The Best Cast Iron Cookware

Cast Iron CookwareCast Iron Cookware has always had its fair share of the critiques. The cookware is said to be not-so-non-stick and is believed to have flaws in the heating properties. Though the Cast Iron Cookware has been in use since 4th century BC, the cookware lost its dominance over the kitchen with the advent of the aluminum, non-stick and the stainless steel cookware. However, the trends shifted again and the cast iron cookware is now again being shopped. The benefits of using a natural metal, the ease of using it after seasoning and the taste of some dishes which are meant to be cooked in cast iron only, makes the cast iron an indispensable part of the kitchens.

Having said enough of the Cast Iron Cookware, today I will be discussing the most famous and the best brand of the Cast Iron Cookware which is Le Creuset. The brand has grabbed a lot of market as well as garnered positive reviews for the quality and finish of the Cast Iron Cookware manufactured by it. I purchased my Le Creuset cookware based on the recommendation of The Foodista. The Foodista is a great resource. It examines reviews posted on reliable sites, analyzes them and recommends the best cookware set to buy. From the pretty little skillets to the large Dutch ovens, the brand offers you everything which is nothing less than the best. Though there may be some voices regarding the high prices, but the unbeatable quality speaks for itself.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset – Cookware Range:

The brand boasts of manufacturing enamelled as well as regular cookware sets in the cast iron metal. The enamelled cast iron cookware never loses its enamel even after rugged use. You can compare it with the cheaper versions of the cookware available in the market which chips away in a few weeks owing to heating, scrubbing or any other bruising. The Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware is pretty solid and the enamel coating remains beautiful and intact even after years of usage which really makes the cost seem right. The Cast Iron Cookware range comprises of Skillets, Pans, Saute Pans, Casseroles, Exotics, Signature Roaster, Pizza Pan, Dishes Pan, and Sauce Pans. There is another range of Exclusive Cast Iron Cookware which is beautiful as well as sturdy.

Skillet GrillYou can also buy the Skillet grills or normal grills manufactured by the same brand. The cookware is already seasoned and with the regular usage of years, the seasoning can be done by the user too. One can easily feel the non-stick finish of the metal as soon as one touches the cooking surface. The enamelling is done in such a manner that the cookware doesn’t lose it even after regular use.

The cookware is available in various colors and you don’t have to worry that your Le Creuset will look like just any other cast iron cookware. The available colors are Cherry, Kiwi, Flame, Cobalt Blue, Soleil, Caribbean Blue, Marseille, Dune, and Black.

Exotic Cookware:

The exotic collection of the Cast Iron Cookware manufactured by Le Creuset comprises of Balti Dish, Fondue, Chocolate Fondue, Compact Fondue, Wok with Glass Lid, Wok with Solid Lid, and Tagine.

The availability of dozens of options and the promise of quality makes the Cast Iron Cookware the best one in the market. Though you might find some pieces to be priced higher than the others, you can rest assured that you will not feel the need to replace your Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware in your lifetime once it has been purchased.

Le Creuset is the Best Cast Iron cookware and the moment you use one, you will affirm the same.

Best Rice Cooker Brands

I am a rice lover and by rice lover I mean, that I love to eat them more than 4 times a week. I love rice so much that I can tell the different rice from the aroma and the texture even. I have been on my own since past 6 years and been cooking since the day one. So, I just thought to share my knowledge of the rice cooking with all the folks out there (Just JOKING).

There is a variety of rice cookers available nowadays, which range from the simple ones which come with an on/off button to the highly advanced and programmable cookers. Well, well, well, enough of the chatter. The following section will comprise all the BIG names in the market of rice cookers which are the BEST rice cooker brands.

BRAND 1 – Aroma:

Aroma rice cookerYou might have figured this name out if you have gone down the rice cookers alley in the supermarket or happened to have browsed the internet for one.

The brand really has earned both the respect from the consumers as well as their trust owing to its quality and features. If you want some features which come with average complexity and are on tight budget, then, Aroma is the one for you. The Aroma offers you a lot of options out of which each one will give you tasty results.

The best thing about Aroma rice cooker is that it provides the best mix of the quality and the price.

Aroma 8 cup food steamer and rice cooker, 20 cups digital rice cooker and the 6 cup pot style rice cooker and food steamer are some of the best Aroma offers.

BRAND 2 – Zojirushi:

Zojirushi Rice CookerThese are one of the most technologically advanced cookers as they come with the fuzzy logic technology. The fuzzy logic technology is the one which ensures that the rice cooking is done keeping a few errors committed while putting the water and rice quantity in mind. I mean if there is a bit of misunderstanding in between the water and the rice quantity etc, the cooker adjusts the cooking on its own.

