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.

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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.

Copper Chef Reviews the Tools Any Beginning Needs to Start Cooking Like a Pro

You’ve moved out of mom and dad’s home and have officially exhausted your taste for ramen and fast food. It’s about time that you learned how to cook like any adult who wants to survive should. Well, we’re here to help. There are a number of great products out there that were made for people like you. Every top of the line has humble beginnings of burning their first piece of toast or boiling out of all their water from the pot. It happens, but what you have that they didn’t is this list of handy tools that Copper Chef will review for the beginner chef.

Chef’s Knife
Every good (and bad) chef needs a good knife. A solid chef’s knife can cut through anything and is hands down the quintessential tool needed in the kitchen. From slicing to dicing, a chef’s knife will become your best friend. While you can always upgrade to a better, more industrial one, you can find a good stainless steel chef’s knife at any restaurant supply store. Be sure to pick up a good cutting board too while you are there.

Measuring Spoons
Eye-balling ingredients is not an inherited trait. Just because you watched your parents do it while they cooked does not necessarily mean you will be able to do it too. To avoid adding too much oil or not enough salt, Copper Chef suggests getting measuring spoons to add to your kitchen. These handy tools make it easy to measure out all of your necessary ingredients. Be sure to get two sets: one for dry ingredients and one for wet ingredients.

Pots and Pans
Hands down one of the most important tools that a chef can have is a good set of pots and pans. While some prefer to go with stainless steel for their beginning set, others have opted for copper pots and pans to get them started. Copper is an excellent conduit of heat and can help even the most novice of cooks learn their way around heat and the kitchen.

 

Copper Chef Reviews: Toast to the Good Life with Steak and Scallops in Champagne Butter Sauce

If you’re looking for a good surf and turf recipe, look no further than this delicious steak and scallop recipe. Originally found on My Recipes, this steak and scallop dish will soon become one of your favorite dinner party recipes to try. With a few ingredients and a taste for steak and scallops, Copper Chef reviews how you can make steak and scallops in a champagne butter sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2-4oz beef tenderloin steaks
  • 6 large sea scallops
  • 3 tsp. butter sliced into pieces
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. crushed peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp. divided olive oil
  • 1/3 cup champagne (or dry white wine)
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. minced shallots

Directions

Season your steaks on both sides with 1/8 tsp of salt and black pepper each. Sprinkle scallops with 1/8 tsp each of salt and peppercorn on both sides. After you’ve seasoned your meat and fish, heat ½ tsp oil in your copper pot and add the steaks. For a medium rare temperature, cook for about 3 minutes on each side or adjust your cooking time to what your desired temperature. Remove to a separate plate and cover

Add the remainder of the oil to the copper pan for the scallops. Cook your scallops for 2 minutes on each side and then move to a separate plate and cover.

In the same copper pan, add your lemon juice, champagne or wine, and shallots. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes or until it’s been reduced to 2 tbsps. Remove the pan from the heat and add your butter one slice at a time. Whisk constantly and season with salt and pepper to your desire.

Finally, after you’ve plated your shrimp, scallops, pour the reduction on top. Add any sides that you like, Copper Chef suggests lemon asparagus or broccoli, and enjoy.

Copper Chef Reviews the Top Copper Products You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now

We all love fun gadgets, especially when those gadgets are shiny and new. While some people are opting for functional stainless steel appliances and gadgets, an increasing number of home décor companies are introducing copper based products into their lineups as well. While none can compare to the Copper Chef pots and pans, here, Copper Chef reviews a few of the best copper designed gadgets that you need now.

Copper Wine Opener

You may feel fancy drinking a glass of wine, but you’ll feel even fancier when you break out your copper wine opener. This beauty is a solid copper piece with a low maintenance finish. The corrosion resistant finish makes this a long standing piece in your kitchen.

Copper Ice Bucket

If your first thought when you hear the words “ice bucket” is the plastic ones from hotel rooms, then it’s time to upgrade your way of thinking. This copper ice bucket is just the piece to do that. This handcrafted, hammered ice bucket is a perfect dinner party item to accent any kitchen or dining room. We can’t forget to mention that it’s shaped like a pineapple, making it a fun conversational piece as well.

Copper Tea Kettle
There’s nothing more comforting than putting on a nice pot of tea at the end of the day. Now, you can enjoy it a little more with this gorgeous copper tea kettle. It’s sleek design and gorgeous coloring will look gorgeous on top of your stove and gives your kitchen the warm look that it needs.

Copper Chef Reviews the Moscow Mule Copper Mug Mystery

moscow mule cocktail in copper mug

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a nice, ice cold Moscow Mule. It’s one of the best summertime cocktails, mixing ginger beer, vodka, and a splash of lime. While the Moscow Mule has become one of our favorite mixed drinks, we’re not entirely sure which is better: the drink or the copper mug that it’s served in.

