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The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” Recipes that Pack a Punch

What’s your favorite hot sauce? Some swear by SLAP YA MAMA . Tabasco is the old standby. Cholula Mexican Hot Sauce is arguably the best from south of the border. But nothing compares to the spicy rooster known as Sriracha.

You don’t have to be Fat, Sick, or Nearly Dead to use these juicers

Diet fads come and go. Remember the Beverly Hills Diet, the peanut butter and beet diet, the cabbage soup diet, or Atkins? We’ve done some crazy things to lose weight over the years.

Juice fasting is the latest trend in losing weight. But this is more than dropping pounds, it’s more like a nutritional holiday for your body.

Juice fasting popularity has been sparked by the inspiring documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Joe Cross takes us on a journey as he fasts for 60 days and gets others to join the juice parade.

Start with the Juicers

You’ll want a good centrifugal juicer for fasting. Look for one that has a big opening, is easy to clean, and extracts the most juice from your fruit. The Breville and Cuisinart juicers are going to be the best choices.


Porsche knives are on the cutting edge

Most people know Porsche for their cars. But did you know they also design products for various companies? These products are loved for attention to detail and revolutionary shapes and ergonomics. This knife is a good example of creating a knife that is exceptionally sharp and comfortable. It also has a distinct Porsche look.

Chroma Type 301 Designed By F.A. Porsche 10 Inch Chef Knife

Cutting with a Chroma Type 301 knife is like driving a Porsche, and for good reason. Designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche (the designer of the Porsche 911) with input from renowned Austrian chef Jörg Wörther, Chroma Type 301 cutlery excels in both performance and looks. Sleek and sexy, each knife looks like one seamless piece, but the blade and handle are actually different types of steel. The blade is crafted of superfine Japanese 301 steel and hand-sharpened into an acutely sharp angle for precision cutting. The handle is made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, triangular in profile and flat-topped for leverage, a totally unique and ergonomic design. Announcing the transition spot between handle and blade is a metal “pearl” that lets the fingers know their position, in place of a bolster. The comfort and control, not to mention the spectacular visual appeal, of a Chroma Type 301 knife have made ardent converts of many chefs worldwide.

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If you like the type 301, you’ll also be tempted to get the other knives in this set.

Paring Knife

This Chroma Type 301 paring knife features a sharply pointed 3-1/4-inch blade, ideal for peeling fruit, sculpting veggie garnishes, and removing blemishes from potatoes, pears, and avocadoes. Weighty for its size and well-balanced, this knife comes in handy for all sorts of kitchen uses, and will bring you years of pleasure.

Chroma 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife

Carving fork and knife

Chroma by F. A. Porsche Type 301 Carving Fork and 8-Inch Chef's Knife

The complete knife set

Get the most popular knifes in one package and save some money at the same time. You get 7 knives plus the block. Amazon currently has this at 35% off.

Chroma Type 7-Piece Knife Set with Block

Here’s a short and noisy video that shows you how thin these knives can cut a tomato.

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Uncork your champagne with this Italian saber

Champagne is THE drink for celebrations. There’s no better way to start the awards than uncorking the bubbly with a swift slice with this Italian made champagne saber.

Del Ben Champagne Saber

The saber makes it pretty easy to uncork. But you’ll want to practice before the big event.

how to use the Saber to open a bottle of champagne

Pretty soon you’ll be sabering your champagne with the best of them.

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The greatest espresso machine ever made

What makes a machine the best ever? Is it a hand-crafted machine that echoes the designs of a century ago with the technology of today? Or is it a machine that is built to perform like an AC Cobra.

If your fascinated by a classic Rolls Royce with shiny chrome and soft leather you’ll love the VFA Gold Dome 1930 Espresso Machine. It’s built with Brass for good looks and stainless steel for longevity and easy maintenance.

European Gift G-V2 Vfa Gold Dome 1930 Esspresso Machine

Here’s a video of the VFA factory in Spain.

CoffeeGeek has a different criteria for the perfect espresso machine. The Speedster espresso machineThey look at Ferrari and Cobras for inspiration. The aptly named Speedster is a masterful hand-built machine that takes coffee to a new level.

I even got a chance to pull shots on it, and immediately felt this was a singular moment in my coffee and espresso career (and to put that into perspective, I was at a meeting for the development of the GS/3!). Everything “clicked” – the machine felt comfortable. It steamed exceptionally well. The paddle group put you, as a barista, in direct connection with the machine. It was tight, light, solid, beautiful, industrial, exceptional all at the same time. From that very moment onward, I had it in my mind that, if I ever won a million dollars, I’d make an offer on this machine so I could own my own – and the offer wouldn’t be cheap. After all, van der Westen built only six of these and by 2002, was already saying that was that – there were six and there would be no more.
Speedster Espresso Machine – Coffee Geek

Speedster Espresso Machine Exposed Portafilter Extraction from Mark Prince on Vimeo.

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Lodge Logic’s pre-seasoned cast-iron combo cooker

Lodge Logic has a large line of pre-seasoned cast iron skillets and dutch ovens. This combo cooker has both in one convenient package. The lid can also be used as a skillet.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker

Cast iron creates superior heat retention, heats evenly, and loves a campfire, unlike flimsier pans. The American-based company Lodge has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. No other metal is as long-lasting and works as well for spreading and retaining heat evenly during cooking.

The Food Network’s Paula Deen knows how to use a cast iron cooker with her recipe for Green Beans with New Potatoes

Remove the ends from the beans. Snap the beans in 2 pieces, place into a colander, wash, and set aside to drain.

Meanwhile, in a large cast iron Dutch oven, lightly brown the salt pork in the bacon grease over medium heat, turning often, for approximately 10 minutes. Toss the green beans into the pot, stirring them with a wooden spoon to coat well with the pork fat. Add the broth and House Seasoning. Cook over medium-low heat, covered tightly, for approximately 30 minutes, or until the beans are half done.

Green Beans with New PotatoesFood Network

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