You know you’re getting older when you start having appliance envy.
As a kid, all you want are toys. Household management? A foreign concept. The multiple bits and pieces to do well at adulting? You completely take it for granted. Childhood’s a simpler time with simpler desires, and it only takes plastic, lights and music to keep you going.
But things get a bit more complicated as you grow up. Whether you invest in a home or start your own family, toys eventually don’t mean what they did as you fill your life with genuinely invaluable things, and you’ll soon do just about anything to protect them.
Which itself takes a ton of time and energy. You cook, you clean and take care of everything that matters to you, but why should being responsible mean not having the time to enjoy it?
The very question that LG’s looking to solve with its line of stellar appliances.
People often underestimate just how much of a difference a robust set of culinary skills can make in your life! As one who routinely goes out for lunch every day, eating the same ol’ same ol’ gets tiring pretty quickly—you shouldn’t let your neighbourhood dictate what food winds up on your plate, and that’s precisely what happens if you refuse to cook for yourself!
And that’s my problem—after realising how limited I was as a cook when working for my Dad and how inefficient I am when compared to Sarah, my motivation for cooking was… minimal.
But I’m not a teenager cooking chicken for the masses anymore. And I’m certainly not the same man as Casey the bachelor a decade ago. As I grew older, my palate grew along with me, and the simple fare that once did the trick just didn’t cut it anymore. A quick slice at Pizzaiolo made way for authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies. Chipotle burritos replaced by the authentic Mexican fare at a local joint. My renewed interest in ingredients meant my takeout tastes couldn’t keep up… it was time I returned to the kitchen!
But you come to learn that great cooking requires some great tools, which makes it great that Hamilton Beach is backing me up with the appliances that’ll help me take my skills to the next level!
Hamilton Beach and Me — This Delicious Food Isn’t Going to Make Itself!
So yes—I’ve joined up as a Hamilton Beach Ambassador, which means I’ll be posting throughout the year about the awesome things they have to offer to get your culinary game on point. They’ve got tools and appliances to complement just about any culinary style, so I hope you’re good and ready to get in your kitchens and experiment—things are about to get tasty!
A little while back, when everyone was celebrating that extra day we get every four years or so, I found myself lunching with a number of media types—who know far more about food than I do—over at The Annex’s Nella Cucina, a local haven for those seeking high-quality cookware to flex their culinary skills*! But I’m no chef—heck, after my start in the foodservice industry, I nearly vowed to never step foot in a kitchen again—and while I might not do the lion’s share of cooking around the house, I do a good deal of cleanup, and Cookina’s line of cooking sheets is perfect for people like me who don’t want to spend hours at the sink after enjoying a delicious meal.
The Cookina Parchminum — Lining Your Life With a Little More Time
The Cookina Parchminum—one box of this stuff can replace 25 boxes of aluminum foil or parchment paper, is totally non-stick, and is heat-resistant to 550°F! Ever since getting my hands on some, it changed how we prepare food in Casa de Palmer! When you can pop something in the oven that’d normally stick to your baking pans, instead just sliding it off onto the dinner plate where it belongs, it not only saves you time and gives you more food to work with— the ridiculously easy cleanup with a little soap and water after you’re done is nothing short of amazing.
Created by Cookina Inc.—a family-owned and operated business—the Cookina Parchminum is the latest of Alain Richard’s developments in Cookina’s 3-year history, exceeding 2 million units sold in over 12,000 retail stores in 8 countries! Popular as it is, I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard of it before now—seriously, if you’re ever in the habit of sticking things in your oven or on your barbecue, you should really consider getting your hands on some; I don’t know about you but my time’s at a premium, and if a company out there wants to help me get some of it back, I’m gonna give it a shot!
This sounds great and all… but how was the food?
So when you make sheets that line your oven, cover your baking pans and keep your barbecue sparkling, how do you really let people know what they’re capable of?
Easy—you get Dee of Dee Gibson Entertains to help whip up a delicious spread with everything from tender steak to delicious cookies… all prepared with Cookina products!
So there you go—the Cookina Parchminum: a new way to reclaim control of those precious hours after dinner too often spent hunched over the sink! Let’s act a little more like it’s 2016 and not 1960, and keep Cookina on the tip of your tongues instead of scrubbing our lives away—I promise you’ll thank me for it!
Until the next,
*I noted, while there, that I can never tell Sarah about this place. As someone who loves baking and cooking, the sheer amount of quality product in this shop is staggering.
SHE CAN NEVER KNOW.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post and review with a full set of Cookina’s liner products, including the Cookina Barbecue (a reusable grilling sheet transforming the barbecue into a clean, non-stick surface), the Cookina Cuisine (a reusable baking sheet that’s an alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper and protects your baking sheets, pans and oven), the Cookina Gard (which lines your oven to protect it from drippings), and the new Cookina Parchminum! Sarah argues that it’s quite possibly the most useful swag I’ve brought home yet. I countered with trips to Vegas and an Apple TV, but hey—who’s counting?
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, everyone breathed easier because it marked the last day of A Case Cringle Christmas!
It’s been a solid week of posting here in Casa de Palmer, with giveaways galore sandwiched between reviews, reflections and a healthy dose of mischief, I’ve taken this pile of swag that Sarah eyes with disdain every time she steps into the house, looking for readers who could make far better use of it than me.
But a huge thanks to everyone who’s been part of the fun this week — great contests make way for even better prizes, and your support helps me grow this blog from a hobby into something with a little more presence.
And speaking of presents, almost as if that play on words wasn’t completely intentional, of course I’m ending the week with one last giveaway — but you’ll have to bear with me a bit before we get there ????