Sunday, September 6, 2015

The boss Big Boss Oil-less Fryer

"Good food and a warm kitchen are what makes a house a home. I always tried to make my home like my mother's, because Mom was magnificent at stretching a buck when it came to decorating and food. Like a true Italian, she valued beautification in every area of her life, and I try to do the same." — Rachael Ray

I'VE BEEN looking for a wall clock for our AP (all-purpose) room for several weeks. Six stores tried, four clocks purchased, three returned . . . so far. Paul and I independently thought one of them was just right, but the darned thing didn't run! 

In the process of hitting these shops, I found some drapes I thought I might like for our bedroom we've just redone. They seemed like a long shot, but as it turns out, I love them! The palette for the room is light taupe, off white, brown and deep sea blue. I didn't intend to change the drapes. The old ones were brown and worked, but when I changed the shades — Levalor top-down, bottom-up, room darkening (we'll never have any other kind) — to the deep sea hue to introduce more color into the room, I found the intensity of the blue a little overpowering for the old drapes' color and volume. 

I'm crazy about the new ones. The pattern helps them hold their own against the shades as do the heavier weight and greater volume of the fabric. I'm still finishing repainting the woodwork, and when I pulled the drapes on one window out of the way to do more painting, Shiva decided to test them out for nap-ability.

She, by the way, is now a whopping 8 pounds, seven ounces — three ounces more than she's ever weighed that we know of. We've added a full two pounds since her disastrously low weight during her life-threatening, unidentified illness. Believe me, we feel grateful every single day.

While I was at Tuesday Morning where I found the drapes I didn't know I wanted, I spotted a Big Boss Oil-less Fryer. I'd seen them advertised on TV and had thought it sounded like a potentially good product. I decided to take a flyer on the fryer (I know . . .  groan), and brought it home, and oh my goodness, if you don't run out and get one, you're missing a bet! 

Seriously!! Buy one! Paul tried frying skinless chicken breasts dipped in buttermilk and rolled in gluten-free bread crumbs in it last night. Best chicken ever! The outside was crisp and brown, the inside was tender and juicy. Tonight he made parmesan-encrusted tilapia. Same deal. And no oil!!! Really.

As the website points out, this device as three cooking elements: "Halogen heat warms the surface of the food directly, for browning, roasting and flavor. Convection circulates the hot air, evenly distributing the heat for faster cooking. Gentle infrared heat cooks food from inside out, sealing in juices." It really, really, really works!!!

Aside from the fact that not using oil is so much healthier, the other big plus is that there's no mess! No left over oil to dispose of as there is with either deep-frying or regular frying. No splattering up the stove. Tomorrow we're going to make homemade french fries.

I paid $59.99 for ours at Tuesday Morning which is the lowest I've seen one for. You can get one on Amazon or WalMart or Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Here's the box it came in — and according to Shiva (below), the packing
makes a perfect kitten nest.

Here's what the website has to say.

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