Stop Food Waste: FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System

This blog post has been sponsored by FoodSaver. The company has compensated me via a gift to review their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Whether you “chef-it-up” in the kitchen or order a mean takeout, chances are you’re going to end up with leftovers. Maybe Costco or BJ’s Wholesale is your second home. Either way, you’re going to need some practical food storage. While you can stockpile your refrigerator with space-hogging plastic containers, or ineffective zipper bags, foil, or plastic wrap that don’t really keep your leftovers fresh for long, FoodSaver, makers of the #1 Vacuum Sealing System has the solution. The FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System not only keeps your food fresher, longer, it saves you a lot of money.

The FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System makes vacuum sealing your leftover food even easier, keeping it fresh for up to five times longer than other food storage options, and help you save up to $2,700/year. It boasts new features like the Express Bag Maker, which allows you to make your own vacuum sealed bag – no matter the size, and pre-seal the bag every time, reducing the time it takes to vacuum seal your food. It also boasts a new Vacuum View Window that gives you better control during vacuum sealing allowing you to reduce the bag roll waste up to 30%. Check out the FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System in action in our brief videos below

Our favorite thing about the FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System is its 2-in-1 functionality. As you can see above, the system combines powerful upright vacuum sealing capabilities to vacuum seal bags for long-term storage in your freezer, and a built-in, retractable handheld sealer to vacuum zipper bags and containers to keep all your foods and pantry items fresh and delicious until you’re ready for it.

Say hello to not being afraid to buy in bulk, to more refrigerator space, longer lasting food, and say goodbye to throwing away spoiled leftovers. Imagine the perfect Christmas cookie recipe. You create your perfect raw cookie dough now, freeze it and take them out of the freezer to bake them fresh at Christmastime. Goodbye store bought Nestle Tollhouse frozen cookie dough, hello grandma’s recipe. To celebrate the launch of the new kitchen device, we were treated to an afternoon with Chef Damaris Phillips, winner of the ninth season of the Food Network show, the Food Network Star.

Thanks to Chef Phillips, we got to create a delicious salad, enjoyed some delicious Taco meatballs, and Christmas cookies. And of course use the FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System to vacuum seal the delicious creations for enjoyment at a later time. Another FoodSaver product we’re excited about, which can be seen in almost every photo is the new FoodSaver FRESH Containers. These clear BPA free Tritan containers are a smarter alternative to the traditional storage options like bags, foil or clumsy plastic containers. They work with all FoodSaver Food Preservation Systems as well as FoodSaver Handheld Sealers to remove air and create a unique, airtight seal to keep your fruits and vegetables fresh.

The stackable FoodSaver FRESH Containers come available in multiple sizes including three, five, eight, and ten cups. They are designed to withstand cracking, shattering, and staining. It is odor resistant and is safe for the microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and freezer. A 4-Piece Set of the FoodSaver FRESH Containers retails for $54.99. The FoodSaver FM5000 Series Food Preservation System retails for $149.99 -199.99 and is available now at major retailers such as WalMart, Costco, Sam’s, Target, and

Cookware and Kitchen Appliances That Really Sizzle

We’ve always loved to cook, no surprise since we’re huge foodies. We find cooking quite relaxing and therefore keep it to ourselves. It’s our sanctuary. Also, in an effort to eat healthier, heartier meals, we’ve found ourselves cooking at home more. Of course, this means whipping out the  good cookware. Just because we show off our culinary creations, doesn’t mean that we don’t love showing off or talking about our cookware. We’re here to share some of the favorite cookware and kitchen appliances we’re currently using at home from some of our favorite brands, including T-fal, Krups, All-Clad, and Lagostina.

