Swiss Diamond Appears at Taste of Helsinki Festiva...
Swiss Diamond was proud to appear in two different locations in the Taste of Helsinki festival in Finland, held June 12-15, 2014. The Culinary Team of Finland, known as the Finnish Chef Lions, exclusively used Swiss Diamond cookware during Electrolux Taste Theatre culinary demonstrations and Electrolux Chef’s Secrets cooking classes, revealing tricks of the trade to festival attendees. The Chef’s Secrets classes gave participants the chance to cook alongside the award-winning Chef Lions, using Swiss Diamond cookware to create innovative and attractive dishes from fresh ingredients. Swiss Diamond was also used in the pop-up restaurant of Gastrobar Emo, one of the top restaurants in Helsinki, which also uses the cookware as part of normal restaurant operations on non-festival days. The award-winning eatery is led by Executive Chef Ilkka Lääveri, a graduate of Helsinki Culinary School Perho, assisted by Finnish culinary television personality Miki Kurkela. Chef Lääveri and other staff members trained at Emo’s sister restaurant, the Michelin-starred Olo, before opening Emo. For Taste of Helsinki, Emo prepared four courses: crab cake with fennel, chicken with spring cabbage, grill cheese from Heikkilä Farm with mushrooms and spring cabbage, and for dessert, a goatmilk ”Eskimo” and rhubarb. Taste of Helsinki attracts more than 9,000 attendees and is held annually in the summer. The culinary festival attracts the top Finnish restaurants and chefs. Festival-goers can sample three to four courses from each restaurant, artfully presented in small plates. For more information about the festival, visit their website: www.tasteofhelsinki.fi. Electrolux Chef’s Secrets class participant uses Swiss Diamond HD Pro skillet
Swiss Diamond 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
It may only be September, but holiday gift-giving is on the horizon. Start your shopping early and create a strategy to avoid last-minute stress. We all know you can never have too many pots, pans and cooking accessories – this holiday season pick up a few of Swiss Diamond’s best-selling items and give your loved ones a reason to make YOU a home-cooked meal! The Grill Master: Double-Burner Grill Turn your stove top into an indoor grill with Swiss Diamond’s Double-Burner Grill. Measuring 17 by 11 inches, this nonstick pan provides ample room for chicken, steak, veggies and other flame-kissed favorites. The Breakfast Lover: Plett Pan* / Square Griddle* Swiss Diamond offers the perfect pan for all of your breakfast needs! Designed for Swedish pancakes, the Plett Pan is also great for heating up two halves of an English muffin, a thick slice of Canadian bacon and cooking an egg – all in the same pan! If you’re seeking the versatility of a flat surface, Swiss Diamond’s Square Griddle provides plenty of room to cook your breakfast favorites. The French Foodie: Crepe Pan* The Swiss Diamond Crepe Pan (available in two sizes) features a sloping rear wall for simplified flipping, folding and serving delicate breakfast creations. Don’t leave out the Wooden Crepe Tool Set so your French foodie can cook like a true chef. This pan is also perfect for savory omelets. Bon appétit! The Cookie Queen: Double-Burner Griddle Baking fanatics will fall head over heels with Swiss Diamond’s Double-Burner Griddle. The 17 by 11 inch cooking surface distributes heat evenly and is oven-safe up to 500 degrees. The diamond-reinforced nonstick coating allows for mess-free baking without using parchment paper or cooking spray. The One Pot Chef: Sauté Pans* One pot chefs swear by simplicity – they don’t have the time or energy to spend whipping up elaborate dishes that require multiple pieces of cookware. Swiss Diamond Sauté Pans are true kitchen workhorses, available in several sizes and shapes to fulfill all your cooking needs. High-quality and durable, this versatile pan is sure to please anyone on your holiday list. The Chili Guru: Chili Pot Sets Making a batch of hearty chili has never been this easy! Just select your favorite meat, vegetables and spices and let Swiss Diamond’s Chili Sets do the rest of the work. Available in 2 sizes, 5.5 quart and 8.5 quart, these sets include