The cooker will also modify the temperature based on the movement of the rice cooking. Therefore, these cookers offer better and more reliable cooking. They come with the setting to give you more flavorful rice which is another added advantage. Some cookers also come with an LCD Screen at the top of the rice cooker to give you a better view of the cooking.

BRAND 3 – Instant Pot:

Instant pot rice cookerThis brand is the next one in my list of the best rice cooker brands. This rice cooker brand was rated with five stars by the Chef Brazil. Though the cookers come at a higher price than the Aroma Rice Cookers, they come with high grade functionality and you can prepare almost every kind of rice in it. You can make the best Spanish Rice in these cookers.

The instant pot cookers come with highly advanced and efficient technology which enables the user to make stews, brown rice, Spanish Rice, beans and poultry.

BRAND 4 – Miracle:

Miracle rice cookerIt is another one of the most favorite rice cooker brands. The cookers are top rated by the majority of the consumers. The reviews are quite impressive and if you want to go for something sleek and modern and, of course, a good rice cooker, this is the one for you.

The cookers (best ones) are priced around 70 to 90 dollars. The cookers also come with the vegetable steamers and bowls which will be of great help in cooking. The vegetables can be cooked alongside the rice. The most popular models are ME8 and ME81.

BRAND 5 – Tiger:

Tiger rice cookerThis brand manufactures different rice steamers which come with the warming function. Thus, these cookers are the best for you if you want to cook rice which can be eaten all day long. This brand also fulfills the requirement of the stylish look and modern and graceful designs. Thus, the cookers are a good mix of good looks and kitchen usage.

The consumers have every good review of the tiger rice cookers and some of them have been using their cookers for more than 10 years and are still very much satisfied by them.

BRAND 6 – Panasonic:

Panasonic rice cookerThe brand offers cookers with the advanced fuzzy logic technology and thus, the cookers come with the automatic modification of the heating and power options to give you the perfectly cooked rice every time. If you want cookers with some flexibility, the Panasonic steamers are the ones for you.

The cookers will come with various pre-programmed buttons and controls. Thus, you will be able to choose a cooking function which is advanced and more suited to the varied needs of various people.

So, this completed my list. Now I am off to my kitchen and you should be off to the stores.

Happy cooking.

How to Make Homemade Bread with a Bread Machine

homemade breadFor the singles and families out there who are a great fan of different types of bread and the cuisines made from it, often it is difficult to bring in stocks of different kind of bread into the house and then keep track of the expiry date printed on them and living with a pressure to consume them before the expiry date. When due to some conditions they are not able to consume them, the end includes throwing those loaves away into the dustbin. The whole process holds a pressure build up with those ‘bread’ and their ‘expiry date’ in mind. To add to it is the compromise the consumer faces with the freshness and quality of the same when they are loaded with preservatives to increase their lives on the shelf that definitely never does well with their health. As a solution to this scenario, the bread making machines can take your back. For the people that are repeatedly consuming bread can bring up a bread machine and enjoy good quality bread which is both fresh and nutritious. Check out the list of best bread machines to find one that’s perfect for your needs.

So one may have this thought as to how difficult it would be to prepare homemade bread using a bread machine? Why a bread machine when one can bring their shiny OTGs into action. The best answer to these questions will be that a breadmaker shall never let you down, even if you are an amateur at baking and cooking stuff. Since the breadmaker is a fully automatic machine, you can just add all the stuff by referring to a recipe, operate the machine using the user manual, and then sit back and wait until a super delicious bread loaf with great quality and taste finds your way!

Making Homemade Bread with a Bread MachineAlthough, when you buy a breadmaker, a recipe book is also provided to you along with it, but a basic action flow as to how you can use your bread maker to create homemade bread should be known before hand. So here we present to you a simple method of How to Make Homemade Bread with a Bread Machine.

What all you’ll need to put into the bread maker is given below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 package bread machine yeast

Method:

Making bread using a bread maker is very simple. All you have to do is in the pan from the bread machine, put warm water, yeast, and sugar into it. Just let the yeast dissolve into it and let it foam for 10 minutes. Now add the flour, oil, and salt to this yeast. After this close the lid and select the white or basic bread setting and press Start. Ta da! Your brand new freshly prepared loaf of bread will be ready in almost 2 hours.

For the crust shade and the crispness of it, some machines also feature a crust setting. The crust setting can also be input at this time to get a nicely prepared crust that will enhance the presentation.

This is the easiest way to prepare bread using a bread machine. There are many different types of bread machines available in the market that you can choose as per your needs. Some of them make about a 2-2.5 pound of bread and others support 1 pound bread loaf pan. According to the requirements, one can choose the one that best suits them. Preparing traditional loaves of bread using this is so much easy and straight forward.

So what are you waiting for? Go and grab this wonder machine and enjoy great quality and healthy homemade bread at your home.

