March Madness Morsels for an Instant Party Slam Dunk

It’s that time of year again, and it’s magical! No, we’re not talking about Christmas. We’re talking about March Madness; the next major sporting event to occur after the Super Bowl and another wonderful reason to throw a viewing party. There’s something genuinely nice about watching young, talented athletes compete before reaching the professional levels of their career. Every year, it seems March Madness gets more and more exciting, and we think the snacks should follow this same trend.

Here, we share some fun takes and buzzer-beating bites that you’ll want by your side for every minute of the March Madness action.

Three in the Key Chili
If you didn’t think you could make chili on the go, we’re here to tell you that it’s possible. This quick mini chili recipe is the perfect big game appetizer to make for you and your friends. This recipe will only take about 30 minutes in your Copper Chef to make and is perfectly portioned for each individual. The best part about this recipe is that the bread bowl makes the entire dish edible. Just be careful not to bite your fingers while eating. They’re that enjoyable!

Double Dribble Chicken Dippers

Chicken tenders and wings are a traditional party favorite, a time-honored tradition of sporting event fanfare. However, as is the same with choosing pizza toppings, selecting a wing flavor that everyone loves can be hard. For this recipe, we suggest either making your chicken tenders in a variety of fun flavors or make the wings/tenders plain and leave out dipping sauces. Tie the theme together with dipping sauces that represent each region from the tournament.

Cut the Nets Coconut Cream Tarts
Whether it’s your team cutting down the nets at the end of the big dance or a rival team, you’ll come out on top with these coconut cream tarts. Every party needs a good dessert and we guarantee you that this is it. You can quickly prepare them the night before or a few hours before and allow them to chill. The colder, the better.  Delicious coconut custard layered onto a flaky tart shell is the perfect combination of flavors to culminate the college basketball season.

Whether you’re watching the games alone or throwing a March Madness viewing party, our Copper Chef review of some great snacks for you to try will certainly be the game-winner.

 

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Get Your Greens: 3 Green Foods to Eat for St. Patty’s Day

Unless it’s a vegetable or a super green smoothie, green foods aren’t that appealing to many people. In fact, people tend to stay clear of green foods because it reminds them of something moldy or sickly. However, all of that goes out the window on St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17th, people will dye everything green, from their beer to their cereal milk, just to get in on the celebration. If green dye on your pancakes isn’t your thing, we have three green foods that you may want to give a try.

Avocado Crab Boats

Who doesn’t love avocado? From fresh guacamole to slender slices in your salad, avocado is one food that tastes good on just about anything and in any form. One way that we’re sure you’re going to love including avocados into your diet is with this great avocado crap boat appetizer. With your copper pan set, you can make these great mini bites in no time. This is perfect for those wine nights with your friends or potluck dinner with coworkers. You can eat them hot or cold, with tortilla chips or with a fork. The choice is yours.

Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies
When you think of green foods, something sweet isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, it’s possible to include a little tasty green sweet morsel into your diet this St. Patrick’s Day. The best part about this recipe is how easily you can customize it. Whether you want to make a shamrock shaped cookie or turn it into a lady finger, the batter is very customizable. Just as fun as they are to make, they’re even better to eat. The buttery taste of pistachio cookie paired with the sweet cream cheese frosting is one you and your children will surely fight over for the last one.

Crunchy Spinach Casserole

You can’t make a list of green foods and not include spinach. It’s the crème de la crème of green and healthy. You can easily make this one-pot meal in your deep dish square pan. People love the texture and flavor of this crunchy spinach casserole so much; it’s grown to become a year ‘round staple in many homes, not just for holidays.

 

 

You may not like frying green eggs and ham in your copper frying pan, but we guarantee you’ll like these three foods.

 

Bye Bye Boring Eggs: 4 Ways to Make Eggs More Exciting

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What can we say about eggs? They’re delicious, packed with protein, and extremely affordable. Those are three of the reasons why many parents use scrambled eggs as their first cooking lesson for children and college students. However, as you get older, you’ll realize that you can only eat scrambled eggs but so many times before you start to get bored. That’s why we’re here to help. With the right ingredients and the proper pan, you’ll never be bored with breakfast eggs again.

