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Some background story about my glass baking dish

Sharing a story about my glass baking dish for posterity’s sake. You may have seen this anchor bake dish twice in this blog which is actually as old as my daughter. 

My two-decade-old Anchor Ovenware Baking Dish.

This was given by then Health secretary Carmencita Reodica to health reporters as a Christmas present.

It was a sort of tradition for health beat reporters to hold a simple Christmas party. We had some food to feast on and prepared a little something for each one. The health chief would usually grace the salo-salo and greet everyone a Merry Christmas. Sometimes the token is given (before or) after the health secretary visits the press office. 

Sec. Reodica was assigned at the DOH from April 1996 to June 1998, so this baking dish could be 22 to 23 years old already. It still looks brand new after all these years serving good food and desserts. 

I hope to pass it on to my kids whoever wants to have it. 🙂

Essential Cookware Pieces in Your Kitchen

Dining out is common nowadays but home-cooked dishes remains the best in terms of food preparation. When it comes to cooking, people should give particular attention to cookware. A certain set of cookware, for example, affects the taste of food and cooking time, too. The material of cookware has also changed with time. Here are some essential cookwares and their advantages.

Glass 

They look beautiful in the kitchen and considered healthy material.  It’s very easy to look through them. Glass cookware are not very sticky and they don’t absorb the odor of the food. They retain the heat and can be used in the oven too. They are also dishwasher safe.

Stainless steel

It is a durable choice, which is resistant to corrosion and rust. These cookware are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Another advantage of stainless steel is the affordability. It can be used in oven and in stove too.

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Aluminum

Aluminum cookware are excellent conductor of heat, so they make the perfect cookware. They are very light weight and are perfect for camping. Aluminum cookware are scratch resistant and look new even after use. They are considered as the perfect pots for baking.

Nonstick

They are one of the expansive cookware options, but they are useful as you can cook in them with very less oil. They are non-reactive and durable. They make cooking easier, particularly fish and other delicate foods.

Ceramic

Ceramic dishes look very pretty, you can serve in them after cooking. They have very smooth glaze, which make them nonstick. You can safely use ceramic wear in oven too. its slightly expansive, but when price is compared with the advantages, it’s worth it.

These are just the few popular cookware, many other like copper, cast iron and carbon steel are also available. Make sure you choose one according to your needs and budget.

Get Your Outdoor Kitchen Ready for Grilling Season

As summer approaches, you are going to want to get your outdoor kitchen ready for those backyard barbecues, evening dinners under the stars, and get-togethers with friends and family. In order to do this you want to make sure everything is well stocked, in good working order, and that the area is comfortable as well as functional.

Function

An outdoor kitchen will be useless if the appliances are not operating properly. Now is the time to make sure the grill, sink, and refrigeration are all functioning correctly. Don’t wait until guests are on their way over. Turn each item on, and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to. Does the grill heat up, the water flow nicely, and the fridge gets cold enough? If not, seek help from the professionals. For example, if you need someone that can handle Wolf grill repair Florida has many Wolf service experts in the Miami area.

Stock Up

Once grilling season begins you will want to have everything you need within reach. Along with buying all of the wonderful foods you will be cooking, think about cooking utensils and cookware. Your local kitchen store as well as any outdoorsmen retailer will have plenty of handy gadgets that can make barbecuing easy and fun. You will also need the basics. This includes plates, flatware, and drinking glasses as well as any tongs, spatulas, or other necessary kitchen items.

Comfort

Just like the kitchen in your house, you want your outdoor kitchen to be a place where everyone can relax and enjoy themselves. Set the area up with a designated cooking spot as well as a seating area with plenty of room for everyone. This could be outdoor sofas and chairs surrounding a low table where food and drinks can be placed or a more traditional dining table and chairs set. Use cushions to ad comfort, and don’t forget to leave a clear walkway so that your guest can move about freely.

Once you have your outdoor kitchen fully stocked and ready to go, you can let the fun begin. Invite friends and family over for everything from backyard barbecues to casual dinners while knowing your kitchen can handle anything you throw at it.