Portable espresso machines

portable espresso machineDo you travel a lot?  If that is the case then the portable espresso machines will be perfect for you.  These rather new inventions of the modern technology give you what a short while ago no one was dreaming of – a portable espresso.  They make it possible for people to drink quality espresso whatever they are – in the garden, on a trip in the mountain or on the sunny beach.

handpressoHandpresso was quick to invent the term of mobile espressos, by manufacturing portable espresso machines.  Now, every espresso lover in the world can bring along his espresso machine everywhere they go.  The main principle that was followed when inventing the Handpresso was the simplicity.  The model has not of the complicated and traditional characteristics of the famous espresso machine brands, but all the same manages to achieve a 16 bar pressure.

The Handpresso has a very original and really stylish design and its appearance in 2008 made a new revolution in the espresso making world.  Thanks to it, even the longest car trip can be enjoyable, especially when bad dinner coffee is out of the equation.

After its first appearance in 2008, Handpresso continued to evolve and search for new solutions, which would make the espresso even more genuine.  The different models, however, remain simple, as the Handpresso concept remains the same. The quality of the drink is great and is comparable to low end home espresso makers.

It can be used everywhere, making it possible for espresso enthusiasts to have their shot of coffee whatever they are at the moment.  The fact that Handpresso is very simple to use is another quality most users are looking for, as no one wants to operate a complicated machine during their holidays.

Handpresso allows you to prepare good quality espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and Americano.  It requires only some hot water and an E.S.E coffee pod, which is easy to find at the supermarket.  The machine is very durable, but weights very little and is cleaned just by rinsing it under water.  This is the coffee machine that fits into your pocket and actually allows you to make the coffee to your liking, as it is up to you to pump it.  The Minipresso, for example, needs no batteries and relies on your creativity and taste.

Portable espresso machines are what you would call a wonderful invention.  Although, they are made with the intention to be used away from home, no one is stopping you to use it at the office or while working in your garage.  What makes it unique is it portability and easy use, especially if you are tired of the complicated and messy traditional coffee makers.

About Us

About Machismo Burrito Bar

We believe that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The food you eat, on the other hand, is no laughing matter. As such, good times and good food are what you will find when you walk into any Machismo Burrito Bar. Want proof? Come in and see for yourself – relax in our laid back atmosphere while enjoying the biggest and freshest burrito around , served by our friendly staff exactly the way you like it.

At Machismo Burrito Bar, we’ve captured the spicy flavor of the Southwest. It’s a build your own Burrito Bar with over a billion possible combinations. We offer a variety of selections to satisfy the most discriminating tastes – from our flavored tortillas shells, to our zesty meats, to our huge selection of fresh veggies, homemade salsas and other cold items. And at Machismo Burrito we have only one rule – if you want it on the burrito we put it on the burrito.

BIG and FRESH, that’s how we roll.

Franchising

Franchising Overview

“It’s so BIG”

We hear that all day long at Machismo, where we focus on big burritos, big value and a big time fun atmosphere.  With our franchising program, we are now offering select individuals the opportunity to be a part of something BIG as well.

At Machismo Burrito Bar, we know that our success is dependent on the success of our franchisees.  As such, we are committed to providing our franchise partners with the very best systems and support, including:

  • Site Selection Guidance
  • Construction Management Advice
  • Supply chain management
  • Marketing and advertising strategies
  • Human Resource training
  • Daily Restaurant Operations
  • Initial training and Grand Opening support
  • Ongoing field support
  • New product development

More importantly, we believe we have created a franchise that offers a great place to work, a place that is fun even when the work is hard.

If you are interested in taking the next step, Contact us.

Menu

WHAT YA HAVING?

  • BurritoFlour, Wheat, Chipotle, Spinach, Jalapeno Cheddar, or Sundried Tomato Tortilla
  • Burrito In a Bowl
  • QuesadillaFlour, Wheat, Chipotle, Spinach, Jalapeno Cheddar, or Sundried Tomato Tortilla
  • SaladOn a bed or Romaine Lettuce, Spinach or a blend of both
  • NachosChoose from our Regular or Chipotle Queso Sauce
  • Three Tacos

STUFF IT

  • Yellow or Brown Rice
  • Black or Pinto Beans
  • Chicken, Steak, Pork or Boca

TOP IT OFF

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cheddar Jack Cheese
  • Red Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Cilantro
  • Green Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Corn
  • Fresh Squeeze of Lime
  • Sour Cream

GIVE IT SOME KICK

  • Pico de Gallo *mild*
  • Medium Salsa
  • Hot Salsa
  • Chipotle Ranch
  • Jalapeno BBQ Sauce
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Or choose from one of over 30 different flavors of sauce at our Hot Sauce Bar