers enjoyed over 26-million cups of our great coffees and teas, so whether it is from the comfort of your home or your corporate office, Coffeecow.com has it all. At Coffeecow.com, our goal is to provide you with the highest quality products, the fastest service, and the deepest discount prices you will find anywhere.

They carry many different brewers, coffees, teas, hot chocolates, cups, flavorings and creamers and more.  We got the opportunity to try the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer, along with a variety pack of K cups, and a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters variety box.

The Keurig Elite B40 Brewer brews coffee, tea, or hot cocoa in under a minute.  You have your choice brewing two different cup sizes (7.25 ounce and 9.25 ounce).   It has a removable water reservoir and a removable drip tray.

Keurig Elite B40 Brewer and Kcups image There are several things that impress me about the Keurig B40.  I am impressed by the variety and flavors of coffees and teas that are offered (according to Keurig, it’s over 200 different varieties)  I also love the K-Cup variety packs that let you sample the different kinds to find your favorite without having to commit to buying a whole box.  I also love the fact that they sell the “My K-Cup” re-usable filter basket so you can use your own blend of coffee if you like.   It’s also neat that you can run it without a k-cup in place to get hot water to use for tea or for cup a soups.   In addition to all that, it also brews a really good cup of coffee!  When I was brewing the first cup, my son said that it smelled really good, just like our local coffee shop.  My husband who is an avid coffee drinker says that it makes a really good cup of coffee.

I was disappointed by the fact that they don’t offer latte or other specialty drink K-cups.  However, when I looked into that, I discovered that they have designed the Keurig machines to do one thing- make a single serve coffee – and do it incredibly well.  They do that.  And I discovered that with a milk frother, you can use the Keurig to brew an extra bold espresso blend.  Then froth some milk to make a latte.

Overall, the Keurig is great for us.  It is perfect for making a single cup.  My husband likes dark roast and I like light and flavored coffees (my favorite so far is Van Houtte French Vanilla) so with the Keurig, we can each have exactly what we like.

To see the variety of Keurig brewers and K-cups available, you can visit the coffeecow.com website or connect with them on facebook.

Giada for Target Collage

Holiday Entertaining with Giada De Laurentiis for Target

Giada De Laruentiis for Target I have found a whole new reason to love Target – the new line of bakeware, cookware, and food items by Giada De Laurentiis.  We got a chance to try some of Giada’s recipes, grocery items, and a sampling of her bakeware products and we’re completely impressed!

The Holidays can be a stressful time of year with parties and guests and entertaining.  Giada De Laurentiis Target collection can help with the food preparation part of that, and she has lots of great tips for entertaining and some awesome recipes.

I love the food from her line.  It’s absolutely perfect for the holiday entertaining.  It makes it simple to quickly prepare gourmet foods that taste terrific.  We got to sample the Black Olive Tapenade, Giada Blend Coffee, Marinated Sun Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, marinated mushrooms, Genovese Basil Pesto, Eggplant & Pepper Pesto.  My favorite is the Black Olive Tapenade on a slice of toasted baguette with some melted fontina cheese.   — Look at that, I’m not a gourmet cook by any stretch of the imagination, but Giada can make even me sound like a gourmet chef  : – )

Giada for Target Collage My husband and I had a great time sampling some of the new food items and some of Giada’s recipes.  I made the Pea Pesto Crostini.  (Yes, pesto made with peas – I had to try it).  My husband was trying to place the flavor; he knew it was familiar, but couldn’t quite place it thinking it was some herb that he was tasting and not peas.   It tastes fresh and not at all like you think it would.  Plus, with the green pea pesto and the red tomatoes, it’s perfect for Christmas.   Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it:

Pea Pesto Crostini    –   Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
•    1(10oz) package frozen peas, thawed
•    1 garlic clove
•    ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
•    1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
•    2/3 cup olive oil
•    8 (1/2 inch thick) slices whole grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day old
•    8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato, diced

For the pea pesto:
1.    Pulse together in food processor the peas, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
2.    With the machine running, slowly add 1/3 cup of the olive oil and continue to mix until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed.
3.    Transfer to small bowl and set aside.