In reference to one particular Copper Chef review, we’re here to show you how to make exciting eggs in 4 different ways.

Boiled Eggs
There are two types of boiled eggs: hard and soft. There isn’t much in the way of flavoring when it comes to actual preparation of boiled eggs, but salt and pepper tend to be the seasoning of choice. While many people are familiar with the “submerge and boil” method of preparing hard boiled eggs, perfecting the soft boil is a little bit harder. To make your soft boiled eggs, use the same method for hard boiling, but cook for a few minutes less than you normally would. For hard-boiled eggs, simply peel and enjoy. With soft boiled eggs, you’ll want to use a knife to tap off the top portion of the egg and then you can enjoy straight from the shell.

Poached Eggs
In similar fashion to the soft boiled egg, poached eggs are another method of cooking eggs that often eludes people on the proper method to prepare them. To prepare poached eggs, simmer a pot of water and carefully break the eggs into the water. Cook for about 1 minute and then poach for 3 to 5 minutes. You can season poached eggs with salt and pepper as you would a boiled egg. To create a filling meal, you can eat your poached eggs over toast or roasted vegetables, which are also healthy and affordable.

Omelets
Who doesn’t love a good omelet? They’re just as easy to make as scrambled eggs and equally as customizable. To make your omelet, whisk egg whites and then sprinkle in your filling of choice. You can fill omelets with anything, from vegetables to seafood. The fillings and seasoning options for omelets are endless, making them one of the best ways to spice up your egg cooking arsenal. Omelets are especially easy to make in copper pots and pans. According to one Copper Chef review, the Cerami-Tech coating on his preferred pan makes cooking his omelets easy and cleanup painless.

Frittata
Possibly one of the more delicious and exciting ways to cook eggs on this list, but also one of the more complicated methods. Frittatas require patience and a little skill. In your ovenproof skillet, cook any of the fillings that you would want in your frittatas such as the meat and vegetables. Then, pour your lightly beaten eggs into the skillet and let the eggs cook without touching them. With a spatula, lift the edges of the frittata from the pan and place the entire pan in the oven for about 10 minutes. Voila!! You have a frittata.

Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast item or a delicious one pot meal, these will surely help you make eggs a little more exciting going forward.

 

 

 

 

Copper Chef Reviews an Easy Way to Teach Yourself to Cook At Home

“I’m going to develop better eating habits.”

“I will spend less on eating out and spend more time cooking at home.”

Do these sentences sound familiar? They should. Chances are they at one time or another were a promise that you made to yourself. This is especially true during this time of the year when we consider what our resolutions will be for next year. Everyone wants to be healthy, but eating healthy is the trick. Battles are won and lost in the kitchen, and that specifically means what you choose to put into your body. One of the best ways to keep your promise of being healthy is to cook more meals at home. If cooking isn’t your thing, this blog is for you.

Many people shy away from cooking for whatever reason, whether lack of time, lack of desire, or lack of skill. This blog is for all the above. Here, Copper Chef reviews a few ways to turn you from a Fast Food Fanatic to a Home Kitchenista.

Buy a Cookbook
This is the first step, hands down. And don’t just choose any cookbook. You need a cookbook that educates on technique and preparation. Essentially, you should consider your cookbook an investment. A good cookbook is a great way to teach you about the various need-to-know-aspects of the kitchen. From how to properly dice to perfecting the golden brown crust on fried chicken, a technique teaching cookbook is worth having in your arsenal. You’ll even have a ton of recipes on hand for any occasion.

Comfort First
A proven method with helping you teach yourself to cook is to start with what you like. Many people make the mistake of choosing a recipe that they saw on TV as their starting point. You need to have a personal connection to the changes that you want to make. Start your first time in the kitchen by making your favorite dish or comfort food. If Indian cuisine is your favorite, start by finding your recipes for your favorite Indian dishes and making those. You’ll pick up on techniques and have your favorite foods at the ready.

Tidy Workspace
Having a messy workspace in any regards never serves anyone. This is especially true for the kitchen. For you to want to be in your kitchen, you’ll want to keep it clean. Having a messy workspace can be overwhelming and not an enjoyable experience. Keep your kitchen organized and tidy, and you’ll notice how you gravitate towards being in the kitchen more.

