Cooking has been my passion for a long time. I like to try different recipes and cook for my family. To make everything perfect and get the recipe right, I need to have quality cookware (I know it does not sound convincing, but I just need an excuse to shop and try different cookware!).
I used to use IKEA frying pan. At the first two months, I was in love with it. It went well with the decoration of our kitchen and other cookware. On top of it, it was very easy to clean and it does not stick. The price was very reasonable, especially compared with other major brands.
What made me change my mind? After several months, I started to notice that some residual got stick to the pan and very hard to remove it. I usually clean my cookware right after my cooking and do not wait til the end of the day. The pan warped and got greasy. I tried different ways to clean it, but no luck. I did not do anything about my IKEA frying pan and I thought that I did not take care of my pan properly.
I received Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan from my friend Joanne as a Thanksgiving gift. My first impression of Calphalon Pan is: very heavy!
I did not use Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan immediately because the weight makes it difficult for me to move it around. I started to use it after a week, and til the time I am writing this article, I have been using it for almost three months and Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan still looks like a brand new one. I am very pleased and impressed by the quality of Calphalon Pan.
However, it is not fair to compare IKEA frying pan with Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan as their price are very different. Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan costs about $80 and IKEA frying pan only costs about 20 bucks.
I have to confess that I do not normally use this type of pricy cookware because I know that they do not last. I was fortunate to receive Calphalon Nonstick 5-Quart Saute Pan as a gift, otherwise I won’t know YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!! At least from my near three months experience, it does not warp and very easy to clean. Thank you Joanne for this wonderful gift!!
It is no joke to write articles, churning out letters and phrases on demand and oftentimes with strict deadlines. Lots of coffee and an assortment of bread have been my comfort food and keeps me company until the wee hours of the morning when the world around me settles down and I, at last find peace and quiet without being interrupted by the ringing of the phone or by grandchildren who think it is their right to visit Nanna at any hour.
I have always been a gifted cook but without someone to cook for anymore, I have relied mainly on take outs and bread to keep me sustained. When I read about the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 I promised myself I’d get one. It will be a pleasant break to get dirty and forget the computer for brief spells, not to mention the delight to cook and eat with my growing grandchildren.
We are particularly fond of fresh loaves of bread lavishly spread with store-bought mango jam or guava jam. Zojirushi Home Bakery Breadmaker BB-CEC20 has room for baking a large 2 lb. loaf. It is also capable of cooking other types of bread and has menu courses for cake, sourdough starter, dough and even meatloaf. The Sour Dough Starter feature produces a light sourdough starter after 2 hours.
What to look for when Buying a Breadmaker
I am particularly pleased with this Zojirushi Breadmaker because of the following features
These features make the Zojirushi Breadmaker BB-CEC20 a most versatile appliance and in my opinion the best in its class of kitchen equipment.
This small appliance which can be placed on most countertops is so versatile that it can be made to cook not only the 2 lb. traditional rectangular bread but dinner rolls, garlic bread sticks, cinnamon-raisin bread and even savory dishes like homemade meatloaves, strawberry jam for dessert or a chocolate cake and other kinds of cakes and pastries.
Operating the Appliance
Zojirushi Breadmaker will bake a spectacular rectangular-shaped two-pound loaf from a basic bread recipe. The measured ingredients should be simply added in, the lid closed, a selection chosen from the easy-to-understand and operate LCD control panel and your perfect loaf will be ready in about 2 hours. There are three types of crusts to choose from: dark, medium or light. There are also 10 settings that have been pre-programmed for most bread recipes: Quick, Quick Dough, Quick Wheat, Basic, Basic Dough, Basic Wheat, Cake, Sour Dough Starter, Jam and Home Made. The user manual that comes with the machine has a section containing a variety of recipes for cooking with the Breadmaker.
One of the most wonderful features of the Home Bakery Supreme is its machine timer that can be set for 13 hours, so that the end of the baking cycle can be delayed until you are ready to wake up and smell the wonderful aroma of homemade, freshly baked bread. Those who go to the office or on errands can set the timer in time to come home to enjoy a home baked warm loaf.
Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 features a home made menu function exclusive with Zojirushi Breadmakers with three memory settings and a large window for viewing the cooking bread inside. Its LCD control panel is user friendly and easy to understand and operate with a start/reset button. The “on” indicator light alerts you to check on your cooking progress. The appliance comes with a 2 pound loaf pan for traditional breads, dual kneading blades and an eight ounce measuring cup and measuring tablespoons and teaspoons. The removable bread pan has a non-stick surface for easy cleaning. The dual kneading blades make kneading easy and thorough resulting in a higher rise.
