9 Must-Have Kitchen Countertop Appliances

We all need small appliances for the kitchen that will help us in our daily needs. Choosing a perfect kitchen appliance is essential as it complements our needs and lifestyle. Consider these convenient countertop appliances when renovating or considering buying new appliances for your kitchen:

  • Blenders 

Are you a smoothie person? Are you in need of high power machines? Then blenders will be perfect for you. From frozen margaritas to smoothies, blenders help to crush, mix food perfectly.

  • Slow Cookers 

Are you a person with the hectic schedule and generally do not get time to cook? Then slow cookers will be perfect for you. All you have to do is throw all of your ingredients in there and leave it for a day after setting it up. It is that easy. It will be the best appliance for potluck dinners and one pot meals. There are some pressure cookers too which you can use in your kitchen.

  • Stand Mixers 

Homeowners at some point in time will be in a need of a stand mixer. It is the best appliance when it comes to baking or mixing of ingredients. Stand mixers come in so many varieties and flexibility that you can easily buy as per your needs and willingness to invest. With a stand mixer, you won’t only save a lot of time but you will be able to do multitasking as well.

  • Coffee Makers 

We all drink coffee and it is not an easy task to grind the coffee and prepare a cup for yourself on a daily basis. For this purpose, it is the best to buy a coffee maker, especially a drip maker. All you will have to do with it is set it at night, and you can wake up to a freshly made coffee the next day that would be stored in a drip maker. You can also opt for a thermal carafe that keeps coffee hot for hours.

  • Espresso Machines

Tired of the hissing steam? The espresso machines are perfect for you. It is a high-quality machine which gives a high-quality coffee that grinds and brews for you. Apart from that, another advantage of having an espresso machine is that instead of making only one cup at a time it brews continuously.

  • Food Processors

The food processor can do multitasking for you without the need to worry about cleanliness. It can do slicing, chopping, blending, kneading, etc. it is a perfect appliance for the kitchen tasks which will not only speed up the work but will also do it with efficiency.

  • Toaster Ovens

Toaster ovens provide flexibility for preheating cookies, cakes, pasta etc. It just takes five minutes which is a luxury to have if you have an extra space in the kitchen.

  • Wine Coolers

Wine coolers are sure not for everyone, but it is one of that fun and gadgety tool for wine lovers that serves great wines quickly. It allows you to keep the bottles separately and preserve wine which will allow you to have the wine for at least a week without worrying about its quality getting degraded.

  • Soda Makers

Soda makers have the capability to use refillable carbon dioxide and serve freshly made flavored sodas which are far fewer additives than mass-marketed products.

Kitchen Appliances You Don’t Need | Save Money and Space

So, we juggle between several appliances in the kitchen. We spend a lot of time cooking and we realize there are many kitchen appliances that are just lying in the corner and we don’t actually need them. There are also many kitchen appliances that just comes and goes randomly. Some are purchased without giving much of a though and some are gifted.

The best way to buy a kitchen appliance is when it can do more than just one task. Below there is a list of kitchen appliances that you don’t actually need

·      Yogurt Maker

We all make our own yogurt. Yogurt can also be made with the help of a cooler or even the oven. Due to this, yogurt maker won’t help you much as it just does only one task, takes space in the kitchen for just this one task, when on the other hand money can be saved by making a yogurt on your own and that money can be invested into buying another kitchen appliance.

·      Pastry Cutter

Pastry cutter can be used for more than one thing sure, from chopping of vegetables to cutting boiled eggs. It has several uses that can make dinner biscuits light. But pastry cutter can be easily replaced by a spatula, knife or a fork.

These appliances do not even take much of a space in the kitchen as compared to a pastry cutter. Apart from this, knife and fork are used for multiple purposes, and can also be used to put butter, jam on the bread.

Pasta and Pastry Cutter

·      Zester

The zester is a kitchen utensil that is usually four inches long and is used to obtain zest from lemons and citrus fruits. But this appliance is mostly left to be unused and usually lies around in the kitchen cabinet unfruitfully.