a no-mess ladle and are sure to please the chili-lover on your holiday list. The Asian Cuisine Aficionado: Woks* Swiss Diamond Woks (available in several sizes) feature sloped sidewalls that make it easy to toss ingredients while cooking your favorite Asian dishes. The nonstick coating makes clean-up a cinch and allows for oil-free cooking to lighten up the traditional cuisine. Woks include a heat-tempered glass lid and tempura rack. Searching for an even more unique gift? Check out Swiss Diamond’s new Japanese Omelet Pan and EDGE Stir Fry Pan. The Fishing Fanatic: Oval Fish Pan Swiss Diamond’s Oval Fish Pan is a must-have specialty item for any fishing fanatic! At 10.25 by 15 inches, this spacious pan is ideal for delicate fillets and large cuts of meat. Use the heat tempered glass lid for tender braised meat or gently poached fillets. Add sticky glazes, velvety sauces and other finishing touches to your main dish without worrying about the messy clean-up. The Novice Cook: 3 Piece Set (Fry & Saucepan) & Tool Set Give your chef-in-training the kitchen essentials with this 3 Piece Fry Pan and Saucepan Set, ideal for college dorm rooms and first apartments. Don’t forget to set them up with the right tools too! The Kitchen Enthusiast: 10-Piece Set* & Tool Set Swiss Diamond’s 10-Piece Set is the ultimate holiday gift. Loaded with everything you need to outfit a kitchen, this set includes two fry pans, one sauté pan for mixed dishes, two saucepans for gravies and soups and a stock pot, ideal for large batches of pasta and stews. *Item also available in induction.
Cooking Club Reviewers Give Swiss Diamond Griddle ...
Cooking Club of America members gave the Swiss Diamond square griddle 4.5 out of 5 stars in a recent review. Participants praised the easy clean-up, quality construction, and even heating. Reviewer Mark of El Cajon, Calif., said, “This griddle makes everything from omelets to pancakes much easier. The non-stick and easy-to-clean surface provides even heat and allows for cooking with MUCH less oil.” He continued, “It quickly became the go-to pan for frying in our kitchen.” Other reviewers appreciated that the pan is oven-safe and guaranteed not to warp. Product tester Robert from Minnesota raved, “It is one of the best [griddles] I have seen! I am used to the cheap ones my wife would find… as soon as you apply heat to them they warp. This did not!” Overall, 96 percent of reviewers recommended the product. “This pan has handled everything I have thrown at it: eggs, pancakes, bacon, grilled cheese, stir-fry, and very much more. Nothing stuck to the pan and clean up was very easy,” said New Jersey resident Rusty. Jeanette, a reviewer from Texas, summed it up this way: “I have used this griddle at least once a week since I got it. It cooks evenly and never sticks. I love it.” Like all Swiss Diamond cookware, the square griddle is an investment — but our customers agree that it’s worth every penny. “Definitely a top-of-the-line pan… definitely worth the money,” claimed Michel, a resident of Allentown, Penn. Texas resident Steven concurred: “This is one of the best cookware that I’ve ever used. An amazing product that is definitely worth the money.” One Missouri reviewer also spoke to Swiss Diamond’s trend of creating lifetime customers. Swiss Diamond International takes pride in the quality and performance of our cookware, and we are dedicated to a superior customer experience. In a recent survey, 73 percent of customers had already purchased or received additional pieces of Swiss Diamond cookware after their first one. In the Cooking Club review, Missouri resident Elizabeth claimed, “I do lots of cooking and have several pots, pans, and griddles but the Swiss Diamond griddle is absolutely the best cooking product I have ever used… I am very happy with this product, and plan to buy some [Swiss Diamond] pots.” Read more of the Cooking Club of America reviews online: Swiss Diamond Square Griddle | Cooking Club of America powered by StuffStuff Psst! Cooking Club of America members are not the only ones showing their appreciation for Swiss Diamond griddles. Working Mother magazine featured the square griddle as one of their “20 Hot Summer Kitchen Gadgets” earlier this month!