Dimensions, Specifications and Ordering
Home Bakery Supreme Breadmaker is a durably built small appliance measuring 9-5/8 inches by 17 by 12-1/5 inches weighing a total of 9 pounds. Its electrical rating is 700-watts / 120 volts and sold in White or Black. It can be ordered from Amazon.com boxed or gift-wrapped. Shipping Weight is 20 pounds.
There were 355customer reviews for the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 in Amazon. This small appliance garnered 4.4 out of a possible 5 stars. Those reviews stress the machine’s quietness, ease of cleaning up, great loaf (if follows the directions and the recipe), being verstile to make different types of bread.
Here are some comments to date.
Some reviews said that the bread quality is not great. However, I do not think you should hesitate and change your mind. First, like other positive reviews highlighted: if you follow the direction and the recipe and measure the ingredients properly. Second, if you want a good recipe book with this machine, you can try The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Book by Beth Henperger. It costs you about 13 bucks for Kindle version, and you will never fail to bake a high quality bread!
I highly recommend Zojirushi Breadmaker BB-CEC20 and do not think you should change your mind because of very few negative reviews.
The positive reviews still outnumber the negative reviews. The loaves with low fat margarine I have made with the Zojirushi Breadmaker turned out great. It is a joy to smell that yeasty aroma of cooking bread every time.
I am a big fan of ViewSonic and I have been using their products for about 10 years. I first used their CRT (I think it was 15” CRT monitor) back to 1997. It last for more than five years and I decided to retire this clunky monitor as it used too much space! Then I switched to 17” LCD monitor for another five years and purchased another 19” LCD monitor for my parents. They really LOVE it.
As you may know, my wife and I are graduate students, and one of our main jobs are writing papers. Preparing a manuscript is not very difficult, but you need a lot of “virtual” space. We usually have at least 10 applications opening and running for preparing a manuscript. For example, you need to open multiple Word documents, numerous FireFox tabs (or Chrome) to look up references, Bibliographic software, statistical software, Excel (for preparing tables), PDF reader (to read references), dictionary (the disadvantage of being a non-native speaker), and so on. It takes a lot of our time away maximizing and minimizing windows applications. It would be ideal if we can see most of these windows at the same time.
This is when a widescreen monitor comes in handy. The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED is a widescreen monitor with LED backlight. In addition to our personal needs, we also wanted to follow the road to environmental friendliness, we examined the features of Green LED Monitors to replace our old LCD monitor. The picture on these monitors is illuminated with the use of efficient light-emitting diode or what is known as LED bulbs; they consume less power than the LCD monitors.
These LED monitors will last longer than their CCFL-lighted old LCD counterparts, so in buying them there will be less disposal problem after just only a few years, a nice way to contribute to the mitigation of the landfill problem. So they are power-saving monitors expected to last for decades than the few years an old LCD monitor using CCFL lasts.
The Viewsonic features a 24-inch (23.6” Vis) wide screen monitor with LED backlighting. Compared to a regular twenty-four inch monitor, it will save you as much as 50% energy costs. The VX2450wm-LED is mercury free and that’s another plus for the environmentally-conscious folks and all the while it offers Full HD resolution.
The Viewsonic’s black finish is ideal for both home and office installation. Its integrated stereo speakers and digital and analog inputs make it a truly helpful and delightful home or office monitor. The unit can be mounted on the wall using a wall mount bracket or on a 100 mm x 100 mm VESA compliant stand and because it is ultra slim you have plenty of options where you want to place your monitor. They are super-light when compared to the old monitor models, so mounting on walls is easy without fearing the mount will give in to the unit’s weight and damage the unit.
Going green means using and promoting products that are more environment friendly and LED-backlit display monitors fall under the “green” classification. When the LED-backlit display is used as compared to CCFL-backlit LCD monitor, the images show a more dynamic contrast. The use of LED lighting in monitor displays results in very slim screens with a wider color gamut. Disposal of LED Monitors results in less environmental pollution. Although they can be a bit more expensive than the LCD Monitors, they lessen power consumption as much as 50% and are more reliable.
The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor uses light emitting diodes which are semiconductor light sources. The result are flat, thinner panel displays, better heat dissipation, lower energy consumption, better contrast levels and brighter displays.
