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Best Apple Peeler Slicer Corer Gadget

Apple slicer

Growing up in New England, fall usually meant a trip to a nearby orchard to pick a bushel or two of locally grown apples. Most orchards sold more than just apples, they also had jugs of fresh Apple Cider (the official beverage of my home state, New Hampshire) which, until recently, was nearly impossible to find in California. The have plenty of apple drinks labeled “cider” but because most cider is pasteurized, which is quite different in taste and texture than unpasteurized cider.

Pasteurization is a result of health and safety concerns, primarily due to E. coli outbreaks from unpasteurized apple cider, and now all apple cider sold in the United States, other than sales directly to consumers by producers - such as juice bars, farmers’ markets, and roadside farm stands, must be pasteurized. If good sanitation practices are followed, the risk from unpasteurized cider is negligible, so I prefer to seek out unpasteurized cider at my local farmer’s market. I use it quickly as it has a limited shelf-life, although it can be frozen for use throughout the year.

I love using apples and apple cider in many of my recipes. There’s no better way to celebrate fall season than baking some homey apple desserts – anything from classic pies and crisps, to quick breads, muffins and layer cakes. Slicing and peeling apples can be a bit of a chore, and I have two utensils that I can’t live without. The first is a good peeler and my favorite is the Messermeister Pro-Touch Fine Edge Swivel Peeler, which is lightweight, super sharp, and comfortable to hold. (  Once you have your apples peeled, The Williams Sonoma Dial-A-Slice Apple Divider ( makes slicing and coring a breeze. This handy gadget will plunge through the apple and make neat, uniform sections and the adjustable blades make eight or 16 recipe-ready slices.

Swivel Peeler


Williams Sonoma Adjustable Apple Slicer

Farm Stand Apple Cider


Tassimo T20 Brewbot GIVEAWAY!!!


Thanks to the kind people at Bosch, I’m giving away their Tassimo T20 Brewbot to one lucky fan of Cook Like James!** I just made a perfectly brewed cup this morning and highly recommend this machine, it makes a great gift!  An advanced single serve brewing system, programmed to make seven different varieties of beverages - coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, teas, hot chocolate and crema coffees. Its Smart Bar Code Technology ensures optimal brewing temperature, pressure, water quantity and brew time….taking about 1 minute to brew. To learn more, be sure to visit Tassimo Brewbot


(1) winner will receive a Tassimo T20 Brewbot valued at $129.99!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment below - (scroll to the end of this page) about this post (with your email address) saying which brand of T Discs you would most likely get from this page - Varieties

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**This giveaway will end on January 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM (PST). Winner will be chosen via a random number generator. Giveaway is open to US entries. The winner will be emailed and must contact me in 72 hours to claim their prize. Good luck to everyone!

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Messermeister Meridian Elite - 7" Kullenschliff Santoku Knife

Messermeister meridien knife

This is my favorite all-purpose knife. It's the Santoku from Messermeister's Meridian Elite series of fine cutlery. It's basically a cleaver style knife that is perfect for any kind of chopping, dicing, and even slicing. This version features the hollow ground "Granton" edge that gives the blade nonstick characteristics. This feature is especially useful for fine dicing without it sticking to the blade. The blade is 7-in. long, and has the Meridian Elite signature polished edge for razor sharpness. The riveted handle has rounded edges for extreme comfort, and a fantastic grip.

Staub American Square Grill Pan

       Staub square grill
This is my favorite grill pan. It's great for "indoor grilling" of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. The Staub journey begins in Alsace, France. Rich in history, food, and craft, it is a region renowned for hearty one-pot recipes. Staub has been producing the best cast iron products for professional and aspiring cooks since 1974. Durable enameled cast iron pan retains and distributes heat evenly and effectively. The black matte enamel inside does not require seasoning and the grill features two pouring spouts for easy juice and fat collection. The interior enamel contains traces of quartz, giving it additional heat resistance and a rougher surface resulting in better browning. The smooth enameled base is compatible with all cooktops including induction.

You can usually find good prices at Amazon - Amazon listing for Staub Grill Pan

Williams Sonoma offers great colors - Williams Sonoma Staub Grill Pans

Best Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Le Creuset

This Dutch oven will become a family heirloom! Made in France, Le Creuset enameled cast-iron cookware is famous for its superb craftsmanship and inventive use of color. Because it retains heat superbly and cooks evenly, this pot is ideal for long-simmering stews, braising meats and vegetables and preparing a wide range of hearty, savory dishes.

Le Creuset Dutch Ovens

You can also find great prices at the Factory Store

Le Creuset Factory Stores