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It’s almost hard now to remember a time when food processors weren’t basic kitchen equipment. Much as my Depression Baby parents told me tales of the days of ice boxes before refrigerators roamed the earth, I tell wondering youngsters of the days when we used knives even for the huge chopping and dicing jobs and only ever used mixers for mixing ingredients. Their eyes grow huge in wonder and disbelief.

Those days are clearly gone for good. If you cook seriously, chances are you have a food processor. But if yours is on its last legs or if someone you love is about to set up housekeeping and will need a few good kitchen items, then now is the time to hurry over to Cooking.com to take advantage of the fabulous savings on this sturdy Cuisinart Pro Classic seven-cup food processor with accessories.

Cuisinart Pro Classic 7 Cup Food Processor The workbowl is resistant to both heat and cold. It’s also shatterproof. The set comes complete with medium (4mm) slicing disc, shredding disc, as well as chopping and dough blades, and an exclusive how-to video full of tips and tricks for using your new food processor.

How much would you pay for all of that? Well, the suggested retail price is $220.00. Cooking.com usually carries the set for a thrifty $179.95. Right now, though, all this can be yours for a mere $129.99! That’s nearly a hundred dollars off the suggested retail price! Now that’s what I call cutting costs.

Chill Out

As the weather grows warmer and the mercury rises ever higher, I find myself thinking fond thoughts of ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt. Delicious icy taste treats fill my thoughts and the tastebuds of my mind…and I long to fulfill my fantasies.

So imagine my delight when I was browsing Sur La Table and found this fantastic deal:

Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Sorbet Maker With this baby you can make your favorite frozen treats for yourself, which allows you to control what goes in as well as the fun of making something tasty. And it’s from Cuisinart, so you know it’s a quality product. It’s so easy you can have ice cream in as little as twenty minutes! It features a large spout for adding your favorite flavorings, a double-insulated freezer bowl, and a removable paddle and freezer bowl allowing for easy clean up. A book of recipes is included, and this ice cream maker doesn’t require ice, salt or chemicals. That means you can make your favorite sorbet or ice cream on the whim of a moment, which always makes ice cream taste better, if you ask me.

Best of all, it’s a great deal. The retail value is $110.00, but it’s been marked down to a mere $59.95, and just in time for summer cookouts and family picnics!

Of course, you’ll need a way to serve up those delicious frozen yogurts. And that’s where Cooking.com comes in. They have a fantastic deal on fun dessert bowls in Pfaltzgraff’s Beachcomber pattern.

Pfaltzgraff Conch Shell Dessert Bowl These charming conch shell-shaped 6 oz. bowls will add a touch of humor to whatever you serve in them. What’s more, they’re dishwasher and microwave safe. They’re even oven safe up to 350F.

The suggested retail price for the set is $69.00, but at Cooking.com they’ve been discounted to just $47.95. Oh, and if you use code C95925 at checkout, this item qualifies for $5.99 flat rate shipping. Not bad.

Six Ways To Spend $600.00…and Still Save Money

Tax rebate checks are winging their ways across the country. On average, single Americans will be receiving $600.00 in order to stimulate the economy. President Bush has said that saving that money won’t help, nor will paying down debts. Therefore, I’m here to help us all do our patriotic duty to find a good way to spend this windfall. Of course, I believe firmly that just because we’re stimulating the economy doesn’t mean we can’t do so through finding good deals.

So how do you spend $600.00 and still save? I thought you’d never ask.



I’m usually not that crazy about hyper-specialized cookware for things that can be easily produced another, simpler way. After all, when I want a humble cup of hot chocolate, it’s easy enough to simply whip out a decent saucepan, heat the sugar, cocoa powder and spices (I like to add cinnamon, cloves, and a dash of vanilla extract to deepen and intensify the flavor) with a dollop of water, then add some milk and pour it into a waiting mug as soon as it’s properly heated. Who needs a fancy special pot for making something that simple?

Looking at this handsome Mauviel hot chocolate pot, I think I just might.

Mauviel Hot Chocolate Pot It’s made of heat-responsive copper with an elegantly-turned ash handle so it’s well-nigh impossible to burn yourself. You can choose whether you prefer the natural copper color or the version with chrome plating (as shown).

And while my little saucepan will probably continue to be my ‘hot chocolate pot’ of choice when it’s just for me, the 25 oz. capacity of this beauty as well as its attractiveness makes it perfect for when the gang’s all there wanting cocoa. This pot would make that an event.

Best of all, since it’s not really hot chocolate season right now, the pot is on a killer sale at Williams-Sonoma. The copper version was originally priced at $170.00 and the chrome-plated one at $199.95. But you don’t need to pay that much. Right now you can get your choice as an internet special for just $79.99.

And remember, that dash of clove makes all the difference.

All Mixed Up

If my house was burning down and I could save just one thing from my kitchen, I know what it would be: my KitchenAid stand mixer. Not only does it do a great job on everything from cookie dough to bread, it’s sturdy and hardwearing. It’s even quite handsome.