For the crostini:
1.    Toast the bread for 2 – 3 minutes on an oven’s broil setting.
2.    Transfer bread to platter and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of pesto on each slice.
3.    Top crostini with 2 tomato halves, finely chopped herbs or parmesan cheese and serve.

Yield: 4 – 6 Servings/ 8 crostini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes

We also got to sample of Giada’s cookware including  a 2 quart Ceramic Oval Baker, a 9 ” ceramic Pie Pan, a silicone Spoonula, a 3 piece plastic bowl set, a Stainless Steel Whisk, and Stainless Steel Measuring cups and it’s all terrific.  I love the oval baker and the pie pan.  They are nice quality and affordable.  I especially like how they are functional  yet are still pretty enough to look great on the table.  The mixing bowls are great as well.  They are durable yet lightweight and have non-slip rings on the bottom.  I love the pour spout and the ledge to hang on to, which is awesome to hold the bowl while mixing and while pouring.   These have quickly become my favorite set of mixing bowls!

Since I’m sure everyone is looking to reduce stress this Holiday Season, here are a few of Giada’s entertaining  tips:

•    Plan ahead!  Prepare most of your dishes ahead of time, rather than trying to cook everything at once.  You’ll feel less stressed and will be able to enjoy the party.  Giada recommends leaving only one item for last minute prep – this brings everyone into the kitchen and sets the tone for a cozy, comfortable evening.

•    Don’t overdo your menu – keep it simple!  As a general rule, Giada suggests offering four to five appetizers.  During the holidays, choose foods that have vibrant colors for an added festive touch.  Also select foods that are beautiful to serve and easy for guests to eat.

•    For guests who pop-in unexpectedly, keep ready-to-serve delights in the pantry such as Giada De Laurentiis for Target Marinated Sun Dried Tomatoes, Marinated Roasted Red Peppers and Marinated Mushrooms  for quick entertaining options. The Giada De Laurentiis for Target Genovese Basil Pesto and Eggplant & Pepper Pesto are also easy and delicious treats.  Serve with toasted bread or crackers and display on a festive serving platter.

•    Create less work for yourself by using multipurpose kitchen tools.  The Giada De Laurentiis for Target Ceramic Bakeware can go directly from the oven to the table.  The bakeware beautifully displays the dish and makes less clean-up for you!  Kitchen and food items also make wonderful gifts.  Add a personal touch to a hostess gift by baking your favorite homemade pie in The Giada De Laurentiis for Target Ceramic Pie Pan.

We are impressed with Giada De Laurentiis’ bakeware and food items are definitely planning on using some Giada products for our New Year’s celebration this year.  I’m going to be getting more of the Black Olive Tapenade and am excited to go to Target to check out the rest of the items.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Giada De Laurentiis for Target and received product samples to facilitate my review.”
Flip Flop Wines

Flip Flop Wines

Flip flops and wine are two things that don’t seem to go together, but I must admit that I have enjoyed a glass of wine while wearing flip flops before.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons that I like this company so much, lol.  My favorite thing about Flip Flop wines- well, second favorite thing if you count the wine :-) – is their great approach.  Their motto is “to each their own” and they say that their wines are “always delicious, never pretentious,”  and their goal is “to stay true to each wine’s varietal character, and to make great tasting wines that don’t break the bank.”  I think they have definitely accomplished this.

I love the attitude of this company – relaxed, casual, and fun.  Ones of the quotes on their website from David Georges, the Vintner of Flip Flop wines, is “We like to make seriously good wines, but not take ourselves too seriously in the process…”  They have seven varieties of wine including: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.  All of their wines have won numerous awards.  Too many to list here, but you can see them here (http://www.flipflopwines.com/awards/) and the labels on the bottles are totally cute!

I also love socially conscious companies, and Flip Flop wines is participating in the “Soles for Souls” program, to donates shoes to people in need throughout the world.

For casual, unpretentious, affordable, and great tasting wine you can find Flip Flop wines on their website or connect with them on facebook or twitter.  You can even purchase Flip Flop online.