Instead of using a zester a knife can be easily used to slice off the zest of lemon and citrus fruit. An alternate to knife can be a cheese grater that gives you the option of peeling large zest or a smaller one as well.

·      Baby Food Maker

Do you have an old baby maker that you don’t really need and forgot about it as it is lying somewhere in the corner for years now? Yes, I had a same scenario wherein I did not really need the baby food maker.

I only needed them when the kids were little to make small food through the processor. An alternative to a baby food maker is boiling, roasting and steaming the baby food instead of using a baby food maker. It is a simple and effective technique.

·      Rice Cooker

Yes yes, I know many people like rice makers. But I feel that a stove can be used well for cooking rice as well. This gives me the freedom to not find an extra space to store my rice cooker as well.

Rice Cooker

Suggestions For A Terrific Barbeque

My husband loves a superior barbeque. He says there’s nothing better than the flavor of meat that has been cooked out in the open and I have to admit that I agree with him on that issue.

Yet the things I enjoy most about cooking food on a braai is

a) there aren’t any cooking containers to clean afterward and

b) I can unwind and chill out while my husband does everything.

BBQ Family

A barbeque is the one meal he’ll not let me make, saying I overcook the food whereas he knows how to get it just perfect. I’m not offended whatsoever because I would rather wash a pile of cooking pots than set a fire, not to mention, barbequing is sweaty work because you can get mighty warm standing around a fire on a midsummer’s day. Occasionally, we enjoy having a braai for Sunday lunchtime and my man has been talking about changing to a gas braai because it heats the food quicker.

Of course, being a man, he’s all about the meat yet there are many other types of protein that can be grilled on a barbeque such as chicken, seafood, fish, pork, and lamb, basically, just about everything. Fish and seafood are delicate and care should be taken not to over or undercook these products.

Prawns can be skewered and placed directly onto the grill but fish, of course, should be bundled in aluminum foil as it will break apart if put directly on the grill. You can also bake bread, and cook vegetables on a barbeque either directly on the grill or wrapped in aluminum foil with a marinade.

Timing is essential when braaing food and you need to know at what point you need to put a particular item on the grill after the fire has been lit. Hubby is very good at judging at what time the coals are all set for cooking a particular kind of food. If you put the steak on the grill when the fire is too scorching, it will burn the outside of the meat without cooking it on the inside.

Another tip is to wipe the grill with 1 / 2 an onion prior to placing the various meats on the grill as it helps clean off any deposits on the bbq that had not removed with cleaning and gives the various meats a little extra tastiness

dad grill

An important point to bear in mind regarding poultry, though, is that it should be pre-cooked in the oven first. It is very hard to cook chicken all the way through on a barbeque without charring the surface. If you do find a way to achieve this then the flesh will most likely be dry.

Undercooked chicken carries the risk of salmonella poisoning and pregnant women must avoid it no matter what. Instead marinade the chicken in a lemon and herb sauce, for instance, and wrap it in foil and then oven bakes in a baking dish or dish for almost as long as you would normally cook it in the oven for.

However, don’t open the foil towards the end of baking to brown the fowl-like you ordinarily would. Take it out to the braai instead and finish it off on top of the grill. The advantage of precooking poultry in foil in the oven is that the chicken maintains its juices while still getting properly cooked.

Looking for the Best Pressure Cooker for Your Kitchen? Look no Further.

Can’t find the ideal pressure cooker? Well, an instant pot offers a neat solution. With it, you can prepare rice for the day within a few minutes.  You can also use it to make stew, chili, yogurt etc. Instant pots offer value for money as most of them are 6 or 7 in one product.

The higher-end models come with additional functionality like Bluetooth connectivity etc. So here’s list of the best instant posts for 2017.

