Easy Smart Home and Kitchen Must Haves

For Fun Family Food Festivities!

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The holidays are here, and it’s time for a delicious home cooked Thanksgiving meal. If that’s a success, then get ready for the holiday parties and New Year’s bash. It can be very stressful to prepare delicious homemade meals to satisfy everyone’s hungry tummies, and even more work to clean up! Thus, strive to buy classic simple eats or pantry must haves such as soups, coffee, sweets that you know everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

I love to decorate an empty clear glass jar (a fish bowl or a small vase will do the trick) with chocolate — but not just any chocolate that one may find at the grocery store. I fill it up with a combination of Hershey’s kisses dark and milk chocolates. For the holidays, I plan to treat my loved ones with a new winning creation by the iconic brand — Hershey’s Gold. It has little bit of everything — sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, so it’s definitely the new winning candy bar for all to enjoy. Per Hershey’s Master Chocolatier Jim St. John, America’s favorite chocolate manufacturer gets farm fresh milk from local dairy farms. Its chocolate is made with thousands of gallons of fresh milk delivered daily from farms within 100 miles of its factory in Hershey, PA. The milk is mixed with cane sugar and condensed to create a taffy-like consistency before mixing it with the unsweetened chocolate. Hershey’s simplifies the ingredients in its chocolate, uses only cane sugar, removes GMOs and add in more cocoa butter — so it’s yummier, healthier and more natural than other retail chocolate brands.

Fresh farm milk. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

With the cooler fall weather upon us, and winter creeping up, Executive Chef Jeff Nathan likes to make Soup for an unforgettable Dinner Experience, with Imagine® natural and organic line of soups and broths. Raising the bar for soups and broths, this line, along with all Imagine® products, contains non-GMO ingredients, no added MSG and unique, nutrient-packed ingredients — showing what it truly means to be ingredient proud. In addition to being a PBS television host, cookbook author and co-owner of Abigael’s, Chef Nathan has helped create many recipes for the Imagine soups and broths as a Culinary Development Consultant for Hain Celestial. Taking each entrée from ordinary to extraordinary and with the power-packed taste of real, flavorful ingredients found in each product, his co-created recipes for the evening will include:

  • Seabass Nicoise with fingerling potatoes, cappers and saffron broth made with Imagine® Tomato Basil Soup
  • Hearty Green Salad with crispy kielbasa, wild rice and butternut maple vinaigrette made with Imagine® Butternut Squash soup
  • Bone-Broth Miso Soup with tofu, shitake mushrooms and spinach with Imagine® Bone Broth.

In addition to preparing soup, you can easily make anything your heart desires — chips & dips, chicken pot pie, salmon burgers, zucchini spaghetti, couscous, pizza and your very own five to ten course holiday meal — all hassle free! Simply check out Ninja Kitchen’s recipes here. That’s right — SharkNinja’s latest and greatest household appliances make it possible to prepare gastronomic, healthy, as well as gluten free meals like a professional chef with ease. With its high tech blender systems for nutrient extractions, chopping vegetables, making sauces, dips, frozen drinks, delicious cocktails and the best coffee ever to go with dessert — it’s like having your very own professional “smart” chef right at the comfort of your very own home. Below are Ninja‘s must-have for the perfect small kitchen appliance and delicious home cooking experience.

Intelli-Sense™ System with Auto-Spiralizer™ features a smart and powerful base that transforms into four high-performance appliances. Intelli-Sense Technology delivers optimal results every time — all at the tap of a touchscreen. Features include:

  • Four interchangeable vessels, including a 72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher; a 24 oz. Single-Serve Blender Cup; a 64 oz. Precision Processor™ Bowl; and an Auto-Spiralizer accessory
  • Smart Vessel Recognition senses which vessel is attached to the base and activates smart programs optimized for each one, featuring customized patterns of speed, power, and torque
  • Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ Kitchen System Intuitive touchscreen automatically displays 12 different vessel-specific Smart Programs for smoothies, frozen drinks, thirst-quenching refreshers, salsas, dips, doughs, and more
  • 1200-watt base, 35-recipe Inspiration Guide

Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ is a must-have for busy parents and students! It’s a four appliances built into one: slow cooker; stovetop for searing and sautéing; steamer; and oven for baking.

  • Auto-iQ allows consumers to choose from more than 80 pre-programmed recipes — just add ingredients, select a recipe from the included cookbook, and let Auto-iQ handle the rest
  • Auto Stay-Warm and programmable digital timer
  • Cooking System with Auto-iQ™Triple Fusion Heat® offers three different heat options compared to the traditional slow cooker’s one option
  • 6-quart, dishwasher-safe pot, glass lid with handle, steaming/roasting rack, and cookbook with more than 100 recipes

Ninja Chef™ is the ultimate culinary companion for discerning chefs-at-heart, thanks to its precise manual controls and chef-designed pre-set programs. You can create perfect versions of Ninja’s go-to recipes and explore new ones — everything from restaurant-style purées and salsas to smoothies and ice creams and frozen drinks. This amazing “Chef” can even blend hot ingredients for soups and other hot dishes.