T-fal Tres Chic Frying Pans

Since we learned to cook from our mom, we thought it’d be appropriate to start the vintage cookware collection from T-fal which celebrates its 60th anniversary. The T-fal Tres Chic Collection features 9.5” and 11” frying pans which boast retro inspired prints on the enamel base, a bold-hued, soft touch Bakelite handle, and an interior that features T-fal’s ProGlide non-stick and Thermospot technology.  The dishwasher safe frying pans retail for $19.99 – $24.99.

Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Collection 8” Skillet

For those of you who are fans of the beautiful and stylish copper cookware, you’ll love the pots and pans from the Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Collection. The 10-piece collection boasts a beautiful copper exterior and celebrates all there is about high-quality Italian cookware. It features premium tri-ply technology (stainless steel interior, a thick heat-radiating aluminum core, and the polished, hammered copper exterior), and its thick heat-radiating aluminum core offers optimal heat distribution throughout the entire pan, allowing your foods to cook evenly. The collection is oven safe, boasts riveted cast stainless steel handles which stay cool on the stove and are built for comfort, strength, and stability. We’re currently creating delightful dishes like the pasta one seen above in the 8″ Skillet. The 10-piece set retails for $599.99, with the 8″ Skillet available for $79.99.

T-Fal Ingenio Multi Grater

Next on our list of must-have cookware and kitchen appliances is the above beauty, which may not look exciting but is, in fact, a godsend. If you’re an avid cook, then we’re sure at one point or another, you’ve suffered a grater injury. Whether you were grating cheese, carrots, or zucchini, chances you’ve accidentally grated your fingers and/or nails. Thanks to the T-Fal Ingenio Multi Grater, those painful days are gone. Featuring etched blades that provide excellent grating in both directions, the option to reverse on the blades for coarse or fine grating, a safety cover to protect your hands, and the ability to separate the finished blades for easy cleaning, this dishwasher-safe kitchen tool will be a life (and finger saver). Get yours for $25.99.

All-Clad 6-Piece Cook Serve Tool Set

All-Clad 6-Piece Cook Serve Tool Set

We all need serving and cooking utensils and while we’d been fans of wooden ones, we admit that after using them for several dishes, they no longer look pristine. This time around we’ve fallen hard for the gleam of stainless steel, like the one above. The stunning All-Clad 6-Piece Cook Serve Tool Set includes a brushed stainless steel fork, ladle, flat head spoon, slotted spoon, tongs, and caddy. This beautiful set is yours for $120.00.

KRUPS Professional Burr Grinder GX5000

Last but not least in our must-have list of cookware and kitchen appliances is coffee lovers. For those of you who have a coffee fanatic in the family like we do, you or rather, they will love the above KRUPS Professional Burr Grinder GX5000. Our mom loves grinding her own coffee beans because her coffee stays fresher longer and it gives her the ability to mix her bean flavors. This beauty boasts 45 settings divided into 9 steps, the ability to grind your beans from extremely fine for espressos, to coarse for french press coffees, and selects from 2 up to 12 cups. It’s the coffee house freshness and flavor right at home. Why not make a coffee lovers day with this must-have coffee grinder for only $49.99.

What are your thoughts on the above cookware and kitchen appliances? Any favorites among the list?

Nattily Equipped w/ My Ninja: Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System Review

Since all men’s goals in the gym are different, I am writing this from a nutrition standpoint. What I’ve discovered (in my old age) is that exercise, brain function, and energy levels mean nothing without a honed diet. Thusly, your diet, exercising, stamina, etc, depends on proper rest and recovery to give your body (and waistline) an impartial fresh start. It’s all a full circle cycle that in these times of dietary, organic and GMO mayhem depends on what you decide to put in your mouth. Essentially, if you want to stay progressive and keep your clothing options as open as possible then maybe try a smoothie made with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System, instead of a sweet roll.