IP – DUO60

  1. If you’re looking for a model similar to a pressure cooker this 7 in one model is the best choice and comes with all the fancy frills you’d want.  You can use it as a pressure cooker, cook rice, yogurt, steamer, warmer etc. and comes with 14 smart programs that make it easy to use.
  2. It also features dual pressure option, settings to keep food heated and different temperature settings for sautéing, slow cook etc. Its stainless steel build makes it a durable model.

IP – DUO60


  1. You can either opt for the 6 in 1 option or the 7 in one option. While both can be used to cook rice, steam or warm food or even as a slow cooker, the 7 in one comes with an additional yogurt maker.
  2. Both models come with 10 safety functions and 10 smart programs that make using the pot easy and safe and enable you to cook foods such as chili, soup, even meat, rice etc.  You get 3 different temperature settings.

IP- Bluetooth smart Pot

  1. If you’re a lazy ass who’d love to get most of the job done while lying on the couch then this is exactly the instant pot you need as it is Bluetooth enabled. With the press of a button on your smartphone or tablet, you can turn the temperature down, turn it on/off etc.
  2. Apart from that, it also cooks faster and is energy efficient. It too can be used to make yogurt, warm food, slow cook, cook rice etc. It comes with 14 smart programs and 3 temperature settings.

IP- Bluetooth smart Pot

IP- DuO50

  1. If you’ve been priced out of the DUO 60, the DUO 50 is the next best option. It too is a 7 in one pot and can perform all the necessary functions equally well like making yogurt, rice etc.
  2. It has an automatic warmer feature and comes with 3 different temperature settings. The stainless steel built makes it durable, easy to clean and provides equal heat distribution.

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Ip- LUX60

  1. If you’re looking for an upgrade on your LUX50 this model is the ideal choice. It’s a 6 in 1 pot and can perform all functions such as slow cooking, cooking rice, sautéing, steam or warm food etc. Its stainless steel built guarantees durability and even heat distribution.
  2. This model also comes with a rice paddle, few measuring cups, recipe book and tons of other additional benefits bound to steal your heart and everything at just over $100.

Ip- LUX60


Choptank Guests,

As you may or may not know, Choptank, unfortunately, lost its location on Bleecker St. in March due to insurmountable partnership problems. Joshua Morgan, co-founder of Choptank, acquired full ownership of the Choptank brand and has been working hard to find a new permanent home.

We sincerely apologize to all of our loyal guests and fans for this tragic disruption, and we are doing everything we can to bring you authentic, Maryland inspired cuisine as soon as possible.

The good news is that this year’s Blue Crab season will not be missed! On the weekend of September 23 – 25, Choptank will bring to NYC the first ever large-scale crab event –Hammer & Claws Blue Crab Feast. It will be an all-inclusive, all u can eat, authentic crab feast — exactly what we offered at Choptank.

Please visit our website to purchase your ticket and reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,


Best Keurig K-cup coffee maker flavors – Choptanknyc

A Keurig coffee machine uses K-cup pods to brew a good-quality coffee for you and you can always choose your favorite flavor of coffee. There are several K-cup flavors in the market and it can get difficult to find the one according to your liking. You can’t try each of them, there are just too many so we have compiled a list of the top 10 K-cup coffee flavors which you are bound to find delicious. Check out Freshpresso’s list of best espresso machines.

  1. Starbucks Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza

One of the best coffee pod flavors, this one tastes like Starbucks and costs just a fraction of their coffee. It encloses a large variety of coffees and is the perfect option for all those people who want a Starbuck coffee in their bed, every day.

  1. Green Mountain Sumatran Reserve

This famous dark-roast coffee flavor has a chocolaty taste and offers you a rich and fruity flavor. Its nutty taste and light-bodied blend provides a perfect start to your mornings and turns your day into a good day.

  1. Original Donut Shop Extra Bold Coffee

This bestseller coffee flavor is the perfect balance of boldness and smoothness and is not at all harsh or bitter. This medium-roast coffee is made of Arabica coffee and is 100% organic and provides you with a good-quality coffee every time.