The automatic aspect ratio adjustment of the Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor enables it to position images in the middle of the screen with black side bars when your input gets to be a 4:3 signal. Unlike other monitors that produces stretched images. LED bulbs used to illuminate a monitor’s picture results in whiter whites and darker blacks, with the other screen colors more vividly displayed. The bulbs will not fade or dim over time, so the screen’s picture quality will remain for a long time.
The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor measures 8.5 x 22.3 x 17.5 inches and weight 9.9 pounds with wattage of 23 watts. It can be shipped to some countries outside the United States at 16.6 pounds shipping weight. The VX2450wm-LED is covered by a 3-year warranty. In contrast, Samsung 24” LED minitor only offers 1-year warranty and the price is more expensive. With Windows 7 certification and the best pixel performance policy in the industry, The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED monitor is a wise long-term investment.
The Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED Monitor has 302 reviews posted on Amazon.com with 4.3 out of 5 stars. A total of 185 reviews gave the unit a 5 star rating and 74 reviews gave it a 4 star rating, with very few people giving it three, two or one star. That gives the VX2450wm-LED an excellent review results. It ranks #2 in Amazon’s Computers & Accessories and #1 in Monitors under Computers & Add-ons.
Here are some comments to date.
One reviewer of the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers – Black said that he bought twelve units for his digital arts studio and he is very happy with his monitors. He is also pleased because he got them at an excellent sale price from Amazon.com.
Reviewers find the Viewsonic rock-solid images which are beautifully saturated and bright. They say the controls are easy to use including the accompanying driver disk. They are pleased with its multi-colored indicator light located below the screen. The reviews say the monitors stand attaches easily and the screen’s finish is just right, without the annoying glare of some screens while giving out just the right clarity and brightness.
Another review said he is so glad to get the Viewsonic LED-backlit monitor because of the beautiful picture which is quite different from the CCFL-backlit kind. He is so pleased with the more vivid color and the clearer text. He is impressed with the Viewsonic especially with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 which is a step up from his old monitor of 1680 x 1050. He finds the colors and lighting very good without the heat that one gets from the old monitor. Compare to his old monitor that utilizes 125 watts, he is impressed with the 28-30 wattage of the VX2450wm-LED.
Because one reviewer was a graphics designer, he is not pleased with all the LCD screens’ shifting of colors with the viewing angle. He recommends buying the more expensive IPS screens if you’re into art or video editing, but said that if one cannot afford an IPS screen, the Viewsonic is the best in its class and reproduces color even better than the cheap IPS screens.
A reviewer who ordered a dozen units received one defective unit, but said that Amazon promptly sent him a refund, so he has no more complaint with that.
Overall the reviews received by the Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch (23.6-Inch Vis) Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p and Speakers are very positive. People attest to it being a terrific deal for its price and quality.
House Cleaning is never a happy task. Well, maybe it is for a few who like scrubbing and punish themselves finding specks and tarnishes so that they can go on fighting, and apparently, my wife and I are not this type of person.
Two home appliances we have purchased, Miele S4212 Vacuum cleaner and The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 make our life easier. I have reviewed Miele S4212 Vacuum cleaner here (2011 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner: Miele S4212) and we are extremely satisfied with this purchase. After vacumming, we still needed to mop our tile flooring, which is a real pain (and may cause my back pain). Everything has changed after we purchased The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35. We don’t have to mop your hard floor or scrub your bathroom tiles anymore. Carrying a heavy water bucket and changing the water become an old history. From my personal experience and reading tons of reviews on similar products, Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 is the best product in 2011.
The Haan Floor Steamer SI model is sleek and stylish and have the ability reach into nooks and crannies where other steam cleaners cannot access. The handle is made of heavy-gauge aluminum and the steam head is low-profile that can easily reach spaces under appliances and furniture or move about cabinets and other fixtures, ensuring that all corners and crevices of the room are thoroughly cleaned by its fifteen perfectly spaced jets.
This Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer have a 13.5 ounce removable tank which can be filled with plain tap water. Personally, I would fill distilled water instead because minerals in tap water may shorten the product life.
Each 13.5 ounce tank can steam-clean for up to 20 minutes killing 99.9 percent of the bacteria and germs on the floor. The Vapor Steamer do not need added chemicals to do its job efficiently, leaving floors clean and dry every time; but does not leave the residue and fumes associated with harsh chemical cleaners.
The Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamers are ready to use in just 30 seconds to a few minutes after a quick start up. In excess of 212 degrees F, it uses a steam-cleaning action. Storage is easy with its convenient hook and pivoting power-cord holder. This 120 volts; 1200 watts cleaning machine comes is sold in white color with black trim.