Nutri Ninja with Auto-IQ

Some days I only want the bulk to be on the weight rack and not on my plate. With that said, juicing, souping, blending and smoothing are ways in which I confidently keep my belt on the same notch for all of my sun-up to sun-down, eat while commuting and too tired to cook days. I rely on my Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to create protein smoothies for the ride to work, to make comfort soups for the evenings (I don’t want a sink full of dirty pots & pans), and for those naughty days when frozen margaritas make a long day exhale. What throwing a bevy of key ingredients into my Nutri Ninja does is allow me to get the sustenance that I need without the bulk. There’s no bulk for my stomach to churn through and no tremendous bulk to let soak in the sink afterward. Liquefying the bulk without discarding the often overlooked nutrients lost in just juicing is key here. I turn my sides into delicious soups for dinner and make all those essential fruits and greens into smoothies for breakfast. Also, with Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System feature, I can better control the consistency of my end product depending on if it needs to be chunkier, smoother, coarser or watery. Control may be the keyword here; control what you eat for better control over what you can wear.

Here are two easy recipes created with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System to be inspired by. Try out and reap the benefits of a better fitting suit from:

Lean Green Ninja

Lean Green Ninja

1/2 small banana
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
1/2 cup kale leaves
1/2 cup baby spinach
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Press Auto-IQ™ Blend.

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

1 can (14.5 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1tablespoon tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into the 24-ounce Nutri Ninja in the order listed. Select START/STOP and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour soup into a medium saucepan and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.

Without this amazing device and recipes, I can’t help but have the following thoughts. “Oh men, what has become of us?” Could it be that we’ve become just as vain as women? Yes. Is it also possible that we men have become quite bored with our dark suit for this and summer suit for that, brown shoe polish and spit-shine black all-purpose loafers? Most assuredly. Take comfort, however! It’s not such a bad thing at all. The years of trying to get men to loosen up and change, purchase more clothing, and try new things have well been upon us for quite some time now, and it’s pretty liberating. But as history will tell us, what’s liberating can also become quite conflicting.

Why the conflict? The men’s renaissance of the last ten years has made men take a long hard look at themselves. Enough for them to decide that change is essential, especially when staying the same for so long. This whole practice now seems as antiquated as padded doublets and ornamented codpieces. Time and society don’t stay the same and they appear to be moving quicker than ever before. While keeping updated has its angsts; if you’re going to choose to be in areas of forward social relevance; then staying updated could be the disparity factor between success and failure. So the conflict ushers in when in trying to update the padded doublets with weighted reps and protein shakes, a lot of men’s clothing seems to be shrinking too fast to adequately cover our codpieces. What’s a man to do when he wants to feel great about exercise and stamina but also look comfortable in a suit?

You may have thought that here’s is where I would lunge into a diatribe about where to buy fuller cut men’s clothing but, as I said, the modern man knows that tailoring is key to anything quality and off the rack nowadays. And maybe now he also knows how the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System can help keep his belt on the same notch, and the bulk safely far away.

Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer: The Brew Master

Have you ever sat down and calculated the amount of money you spend at coffee shops? We sat down and calculated how much we spend at coffee shops in a month, and we were very surprised that our number was that high. Naturally this prompted a change. As we head into 2016, we’re making some changes, and the first is eliminating unnecessary spending. Instead of making multiple trips to coffee shops, we’ve welcomed the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer into our home. It’s our own personal coffee shop, right on our counter top. Call us a home barista.

Are you looking for that cafe taste from the comfort of your home and without the cafe budget? Then the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is just what you need to bring that rich flavor home. Whether you’re in the mood or a classic brew, iced, or frothy flavored coffee beverage, the Ninja Coffee Bar Auto-iQ’s One-Touch Intelligence lets you enjoy hot coffee with incredible flavor richness, in any size you want: a cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe. The Coffee Bar draws just the right amount of water you needed from its reservoir, based on the brew size and brew type you select.