 

 

Copper Chef Reviews a Winter Break Checklist for College Students

It’s that time of year again for college students everywhere: Winter Break! Finals are wrapping up and the halls are emptying. College students all across the country are preparing their dorms and apartments for the winter while they spend the next 2-3 weeks back at home with their family and hometown friends. This mass exodus back home leaves many college dorms and apartments void of life.

While you’re back home with your family and friends enjoying the holiday season, the last thing you want is to return to a dorm room damaged by an open window or leaky fridge. This can really make adjusting to your Spring semester a trial. With that in mind, Copper Chef reviews a checklist for college students to go over before leaving for their winter break.

Take All Valuable Items
You may be trying to pack light on your way home so you have space to bring things back with you. That’s completely understandable. However, you should always take your valuable items with you. Valuable items include your personal documents (passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc), jewelry, electronics, and money. At the very least, keep your items in a safe. While no one is on campus, it’s very easy for someone to burglarize dorms and other campus housing. Keep your belongings safe.
Remove Perishable Items

Another tip on the checklist that Copper Chef reviews is to remove all perishable items from your fridge and kitchen area. The last thing you want is to come home to a room filled with fruit flies, maggots, and the smell of rotten food. With Winter break usually lasting about 2-3 weeks, even a full month, it’s possible that you will find some unsanitary situations if you don’t take the time to clean out food that will expire while you’re gone.

Additionally, if your dorm requires that you defrost your mini fridge before break, don’t wait until the day you leave to do it. You will come back to giant puddle and water damage that could be costly. Give yourself some time to defrost your fridge before you leave for break.

Unplug Appliances
Finally, unplug all of your appliances before you. Remove all electronics from outlets and turn off circuit breakers. Leaving your electronics plugged in will still pull electricity and cost you money. Do this as a cost-saving method as well as a way to be eco-friendly.

Take these tidbits that Copper Chef reviews and apply them to your checklist before you leave. Above all, enjoy your winter break with your family and friends. Rest up and be ready to tackle spring semester like a champ.

copper chef reviewsThe third week of November is known for a few things. One of which being Thanksgiving and the other being Black Friday. While these two holidays will reign supreme during that third week, there’s another holiday worth mentioning. Did you know that the 23rd of November, is also National Eat a Cranberry Day? Who doesn’t love a holiday that celebrates cranberries? They have festivals dedicated to cranberries, so it’s only right that cranberries get their own day as well.

Cranberries are a delicious little fruit that is commonly consumed during the fall season, especially on Thanksgiving. It’s most common form during this time of year is cranberry sauce.

Cranberries are not only delicious, but have a number of healthy properties including antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, dietary fibers, copper, and an array of other vitamins that are necessary for your health. Though the health benefits of cranberries cannot be disputed, the best way to consume them is often a bone of contention for many. Some people prefer their cranberry sauce with whole cranberries while others prefer to have their cranberry sauce smooth and gelatinous.  Many family kitchen fights have occurred over the proper way to make cranberry sauce, but Copper Chef is here to review a way that will put all of that family feuding in the past.

While many people are divided on the proper method to prepare cranberry sauce, Copper Chef reviews a simple cranberry recipe that we are sure every one of your Thanksgiving dinner guests will love.

Chunky Cranberry Sauce
Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • Kosher salt

Directions
Copper Chef reviews the easiest method for preparing this cranberry sauce. First, take a small copper saucepan and combine your sugar and water over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Then, add your cranberries and cook until the cranberries burst. This will roughly be 10 minutes but maybe slightly less depending on the type of saucepan you use. Copper pans have a better heat conductivity and are ideal for making cranberry sauce. Once the time is up you’ll want to stir in your orange zest, vanilla extract, and kosher salt.

Finally, remove the copper saucepan from the heat and let it cool completely. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a resealable container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

It’s your turn to weigh in. How do you prefer your cranberry sauce? Do you have a method of cranberry sauce that differs from the aforementioned forms? Feel free to leave a comment below!

