8/14/15

Adorable Double-Wall Drinking Glasses Designed to Last a Lifetime

Details: Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses by Ozeri, are made with heat and shatter resistant glass.  They are stronger and more durable than common glass.  Each glass features two opposing mouth-blown dimples that allow for a natural and effortless grip.  They have a Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect.  Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages.  Complete dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.  Comes in a set of 4, a 1 Year Warranty and Satisfaction Guaranteed.  Designed to last a lifetime.


My Review:   Ozeri has come up with an awesome product the Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses.  These are 8 ounce glasses, and come in a set of 4 on sale right now at Amazon for $20.  These are made from borosilicate glass which is a mixture of silica and boron trioxide making them more resistant to thermal shock than any other glass.  Think Pyrex.

It is way past time to update my drinking glasses.  The hard water where I live, plus the fact that most of my glasses are over 35 years old, have really taken a toll these last 3 years.  My dishwasher, no matter which detergent I use, and I've tried them all, plus hand washing, just don't make these very appealing to drink from any more.  Time to dispose of them and get something new.  So I've been looking for awhile, and when Ozeri presented these new awesome glasses, there was no way I wasn't going to try them.  It was love at first sight.

The fact that each of these glasses are hand made, or rather mouth-blown using a glass that Pyrex used to use, I knew these had to be great.  I love the double-walled design with the little dimples that fit fingers perfectly when holding them.  They're adorable.


I was very surprised when I heated up a glass of water for my morning lemon, cayenne and honey drink.  I heated the water for 1 minute in the microwave.  30 seconds longer than I normally do.  The glass felt as if it were room temperature.  I let the glass sit on the counter for 5 minutes, and no condensation whatsoever, and the double-walled glass kept my drink warmer than in a normal mug.  I nearly burned my mouth with the drink, but the glass remained almost cool to the touch.


Next, I placed cold water in my everyday drinking glass, and the Ozeri Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glass.  No condensation after leaving out on counter for 15 minutes.  Next, I placed both glasses in the fridge for about 30 minutes, pulled them out and placed on counter again for about 10 minutes.  Still no condensation on the Ozeri glasses just my glass.  That's impressive.  I live in such a humid climate that every glass, water bottle, etc., gets condensation on it, despite hot or cold beverage inside.

Needless to say these glasses are winners with me.  They may break, but they are less likely to do so than regular glasses.  They are less likely to shatter if they do break.  They are completely resistant to acids (yeah for my lemon drink each morning) and these will never lose their original sheen.  No more ugly glasses.

They are oven and microwave safe, as well as freezer safe.  They can also be placed in the dishwasher, but not recommended.  Use caution when placing ice in the glass or when using stirrers such as metal spoons.

Pros:  These are such fun and awesome glasses.  I love the double-wall design along with the little "dimples" for the fingers.  No matter how hot or cold the beverage, the glasses feel room temperature, so be careful when drinking hot drinks.  Love the fact they will never lose their original sheen.  I have now found my new set of drinking glasses.

Cons: None!

My Rating:  A Huge Thumbs UP!!!  

8/7/15

Decadent 3 Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream

My husband and I LOVE ice cream!  We used to eat it several times a week.  But when the weight started to creep up, we held back and saved it for just the weekends.  Now it's more like every other weekend as we are still working at dropping pounds and inches.

However, my husband found this recipe, and we only needed to buy one ingredient.  So off to the store we went, and we made our Decadent 3 Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream that very night.

Ingredients:

1 pint heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla (the better the vanilla, the better the flavor)

Directions:

Mix the heavy cream with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.  Mix just a little longer till peaks are more firm.  STOP mixing, or it will turn to butter.


Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and the vanilla.


Place in a regular size loaf pan or dish that can be frozen.  Freeze at least 6 hours.


Slice or scoop. Serve. Eat. Enjoy. Repeat Till Gone!

This will provide 9 slices, and each slice will be approximately 300 calories.

I must say I was extremely impressed by the texture, the flavor, the creaminess of this ice cream.
This was impressive to say the least.  Cost wise, you'll have to decide.  It depends on what brand of ice cream you are used to purchasing to determine if it is worth it to you or not.  At the very least, it is still a home made ice cream that is absolutely fantastic.  It was a huge hit for my husband, and one we will definitely make again.

