Griddler From Cuisinart

Griddler From Cuisinart

If you’re looking to buy a panini grill with a quality pedigree, then you need to look no further than the Cuisinart brand.  Cuisinart has been making quality kitchen appliances for years.  If you’re like you me, you’ve probably have memories of your mom showing off her new Cusinart food processor to her friends.  Cusinart has been around a long time and besides those food processors, they also make a great line of panini grills.

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini

Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini

The Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is the least expensive panini maker that Cusinart sells but just because it’s not high priced, doesn’t mean that you can’t make high quality panini sandwiches with it.  It’s got all the features that you’ll need including a great looking brushed stainless-steel body, nonstick 11″x7″ grill plates and a floating hinge that will adjust to fit even really thick panini sandwiches.  So if you’re on a budget or need a grill to use in a college dorm, the GR-1 is a good choice.

Moving up in the Cuisinart line will lead you to the Cuisinart GR-2 Griddler.  This model is a little more expensive but it’s worth it because not only if the cooking surface larger (12”x9”) but it also has three temperature settings.  More control of the temperature means more control of your sandwiches.  Another great feature they added is a drip spout in the grill plates.  This comes in handy when you’re cooking something really greasy like a patty melt.  You can just put a small container or sometimes I use a coffee cup next to the drip spout to catch the greasy runoff.

Next we have, the Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler.  This one has removable dishwasher safe grill plates.  Easy cleanup is a huge plus, so if you plan on using your panini grill a lot, then it’s probably worth the investment to buy this model.  There’s nothing better than finishing your panini sandwich and then just putting the grill plates in the dishwasher.  And it can also open up flat to be used as a regular grill.  One last bonus is that is comes with a drip cup so you don’t have to fill all of your coffee cups with patty melt grease.

Cuisinart GR 4 Griddler

Finally the Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler is the big daddy of the Cusinart Panini Grill line.  It’s includes all the features of the above grills and adds even more cooking space.

You really can’t go wrong by picking any one of these models.  Cuisinart is a brand name that you can trust and I very highly recommend that you choose a Cusinart panini grill.

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Margarita Concoction Maker

margaritaville concoction maker
Margaritaville Concoction Maker
Margaritaville Concoction Maker

Once you try a frozen drink from this margarita concoction maker you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to make Margaritas in a regular blender. The actual product name is the Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker. Obviously some genius devoted his life to the science of margaritas and created this machine for all of humanity to enjoy.

The reason why this machine makes such great drinks is the shaved ice. A frozen drink made with shaved ice is really smooth and easy to drink. Probably too easy for your own good. But on a hot summer day, you really won’t mind.

The Margarita Concoction maker is simple to operate. It has a reservoir on top that you fill with ice. Hit the switch and the ice gets shaved and is shot down to the blender portion of the device. The cool part is that it knows exactly how much ice you need and stops shaving it at the right time.Then the blender automatically kicks in and mixes the shaved ice with the drink ingredients. If it’s needed it’ll shave more ice and continue blending until the perfect consistency is achieved. Somehow they’ve developed some sort of Margarita Artificial Intelligence and programmed it into this machine. The results are silky smooth frozen drinks with no ice chucks to clog your straws.

If you’re like me you probably don’t want to spend all your time making margaritas for your party guests. You want to be able to enjoy your own party, right? Well to make life  easier here’s a tip. Fill a container with the right mixture of tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Then you just fill the blender with the margarita ingredients and keep the ice reservoir filled with ice and you’re all set. Your guests will probably want to get in on the action and make a few themselves.

And oh yeah, there’s even a drip catcher for any ice that melts. You don’t want that water in your drinks. So any ice that melts in the ice reservoir goes into the drink catcher which can easily be emptied. It also has manual Shave and Blend switches in case you need to override the AI. That margarita scientist really has thought of everything.

And of course, you can use the margarita concoction maker to make other frozen drinks. Daiquiris, mudslides, you name it. I’m even experimenting with it to make frozen coffee drinks. Haven’t found the perfect recipe yet but I’m still working on it.

