On the 11th Day of Housewares...

Mix it up this Holiday season with the Viking Mixer.

If you love to bake during the Holidays, we have just the thing for you. With our journey through the 12 Days of Housewares coming towards the end, Whitney and Robert decided to take the 11th day to show us some of the great functions of the Viking mixer . From heavy bread dough to delicate meringues, the Viking® ‘Professional 7 Qt Stand Mixer’ handles it all!

Today Whitney and Robert gave us a great frosting recipe for all those Holiday cookies.


1 package powdered sugar (16 ounces)
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat sugar, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer at low speed until well blended and smooth. If frosting becomes too thick, beat in additional milk by teaspoonfuls until the frosting is of spreading consistency.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups frosting.

On the 9th Day of Housewares...

What type of cookware should I buy?!?

It is now the now the 9th day of our 12 Days of Housewares, and today Robert discusses the differences between cooking with traditional vs. non-stick pans. Robert gives some pros and cons of each to help decide which may be best for you. Check out zappos.com/housewares for more great houseware ideas.

• Harder to clean
• Can use higher temperatures
• More fat need to cook
• Dishwasher safe (per brand)
• Browning and searing
• Any utensil type can be used

• Easy to clean
• Lower temperatures
• Needs less fat
• Not dishwasher safe
• Less browning
• Nylon or wood utensils

On the 8th Day of Housewares...

What’s the most dangerous knife in the kitchen? A dull knife! During the Holidays, whether it’s doing the traditional carving of the turkey or that Christmas ham, it’s great to have a nicely sharpened knife to make the job easy.

Today during the “12 days of Housewares” event, Robert showed us the Chef’s Choice knife sharpeners and how easy they are to use. With a sharp knife, you use very little pressure to slide the knife through food, creating a smooth cut. A dull knife can slip and cut your hand or destroy the food you are cutting. With many Chef’s Choice sharpening models to choose from, you can sharpen Asian, European and American knives creating a 15 or 20 degree angle. Also, sharpen pocket knives, sport knives and serrated knives.

On the 6th Day of Housewares...

We have now reached the sixth day of Housewares, and today Robert from our Housewares department shows us how to make a Panini with the amazing Panini maker . Not only can you make great sandwiches, there are many other items your Panini maker can grill for you. Now you can enjoy a fresh Panini in the comfort of your home.

On the Fifth Day of Housewares...

Ebleshivers or Aebleshivers are a Dutch Pancake served around Christmas time. Traditionally, they are filled with pieces of apple but also have been served with jam, chocolate, cheese or served plain with syrup. The special pan, also called a Monk’s pan should be used to get the unique round balls. The Ebleskivers are rotated in the pan using customary knitting needles or you can use a fork or skewers. The Nordic Ware Ebleskiver Pan makes it easy to make great Ebleskivers anytime.

2 Eggs, separated
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 ½ Tsp. Sugar
1 Cup Flour
½ Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Cup Milk
¼ Tsp. Salt

In medium bowl beat egg yolks until light in color, stir in sugar. Stir together remaining dry ingredients; add to egg mixture. Add milk. Mix in oil. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter.

Add about 1 tablespoon of batter to heated pan over medium heat. Place filling on batter and cover filling with more batter. Once Ebleskivers start to brown, flip over to cook other side, rotating if needed. Ebleskivers should be a brown in color. Remove from pan and serve warm with more apples or jam. Yields about 28.

On the Fourth Day of Housewares...

It’s the festive time of year where everyone is planning their Holiday parties, and getting together all the recipes for their favorite holiday drinks. If you are looking for a great non-alcoholic fruit drink full of all those great holiday ingredients, we have a drink that is sure to get those Holiday juices going.

No matter what time of year, the Breville Die-Cast Juicer can help you make an unlimited amount of drinks. The powerful Breville juice fountain with 1000 watts of power makes delicious, fresh juice in a matter of seconds. With a 3” diameter feed tube, whole fruits and vegetables can be used without slicing them first.

Holiday Sparkle Juice:
4 Season Apples
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Small piece of fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups seltzer
1/2 cup cranberry juice

Juice apples and ginger in your Breville Juice into a glass of seltzer. Add cinnamon and cranberry. Enjoy!

Twelve Days of Housewares: Day 2

So on day two of the “12 Days of Housewares,” Whitney shows us all the great things the Viking Food Processor can do. The professional 12 food processor makes chopping, slicing, shredding and mixing a breeze. This 625 watt machine has the power to take on all of your Holiday cooking chores.

And it’s that easy!