The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook

This is a great cookbook for those who are unfamiliar with convection cooking. The cookbook starts with explaining what convection cooking is and what type of convection ovens there are. Convection is the circulation of heat, used by a fan, in convection ovens. A conventional oven will leave more hot/cold spots than a convection oven due to the fan circulating the heat in the convection oven, cooking your food more evenly. Top 10 reason to love a convection oven are: preheat faster, foods cook faster, foods brown evenly, no need to sear the meat, crisp without drying out, retains more natural juices, flakiest pastries, higher rise on baked goods, crisp oven-fried food and eliminates the need to rotate the pan! Any type of ovenproof cookware can be used in a convection oven and the author even lays out their top kitchen tools as baking/pizza stone, broiler pan, roasting rack, wire cooling racks, baking/roasting pans, silicon oven mitts/potholders, oven liners and silicone baking mats. There is a list for cleaning and caring for convection oven as it IS different than a conventional oven. In chapter 2, you will find that you can cook ALMOST anything in your convection oven with the handy cooking chart on pages 16-19, which lays out cooking temperatures and times for everything from meat to vegetables to baked goods! The recipes are broken down into 8 different categories: breakfast/brunch, appetizers/snacks, vegetables, fish/seafood, poultry, beef/lamb/pork, breads and cakes/cookies/desserts, with each section having at least 8 recipes, most sections having more than that. My favorite recipes so far are the chocolate and peanut butter granola bars (appetizers & snacks), whole roasted cauliflower with parmesan and garlic (vegetables) and the oven-roasted steak with peppercorn sauce (beef, lamb & pork) but definitely can’t wait to try more! Something I was unaware of and one of my favorite parts of cookbook is the last page containing the “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean Fifteen”. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) and (FDA) Food & Drug Administration compiled a list of those foods with the worst/best pesticide loads and the “Dirty Dozen”, containing high pesticide loads are apples, celery, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes with hot peppers being contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. The “Clean Fifteen”, containing low loads of pesticides are asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupes (domestic), cauliflower, eggplants, grapefruits, honeydews, kiwis, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas (frozen). This is not only a good cookbook with great recipes, but if very informational on convection cooking!  Below are pics of an entire meal, from the side dish to the main dish to dessert!  The combinations are endless with this cookbook.



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Soccer Skills: Improve Your Team’s Possession and Passing Skills through Top Class Drills

My son plays soccer and has since he was about 5, now 13 going on 14 and I am always looking ways, as is he, to improve his game and some drills/exercises to work on plays and foot work! This soccer skills book by Chest Dugger, who also is a fan of soccer, played professionally himself and also coached, offers a variety of game situations and plays and lays them out how to practice and execute them. He talks about the importance of teamwork in possessing and passing the ball. There are also sections for individual and team passing drills. Each section and drill is provided with illustrations and directions on how to successfully complete the drills/exercises. My son benefited the most from the team passing drills as he is currently playing travel soccer and as a keeper, needs extra drills to work on foot work and being part of plays as a keeper. Most of the drills call for 4 players/persons to complete the drill, but just improvise and make it work, as we did only being 3 in the family. We were able to ask his friend to come down and help us out with those that we couldn’t improvise on and needed that 4th body! This book is definitely recommended for anyone looking to improve their team or individual skills. This would be a really good coaching book as well for a coach who has a team!  Below are some screenshots I took of some of the drills that I thought were great and would be beneficial to any soccer player.  #soccer



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Portable Car Vacuum


Everything came packaged neatly and snuggly in the box.  My favorite parts of this portable, handheld car vacuum is the carrying bag for it and the mini dust pan and broom!  It can also be used inside the house with an AC to DC adapter.  It has a 14.7 foot long 4.5M cord for plugging into the cigarette lighter for use all over the vehicle.  It came with an instruction book and 3 attachments.  One attachment is a soft, flexible round hose for extra length or cleaning delicate materials.  Another attachment is a hard, slanted hose used to clean the trunk or under the seat of the car or those hard to reach, small places.  The last one is a brush type attachment used to clean up hair, which was perfect for our dog riding in the car.  The suction on this vacuum is 12-volt, 80W and can be used wet or dry!  I found it easy to clean the carpets in my car.  This vacuum is backed by a 1.5 year warranty, 6 months longer than the normal 1 year warranty.  I recommend this portable car vacuum to anyone who has children or pets!

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Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart Cookbook

I was able to print off a PDF copy of this Fixin’ to Eat southern cook book.  The first thing I noticed was the illustrations were great.  There are many different recipes in this book.  It goes through all the possibilities of the day…breakfast, starters, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and then even has (2) libation lessons:  beer and spirits.  Each recipes provides you with prep time, cook time, total time and how many each recipes yields.  There is a list of ingredients for each recipes, which don’t seem too long and seem like everyday kitchen/pantry items.  There are also step-by-step, foolproof instructions on how to complete the recipes.  At the end of the cookbook is a recipe index for quick finding on that one or two or three recipes that happen to be you favorite from this book!


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