Kitchen Things: Deep Covered Baker

Full disclosure: I bought this product with my own money and am in no way being compensated for writing this review. The opinions are completely my own.

A few years ago I ventured into the world of Pampered Chef. A friend of mine hosted a party and I was immediately sucked in.  So many fun and functional gadgets and great quality.  The first thing that I bought from PC was the Deep Covered Baker.

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At the party that my friend hosted, the consultant made a pork tenderloin.  In the Deep Covered Baker.  In the microwave.  I was astounded that it even cooked all the way though, and definitely amazed that I actually liked it! It was juicy and perfectly cooked.  Did I mention it was cooked in the microwave?  Um, yeah.  Although it was a bit of a splurge for my budget, but it is so worth it!

Since then, we use our Deep Covered Baker pretty much every time that we cook chicken.  It is SO easy.

  1. Take lid off of Deep Covered Baker.
  2. Open Package of Chicken.  (I usually use about 1 pound)
  3. Place Chicken into Baker.
  4. Cover baker.
  5. Microwave for 10 minutes.
  6. Take out and enjoy your deliciously juicy perfectly cooked chicken.

It really is that easy.
AND you don’t even have to touch the raw chicken!
AND it is a BREEZE to clean! Just scrape out the small amount of chicken that may be left in the pan, rinse out with some water, wipe clean, and you’re done!

I seriously love this kitchen tool so I had to share it with you. You can buy them on the Pampered Chef Website.  They are not exactly cheap ($85) (Side note: They were NOT that expensive when I bought mine.  I think they were around $60..which still isn’t cheap, but holy crap they have gone up in price in the last few years!) but if you are in a rush to make things a lot of the time, this will really help cut your cooking time and you will still get delicious meals.

There are many other PC products that I love as well, so I’m sure you will see more in the future! 🙂

101 in 1001: Read 5 Books: #2

Holy cow, two books in less than two months?!  Wow.  Go ahead and laugh.  Obviously I am not an avid reader.  But the whole idea of 101 in 1001 is to challenge myself, and I’m doing my best to do that.

Maybe my reading more books has to do with my limiting TV time.  Did you know that I did not watch one minute of American Idol last season?  I’ve been an avid American idol fan since the beginning, but this year I decided I wouldn’t watch. At first it was hard.  Everyone was talking about the new judges and new contestants, I had to really force myself not to turn on the TV at that time.  I usually ended up going to yoga or doing something out of the house while it was on TV so that I wouldn’t be tempted to watch. Throughout the season it got easier not to watch.  I wasn’t invested in the the contestants because I didn’t know who they were, I didn’t care about the guest musicians, somehow I had broken myself of this 2+ hour a week habit.  Honestly, I’m pretty happy I didn’t watch.  I feel like my time was used for better things.

Anyways.

The second book that I read this year was Bossypants by Tina Fey.

Tina Fey Bossypants

I have loved Tina Fey ever since she was on Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.  Weekend Update has always seemed to be the part of SNL that seems to be funny no matter who the special guests are or what the rest of the cast is like, the WU anchors always seem to knock it out of the park.  Now that Tina is on (and created and writes for) 30 Rock, I’ve been watching that as well.  I will admit, it took me a while to get into it, but now I definitely look forward to watching it every week.  (Not only for her, but the other characters as well)

I started reading this book after a few of my friends had already finished it.  I had an idea that it would be a funny book – since Tina is a funny lady – but  I didn’t imagine it to be as laugh out loud (LITERALLY LOL) funny as it was.  Yes,  I was the girl reading this on a plane trying to hold back laughter.  In the book Tina describes various points in her life, from when she first started in comedy in Chicago to when she got the gig at SNL to 30 Rock.  I loved the mix of hilarity, but also interesting information.  Well, interesting I guess if you are interested in her life.

She talks about her life as an actor in the Second City improv troop while women were definitely the minority in comedy.  She talks about how she wasn’t sure if she wanted to do the Sarah Palin character for SNL, and what it was like to meet Sarah during one of the shows.  She talks about her family life, and balancing holidays with family in different states, having kids, and more.

Even though there were times that I put this book down for an extended period of time, when I picked it back up I wasn’t sure why I had put it down in the first place.  Definitely a good, funny, fast read.