When you purchase of the unit the Haan Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, you will be given 2 machine-washable cleaning pads made of microfiber, a floor-protector pad, a user’s manual and a gliding tray. The unit comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
The ultra-sleek steam cleaner has a 19.5-foot power cord and measures 46.5 x 6.9 x 11.75 inches and it is super lightweight weighing just about 5.1 lbs filled with water. It is very durable and consumers are assured that they will get many years of use out of their equipment. I really like its small size as it can fit at the corner and does not take a lot of space.
The Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 by Haan is slim and light and can be purchased from Amazon, although because of its long shape it is only shipped in its own packaging and cannot be concealed or gift wrapped. Amazon even offers free shipping within the US with Super Saver Shipping.
There are 179 customer reviews currently posted on Amazon with an average 4.5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars. Of the 178 reviews, 126 customer reviews gave the product 5 stars and 34 gave it 4 stars. Only a total of 18 reviews gave it 3 stars and below. Those reviews stress the appliance’s lightweight, cute appearence, ease of use, inclusion of two re-washable pads, and cleaning ability.
In addition, the Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer by Haan is ranked number 83 in Home & Garden and ranked number 2 in Cleaning Tools under Health & Personal Care – House Supplies in the Amazon selling site.
Here are some comments to date.
One reviewer from Florida for the Haan Slim & Light Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 (Kitchen) who does all the house cleaning herself and very picky about cleaning and disinfecting loved the Haan because it is easy to use and it cleans spectacularly well, leaving no residue on the floor.
Another reviewer says the machine is cute, very light and its long handle makes it easy to use because she didn’t have to bend a lot and the shape of the handle is just right. She also likes the tank because it is easy to refill and get on with the job. The low profile design of the head makes it easy to clean under cabinets, stove, even the refrigerator. She likes the fact that the attached pads are re-washable; she can take them off when she wish and throw them in the wash and dryer. The appliance need no pumping, so the cleaner will not sweat all that much while accomplishing a thorough cleaning job, without those chemical fumes and residue. Stains and stuff stuck on the floor are loosened and removed if the steam-cleaner is held over the stained spot for 10 seconds. The best thing she likes about the steam cleaner is the carpet tray attachment for use on her carpet, bedding, couch, mattresses.
A male reviewer from Texas said he likes Model SI-35 Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer because it is easy to assemble just by snapping the handle on and sticking on the cleaning pads. He also recommends using distilled water to avoid mineral build up on the boiler, to prolong its life. His laminated wood flooring and porcelain tile have been cleaned quickly and thoroughly using the cleaner. He also recommends vacuuming the surface first, so that loose debris will not stick to the cleaning pad. After cleaning, he used his white sock test and the cleaner passed with flying colors.
Another review from someone living in New York City said she loves the product and she feels the floor is really clean under her bare feet. She hates to mop because of back pains and other aches but she highly recommends the Haan Steam-cleaner for its efficiency and super-clean results.
All the other reviews are positive, glowing reviews except for a few who received factory-reconditioned items and were complaining that they expected a new product for the prize they paid Amazon. My purchase is not recent, but if you are concerned about this buyer, you can try Haan SI-35R from another Amazon seller. I have never used this model SI-35R, but I expect it is similar to my SI-35.
All in all, The Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer and Vapor Steamer, Model SI-35 by Haan is a highly recommended product and we say goodbye to the mop and bucket, with all those smelly disinfectants. We go green, we go steam clean!
My wife and I recently invited our friends to our house and had a wonderful potluck. It was a fun night! One of our Chinese friends brought a very wonderful multi-grain soy milk (I know it is weird to bring a soymilk for a potluck, but that just happened). It was made of multigrains and soys, such as green beans, red beans, brown brown rice, yam, and so on. It was so tasty and better than any soymilk or almond milk that you can get in the grocery store. We were wondering how to make it. Our friend, Winnie, told us that it was pretty simple. Just choose types of nuts and grains you want to use, wash them and put them in the machine and press the power, then wait for 20 minutes, and you are all set! YOU DON’T HAVE TO SOAK YOUR NUTS ALL NIGHT! That is the best part of it! We were very impressed by the tasty drink and the simplicity of soy milk machine, I decided to do more research about it.
After talking to our friend Winnie and doing my own research, I think these are things I (and you) should consider before you purchase a soy milk maker.
Based on these principles, I think Soyapower Plus milk maker is the best on market in 2011.