Cheesy Gnocchi with Spicy Italian Sausage
It’s hump day and you’re craving warm, satisfying comfort food. The type of dish you can prepare ahead of time and slide right into the oven that won’t leave you with a sink full of pots and pans. We suggest serving this Italian-inspired main course with a tangy Caesar salad and warm garlic bread. Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes (15 minutes active cooking + 30 minutes baking) Yield: 4 servings Difficulty: easy Ingredients 1 lb. whole wheat gnocchi 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small yellow onion, diced 1 bell pepper, diced 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage 2 cups your favorite marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)* 1 tsp. red pepper flakes Freshly grated mozzarella cheese Basil, chopped *Want the recipe? Let us know in the comments below! Directions Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Set aside. Warm olive oil over medium heat in Swiss Diamond 3.2 qt. Sauté Pan. Add minced garlic, diced onion and diced bell pepper. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add spicy Italian sausage to Sauté Pan and cook until brown, about 10 minutes. Remove mixture from stove top and carefully drain excess fat. Return to pan. Add cooked gnocchi, marinara sauce and red pepper flakes. Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top gnocchi with fresh mozzarella and bake for 30 minutes, until warm and bubbly. Remove from oven and top with freshly chopped basil. Enjoy! Recipe by: Katie Sargeant
Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato & Caramelized Onion C...
Packed with flavor and protein, this Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato & Caramelized Onion Chicken Burger is a delicious solution to the weeknight dinner dilemma. Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Yield: 4 servings Difficulty: easy Ingredients 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 small yellow onion, sliced 1 tbsp. chicken/vegetable broth or water 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 lb. ground chicken 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)*, divided 8 slices of mozzarella cheese 4 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes 4 buns, halved and toasted *Want the recipe? Let us know in the comments below! Directions For caramelized onions: Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat in Swiss Diamond 9.5” Fry Pan. Add sliced onion to pan and stir gently to coat. Cook 30 minutes, using a Swiss Diamond Spatula to stir every few minutes to prevent burning. When onions are caramelized to your liking, add 1 tbsp. broth or water. Season onions to taste and remove from heat. For the balsamic reduction: Bring balsamic vinegar to a slow boil in Swiss Diamond 1.4 qt Saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until vinegar is thick enough to coat a spoon. Set aside. (PRO-TIP: Leftover balsamic reduction can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for later use. Meanwhile, combine ground chicken, 2 tablespoons pesto and minced garlic in a large bowl. Shape into four patties. Heat Swiss Diamond Grill Pan over medium heat. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Top each patty with two slices of mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and 1 tablespoon of sun-dried tomatoes. To assemble the burger: place loaded burger patties on buns. Drizzle lightly with remaining pesto and balsamic reduction. Enjoy! Recipe by: Katie Sargeant
Basic Jam Recipe
Blackberries and peaches and apricots, oh my! We’re in the midst of a summer fruit bounty but sadly, it won’t last forever. This simple jam recipe is perfect for whatever you happen to have on hand and a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of the season. Add a heaping spoonful of the sweet jam to yogurt, on top of vanilla ice cream and of course, spread it onto a warm piece of toast! Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Yields: 1 half-pint jar Ingredients 2 ½ cups fruit of your choice 1 lemon ¼ cup sugar, plus more as needed A pinch of salt Instructions Place 2 or 3 metal spoons in the freezer. Dice fruit, discarding any pits or cores. Slice a 1-inch wedge from the lemon. Combine fruit, sugar and salt in Swiss Diamond 2.2-qt Nonstick Saucepan with Lid. Squeeze in the lemon wedge and drop the rind into the saucepan. Mash the fruit lightly over medium heat until chunky. Bring the fruit mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. After about 5 minutes, the bubbles will become small and thick in appearance. Check to see if the jam has set by removing a spoon from the freezer and drizzling a bit of the jam over the spoon. Let cool a few seconds then run your finger across the spoon and through the jam. If it leaves a distinct track, the jam is finished cooking. If not, cook several more minutes and retest. Taste the cooled jam. Add another tablespoon of sugar as needed for sweetness or another squeeze of lemon juice for acidity. Continue cooking another minute or until dissolved. Turn off heat and carefully transfer the jam to the jar, removing the lemon rind(s). Set aside to cool, screw on the lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Enjoy!