If you’ve ever ordered a Moscow Mule (and if the bar did it correctly) you will notice that it comes in a nice, shiny copper mug. Even though there are a few bars in existence that don’t understand the copper mug and the Moscow Mule come hand in hand, the mug has become a signature piece to the Mule. Have you ever wondered how and why the Mug and Mule combo originated? Here, Copper Chef reviews the history behind it.

Since its arrival to bars everywhere in the 1940’s the Moscow Mule has traditionally been served in a beautiful copper mug. Aside from the aesthetic, there are two main reasons why it has always been served this way. These two reasons are the taste and the temperature.

Taste
If you’ve ever cooked in copper, you know the copper tends to enhance the flavors of the food. The same goes for the Moscow Mule. The copper in the mule has a (mostly subjective) way of enhancing the combined flavors of ginger beer, vodka, and lime. It’s believed that when this drink was first served, it was noted how the vodka would oxidize the copper. Contrary to what oxidation does to wine, it actually makes the Moscow Mule better.

Temperature
One of the more steadfast and factual reasons for using a copper mug to serve your Moscow Mule is for the consistency of temperature. Not only is copper a good conductor of heat, but it does a great job keeping drinks consistently cooled. This is due to the metal instantly becoming chilled and absorbing the cold. The design of the mug, with the expanded handle, ensures that your hands do not come in contact with the mug, accidentally warming it up.

Next time you’re at the bar ordering your Moscow Mule, sit back, enjoy your drink, and think of all of the information you just learned about the beautiful copper mug you’re holding.

 

 

Have S’More with the Copper Chef This Summer

Picnic dessert smores with marshmallowsThere’s no better summertime treat than good old fashioned s’mores. Sitting around a fire in the summer breeze and enjoying the combination of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate is the perfect way to end any meal or day. While the traditional method of making s’mores is over a fire, grill or even the lazy man’s way in the microwave, the Copper Chef reviews show that copper cookware has a few s’more tricks up its sleeve. Here are 2 great s’more recipes to try this summer.

S’Mores Cake
Combining graham crackers, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows, this baked treat is a great twist on the traditional s’more sandwich. It’s just as delicious as a regular s’more, but without all of the messy preparation. This is a perfect dessert after family pizza night or a kid’s slumber party!

S’Mores Popcorn
Grab your favorite family movie and enjoy this tasty snack over a laugh. It’s easy to make, especially in your copper pot. If you didn’t know that you could make popcorn in your Copper Chef, well, now you do. If mixing salty and sweet flavors isn’t your thing, try using a cracker jack mixture or caramel sauce over your popcorn.

While traditional s’mores are undefeated, these fun twists on the classic will surely be added to your s’mores collection. Give them a try in your Copper Chef and tell us what you think!

 

Copper Chef Reviews Frequently Asked Questions about the Copper Chef XL

Recently, Copper Chef released an addition to their already successful line of copper cookware: Copper Chef XL. You’ve probably heard about the Copper Chef XL cookware set, but you have a lot of questions. Maybe you bought one and aren’t sure how to use it or you have a few questions before you purchase your own XL. Well, that’s why we’re here. You have questions. They have answers. Here, Copper Chef reviews some of their most frequently asked questions about the Copper Chef XL.

FAQ 1: Exactly how large is the Copper Chef XL Casserole Pan?
According to Copper Chef reviews and measurements, the Copper Chef XL Casserole Pan is an extra deep dish pan, 7.2qt capacity.

FAQ 2: Is the Copper Chef XL safe enough for the oven?
The Copper Chef is heat resistant up 850° F. So, yes, it is oven safe.

FAQ 3: Do I need to oil or butter the Copper Chef XL?
The design of the Copper Chef XL eliminates the need for extra butter, oil, or grease. It is equipped with Advanced Cerami-Tech™ Non-Stick Coating that does not chip or peel either.

FAQ 4: What is the proper way to clean the Copper Chef XL Casserole Pan?
Based on the design of the pot and Copper Chef reviews from customers, the best way to clean your Copper Chef XL is by hand with water, mild soap or cleansers, and a soft, nonmetallic scrubber. Additionally, you do not need to polish the Copper Chef XL, as its nonstick coating prevents it from tarnishing and oxidizing like other copper pots.

FAQ 5: What, if any, are the special safety precautions I should follow when using the XL?
As with any cooking pot or pan, you should always use a pot holder when removing something out of the oven or off the stove. Also, use pot holders with lids as necessary.
These are just a few of the FAQS that Copper Chef chose to review for the Copper Chef XL Casserole Pan. For a full list of FAQS, visit the website.