August 1, 2014

Win a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

The holiday season and food. They seem to be inseparable. One way to make the job of cooking for the holidays easier is to let your appliances do the work for you. If you own a slow cooker, you know how nice it is to come home to dinner- ready to eat. You can use that same strategy for your holiday entertaining.

Potluck parties are popular now too. Hamilton Beach’s Stay or Go slow cooker has a clip to hold the lid in place so you can take your hot dish along without a mess.

FamilyCircle and Parents magazines are offering this slow cooker, along with the FamilyCircle slow cooker meals cookbook to eighteen winners of their “Put the ‘Happy’ Back in the Holidays” contest. Click here to enter.

Great Coffeemakers for a Great Cup of Coffee

It’s been said before, but for many people the day just doesn’t really start until they’ve had that first cup of coffee. Not only that, but now coffee drinkers have myriad choices of beans and roasting styles. Those specially selected beans need to be brewed just right. Be sure to find a coffee maker that suits your particular needs. Here are a few choices to consider:

    Hamilton Beach BrewStation Deluxe prepares up to twelve cups of coffee in an internal chamber and then dispenses them on demand into your cup. This model also makes iced tea. Suggested retail is $80

    Mr. Coffee’s Grind & Brew has a built-in grinder that lets you vary the amount of beans used in each batch. The chamber is removable and dishwasher safe. Suggested retail is $85.

    The Philips Senseo Supreme prepares just one or two cups at a time, but tops each one with a cappuccino like froth. It had an adjustable spout to accommodate tall or short mugs. Suggested retail is $140.

    Braun’s Impressions Design Collection 10 Cup Coffeemaker is a classic type basic coffeemaker. GoodHousekeeping Magazine gave it’s coffee top ratings. It has a thermal carafe to keep the coffee hot even at the table. Suggested retail is $90.

    A more affordable version of the Braun coffeemaker is JCPenny’s Cooks 12-cup Coffeemaker with a suggested retail of $40.

Looking for some tips for a great cup of coffee?

    Use the recommended amount of coffee. Generally that is two tablespoons per cup.
    Use disposable paper filters. They do a better job of filtering out grounds than reusable ones.
    Start with fresh cool water.
    Clean your coffeemaker regularly following the manufacturers guidelines.

Hamilton Beach Party Crock

Here’s a twist on the crockpot and fondue pot. Hamilton Beach’s Party Crock Cookset. This little pot would be great for entertaining. The 1.5 quart pot holds dips or side dishes on your buffet and can go from the refrigerator to the heating base to the table so you can prepare in advance and have fewer dishes to clean. The warming stand uses a tea candle so you don’t have to worry about guests tripping over the cord. It is available in red, blue, red heart shape, and orange pumpkin shape. It retails for $30-$35.