  1. Green Mountain Breakfast Blend

This light-roast coffee is the best way to start your way with its bright and engaging flavors. It is one of the popular flavors and offers you a citrusy and crisp taste which makes your morning fresher. Also, check DeLonghi one of the best coffee machine DeLonghi Magnifica.

  1. Green Mountain Nantucket Blend

Another popular medium-roast coffee, this one provides you with a full delicious flavor and the Arabica coffee flavor just blows your mind. It offers you a smooth and balanced taste of berries while giving a hint of French roast and is the ultimate coffee flavor for all coffee lovers.

  1. Newman’s Extra Bold

This medium-roast coffee provides you with a strong and delicious flavor which is not only cheap but organic too. It has a bold and smooth taste which makes it perfect for that early morning drink to kick start the day.

  1. Starbucks Breakfast Blend

This medium-roast coffee flavor provides you with a Starbucks experience and offers a citrusy taste to your coffee. It is quite smooth and balanced and gives off a rich flavor and texture making it a must-have coffee in your pantry.

  1. Trader Joe’s

These K-cups are biodegradable and lack any kind of complexity while providing you with a smooth and clean taste. You might need to alter them a little when using in your Keurig machine but they are one of the cheapest lots in the market which makes it quite an attractive offer.

  1. Seattle’s Best

This light-roast coffee flavor provides you with a nutty and smooth flavor while not letting any bitterness tarnish your finishing taste. It is quite reasonably priced too and is perfect for anyone who is looking for some light and bright coffee to drink.

  1. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Smooth

As the name suggests, this light roast is smooth and perfectly balanced and provides you a fruity flavor along with a sweet finish. This well-rounded flavor goes especially well with doughnuts is a must try for all the doughnut lovers.

Brunch Menu – Choptanknyc

Brunch Menu

Raw Bar
Daily Selection of East and West Coast Oysters M/P per doz

Pastry Basket, Whipped Butter, Jams 10
Smoked Trout Waldorf Salad 12
Virginia Ham Plate, Beaten Biscuits, Honey 8

Muesli w/ Honey, Walnuts & Fresh Berries 8
Croissant French Toast, Warm Apple Compote 8
Swedish Pancakes, Fresh and Cooked Berries, Whipped Cream 10

Crab Chilaquiles, Tortilla Chips 14
Fried 1/2 Chicken & Waffles, Caramelized Apple Butter, Honey 16
Choptank Breakfast 12
Creamed Chipped Beef, Texas Toast 12
‘CLT’ Catfish, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, Spicy Mayo 12
Choptank Burger, Hook’s Cheddar, Pickle Pepper Mayo, Bacon Jam, Fries 15
(w/ egg add $2)

Choptank Benedicts 12
(one egg w/ hashbrowns, two eggs for 16)
Wild Mushrooms a la Plancha, Dandelion Greens, Hollandaise
The Chesapeake: Jumbo Lump Crab, Corn, Spicy Hollandaise

Sides 5
Eggs Any Style (no omelets)
Applewood Smoked Bacon
Anson Mills Cheese Grits
Mesclun Salad
Boardwalk-Style Fries
The Meathook’s Scrapple

A 20% Gratuity will be added to Parties of 7 or more

Wine list- Choptanknyc

By the Glass…
Alvear, Fino en Rama, Pedro Ximenez, 2004, Jerez, Spain 5

Bisol, Jeio Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Brut, Prosecco/Verdiso/Pinot Bianco N/V, Veneto, Italy 11
Lini 910, Labrusca, Lambrusco Salamino/ Lambrusco Ancellotta, 2009, Correggio, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 13

Gotham Project, Riesling, 2009, Finger Lakes, New York 9
Shaya, Verdejo, 2009, Rueda, Spain 12
Serge Batard, Melon de Bourgogne, 2009, Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu, Loire Valley, France 9
Domaine Robert Vic, Comtesse De Marion, Chardonnay, 2009, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 11

Borsao, Garnacha, 2009, Campo de Borja, Spain 8
Hecht & Bannier, Syrah/Cinsault/Grenache, 2009, Languedoc, France 9
Torre dei Beati, Montepulciano, 2009, Abruzzo, Italy 14

