Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kohl's Review

Cooking is one hobby that I've really jumped into in the last few years.  I'm completely self taught, and I learned primarily from trial and error.  I am not a gourmet chef by any means, but my husband really enjoys my cooking.  I'm still learning, but progressing all the time.  I truly love to cook and I enjoy purchasing the latest cookware and bakeware to help me perfect my skills.  For any cookware needs I have, I turn to Kohl's.

Kohl's is your one stop shop for women, men, and children's clothing.  Kohl's also features accessories, housewares, shoes and much more.  Every time I go in there, I always come out with something I love.  Need a new outfit for your upcoming work function, or maybe your husband needs a new pair of dress socks for work?  No problem,  Kohl's has you covered.  They have the latest fashions at unbeatable prices. The clothes are made well and last.  Since the holidays are upon us, have you started your Christmas shopping? Kohl's would be a great place to start crossing friends and family off your gift list. Don't forget the Fall and Christmas decorations, along with the serving dishes and platters to serve your Thanksgiving or Christmas meal on.  As you can see, Kohl's really does have it all.

If you haven't heard of the #CookWithKohls contest, you're in for a real treat.  Simply tweet or Instagram a picture related to the Kohl's weekly topic, as featured on Kohl's Facebook page containing the hashtag #CookWithKohls.  Your photo along with the hashtag will constitute your entry into the contest, where you will be eligible weekly to win a $500 giftcard while the grand prize winner will win a $5,000 gift card! Imagine if you won the $5,000 gift card, how amazing would that be! I would buy a ton of new clothes and shoes, that's for sure.  For more details about the contest, please check out the official rules.

In coordination with the contest, I was provided with a gift card to purchase any Food Network branded items.  I was very excited at this opportunity, and I am always up to shop! I browsed the many pages of products applicable and decided on what I'd like to review most.  I wanted everything, but since that wasn't realistic I settled on the Food Network Large Handled Bowl, Food Network Chip and Dip Set, and a Food Network Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan.  I was very grateful to have received these items and they will be very useful for upcoming holiday parties!

The Food Network Nonstick 12-Cup Muffin Pan was something I was most excited about owning.  Right now, I currently only own one muffin pan.  I've been making muffins a lot lately and it hasn't been easy to only make one batch at a time.

Who wants a muffin?

I received the pan yesterday and I couldn't wait to bake muffins in it! I decided on what kind I should make.  Chocolate, pumpkin, or banana? I settled on chocolate chip and pumpkin.  This was certainly a fabulous choice.  I lined the pan with muffin liners and poured my batter into it.  The cups are large and easily hold the batter.  I noticed that this was a quality piece of bakeware that was very durable and built to last.  The orange handles on the side are silicone and assist you in holding the pan.  They also add a nice pop of color to the pan.  The muffin pan guarantees to distribute heat evenly to ensure perfect muffins.  I put the pan into the oven and not too much longer after that the muffins were ready.  The pan was easy to take out of the oven and extremely lightweight.   I let the muffins cool and I released them from the pan.  They came out very easily and nothing was stuck inside the muffin cups.  The muffins were delicious and cooked evenly and perfectly.

It will be very nice to be able to make 24 muffins at once, especially for an upcoming holiday party.  I'm already planning what flavor to make next.  I think vanilla with cream cheese frosting would be a fantastic choice.

Next, The Food Network Chip and Dip set was something that was desperately needed in my kitchen.  I have only one chip and dip set, but it's glass and a little too fancy.  I've been wanting to purchase a more modern and casual set.  When I stumbled upon this set, I knew I had to own it.

Who wants pita chips and hummus, or maybe tortilla chips and salsa? 

Isn't this just the cutest chip and dip set? I love how large the bowl is.  It conveniently holds a lot of chips, crackers, pretzels, and anything else.  The convenient dip bowl above could hold a multitude of options including  guacamole, salsa, cheese dip, hummus, onion dip, and so much more.  It's a space saver especially if you have minimal counter space. 

The white is ideal for blending in with any other serving pieces you have, since it's a neutral color.  The style of of it is modern and fun.  I have not used this bowl yet, but I plan on serving chips and dips in it along with some appetizers for Thanksgiving.  Everyone loves chips and dip, right? The bowl is very sturdy and has some weight to it.  The dip bowl above is adhered strongly to the chip bowl and I am not worried about it becoming unattached.  I'm looking forward to using this set very soon!

Lastly, the Food Network Large Handled Bowl is a must-have in any kitchen.  This bowl is so versatile and could hold literally anything you want.  How about mashed potatoes for a Sunday dinner? Grapes for an after dinner snack? Or maybe even popcorn during movie night with the family.  The possibilities are truly endless.
My convenient handles make serving a breeze.

As I start to plan my Thanksgiving menu, I'm thinking of several appetizers.  Of course along with the appetizers, you have to have some crowd-pleasing snacks like chips and dip, snack mix, etc.  As soon as I saw this bowl, I knew I wanted to serve snack mix in it.  I was thinking of a combination of mini pretzels, peanuts, sesame sticks, and other crunchy items.  I want the mix to have as big of a crunch as possible. This bowl would be perfect for serving the snack mix in.  A great feature of this bowl is the wide open surface that's ideal for people to grab food from.  I think that the modern design of the bowl adds a stylish touch.  The handles are wide and easy to hold when bringing the bowl to a table or counter.  I really love the white, it's clean and fresh.  The bowl is not too heavy and easy to transport from room to room.  

You could even use the bowl as a fruit bowl if you aren't interested in serving from it.  Whatever use you make of it, just make sure something delicious goes into it. :)

I am very excited to own these three new items, as is my kitchen.  I look forward to using them for some time to come.  Any Food Network branded item from Kohl's makes a wonderful gift. 

*DISCLOSURE* I received a gift card to purchase the above items with in exchange for this post.  All thoughts are my own.  

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