8/4/15

Delicious Baked Coconut Chicken

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to eat dinner on a WWII Battleship.  Part of that dinner included coconut shrimp.  It was absolutely the best I had ever eaten.  Due to various life activities, I forgot all about that dinner, until I ran across a recipe for Coconut Chicken.  I just happened to have all of the ingredients and made it for dinner that very night.  Give it a whirl.  You may just find you like it too.


Ingredients:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces or strips

Directions:

Cut up the boneless chicken breast into small pieces or strips.


Mix the cornstarch, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.  


Place eggs in a separate bowl, and slightly beat them together.


In a third bowl, place the shredded, sweetened coconut.


Get a cookie sheet, and cover with aluminum foil.  Lightly grease or oil it.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Next, Take the chicken pieces and dip first in the cornstarch mixture, 


then into the egg mixture,


 then into the coconut. 


 Place on the lightly oiled aluminum covered cookie sheet.


Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn pieces over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or eat just like they are.


Super delicious!

7/28/15

Electric Pepper Grinder by Ozeri

Details: The Savore Electric Grinder by Ozeri is the most advanced pepper grinder offered.  It features a new front-side adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism with 3 preset grind levels.  Never invert your grinder again.  Designed to operate effortlessly.  Will grind peppercorns, salt and spices. Boasts an ultra-soft non-slip grip with a finger-print resistant coating.  Runs on 6 AAA batteries not included. Can be purchased from Amazon.  Satisfaction Guaranteed.


My Review: Ozeri has great products they offer.  I have so many whole spices, it's nice to have a grinder for each one.  This particular electric pepper grinder has some quirks I wasn't expecting.  I will also say, it just may need to be broken in.

First off, the container that twists on and off to allow you to either place the batteries in their compartment, or place the peppercorns, spices or salt in the bottom takes a firm grip.  I understand not wanting the top to fall off while grinding, especially since it is weighty with the 6 AAA batteries in it.  However, I'm always afraid I'm going to twist so hard it will break.

The next thing I had an issue was with the front-side adjustable lever/button that allows for 3 preset grind levels.  I could not get this lever to move unless I did indeed invert the grinder and pop the peppercorns away from the bottom.  The Savore Electric Grinder is designed so you don't have to do that.  Again, this could just be an adjustment to more use of the grinder and properly breaking it in.

Ozeri also says that their outer coating for this grinder is finger-print resistant.  I caution you to not use lotion on your hands or you will leave fingerprints behind.  I had put lotion on my hands, washed them once, and then started to place the batteries and peppercorns in the grinder.  Unfortunately, I did leave fingerprints on the grinder. Fortunately, the fingerprints wiped off easily with a dry kitchen towel.

Now for the awesomeness of this grinder.  It fits the hand nicely.  It isn't so tall that you can't grab a hold of it, and push the grinder button at the same time.  It is really a nice size for women and men.


Once the lever is in place for the pre-set grind levels, it grinds quickly and in a nice little circle.  Of course you can move the grinder back and forth to get the pepper, salt or spices in the location you desire. Speaking of the pre-set grind levels, there is a definite difference in fine, medium, or coarse ground.  I like that.  Depending on what I'm grinding, or the food that it is going on, determines which level I choose.

The container that holds the peppercorns holds approximately 1 ounce.  This is about the common size container you can find in stores.  The see-through container makes it nice to see when you need to add more spices etc.

Overall, this is a funtastic product.  I really think using pepper grinders are fun.  I usually place my whole spices in them. My son that went through culinary school thinks they are great too, and he enjoys them as well. Certainly wouldn't get rid of this, and am even consider giving The Savore as gifts.

Pros:  Like the definite difference in the fine, medium or coarse ground levels.  Fits nicely in my hand. Is fun to use.

Cons:  Very stiff in getting compartments twisted apart, and moving the levers to adjust the coarseness of the grind.  Left fingerprints on grinder, but did wipe off easily.

My Rating:  Thumbs Up and Down for reasons listed in Pros/Cons.