Potel-Aviron, Gamay, 2008, Beaujolais, France 10
Selvagrossa, Muschen, Sangiovese/Merlot/Cabernet Franc, 2008, Le Marche, Italy 11
Ateca, Garnacha, 2009, Calatayud, Spain 10

Sweet & Fortified Wine
La Spinetta, Biancospino, Moscato d’ Asti, 2009, Piedmont, Italy 10
Keo, St. John Commandaria, Mavro/Xinisteri, Limassol, Cyprus 7
Emilio Lustau, Emilín, Moscatel, N/V, Jerez, Spain 8

Deutz, Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay, N/V, Ay, Champagne, France 115

Dinner Menu – Choptanknyc

Raw Bar and Chilled Seafood
Daily Selection of East and West Coast Oysters M/P per doz
Shrimp Cocktail (1/2 doz.) 14
Jonah Crab Claws, Old Bay Vinegar (1/2 doz.) 12

Fish Sticks 8
Virginia Ham Plate, Biscuits, Butter, Honey 8
Binkert’s German Sausage, Sauerkraut, House-made Pretzel 8
Rock Shrimp Taco, Cumin-Lime Slaw 9
Pickled Vegetables 4

White Gazpacho, Maine Crab Salad 12
Boston Lettuce Salad, Radishes, Spiced Pecans, Yogurt Dressing 9
Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Dandelion Greens, Warm Egg Yolk 12
Fluke Ceviche, Avocado Oil, Corn Nuts 12

Steam Pot
Peel ‘N’ Eat Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce 12
Middleneck Clams, Garlic Butter, Herbs, Country Toast 15
Gold Coast Steamers, Melted Butter 14

Wild Striped Bass, Artichoke Stew, Almond Romesco 28
Rainbow Trout, Summer Squash, Bagna Cauda 22
Skate Wing, Spaetzle, Pickled Ramps, Brown Butter, Caraway 22
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Spicy Potato Salad 24
Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, Chipotle Mayo, Pickled Onions, Esquites 15
Fried Chicken, Black Pepper Honey, Collard Greens 22
The Choptank Burger, Pickled Pepper Mayonnaise, Aged Wisconsin Cheddar, Bacon Jam, Fries 15

Sides 5
Mesclun Salad
Summer Greens
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Syracuse Salt Potatoes
Boardwalk-Style Fries

A 20% Gratuity will be added to Parties of 7 or more

Cocktail List – Choptanknyc

Das Shandy 11
Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss, Fever Tree Bitter Lemon Soda

Light and Mildly Inclement 13
Appleton Estate Rum, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, Lime, Angostura Bitters

The Gin & Tonic 14
Hendricks Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Lemon Twist

Green Preservation Society 14
Hendricks Gin, Cucumber Juice, Simple Syrup, Lime, Cracked Grains of Paradise

Tom Benson 14
Bols Genever, Lemon-Lime, Soda, Peach Bitters

Campana 14
Milagro Silver Tequila, Orange Liqueur, Jalapeno, Red Bell, Pepper, Lime, Sriracha, Splash of Pineapple

Chop Tiki 14
Appleton Estate Rum, Pineapple, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Prosecco

The Colonial Cocktail 14
Maker’s Mark, Violet Liqueur, Alvear Fino En Rama Dry Sherry, Szechuan Pepper Syrup

Draught Beer – 12oz – $6 / 20oz – $10
64 oz Growler – $30
Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner – Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold – Pleasantville, New York
Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss – Wurzburg, Germany
Southampton Publick House Double White – Southampton, New York
Abita Purple Haze – Abita Springs, Louisiana
Kelso Nut Brown Ale – Brooklyn, New York
Ithaca Beer Company CascaZilla – Ithaca, New York
Victory Hop Devil – Downington, Pennsylvania
Smuttynose Robust Porter – Portsmouth, New Hampshire