 

Copper Chef Celebrates National Pasta Month with a Potpourri of Pasta Facts and Recipes

When you think of October, you probably think of candied apples and pumpkin spice everything. It’s common and expected, so we don’t blame you. But have you ever associated pasta with October and autumn? If you haven’t, then maybe you should. October is National Pasta month and at Copper Chef, we couldn’t be more excited!

Pasta dishes have become a tried and true one pot meal go-to for soccer moms, college students, and just hungry people alike. With over 600 different shapes of pasta existing around the world, it’s no surprise that the carb is as versatile as it is delicious.

In honor of National Pasta Day, we will share with you five of our favorite pasta dishes that you can easily make in your copper pot and a fun fact to go with each.

Basil & Tomato Penne Pasta
This delicious recipe combines juicy grape tomatoes, garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes to create a simple yet flavorful dish that any family will love. The great part about this dish is that you can remove or add ingredients as you wish without changing the basic essence of the dish. It’s a classic.
Fun Fact: Due to its shape and size, penne is the most common type of pasta used in pasta salads.

Lemon Parmesan Linguine
If there was ever a one pot meal that you should make in your non-stick pan it would be this lemon parmesan linguine dish. Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s quick, fresh, delicious, and filling. This will quickly become your new favorite one pot meal to make in your copper pot.
Fun Fact: The word “linguine” (also called (linguini) is derived from the Latin term “lingua”. In Italian, it means “little tongues”.

Lasagna Soup
Did you ever think that you would hear the words “lasagna” and “soup” in the same sentence? Probably not. However, don’t knock something until you try it. Combining classic pasta and a fall time favorite, lasagna soup is the fall one pot meal recipe you never knew you needed until now. You won’t be able to resist the cheesy goodness that each spoonful brings. Make sure to make enough because the kids will definitely want more.
Fun Fact: Even though October is National Pasta month, July 29th is actually National Lasagna Day.

Whether it was a fun fact or a delicious recipe, we hope you learned something with this fun post. Who knows, maybe now you’ll begin to associate pasta with October?  Pumpkin Spice pasta? One day.

Copper Chef Makes Vegan Eating Easy Eating

AdobeStock_103516113.jpegYou’ve seen the word creeping up in menus and cooking shows all over the world. Some of your favorite celebrities even eat this way. Veganism has quickly gained popularity as one of the more sustainable and healthy ways to eat. The world of veganism is all about cutting out animal products and by-products from your regular life, including cooking, clothing, and cleaning. While the intricacies of switching from your regular diet to a vegan one is quite hard, Copper Chef makes it easy to start learning how to make some of your soon-to-be new favorite dishes.

If there is one thing that everyone- including vegans- love, it’s a great one pot meal. Many delicious vegan recipes are ideal for cutting down on dishes and kicking up the flavor. Here, we list 4 of our favorite vegan one pot meals that can be easily cooked in the Copper Chef 6-in-1 pan.

5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
As Summer is coming to a sad end, it’s time to start thinking of warm weather foods. One staple that every chef should have their fall cooking sleeve is a nice chili. This particular chili is perfect for the Summer/Fall transition as it uses one of Falls’ best flavors: sweet potatoes. With 5 ingredients (onion, black beans, sweet potato, veggie stock, and salsa), it doesn’t get any easier or flavorful than this 5 ingredient chili.

Summer Vegetable and Pastas in White Wine Lemon Sauce
When most people get a nice delivery of vegetables, they immediately think salad. Think outside the box for a minute. Nothing says classic one pot meal like a good pasta dish. Despite the previous recipe, summer is not quite over yet. For that, we can still enjoy summer vegetables in white wine sauce atop a plate of our favorite pasta. With your assortment of veggies, delicious herbs, and favorite pasta in your Copper Chef, this will certainly be your new favorite summertime dish.

Butternut Squash Ramen Noodle Bowl
Not only is this dish a refined spin on a college classic, it can easily be prepared in 10 minutes or less. Ramen has a way of invoking warm feelings that other soups and pastas just fail to capture. The creativity is endless when it comes to preparing ramen bowls, and this butternut squash recipe is no different. Combining butternut squash, tofu, and fresh pea shoots as the main ingredients; you’ll want to make enough for lunch the next day to enjoy over and over.

