Things to know when buying a set of cookware

A fully equipped kitchen is the joy of any mother, professional chef or anybody who just enjoys cooking. It makes you feel like Chef Ramsey every time you walk in in your apron and toque Blanche (if you fancy one). However, this feeling might turn to an agony the moment you discover that you did a lousy job in purchasing a good cookware. This is highly likely if you are the type that goes picking single items from the department stores instead of buying a whole set that comes with all the necessary pieces. Ever started cooking then you realize you don’t have a serving spoon to stir or serve it with? It is time for you to change your shopping habits.


A standard cookware comes with about 10-12 pieces. These pieces include pots, pans, spoons, tongs and probably a cast-iron skillet. You get all your kitchen equipment in a single order. All the pieces are well designed to work with each other and you don’t have to worry about the lid being too big or small for the pot or the tongs scratching your pot. On top of all that, your kitchen will look way cooler with matching pieces instead of single scattered pieces picked from different locations.

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Durability is also assured. Once you buy a set from a reliable manufacturer, you can be rest assured knowing that all the pieces will last the same. It would be weird to find you stirring your soup with a new spoon in an old pot. It would be a pity since all major brands make complete cookware sets at affordable prices. Some of them even offer delivery to your doorstep depending on where you live.

Don’t let your cooking experience be stressful. Find every single way to make it fun and fruitful.

I have read quite a bit of online reviews on the best cookware sets of 2017. And, these are my top three picks.

The ten piece Calphalon Simply Nonstick

I never imagined such a good cookware set could be as affordable and convenient to anybody as it is. This cookware is a combined value and performance, and so it is excellent for heating food evenly without making food stick on the pan. Even though the handles are not very sturdy, they always stay cool; hence, good to touch. Fortunately, this cookware is not only easy to clean, but also very much durable.

The Reinforced Swiss Diamond 10-piece set

According to reviews, this is the highly rated. It is also very perfect at heating food evenly and also perfect at releasing food. It is also a non-stick type; therefore, you will not get worried about your food sticking to it. Even though it comes with a warranty, this cookware is durable enough, and also very easy to clean.

Scanpan Classic

This performs perfectly overall. It also heats food evenly with a non-stick characteristic. The good thing with this is that the whole set is sturdy; users agree that it did a perfect job in releasing food. To add on that, it is affordable, and so any person can have it, regardless of standards of life. This cookware is also a dishware-safe; therefore, you do not need to get worried when washing it in the dishwasher; Safe to handle while cooking. Expect nothing but perfect work with this product. Make your choice wisely and get one of these trending products.

After careful deliberation, I set my mind on the Calphalon and truthfully, I’m pleased with it to this very day.

Tips on Picking out the Best Espresso Machine


When you talk about what to do when you are picking out the machines that you need, you will find that there is a lot that you can consider so that you pick you the best and not just any machine that you find first. These steps will help you have an edge when it comes to the quality of what you find. That way, you will have a better appliance that you can keep with you for long.

When you are in the store, you will need to know a few things before hand and also when you are in there, there will be a lot to consider before you pick up a machine and take it home with you. These things will include the ones that have been listed here.

Anyway, here are a few more points that you should look out for if you’re getting a new espresso machine.

  • Who Made It?

When you are in the store and you are determined to get something, you will have to make sure that you consider who made the machine that you are going to take home with you. This means that you have to know which brand are the best so that you can make the best decision regarding what is best for you. Just like we trust the Phillips brand to make the best electric bulbs, we have companies that are known for making epic espresso machines.

  • How Much does it Cost?

Espresso machines range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars which depends on the size, the features that it has and the accompanying accessories that it might have. This will also be a tipping point when you are picking. Now, you will have to make sure that to get the best, you will need one that is custom fitting into your needs or one that you can custom fit yourself into.

  • Where are you buying it from?

I am a big fan of buying your stuff from the internet but there is one teensy little problem with that and it includes the fact that you only see what you are buying on a catalogue. The best way to get one that is good for you if you are a first time buyer is to walk into a literal store, take a look at the thing in 3D and then decide if it works for you.

  • What do the Reviews say About It?

There are plenty of reviews on the internet that you can pick from and they all give you one thing in common. You will find that they have a run-down of the top machines that you can buy and their most endearing qualities. This is the best way to get information and you will need to exploit it.

Deep in a memory

I’ve written quite a bit lately about the storms of life and what it looks like to weather them.  Today, as it poured rain all afternoon, it dawned on me that instead of battening down the hatches and running in fear when the storm clouds roll in; maybe sometimes we need just stand in the rain.  Let it truly soak us to the core… feel what it is we’ve been holding back, hiding from, and avoiding.

Just take a moment and stop.  Stop the pretenses, stop the coping, stop letting the fear take hold of us.  Because, as hard as it is to remember when the thick of the storm is on top of you, it will pass.  And rain is just water, thunder is just noise, and lightning truly is a brilliant display from the Lord of the Universe who is also the keeper of your heart.

We’ve spoken to our youth group a lot about purity lately and each time I dig into it with them, I consistently find my thoughts deep in a memory I lived 9 years ago.  I’m deathly afraid of storms.  I have been since I was 8 years old and had to crouch into a closet with my very pregnant mother while my dad was out of town and a tornado ripped through our town.

But one day, my high school best friend and I had endured a pretty ruthless day of typical teenage drama so we ignored the storm clouds rolling in and headed to Sonic to get a coke.  On our way home the clouds opened up and it came a downpour.  My normal reaction was to beeline it to my house, stay near the TV so I could hear the weather reports, and hide.  But this particular day, Kristen and I threw caution to the wind and headed to the city park rather than to our houses.

We hopped out of my little red honda civic, fully dressed in school clothes, no umbrellas, and just played in the rain.  We jumped in puddles, we ran around the car, we sang, we danced, and we laughed ourselves right out of the dreary day and into a place of peace.  Wet peace but peace all the same.

I have no doubt that memory being on my mind lately is not a coincidence.  I think it has served as a way for the Lord to remind me that maybe when life storms come along, we aren’t always supposed to run and hide.  Maybe we are meant to stand in them… to BE in them.  To let them cleanse us of the impurities the world makes us carry, strip away the desires of our flesh, and re-focus us on the beauty and the fullness of life.