Two Good Cookware Sets You Can Look Out For

Let me preface this review with the fact that I am Italian and raised 5 children on daily home-cooked meals. The kitchen is the center of my home. So when my daughter got her own apartment out west and asked for a set of pots for Christmas, I wanted to make sure I got her a quality set that would last her for years and years. I knew what I wanted for her, but didn’t know which brand to purchase. Until I landed on

I Hate Nonstick Cookware

Non-stick was out (I have never liked it). The pots also had to be both dishwasher/oven safe, and I wanted the pot handles to be riveted into the pot. Off I went to the mall with my “specifications” in hand to look at the different brands and sets available. Boy was I amazed at how many there were! I took my time and examined each set. Not only did I look at the sets, but I also handled the sets. This is VERY important.

Many of the quality sets were so heavy that I needed two hands to lift the larger pieces, and although I could lift the smaller saucepans, I had difficulty tilting them to the side to pour. Others had handles that were very uncomfortable to use. Then I came upon the Cuisinart Chef’s

Classic Stainless 10-piece cookware set

I was very impressed by the quality. They were heavy grade yet easy to handle. They also met my other specifications listed above AND they looked really nice as well. The price of $149 was quite unbelievable. I drove home and ran straight to my computer and ordered the set through Amazon.

I got free shipping and had the set delivered directly to my daughter. I also used the holiday bonus coupon for $25 off my order. I was so impressed with the set and the deal Amazon was offering, a few days later I purchased a second set through Amazon for myself. I LOVE them. They cook beautifully on my gas range and clean up well in the dishwasher. The handles DO NOT get hot while cooking, which totally surprised me.

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Do be careful with the lid handles though. They will get hot if cooking on higher heat. I haven’t had a problem with delicate foods burning due to the high thermal conductivity of the pans; however, my stove is a professional grade 6-burner unit. I don’t know if that makes any difference or not. All I can say is this set looks great, cooks great, handles great, and sells at a great price. What more can you ask for?

An Alternative With A Steamer ?

Cuisinart 77-412 Classic 12-Quart Steamer Set

This set makes sure to bargain the quality of your vegetables for the money in your wallet. Although not that expensive, it is priced higher than others due to its large capacity and extra pasta making capabilities. The set contains a pot, a pasta insert, a steamer basket, and lid, which are all made of 10-18 grade hard Stainless Steel. The pot has a depth of 12 quarts, enough to cook 2-3 different types of vegetables at the same time, but don’t try to do it!

If you fancy asian cuisine or if you are a vegan, a steamer set will really come in handy. With a steamer, you’ll be able to make Wontons and even blance your vege. It’s a foolproof way to effortly shed pounds without being on a strict diet regiment.

Knife Sets on a budget

Kitchen ramblings . . .


Note to self: Attaining “Master Chef” status is possible with the right tools. The time has come to revamp the working implements in the heart of this busy household – the kitchen. In light of recent events, namely, repeated crushed rather than cut fruits and vegetables, I’ve made the decision to finally break down and purchase a new knife set. The goal is to locate a classy and functional knife set on a budget. As we prefer to support American made products and shop locally, my purchase will most likely be from a local artisan, but general online research would be the ideal place to start.

We try to “eat green and close to the ground” so I will need a variety of different blades – smooth and serrated. The most consistently recommended set appears to be one medium and one small serrated knife for bread and meat as well as at least two smaller, smooth blades for fruits, vegetables and precision meat slicing. As we cook with large cuts of meat and a variety of squashes, I will ideally also need a large-scale knife to handle those bigger tasks. Finding a set that also includes a couple of bonus paring knives would be ideal, but I would prefer a modest, quality set over sheer quantity.

A good set of knives will last decades; the set we are replacing was gifted by an “all-knowing” and wise mother-in-law and they have literally run the gauntlet and provided optimal cutting pleasure for a number of years. I’ve set a budget at around $90, which will be tight, but certainly possible for this savvy shopper.

Two camps of blade material have emerged: ceramic and metal. Ceramic, which is being hailed as the new “wonder material” in kitchen implements, is characterized as more efficient and reliable than traditional metal blades as it holds an edge longer and require less frequent sharpening. The second option is your traditional high-carbon AUS 8A stainless steel metal blade, which is yes, traditional and less chic than the new ceramic (which comes in a variety of colors), but it has stood the test of time.

Due to our need for durability and longevity in this new addition to the kitchen tool-box and our desire to enrich the local economy, I’ve settled on a traditional set of metal blades with polished wood handles made by an artisan in our county. I’ll have to reuse our current wooden block knife holder, but that will only add to the multi-generational feel of the kitchen!



Perodua – Top Manufacturer in Malaysian Automobile Industry

Perodua is the one of the leading brands in automobile industry in all over the world. This Malaysian company is in second ranking in the automobile industry of Malaysia. The company started its journey in the year 1992 and launched their first model named Kancil in the year 1994. From that time the company is producing luxurious cars till the present time. This company provides car services on contract basis and free service for limited time on buying of cars.

Perodua cars are very adorable in design. The company do manufactures three different models of four wheelers. The models are named as Alza, Myvi, and Viva. They have their branches mainly in Malaysia and near countries. The cars are very powerful and efficient. Specialties of these cars are that they are so much eco-friendly.

Perodua promotion is done to maximize the sale of the company. This promotional campaign includes different discount offers and other facilities and some games like lucky draw etc. This Company is opening new branches in different places in the country. They provide special offers in occasions like New Year etc.

Perodua Myvi is a very nicely crafted and low space consuming car at all. This car has four varieties according to specification and available in 6 different colors. Perodua Myvi price starts from 43,912.15 RM and onwards. This car has a specious interior and nice air-conditioning system to keep the environment fresh. Various safety features are also included in the car. The exterior of the car makes it very athletic looking. The price of the cars may vary with the store location.

Perodua Viva is another fantastic production of Perodua. This car is a bit larger than Myvi and available in four different eye shooting colors. There are four different models of this car regarding their difference in interiors. The price of Viv 660BX starts from 24912.15 MR. This car has been built for comfortable journey mainly.

Thoughts about YouTube Advertising

In order to reach a broader world audience, I recently decided to make a YouTube ad for display in Malaysia. Now I am not a linguist, so I thought it would be better to get local people to coordinate the project for me. I decided to hire a firm in Kuala Lumpur to produce it for me.

I was initially concerned that there may be communication problems, but they had a great English speaking account manager who I was able to speak to.

The video was pretty successful, it resulted in a lot of interaction on the community website I was promoting (a music website).

Malaysians are very active on the Internet, with a very large percentage of my target demographic using YouTube on a weekly basis, so I was able to achieve saturation very quickly.

As with anything else, running a successful Youtube campaign was 80% planning and 20% execution, and I’m pleased to say that this time, I didn’t make any major planning mistakes!

Good communications between the stakeholders in a project like this is essential, and I could not fault the manager – he was constantly in touch via Skype, telling me how it was going, sending me casting photos and even conducting interviews and summarizing them for me. It was like being there, except without the inconvenience of traveling and the airfare!

This was my first step into social media advertising in a different culture. It took less effort than I expected, but I think that I will continue to put more of my attention on English speaking countries. There is a huge amount of potential in Malaysia for social media advertising, but I like to be involved in the creative work a little more – this is how I justify my high fees to my clients, after all!

However, if you enjoy travelling, or you don’t mind subcontracting to reliable companies of freelancers in the country, then I encourage you to go for it! It’s a great way to get brand exposure amongst an audience that you would probably never reach any other way.