You will especially love the specialty brews that the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer creates, which boasts its highest concentration of coffee. It’s a coffee extract that, like espresso, you can use to create coffeehouse-style hot and cold layered beverages such as these delicious recipes below:

Sweet Sofiaccino

Sweet Sofiaccino

4 Ninja® Single-Serve Scoops (or 4 tablespoons) ground Colombian coffee
3 cups ice
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
Whipped cream and ground cinnamon, for garnish
Size: Travel Mug setting
Brew: Specialty
Following the measurement above, place the ground coffee into the brew basket. Place the ice into a large plastic cup; set cup in place to brew. Select the Travel Mug size; press the Specialty Brew button. When brewing is complete, combine coffee and ice with evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk in a 24-ounce or larger blender container. Blend until smooth, about 25 seconds; divide between 2 glasses and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon

Cappuccino-Style Coffee

Cappuccino-Style Coffee

4 Ninja® Single-Serve Scoops (or 4 tablespoons ground coffee) 5 ounces 1% milk
5 ounces 1% milk
Size: Travel Mug setting
Brew: Specialty
Following the measurement above, place the ground coffee into the brew basket. Place milk into the glass jar of the Ninja Easy Frother™. Microwave on High for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, secure lid, and pump the Frother 15 times. Or use a small microwave-safe jar with lid; secure lid, shake milk until foamy, remove the lid, and microwave on High for 1 minute until milk is hot and froth is set. Pour frothed milk into a mug; set the mug in place to brew. Select the Travel Mug size; press the Specialty Brew button. When the brew is complete, sweeten as desired.

Love your caffeine intake on the strong side? Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer’s patent-pending technology blends Precision Water Delivery with automated controls for Calibrated Temperature, Pre-infusion, Coffee Saturation, and Flavor Richness, allowing you to up the concentration intensity 2x with Over Ice Brew and 3x with Specialty Brew to unlock the full flavor potential of your favorite coffee.

The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is available with either a double-walled vacuum insulated Stainless Steel Carafe or Glass Carafe and Precise Temp Warming Plate, Double-sided Scoop, Ninja Easy Frother, and a 40 Recipe Inspiration Guide. Grab either option for $179.80 hen you buy it directly from Ninja Kitchen.

Cookware Essentials for Easy Thanksgiving Cooking and Preparation

To say cooking thanksgiving dinner is a huge undertaking is an incredible understatement, especially if you don’t have the right tools. We could our first turkey class Thanksgiving and although it came out perfect, we absolutely did not have the right kitchenware and utensils to properly handle, carve, and serve our turkey. Thanks to some wonderful cookware and kitchen appliances from brands like All-Clad Cookware, and Bella Housewares, cooking for Thanksgiving will be a breeze. Today we share the latest in Roasters, Slow Cookers, and Cooking Utensils, the must-have cookware essentials for easy Thanksgiving cooking and preparation. Our list is sure to make your Thanksgiving preparations easier….you’re on your own when it comes to dealing with your family.

BELLA HO– USEWARES 18QT Turkey Roaster

Bella 18QT Turkey Roaster
The BELLA Turkey Roaster is the second oven you’ve always wanted on Thanksgiving. It roasts up to a 22lb turkey and has an 18QT capacity. Not only does it free up your oven for other parts of your Thanksgiving feast, it saves you a lot of back pain from the constant bending while checking on your turkey. A metal rack is included with the Bella Turkey Roaster for cooking convenience and the temperature may be set from 150 degrees up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.


ALL-CLAD ROASTING PANSAll-Clad Stainless Steel Covered Roaster            All-Clad Stainless Steel Roti Combo                       All-Clad Hard Anodized Roti Combo

The All-Clad Stainless Steel Covered Roaster is ideal for roasting large cuts of meat and turkeys. It’s made up of heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel which makes cleaning up a breeze and features large loop handles for maneuverability. This roaster features a unique rack with lifting handles for easy removal of large foods after roasting. This covered roaster also features a pressure release on the lid for easy removal.