So frozen drink lovers, thanks to Margaritavilla and the wonders of modern science, perfect margaritas are in your future if you buy this margarita concoction maker.

Leatherman Skeletool


Leatherman Skeletool

One of the most exciting new trends in tools is the Skeleton Multitool. How much a multitool weighs is an important selling point for consumers so companies like Leatherman and Gerber have tried to reduce the weight of their tools as much as possible. The technique most often used is to replace the solid metal shells with a skeleton shell. Not only do the “holes” lighten the total weight of these multitools but they also look really cool.

Leatherman Skeletool
Leatherman Skeletool

Two of the most popular skeleton multitools are the Leatherman 830846 Skeletool Multitool and the Leatherman 830850 Skeletool CX Multitool.

Both multitools have a lockable blade that can be opened one handed with a little practice. The usual pliers that most multitools feature are also found on both the Skeletool and the CX. And the universal bit driver is always a welcome feature on both of these multitools.

The only real difference between them is that the Leatherman Skeletool CX is made with some carbon fiber and that gives it a more aggressive looking handle. You would think that the carbon fiber would make it lighter than the regular Skeletool (all stainless steel) but they both weigh in at 5 oz.

So whether you should opt for the multi colored CX or the completely stainless steel Skeletool, really comes down to taste. Which one do you like better? You really can’t go wrong with a Skeleton Multitool.

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool

Gerber Suspension Multitool
Gerber Suspension Multitool

The Gerber Multitool is one of my favorite tools. Whether I’m doing a home improvement project or working in the garden the Gerber Multitool is always in my pocket. Not only can you cut or screw or strip or whatever you’re trying to do with it but it’s also a good looking tool. You really can’t beat the cool looking skeleton design of this multitool.

Now that the Leatherman Skeletool is out, the Gerber isn’t the only Skeleton Multitool on the market anymore. But the Leatherman Skeletool is over $50. That’s not a lot of money but if you’re looking for a bargain, you can get the Gerber for well under $30.

The actual product name is the Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath but no matter what you call it, you won’t be fumbling around for a tool when you’ve got this in your pocket. It comes fully loaded with the following:

Gerber Multitool
The Gerber Multitool is loaded with good stuff
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutter/Stripper
  • Straight Blade
  • Serrated Blade
  • Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
  • Scissors
  • Lanyard Ring
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Saw
  • Awl

Jalapeno Pepper Roaster

Jalapeno Pepper Roaster
Jalapeno Pepper Roaster

Have you ever wondered how to make stuffed jalapeno peppers without all of the stuffing oozing out in the oven or on the BBQ. Well, I did and cleaning up oozed cheese out of a toaster oven was not fun. But once I found this cool Jalapeno Pepper Roaster, I know how it’s done.

Now if you’ve ever had those deep fried breaded jalapeno poppers that you get at restaurants you know they’re delicious but not very healthy. I like to put them in the “You can’t eat them everyday” category. But if you make them roasted style, you can eliminate the deep fryer and the breading.

It’s actually very easy to make roasted jalapeno poppers with this pepper roaster. And it even comes with a tool to help you core the peppers. Just slice off the tops (the side with the stem) and use the corer to dig out the seedy insides.

Now all you have to do is stuff it with something. Cheese is always good but why not live it up a little bit and chop up some onions and sausage to go with it. Bacon is another great ingredient for your stuffing mixture. Be sure to try Cheddar, Monterey Jack or even Mozzarella cheese.

One thing to pay attention to is the size of the holes in this jalapeno pepper roaster. Don’t try to jam giant peppers into these little holes or else they won’t stay in the upright position while you cook them. If you’re picking jalapeno peppers right from your garden then make your selections based on the size. If you let your peppers grow too big, they won’t fit into the holes. The same is true if you’re buying them at the market.

Once you’ve got the peppers stuffed, just pop them into the roaster. It’s made from stainless steel so it’s safe for the grill, the oven or even a smoker. And there’s holes for 36 jalapenos, so invite some friends over.