Blair Candy

Blair Candy

This is the time of year that kids start thinking about candy!  Mine are already planning trick-or-treating routes, lol.  We have discovered a great online bulk candy store called Blair Candy.  They have a huge selection of candy, gum, and more.  They are a multi-generational, family run store based in Pennsylvania.

I really enjoy looking through all of the candy on their site.  They have some really cute themes.  They have nostalgic candy (all of the candy from years ago), sports candy (you’ve got to see their football candies), holiday candy, novelty candy (some totally cute things I’ve never seen), sugar free candy, and more.  Here are just a few of the candies they offer:

We got the chance to try some gummy butterflies (totally cute and yummy, some gummy burgers (my kids favorite), and some gummy bear rings (totally cute and unique).  You can search their website in many ways to find the candy your looking for.  You can also search by occasion, and they even have a search by color.  Perfect if you have an event with a color scheme that you need to match.

They deal with both retail and wholesale orders. And all you have to do to get wholesale pricing is have an order of $250 or more and you can contact them about wholesale pricing.

You can see all of their candy choices on their website or find them on facebook or twitter

{ Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Stuffed Pretzels }

What is not to love about pretzels? My family and I enjoy them so much and they are available just about anywhere. But a pretzel is just a pretzel until you have had a gourmet pretzel. We were able to try out Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels over the last few weeks and loved them. I had no idea that someone could be so creative with an item that we already know and love. Each one of their pretzels are hand twisted and made from scratch. They use all natural ingredients in each one. Not only did I love that but the amazing selection they have was just awesome.

My kids really enjoyed the sweeter ones like the Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Crumb. They really tasted more like a wonderful treat than a traditional pretzel. My husband and I really loved the Cheddar  Jalapeno and the Spinach Feta. We kept all of ours frozen but it did not take long to try each of them. We all really enjoyed them. Right out of the freezer and into the microwave or oven they came out soft and delicious. I could not ask for anything more in a gourmet pretzel and am amazed at their wonderful selection. You can find out more on their website and you can find where to buy them here.

You can find them on Twitter and Facebook!

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{flipflop Wines }

I try to take advantage of every relaxing moment that I can. I am super busy being a mother and wife and really enjoy my down time. After the chores and care taking are done for the day you can usually find me in a patio chair with my feet kicked up and an adult beverage in hand. One of things I really have learned to enjoy is wine. A nice glass of wine and some relaxation seems to always do the trick for me to unwind.

Since I have been so into relaxing with a sweet glass of wine I was very excited to try out a newly launched wine collection called flipflop Wines. The flipflop collection includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. I will not pretend to be an expert on wine but I know what I like and I loved this wine. I was able to try a few different ones from their collection and I enjoyed them all. I will have to do some more relaxing before I pick a favorite;)

One of the first things I noticed was how affordable the wine is. At only $7 a bottle I can totally afford to relax more often with some mommy time. Some think of cheap wines tasting cheap. However that is not the case with flipflop wines. I thought it tasted great and each one has its own distinctive flavor. I love the fun casual appearance of the bottles and have really enjoyed trying them out!

I always love to find a company that does more then sell products! For every bottle of flipflop wines purchased Soles4Souls will give a pair of shoes for someone in need! I think that it is really great that they are doing something like this to help people in need. You can find out more information on their website and learn more about their wines.

You can also keep up with them on Twitter and Facebook!

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{ Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned® Shakes and Fruit Smoothies }

One of my favorite things is ice-cream! I mean who doesn’t love ice-cream? I was so excited to learn about Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned® Shakes and Fruit Smoothies ! Not only are the flavors awesome but I also love the convenient size and the price is perfect! I was able to try a few of their slow churned shakes. Just stir in a little milk and you have yourself a creamy shake that has fewer calories and fat then traditional shakes. I really enjoyed these and my kids went crazy over them. They are available in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Cookies N Cream. Yum!