If the worst happened and I couldn’t save my beloved stand mixer, I know right where I would go to get a replacement: Cooking.com.

KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer The KitchenAid Professional 600 stand mixer has a six quart capacity. That means you can mix the dough for up to thirteen dozen cookies at once! Just think how fast and easy your large scale baking projects will go with that sort of power at your fingertips! And its ten-speed slide control means your dough will be mixed, kneaded, or whipped just the right way no matter whether you’re making wheat bread or a delicate meringue. Comes with paddle, balloon, and bread hook beaters and a splash guard. It’s also available in four handsome colors to coordinate with any kitchen decor.

Of course, all this can cost a pretty penny. In fact, suggested retail value for all of this is $499.99. If, however, you decide to get it from Cooking.com, you pay just $399.95. That’s just over a hundred dollars off! And if you buy right now, you can get two more great deals: free shipping with code C93842 (some restrictions apply, so be sure to double check them) and a rebate offer for a free ice-cream maker attachment (retail value $79.99!).

Mmmm…homemade bread and ice cream.

Eye of the Tiger, Steel of the Stainless

The hot accessory this season is the bracelet – the bolder the better. It doesn’t get much bolder than this fabulous sterling silver cuff decorated with one huge cabachon of tiger’s eye.

Sterling Cuff Bracelet with Tiger's Eye Cabachon This handsome piece is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.

The retail price on this fabulous bracelet is $250.00, but if you head over to Smart Bargains right now, you can get it for just $69.99! Better hurry, though. They’re almost out.

Oh, and if you’re too late for the bracelet (or just not in the market for jewelry right now), be sure to check out their big cookware sale. You’ll get up to an extra $20.00 off on names like KitchenAid, Calphalon, Staub, and Farberware.

In Praise of Braise

If you’ve been interested in trying braising but haven’t had the right sort of pan, today is your day.

Circulon Nonstick Braising Pan Cooking.com has this fabulous Circulon nonstick braising pan at an incredible price. Originally priced at $199.99, it’s been marked down $120.00 to an amazing $79.99!

Featuring a sturdy nonstick surface and heat-resistant plastic ergonomic handles, the hard-anodyzed aluminum pan also offers perfect heat distribution.

And remember, today is your last day to sign up for a chance to win a $1000.00 gift certificate to cooking.com, so head on over and give it a shot.

Hey, good Cookin’!

Now that spring is upon us, there are going to be a lot of people looking to set up their first kitchen. Students about to graduate and fly the nest, newlyweds, whatever the reason, lots of new kitchens are being organized as we speak. If someone you love is about to start that new life, why not help out with the gift of really good cookware?

Le Creuset 6 Piece Set This gorgeous and practical six-piece set of Le Creuset cookware includes a 5 1/2 qt Dutch oven with lid, a 10″ square grill pan, a 14″ x 10″ baking pan, and a 3 1/2 qt braiser with lid. Don’t like the Lemongrass shade? That’s okay. It comes in six other delicious colors, as well.
Usually, this terrific set would set you back $930.00, but right now the Williams Sonoma website is selling it exclusively for the bargain price of $549.95. That’s a savings of nearly $400.00! But remember, you can only get this deal online and only at Williams Sonoma.

Be a Kitchen Cut-Up

Good knives make a big difference in the kitchen, and all knives are definitely not created equal. Some of the best on the market are made by Wusthof. Alas! Such quality does not usually come cheap.

Usually, however, is not always.

18-piece Wusthof Knife Set

Through the end of March, cooking.com is holding a huge sale on Wusthof knives. This 18-piece set with handsome wooden knife block would normally sell for over $650.00. Cooking.com usually sells it for the excellent bargain price of $249.95. But this month, they’ve slashed even that price down to $199.96! That’s less than one third of the usual retail price!

A Great Time To Stock Up On Calphalon

Good cookware is worth its weight in gold, but when you can get it for a whole lot less, that’s superfantastic!

Right now cooking.com is holding a big sale on Calphalon cookware. This is sturdy, attractive cookware that will serve you well for decades. Take, for example, this handsome and hard wearing 12 quart stockpotCalphalon 12 qt Stockpot made of professional grade anodized aluminum, you’ll be able to use it to make stocks and soups to feed a large family or all your friends at once. The stick resistant surface won’t react with most foods, which means your soup will taste like your soup rather than the pot it was cooked in.

Normally, this fabulous stock pot would sell for $167.95, but for a limited time it’s on sale for just $69.99! That’s nearly a one hundred dollar savings!

If you act now, taking advantage of this incredible Calphalon sale and spend $299.00, you’ll receive this lovely 7-piece utensil set absolutely free:

Calphalon Utensil Set Freebie

But wait! There’s more! Spend $399.00 in the Calphalon sale and receive the utensil set plus this non-stick wok with glass lid.

Calphalon Wok Freebie

Now that’s what I call a great deal!

Oh, and while you’re at cooking.com, be sure to enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift certificate. Contest runs through March 26.

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