A Microwave for My Daughter

Microwave ovens are simply becoming ubiquitous kitchen equipment and after realizing this I needed to shop one for my daughter as she started her family. I use a Panasonic Genius NN at home. So far, I cannot complain about it and in my opinion, it is the best microwave brand in the market. However, I can say that because I have not experienced other brands and my microwave is 7 years old now. I went shopping with my husband because he has a thing for electrical appliances. We also looked at online reviews for the best microwave brand in the market.
Surprisingly, my Panasonic Genius NN was among the best microwave brands. We had three brands to choose from and we should have the best microwave brand that my daughter and his hubby will be happy about. These were the Panasonic Genius NN, Nostalgia Electrics Retro and the Whirlpool WMC20005VD.

The Panasonic Genius has an internal capacity of 1.2 cubic foot which offers plenty of space for meal preparation. The 1200 watts of power makes this oven great and enables me get the results as per the menu. I like it because of the even cooking. The built-in sensors in this microwave oven makes it the best microwave brand.

I also like the Nostalgia Electrics thanks to its energy efficiency and its great style. I liked the design and the simplicity of the Nostalgia Electrics more. Though this has an internal capacity of 0.7 cubic foot, it is enough to accommodate 2 full-size dinner plates.

The Whirlpool was the last best microwave brand in our shopping list. It is a space saver with 0.5 cubic foot of internal capacity. As long as I know, my daughter was not in need of saving space. However, it is also a money saver. Finally, since I had to choose the best microwave brand, I settled for the Nostalgia Electrics. My daughter loved the style and the performance.

A Coffee Shop is Very Lucrative


A few years ago, I was doing a class assignment related to the analysis of the coffee industry. I learned something I didn’t know as much as I am a coffee lover. The revelations were an eye-opener, and it’s something I benefit from, even as I write this blog post. The coffee industry is unique because it attracts so many admirers of the product- particularly the coffee fanatics. In my case, I chose to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the industry by setting up a coffee shop. Isn’t it human nature to concentrate on things that are of the greatest personal interest?

In spite of my great admiration and desire for a coffee shop, I wasn’t oblivious to the fact that this kind of business attracts numerous other people. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to give up the many benefits of having and running my own business. I couldn’t help but picture the freedom I would have to make my decisions, the financial independence aspect and the respect from friends, family, and the local community. From the very beginning, I started picturing myself as the owner of a successful coffee shop.

I could feel the undefined something better that awaited me as I idealized the image of my coffee shop. Well, I started by determining the necessary things that a coffee shop needs to be successful and sufficiently compete in the industry. Apparently, acquiring the best coffee machine is the most critical thing one should consider. Others were customer service, style of leadership, pricing, location and quality.

Without a doubt, the quality of coffee produced in my shop would be determined by the type of coffee machines I acquired. When this reality hit me, I realized how important sourcing the best machines was. While searching for relevant information on the World Wide Web, I stumbled on something that gave my search a sense of direction- the best coffee machine reviews. Here, I found a wide range of coffee machines with each of its features well defined and explained. The reviews made my search for the right machine very simple and thus, it didn’t consume as much time as I had envisioned.

Well, gradually, I set up my coffee shop, and it’s doing extremely well. The only thing I dislike is the fact that I have to wake up very early in the morning and that I have to work nearly seven days every week for long hours. Nevertheless, I intend to employ two more people to help in the business.

How to make a perfect cup of coffee – Eating Well

Why I Would Pick The Following Zojirushi Rice Cookers


If lately you have been shopping for the best rice cookers, with the way things currently are in the market, I am quite sure you have come across Zojirushi rice cookers. Immediately after this brand of rice cookers hit the market, it has in a way revolutionized the way things used to be done. Now, being one of the biggest fans of this brand or cookers, the following are three of my favorites. Have used them and they stood out as some of the best.

Zojirushi NS-ZCC10, Fuzzy and Warmer rice cooker

When it comes to performance and versatility, I would actually give it to this model. It is not only flawless in what it does, but it comes fully complete with an array of settings to handle a wide arrange of rice. When I first bought it, its capability to automatically adjust heating and temperature got my attention. I have tried a couple of rice cookers and none of them comes with this unique feature. It does not even stop there, it is quite easy to clean; the interior is flat and can be wiped clean with so much ease. If asked, I would not hesitate to recommend this model. I have it in my kitchen and I know what it can do.

Zojirushi Induction Heating, NP-NVC10 Pressure cooker

Coming in number has to be this model, I first saw my friend using it and after a couple of testing, it stood out as one of the best Zojirushi rice cookers. Other than its delayed start feature, a wide range of preset menu settings and its ability to cook an array of rice types are other great things you can net from this model. Bottom line; although it comes with no steamer basket, it is the best. My mother has had this cooker for more than a year and she loves it. It is currently one of the best Zojirushi rice cookers.

Trying to Copy Mom’s Bread Recipe

I always remember that certain smell during the holidays in my house growing up. That blend of cinnamon, steaming grains, and something else that I could never quite put my finger on was reason we never needed scented candles during that time of year. My mother was a self-taught chef, as most mothers are, and her bread machine was in constant use during the Thanksgiving to New Year months. She mainly gave out breads and cakes for Christmas gifts, switching the types between years.
banana bread
The banana bread she made was always my favorite and I’ve been trying to copy her recipe for years now.I tried to make the bread using the oven, but the results were always lack-luster, never achieving what my mother had made all those years ago now. I knew I had to get a bread machine to even come close to mom’s recipe. But where to start? I asked my mom what kind of bread machine she had used and, apparently, she had thrown it away long ago. I started researching my different options, checking the big online retailers and the local stores.

I finally chose the Panasonic model I found at my local Home Depot, the last place I expected to find a bread machine. The price was reasonable and the previous Panasonic bread machine review I saw online pointed to it as one the best for the price. As soon as I got home, I unpacked and set up my new white bread machine and quickly grazed over the instruction manual. It really didn’t even need one, as I was able to easily navigate the buttons and use the on-screen menu to select the type of bread and how much. It is able to add the yeast automatically during the baking process and has a thirteen hour timer, more than enough time to come to freshly baked garlic bread for dinner!

The non-stick pan with a handle (haven’t burnt myself once!) never needs oil, letting the bread cook perfectly without getting too oily like some other bread makers do. It also came with a recipe book, containing 50 differing types of bread and cakes that the Panasonic bread machine creates like a professional baker. After playing around with a few different types of bread settings, such as sourdough, sandwich bread, and fruitcake, I was finally ready to give Mom’s recipe a go. It was perfect the first try!

The banana bread was a little crispy on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside, keeping the flavor perfect and letting out a little puff of steam with the first slice. I called my mom and excitedly told her the news. She asked if I could send some, but she’ll have to wait till I make more; the first batch was gone before I even called her!

I love my Panasonic bread machine, it really fits me and my desire to bake bread without having to open a bakery. I can’t wait till the holidays roll around so I can start pumping out breads and cakes for my family and friends this year. But mostly for myself *wink.

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