If you like smoothies then you will love Dreyer’s/Edy’s Fruit Smoothies! They also come in a great convienent size. The fruit smoothies are made with real fruit, fruit juice and frozen yogurt, and are fat-free when made with fat-free milk. Again you just add a little milk to make yourself a creamy fruit smoothie that you and your family will love. They are available in Strawberry Banana, Mixed Berry, Tropical (Pineapple, Mango, Passion Fruit), Sunrise Blend (Peach, Orange, Banana)

Dreyer’s/Edy’s new single-serve 10.0 oz shake or 9.5 oz smoothie are available nationwide with a suggested retail price of $1.79. For additional product information and to find out where Dreyer’s/Edy’s Shakes and Smoothies have recently been delivered to a store near you, please visit www.icecream.com.

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{Knork Flatware}

Here is another one of those “wish I would have thought of it” ideas – the Knork, a combination knife and fork. It looks like a normal fork. However, it has a curved, beveled edge that allows it to rock back and forth to cut foods and a wider area on the side just above the tines to apply pressure more easily. It is also slightly heavier than most flatware, but definitely durable and unlikely to bend.  My only complaint is that it takes up more space when stacking in the drawer.

A fork with the functionality of a knife is a very cool idea! And it actually works. We got a chance to try the set in matte finish which is really pretty. (you can get matte, glossy, or duo which is glossy top and matte handle). Most of us use our fork to cut things anyway, and the knork is specially designed to make that work really well.

The Knork fork works great to cut most foods including most cuts of meat. Thicker or tougher meats were more of a challenge to cut, but Knork does offer steak knives when you need extra cutting power (or maybe I just need to spend a bit more for the more tender cuts of meat, lol).  The Knork fork would also be great for people with a medical condition – like a broken arm or stroke – that would make handling a knife and fork together difficult.
Knork offers complete flatware sets, 4-packs or individual knork forks, serving utensils, and steak knives. (They even offer plastic and outdoor knorks for camping.)  You may be wondering if the Knork will cut your mouth like I wondered when I first heart of it, but it doesn’t. It isn’t a sharp or serrated edge. It is a beveled edge that is curved to allow it to rock back and forth so it can cut. It can also be used left or right handed. This high-quality, durable flatware with the unique and creative “knork” fork is definitely worth checking out.

Go to the Knork website to find out more or you can connect with Knork on facebook or twitter.
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{Xtrema}

I have found my new favorite cookware – Xtrema Cookware!  It is healthy, environmentally friendly, durable cookware.  I got the chance to try the 10″ covered braiser/skillet and I love it.  They have a whole line of cookware, teaware, bakeware, woks, and non-stick skillets.

Xtrema cookware can be used in the oven, stove top, broiler, microwave, freezer, and with its pretty glossy finish it’s nice enough to be used on the table as a serving dish as well.  I love this because it means fewer pans to clean which saves energy and time.  Yay!  And clean-up is also very easy.  It is totally scratch resistant and can be scrubbed without risk of damage or it can be put into the dishwasher.

The way that Xtrema distributes heat is awesome too. It seems to take a bit longer to heat up, but once it does it seems to distribute the heat very well.  I have a electric coil stovetop that usually burns things where the coils touch the bottom of many pans.  It doesn’t do this with the Xtrema pan.  It seems to be a bit more like cast iron pans with the way it distributes heat and is durable, but it’s even better because it isn’t as heavy as cast iron, is easy to clean, and is pretty.

I also like the way it retains heat which helps to keep food hotter longer.  We have a bit of an unpredictable dinner schedule and it is nice to have a longer time period that the food stays hot without having to re-heat.  I was awsome in the oven right away, but it did take some getting used to on the stovetop.  The way the pan holds heat makes it not adjust as quickly when you turn the burner down so you have to turn it down a bit sooner if you need to simmer.  Not a big deal once you adjust to it. You can find some “how to” tips on cooking with Xtrema’s pans on their website here.   The few adjustments to cooking with Xtrema are well worth it. 

I am also working on being more green, and I love the fact that Xtrema cookware is 100% green, 100% non-toxic, 100% metal free.  I don’t have to worry about the pan releasing any chemicals or metals into the food my family eats.

Here are a few images of some more things from Xtrema:

Visit the Xtrema Cookware Website to see the great pans they have to offer.
And you can connect with them on facebook and twitter.

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