The stainless steel All-Clad Roti Combos are ideal for turkeys and rib roasts. The V-shaped nonstick roasting rack elevates foods to generate even cooking and browning. Stovetop safe for pan gravies after roasting. The roaster comes with a set of 2 stainless turkey forks, ergonomically designed for comfort.

The versatile All-Clad Hard anodized Roti Combo is best suited for roasting large cuts of meat or whole poultry and boasts a nonstick v-shaped rack allows for even browning of meat and collection of natural juices in the pan for basting, glazing or a gravy base.


Bella 3 x 2.5QT Triple Slow Cooker with Lid Rests

When all your stovetop burners are going, the BELLA 3 x 2.5QT Triple Slow Cooker with Lid Rests (in gorgeous rose gold – one of many available colors) adds much more needed cooking capabilities. No more waiting until something is done cooking to start on another. This triple slow cooker is perfect for entertaining family and friends. It boasts individual temperature control knobs to ensure that each meal is cooked just right while its non-skid feet help prevent spills.


All-Clad d7 8 Qt. Slow Cooker

For those of you who prefer stovetop slow cooking (and has a free burner), you will love this innovative pot from All-Clad. This stainless steel beauty boasts seven-layer bonded-metal construction, offering doubly uniform heat conduction with 25% less weight than cast iron. Count on this kitchen-to-table cooker for perfect browning, caramelizing and slow cooking of everything from tender pot roast to hearty stews and braises.


All-Clad Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils

All-Clad Measuring Spoons                                                                                                                                     All-Clad Potato Masher

When following recipes, precise measurements are key, especially if it’s a recipe you’re trying for the first time. The beautifully crafted stainless steel All-Clad Measuring Spoons set comes chained together to keep the entire set easily accessible. This set includes a 1/4, 1/2, 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon measures. The rounded spoons are also conveniently designed to glide into small openings of spice jars and small containers.

No one likes lumpy mashed potatoes or sweet potato pies, with the All-Clad Potato Masher, you will easily mash vegetables and fruits such as potatoes, avocados and bananas.  Thanks to its thin slits which efficiently mashes while its high sides reach into corners of most bowls and pans, so food pieces don’t escape.

Healthy Drinks & Smoothies w/ Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-iQ

We’ve been on a juicing and smoothie rampage ever since the Nutri Ninja Blender System With Auto-iQ came into our lives. we’ve treated ourselves and our family to an absurd about of fruit and non-fruit smoothies. Our freezer and refrigerator is now stocked with lots of fresh fruits, taking the place of sodas, juices, and ice cream. We’ve blended both all-fruit, and fruit and vegetable smoothies to appease the different tastes, diets, and various allergy issues of our family, thanks to the individual Nutri Ninja® single-serve cups with Sip & Seal Lids. We’ve done so much with this wonder machine already, but we actually haven’t even scratched the surface of its amazing uses (we are ecstatically stuck in the smoothie-making phase).

The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender boasts 1000 watts of power, which pulverizes ice in seconds (we’re looking forward to ices this summer), is optimized for maximum nutrient and vitamin extraction and crushes fibrous vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts to an ultra-smooth consistency, and features one-touch Intelligent Controls that delivers smooth results. This life changer kitchen appliance comes jammed packed with essentials: a 64 oz. Processor Bowl, three sizes of Nutri Ninja® Cups (18-ounce, 24-ounce, and 32-ounce) with lids, an XL 72oz. Pitcher, Nutri Ninja® Pro Extractor Blades, and Dough Making plastic blades. Everything you need to achieve a healthier lifestyle and healthier eating habits is available to you from Ninja. We were so excited about using the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender, we took several videos of our smoothie making. This video is from our first time using it

The below is a photo from our first fruit and vegetable smoothie-making experience. We jammed packed quite a few ingredients in there. The photo and video featured below is of our Apple, Blueberry, Banana, Blackberry, Carrot, Broccoli, Spinach, and Tangerine smoothie:

We also love that Ninja provides tons of smoothie recipe ideas for you to try. The best part is you can experiment with those recipes, making them thicker, sweeter, or thinner, as well as adding or removing whatever ingredients you want. one of our favorite Ninja recipes is:

Antioxidant Refresher

1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 banana, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
Container: Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup
Place all ingredients into the Small 18-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed
Select Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND

Of course it wasn’t all fruit and vegetable smoothies, at the request of our dear mother, we mixed up a few Seattle’s Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Drinks to satisfy her caffeine cravings. As someone who owns her Ninja Blender herself, my mother immediately wanted to relinquish one of our single serve cups while she was visiting for the holidays.

