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This MOSFiATA Chef’s Knife Makes Food Prep Easy And Even Fun

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At the beginning of the month, I relished the opportunity to share with you all my transcendental experience using the most recent addition to my mother’s cutlery, the MOSFiATA 8-inch chef’s knife. Toward the end of my anecdote, I promised my readers that I would return with a full review once I had one of my own.

It took a tad longer than expected — summer plans will have that effect — but better late than never. The MOSFiATA 8-inch chef’s knife I ordered for myself lives up to my maiden experience and subsequent expectations. The knife, emblazoned with its beautiful pattern redolent of Damascus steel, is just as super sharp as advertised, and it has become my go-to for the majority of my tasks in the kitchen. I use my MOSFiATA knife in the morning to cut up fruit, and I use it in the evening to prepare meats and vegetables for dinner.

In addition to its efficacy, the comfort this knife provides to the user cannot be ignored. I have weak wrists (or at least that is what my mother told me constantly growing up), and cutting for long periods can result in lingering stress or fatigue. I have yet to have that issue with the MOSFiATA 8-inch chef’s knife, despite using it much more frequently than I am accustomed to. This knife actually makes food preparation enjoyable. For me at least, this is no small feat.

I have had this knife for a couple weeks now, and although that perhaps is not long enough to truly vouch for its durability, I feel pretty comfortable taking MOSFiATA at its word on that front. Everything else in their listing has turned out to be accurate, so why would they lead me astray on how long it holds up? Consider that with the fact that it is made from high-quality German steel with a solid Micarta handle, and you’ll easily see my point.

I should also note that the chef’s knife comes with a finger guard, blade guard and sharpener. I have not had to use the sharpener yet, but the finger guard and blade guard have both come in handy, keeping my digits and my knife in solid condition, respectively.

For anyone looking for a new knife that can accomplish a wide range of kitchen functions, I highly recommend the MOSFiATA chef’s knife. I’d get it now, too, before the price goes up further. I’m guessing it is becoming popular: When I first wrote about it, it cost just $30; now it is $40.

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The Perfect Coffee Machine For Being Stuck At Home

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Late last week, something tragic happened: Our coffeepot broke. Someone who shall remain nameless had the temerity (or, more accurately, maladroitness) to drop the pot, shattering it into a million tiny little pieces. I arose up that morning to the devastating news that, for the first time in as long as I can remember, there would be no coffee greeting my awakening.

This problem was not easily remedied. In the days immediately following the fiasco, one of the members of my household had to make a Starbucks run each morning. This solution may have stuck a Band-Aid on the issue, but it was clearly not economical in the long run. No, we needed a new coffeepot. But which one?

I’m not exactly sure who came up with the idea to eschew the traditional 12-cup Mr. Coffee machine you can buy at the Giant for $25. Still, someone did, and as a result, a 45-cup Hamilton Beach “coffee urn” arrived at our doorstep via Amazon Prime two days later. The thing was HUGE:

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We’ve only been using the “coffee urn” for a few days now, but its advantages and disadvantages are quickly becoming clear. For one, the “formula” on how to make the coffee (i.e., the grounds to water ratio) is completely different from the typical drip coffee machine we were used to. Our first attempt at morning coffee was borderline undrinkable it was so weak. But we get a little bit closer to brewing the perfect cup on each attempt, and I’m optimistic that we can get there soon.

The coffee urn’s biggest selling point is that it stays hot all day, as long as you keep it plugged in. The quality of the coffee will not diminish as the day goes on, as in the case with joe made in your traditional coffeepot. This has proved quite the boon during quarantine, when you want just one cup for an after-lunch pick-me-up, but do not want to go through the hassle of brewing a whole new pot. The jury may still be out on if this is actually a better buy than what it replaced. But for just $49.99 there is no question it offers great value.

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What Comes To Mind? Is My Latest Quarantine Pastime

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Earlier this quarantine, I promised to feature suggestions of games to play with the family while stuck in isolation. Last time, I reviewed Trivillennial. Though I promise that will not prove to be the last trivia game in the series, this week I’ll profile a game of a different type. It is called What Comes To Mind?

The well-known game “What Comes To Mind?” most closely resembles is Scattergories. Like Scattergories, the object of the game is to come up with a word or phrase when given a prompt. Unlike Scattergories, instead of aiming to conjure a unique answer, you are rewarded based off how many other players you match. Instead of testing your creativity, “What Comes To Mind?” examines how well you know your competitors. That twist makes things a bit more interesting. Furthermore, eliminates the tension that inevitably arises in Scattergories, when someone lobbies for the acceptability of their undoubtedly unique but hare-brained response.

The one problem I have with What Comes To Mind? is with the format of each question card. Each double-sided card features an image on the front and six questions or statements to be answered on the back. The sixth prompt is always “What comes to mind when you look at the image on the other side of this card?” It is a clever idea, but it fails in implementation. Almost always, everyone just names the contents of the picture: “Ferris wheel,” “butterfly,” “squirrel.” The only possibility for amusement is when a player completely misidentifies a commonplace thing and ends up, for example, writing down “parrot” when the photograph depicts a parakeet.

What Comes To Mind? comes with 75 cards, allowing for many nights of family fun. When our long national nightmare is over and done, it will presumably make for an entertaining party game as well.

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It’s Time To Get An Instant Pot

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At this point, everybody knows about the Instant Pot. After four or five years of it being the most popular product on Amazon Prime Day, plus the proliferation of dedicated social media fan groups and fawning media profiles, the Instant Pot has exceeded its cult status. We Know Products even featured an article about the Instant Pot a year ago. If you don’t own an Instant Pot by now, it is because you made a conscious decision.

However, it may be time to rethink that decision. With still no end in sight to mandated social distancing, we have to come up with ways to make life less mundane. That means trying out new things, especially when it comes to recipes. There’s no doubt you’ve tired by now of making your pre-quarantine staples. The Instant Pot affords you the opportunity to experiment.

The Instant Pot, famously, is seven kitchen appliances in one. It comes with the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. To some people, this might seem daunting. With so many options, how is one to know where to start? Now that we are in quarantine, it doesn’t matter as much. You have all the time in the world. If you fail, who cares? Just try another recipe the next day. There certainly is no shortage of Instant Pot recipes available.

The other day, we attempted our first foray into the wide world of Instant Pot by making beef and broccoli. It turned out great! I am already looking forward to the next quarantine creation.

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