By Melanie K. Nelson
Summer is finally here and the last thing that you want to be doing is spending all of your time in the kitchen! Get ready for five products to make cooking and cleaning a breeze.
First thing first, lets start this like I start every day, with coffee! There is nothing wrong with the good old fashion coffee pot, except when everyone in your house likes different drinks! From light roast to dark roast coffee drinkers, tea to hot chocolate my family has it all. Instead of the hassle of strategically scheduling the coffee pot and shelves of various types beans, boxes, and cans, try a Keurig Brew Station. The Keurig K-Cup Single Cup Brewer is the mess-free way to brew a single cup of your favorite hot or iced drink. Pop in a K-Cup of your favorite coffee, tea or cocoa, and in less than a minute you have the perfect cup of your favorite beverage! With Keurig’s huge selection of different K-Cups you are sure to find the perfect one for everyone in your house. As someone who recently moved from the Minnesota to New York, I love that I can still enjoy my favorite coffee shop, Caribou Coffee, in K-Cups available right on the Keurig website, http://www.keurig.com/KCupSystem
Ok, now that we have caffeinate under control, let’s move on to food! My go to speedy kitchen mini-appliance is definitely my food processor. I use it for super fast salsa, soups, chopping veggies and my favorite summer snack: hummus! My beloved food processor is at the end of its life so I am in the market for a new one and the KitchenAid Architect™ Series 13-Cup Food Processor in Candy Apple Red is at the top of my list! What is so special about this food processor (other than the super cute color)? It has the first-ever externally adjustable slicing level, so you don’t have the fuss with the messy blades to change from thick to thin slicing! Check it out here: http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KFP1344CA]-403903/KFP1344CA/
Want a basic hummus recipe?
- 1 16oz. of chickpeas (reserve the liquid from the can)
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons tahini
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Throw all of the ingredients in your food processor, with the blade on a fine setting, and blend until smooth. Add the chickpea liquid to adjust the consistency, if needed.
Once you have mastered the basic hummus, try adding new ingredients to mix it up. My favorite combo is jalapeños, cilantro and lime juice!
Has the idea of smoking your own meat sounded like fun “in theory” but a nightmare in practice? The Orion Cooker produces tender, fresh smoked meat with that slow-cooked taste at an unbelievably quick speed. This outdoor charcoal grill is small, portable, and super easy to use. Simply load the cooker, light it and you are free to go enjoy the summer! This would be perfect for a hassle-free main dish for a backyard party, your guests will be awed and your can spend your time enjoying the party rather than being stuck in the kitchen. Try these “Hush Yo’ Mouth Baby Back Ribs” or check out one of their other recipes at http://www.theorioncooker.com
Hush Yo’ Mouth Baby Back Ribs
Preparation Time: 1hr 30 minutes
- Baby Back Ribs (1-6 racks)
- Cayenne Pepper (1 tsp)
- Orion’s Dry Rub Garlic (2 cloves)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup)
- Salt (to taste)
- Ketchup (1 cup)
- Mustard (5 tbsp)
Remove the ribs from the package, rinse, and pat dry. Apply Orion’s Dry Rub evenly. Affix the ribs to the rib hangers and place in the cooker. Then, fire up your Orion Cooker and cook for 1 hour 15 mins*, or until done. Best if cooked with mesquite chips.
Barbecue Sauce (optional): Mix vinegar, ketchup, and mustard until it’s a light orange color. Add the cayenne pepper, garlic, salt and Tabasco sauce to taste. Apply before and after cooking.
*This time is for six racks of ribs. For fewer ribs the time will be less.
Now it is time for some help with the clean up. There are few things more annoying than wasting time washing the faucet after getting it messy trying to turn it on with dirty hands, that’s why I am obsessed with the Moen Motion Sense Arbor Faucet! This touch-free unit is the perfect solution to the messy-hand situation or when you have your hands full. The sleek design and cool finish of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze complements almost any style of kitchen! http://www.moen.com/arbor-with-motionsense/oil-rubbed-bronze-one-handle-high-arc-pulldown-kitchen-faucet/_/R-CONSUMER%3A7594EORB
Finally, if you want some serious cleaning done but you’re not a big fan of elbow grease, there is nothing better than the Shark Sonic Dou floor cleaner. Watch the scrubbing pads do the hard work for you, cleaning your floors like nothing else. This one device will take care of just about every floor in your house including wood, hardwood, stone, vinyl & tile, carpets and rugs. Spend less time scrubbing and more time with your feet up, enjoying a nice summer drink! http://www.sharkclean.com/shark-sonic-duo/