  • 1500-watt base with an advanced motor system with next-generation blades designed to power through tough ingredients
  • 10 Auto-iQ® programs: Ice Cream, Soup, Nut Butter, Flour/Mill, Extract, Dressing, Puree, Frozen Drink, Smoothie, Dip/Salsa
  • Variable Speed Control: 10 manual speeds for total control and customization
  • Clean Program setting: easily cleans pitcher at the touch of a button
  • 72 oz. Pitcher, tamper, lid with vented lid cap, and 35-recipe Inspiration Guide

Precision Processor™ with Auto-Spiralizer™ powers through tough ingredients with its unique stacked blade design.

  • Stainless steel chopping blade that mixes, chops, purees, etc.
  • Dough blade makes up to one pound of dough
  • Auto-Spiralizer that easily transforms ordinary fruits and vegetables into fun noodle styles
  • 400-watt base; Precision Processor Bowl with drizzle-hole lid; Inspiration Guide with 30 recipes

Coffee Brewer with Auto-iQ® One-Touch Intelligence and Thermal Flavor Extraction® Technology unlocks your coffee’s full flavor potential.

  • Coffee BrewerChoose a Size: Cup, Travel Mug, Half Carafe, or Full Carafe
  • Choose a Brew: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty
  • Pod-Free Single Serve; Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence adjusts the brew cycle based on the brew size and brew type you select
  • 43 oz. Glass Carafe and Intelligent Warming Plate; Removable water reservoir

Celebrity Chef and Food Network Star Alex Guarnaschelli celebrated the official launch of Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ recently by creating a Real Barista Experience. This brand new coffee line featuring six unique flavors by Folgers Simply Gourmet (FSG) maintains the perfect balance of 100 percent premium Arabica coffee to natural flavor, minus additives and artificial ingredients. Whether you need kickstart in the morning or afternoon or a midnight pick me up, be sure to try Folgers Coffeehouse Blend, and Folgers’ new Simply Gourmet. My favorite flavors are Natural Caramel and Natural Chocolate — they’re sinfully delicious and make all my guests very happy!

Coffeehouse Blend

  • No matter how you make or take your coffee, with Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend you can add anything to it and brew it any way, and still taste the coffee.
  • It is the perfect blend to prepare with all the new and trendy brewing methods like Pour Over, French Press, Cold Brew OR your faithful automatic drip coffee maker and Keurig® brewing system.

Simply Gourmet

  • New Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ coffee is the perfect balance of natural flavor and coffee for a rich, satisfying taste in every delicious cup.
  • With Simply Gourmet coffee, 100% premium Arabica beans are perfectly paired and balanced with natural flavors to create seasonal recipes classics including: Natural Vanilla, Natural Cinnamon, Natural Chocolate, Natural Caramel, Natural Chocolate Raspberry and Natural Mint.

Even better — cleaning up can be fun and you can shed some holiday pounds while you’re at it! That’s right — Shark offers offers steam products such as steam mops and hard floor cleaning systems, upright and canister vacuums, hand and cordless vacuums that make cleaning easy, fast and fun to help you clean up the home. You’ll have so much fun cleaning up, that you’ll even lose some calories and shed some weight at the same time. Shark gets the job done right with ease, which is a relief especially around the holidays. Too tired to hold up a vacuum — no problem at all, thanks to the ION ROBOT™ 750 Connected Robotic Vacuum, which combines the ease of a robot with the performance of a Shark®, making it a convenient solution for automatic everyday upkeep. For all those who have no time at all to clean up, even your puppy will have fun with Shark Ion Robot Vacuum, because it does all the work for you! No more worries about surrounding obstacles, thanks to its smart sensors that effectively navigate floors, carpets and furniture. Check out this video of this hands-free Robot Vaccuum.

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IONFlex™ 2X DuoClean™ Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum is a free-standing cord-free that can live anywhere so you get hassle-free runtime with the advanced cleaning power of DuoClean™ technology. Features include:

  • 2X ION Power Pack System includes a second removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a charging dock. With the included second battery, users can always be charging one while they can clean with the other.
  • MultiFLEX™ Technology: Bends for flexible reach while cleaning and folds over for freestanding, compact storage
     DuoClean™ Technology features a bristle brush to deep-clean carpets, and an additional soft brushroll to pull in larger particles and directly engage floors for a polished look
  • The IONFlex™ easily transforms into a hand vac, providing the ultimate in cleaning versatility with a wide range of available accessories.

Steam Mop effortlessly cleans sealed hard floors with the power of steam, cutting through grease and grime while keeping floors clear of unwanted film and residue.

  • Cleans sealed hard floors with just water
  • Large removable water tank makes filling and refilling quick and easy
  • Upright lock allows for convenient storage; Low-profile single-sided mop head gets in and around hard-to-reach spaces for a deep clean
  • Shark® Dirt Grip™ microfiber washable pads to capture and lock in dirt

As you can see — whether you want to entertain your loved ones like a professional chef in style, and you want a clean home in no time, it’s possible to get it all done stress-free. For more information, visit here.

In addition to Lifestyle411, Bevs Lim also contributes to Thrive Global and Huffington Post.

Originally published at www.lifestyle411.net on November 14, 2017.