Celebrating the Silver Anniversary of the Makers of the Copper Chef

0075235681549_B_EnhanYou’ve seen them on your TV; beautiful copper pots and pans adorning the screen, making culinary masterpieces that you can’t wait to try on your own. From the copper casserole pot to the newly released Copper Chef XL, it’s almost hard to believe that these elite pots and pans have been around for less than 5 years.

If it feels like they have been around longer, there’s a good reason. This August, TriStar Products, the manufacturer of Copper Chef, celebrates 25 years of directly bringing you the best culinary, fitness, health & beauty and many more categories of products to your TV sets and ultimately your homes.  Since 1992, TriStar Products has been the leader in domestic and international direct response marketing across a wide variety of consumer categories. One of their newest and biggest selling products is the Copper Chef, a set of beautifully crafted copper cookware that every chef should have.

Over the past couple of years, Copper Chef has continuously brought forth great products in their growing line of copper cookware. Their most recent addition, the Copper Chef XL, solves the age-old problem of cooking a large amount of food at one time. The innovative square design of the Copper Chef XL, which also includes state-of-the-art Cerami Tech Nonstick Technology, makes it easier than ever to cook for large families or group gatherings.

With over 1 million Copper Chef pieces sold and an abundance of glowing 5-star reviews online, Copper Chef has been making a strong name for itself in its young years of existence. In addition to the Copper Chef XL, the Copper Chef line includes all of the necessary pieces you need to stock your kitchen. Deep square pan, casserole pan, frying pan, Copper Chef has you covered. For a little creative inspiration, you can find a number of great recipes and videos on the site and Copper Chef’s Youtube channel.

Since their inception, the makers of Copper Chef have been answering questions that consumers have had answers to for years. How to make fried foods healthier? What is the most efficient metal to use for cooking? So on and so forth. As the leaders in home cookware and appliance for the past 25 years, seeing what the makers of Copper Chef have in store for the next 25 years should be equally exciting.

 

 

Copper Chef Reviews Making an Authentic New England Styled Clam Bake

copper chef reviewsWhen you think of summertime foods, seafood is certainly at the top of the list for most people. From California to Connecticut, people all over the country love to enjoy a delightful fresh catch of the day for lunch or dinner. Food has a way of bringing people together over a common bond, and seafood is no different.

One such method of preparing seafood in a communal setting is the New England Clam Bake. A New England Clam Bake is traditionally prepared with seafood such as lobster, crabs, soft shell clams, mussels, and quahogs. Many people even include a vegetable such as potatoes, corn on the cob, onions, and carrots. It’s a true one pot meal that is typically the highlight for festive coastal occasions.

You don’t have to be Tom Brady’s neighbor or in New England to enjoy a nice New England Style Clam Bake. With your copper pot, Copper Chef reviews how you can make one no matter where you are.

Ingredients

  • 30 mussels
  • 15 littleneck clams
  • 2 chorizo links
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 bottle lager beer
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 parsley sprig
  • ` lemon garnish

Directions

With help from Copper Chef reviews, it’s important to remember, you do not need to preheat your copper cookware as copper is a great conduit for heat. You can place your copper pot on the burner roughly one minute before you place the other ingredients in. Be sure to have your ingredients prepped before turning on your copper pot as to not burn it out. Add in the oil, chorizo, and onions into your Copper Chef, and cook for 3-4 minutes. After the 3-4 minutes, add in your mussels, littleneck clams chorizo links, baby red potatoes, medium yellow onion, and extra virgin olive oil. Pour your lager over the cooking food and stir thoroughly. Really make sure that the vegetables and seafood are covered in the lager to ensure maximum flavor. Cover your Copper Chef pan and cook. A good time table is 20 minutes or until all of your shellfish has completely opened up

When your fish and vegetables are cooked to the desired temperature, remove from the copper pot for plating, and garnish with the parsley. Squeeze your lemon over the dish and enjoy!

Clambakes are excellent one pot meals for summertime and are great to enjoy for any special gathering! With this easy dish that has plenty of positive Copper Chef reviews, you’ll have a true taste of New England no matter where you are.