As we’ve stated, we’ve been on a smoothie making rampage but we can’t wait to really spread our culinary skills and start making soups, stews, etc. We suggest you add this amazing kitchen appliance to your life.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for The Home Chefs & Homemakers

We’ve recently been discovering the homemaker that’s been hidden deep down inside ourselves. What started off as experimenting with flavors has awoken a fire inside of us. While we’ve always had a love of cooking, we’ve discovered a desire for kitchen appliances that not only helps us create some delicious recipes, but gives us the gifts of time, convenience, and a more enjoyable kitchen experience. We are loving the following kitchen appliances from Tiger Corporation, BerryBreeze, and KitchenAid, which make wonderful Christmas gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life.

 Tiger Rice Cooker

We are guilty of being so engrossed in writing that we have forgotten our rice cooking. Some of you may be familiar with the experience of burning rice and horrendous taste of it. Thankfully, being forced to eat burnt rice can be a distant memory, thanks to rice cookers. They make great holiday gifts for the foodies or busy homemakers on your Christmas list. The JAJ-A55U 3-Cup Rice Cooker from Tiger Corporation has a modern square design and is available in pink or white (we’re of course partial to the pink). The above is a tacook rice cooker, which can also make risottos, soups, and even cakes, without the bother of heating up an oven or stove. it allows you to cook two dishes at one time and save electricity and is small enough to sit on a counter, even in a small kitchen. The Tiger Rice Cooker boasts a drop-down front panel that reveals an easy-to-use, micro-computerized menu settings and comes with an exclusive cookbook. Grab your own or gift your loved one for only $155.00.



 Since we’ve found ourselves cooking more often, we buy more groceries and end up with more leftovers. Naturally we want our food to stay fresh, and while we grew up with the sight of Arm & Hammer in our mother’s refrigerators, ours houses something a bit more futuristic and definitely all natural. Thanks to the revolutionary and very affordable BerryBreeze, we don’t have to worry about premature aging in fruits, veggies, and meats. This amazing device is the perfect gifts for the home, whether you’re a homemaker or not. It releases chemical-free activated oxygen that naturally kills odors, molds, yeasts, and fungus, all of which are known to spoil refrigerated fresh foods for up to ten days longer. It also neutralizes bacteria and other harmful microbes which of course keeps you healthy, and it saves you money by reducing your food waste. it is easy to set up the BerryBreeze in your refrigerator, just follow these easy steps:
  • Step 1: Smell your fridge
  • Step 2: Put BerryBreeze on the top shelf
  • Step 3: Wait 24 hours and take another whiff

The result is one fresh smelling fridge. BerryBreeze is available online and at select retailers nationwide for the great price of $49.95.

KitchenAid Multi-Cooker


The KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than 10 cooking methods for amazing versatility. With EvenHeat™ technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 110° to 450° F for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature, and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking. It features a Stir Tower attachment that boasts three speeds to mix, flip, stir, scrape and incorporate ingredients, and a 2-in-1 reversible steam basket and roasting rack. This great kitchen appliance allows you the freedom to go about your day while preparing lunch or dinner for the family. Get it in black or candy apple red for $349.99.

We want all of these and are keeping our fingers crossed  for all of them making it under out tree this holiday. What are your thoughts? Which of these great kitchen appliances would make the perfect holiday gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life?