Grinding sytem of a soy milk maker directly affects the quality of the milk you will produce. Though I mentioned earlier that this machine does not require you to soak and cook your beans before putting them in the machine, this machine heats the water and beans before it starts grinding. Some machines do not do this job and you will get very weird taste of soymilk. Other machines may grind beans first and then heat the ground beans and soymilk, but the taste is very beany and is nothing similar to soymilk you get from this machine or soymilk in the grocessary store.
Unlike other machines, Soyapower Plus milk maker is filterless! It saves your money from purchasing filters. Though it is filterless, it gives a high quality soymilk. Soyapower Plus milk maker effectively filters the fibers from the liquid, eliminating the need for additional straining, unless desired.
I really like the design of Soyapower Plus milk maker. This is a HUGE PLUS and means that it saves you tones of time cleaning it. When you clean Soyapower Plus milk maker, it is really simple. Toss the beans (some people use these beans to make dishes though) and wash the main pitcher, then you are all set! If you check out other soymilk machine, you will see that a lot of people complain how tedious and difficult to clean filters. Soyapower Plus milk maker does not give you such a hassle.
Insulation is an important feature that I am looking for when I review soymilk machines. First, I usually put everything in the machine and then do my work. After an hour or two, I go to get my soymilk. I like Soyapower Plus milk maker because it keeps my soymilk warm. Second, the insulating plastic is really good so I will never burn myself if I touch it. We do not have kids now but we plan to, so we do not want any accident.
Another thing that might be related to insulation is that Soyapower Plus milk maker is super quiet when it grinds. I used to make soymilk using a blender and it was such a nightmare. It is not only noisy but also hard to clean. You can definitely make your soymilk in the evening without waking your kids up!
To me, warranty means a company’s confidence in their product. Most soymilk machines provide only 1 year warranty, but Soyapower Plus soy milk maker has a 2-year warranty included! I have not yet used their customer service or tech support, but Amazon customers provide positive feedback on their service.
I personally really like its safety design. As I mentioned earlier, its insulation system is good and prevent you from burning yourself. In addition, the head unit clams to the pitcher, it also decreases the opportunity of knocking the head off the pitcher.
Soyapower Plus soy milk maker is UL listed. UL is a independent global non-profit safe science company, and UL has developed more than 1000 standards of safety. Soyapower Plus soy milk maker is UL listed, meaning that it has more safety features than I can observe! So safety will not be your concern if you use Soyapower Plus soy milk maker.
Because of space-wise thinking, I used to make soymilk using my blender. I did not know my life could be easier before I tried Soyapower Plus soy milk maker. I was resistent to purchase Soyapower Plus soy milk maker because I thought I could only make soymilk. I love to make multigrains/nut/soymilk, and I do not want this machine to limit myself. How wrong was I!
Soyapower Plus soy milk maker gives four options to make other drinks. With these 4 pre-programmed buttons, you can easily make perfect non-dairy milks and from nuts, beans, grains, rice, seeds and any combination of them.
Some Amazon customers are not clear about which button they should choose if they want to make nuts milk. According to the company’s response, you can use soy+ option to make almond milk or other nuts milk.
Soyapower Plus soy milk maker has 82 customer reviews on amazon and the average amazon rating is 4.8 out of 5. Those reviews stress the machine’s quietness, short cycle length (20 minutes), ease to clean up, ability to make good soymilk, and so on.
Here are some comments to date.
It makes soymilk as advertised as well as giving options to make other drinks.
The machine performed as expected and cleaned up in under 2 minutes. I would highly recommend this product.
It makes great soymilk! I really like the milks made with soybean and rice or oats.
It exceeded my expectations! It is more versatile, can make non-dairy milks from beans, rice, grains, and seeds (I have tried a few types so far). The machine… (read more)
The only concerns that some Amazon customers share in common is the taste of soymilk. Some customers report that it has an “eggy” taste or eggy smell, but it is an easy fix. First, try ORGANIC soybeans. Trust me, it makes a hugh difference. It gives you a better taste and I feel my soymilk is somehow thicker. If your soybeans are in good quality, you should not feel any weird smell or taste. By any chance if the smell or taste still exists, try to put barley with your soybeans.
I highly recomend Soyapower Plus soy milk maker and do not think that the taste should be a reason not buying it.
You can buy this Soyapower Plus soy milk maker from Amazon. At the moment they include free shipping and from what I can tell when comparing prices with other online merchants, Amazon do currently have the best deal especially with the free shipping option. Click here to view on Amazon.