We enjoy sharing products we use with you… knowing when we need a recommendation, we look to a good friend for advice, or do a little online research.
We hope our thoughts on certain brands can count as both friendly-advice and honest online findings.
We’ve always tried to be very selective with the companies we work with and share. Please know, if we don’t really like and use a product, you will not find it on A Spicy Perspective. Earning your trust is important to us, and we wouldn’t squander it for a quick buck.
This year we’ve determined to focus on sharing a select group of companies that we feel truly stand out from their competition. We have hand-picked the brands represented on A Spicy Perspective, from the products we regularly use at home.
If you were to rummage through our kitchen and pantry, you would find
a big mess that we use the following products over and over because these companies are committed to: excellence, functionality, flavor, and/or durability.
We’re very proud to partner with the following sponsors this year, because they are worth sharing with friends.
Swiss Diamond® Cookware
Swiss Diamond® International is a privately-held company founded in 2001 with headquarters in Sierre, Switzerland, a city located in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The demand for better nonstick cookware motivated Swiss Diamond® to develop a revolutionary nonstick coating using real diamond crystals.
Swiss Diamond® seeks to empower individuals and families around the world to cook at home without sacrificing the convenience that nonstick surfaces offer. Swiss Diamond® remains firmly committed to meeting consumer cookware needs by using safe, high-quality materials, by emphasizing innovative design with traditional European craftsmanship and by adhering to an eco-friendly production process.
Avid home chefs and those passionate about cooking appreciate the high performance and longevity of Swiss Diamond® cookware. Swiss Diamond® has been dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of nonstick fry pans” by the Wall Street Journal, the “best nonstick cookware” by the leading U.S. consumer ratings organization and is recommended by the Cooking Club of America. Swiss Diamond® is currently available in more than 38 countries worldwide.
Why We Cook with Swiss Diamond Cookware: Truth be told, we had nearly given up on non-stick cookware altogether, when we first discovered Swiss Diamond®. We had gone through pan after pan, brand after brand, not impressed by any of them. I was always concerned with the safety factor with Teflon products, and healthy non-sticks pans I tried, would have been better labeled “non-stick for the first month.”
Yet Swiss Diamond’s diamond cut non-stick surface is not only safe and healthy to use, it actually works consistently! I can scramble eggs in my skillet with no butter or oil and they slide right out. I can make a sticky candy in a Swiss Diamond® sauce pot that doesn’t stick to the sides. The clean up is effortless because there is literally nothing left in the pan! I’m sold.
We’ve told numerous close friends that they must have a Swiss Diamond® skillet. Nothing else compares.
For 28 years, Shenandoah Cabinetry has been helping Americans make their homes more comfortable, functional, and stylish. Committed to meeting today’s trends as well as traditional tastes, Shenandoah offers the looks you love and everything you need to design and build the kitchen or bath of your dreams. We support designers and remodelers every step of the way, with friendly customer care professionals and innovative tools on our website.
When you choose Shenandoah Cabinetry, you’re getting great products at a great price. To ensure lasting value, every Shenandoah cabinet is manufactured in the United States, from quality hardwoods harvested from sustainable forests in the Appalachian corridor. Our cabinetry meets the rigorous strength, quality and performance standards set by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). We also meet their standards for environmentally responsible manufacturing. Shenandoah Cabinetry is available exclusively at Lowe’s.
Why We Remodeled with Shenandoah Cabinetry: We live in an 80+ year old home, so renovations are always on our mind. For an older home my kitchen was spacious, yet with peeling laminate cabinetry, it needed a lot of love.
Every time we stopped by Lowe’s, we wandered through the Kitchen Design Center and dreamed about remodeling my kitchen with beautiful hardwood cabinetry and better storage solutions. We noticed Shenandoah Cabinetry right away, because it’s extremely well-made with very competitive prices.
In the spring of 2013, with the help of Shenandoah, our dream finally came true. Come see our beautiful new kitchen. And other home renovation projects are on the way!
Gold Medal Flour
- Created flour specially formulated for baking bread (1920)
- Created Betty Crocker to respond to baking questions (1921)
- Introduced streamlined method of making cakes (1943)
- Revolutionized no-sift flour (1961)
Gold Medal know the best ingredients come from the best cared for land, which is why they buy wheat from the farmers they admire the most. Trusted farmers who have a relationship with Gold Medal grown wheat that meets the highest standards. Gold Medal takes their milling process very seriously as the best way to uphold consistency.
For every style of baker, there is a Gold Medal style of flour. From cake bakers, to pie enthusiasts, to whole wheat supporters, and all that’s in between, Gold Medal has a product for you. Baking is the art of a science. It is your love of the time spent sifting, measuring, folding, kneading, and waiting that keeps Gold Medal flours at their highest quality. Just as your goods are baked with care and dedication, so is Gold Medal flour.
Why We Bake with Gold Medal Flour: You’ve heard the sayings, “Only time will tell” and “It stands the test of time.” Gold Medal has proven for over a hundred years that dedication and mindfulness are the key ingredients to creating a superior quality product.
Over the years, we have tried many brands of flour and have noticed a significant distinction in the texture and overall appeal of Gold Medal Flour. It is consistently fresh and light, producing baked goods with a sweet wheaty taste and fine uniform feel. Gold Medal is always the flour we reach for.
The George DeLallo Company was founded with the ideals of offering true authentic Italian foods with integrity and consistency. In the mid-1940s, Mr. George DeLallo began selling Italian grocery items door-to-door in the immigrant neighborhoods of Western Pennsylvania. In 1954, he and his wife Madeline established a grocery store in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, which specialized in authentic Italian foods. Soon after, they began to develop and sell traditional Italian products under the DeLallo name.
As the years progressed, the retail and wholesale businesses grew. In the 1980s, DeLallo pioneered the olive and antipasti bar concept, which has become a staple of grocery stores around the U.S. and has revolutionized the American consumer’s experience of table olives and antipasti.
Today, DeLallo’s original Jeannette retail store remains a vibrant and beloved part of the community and DeLallo products are distributed throughout the country. Whether it is found on traditional Italian grocery items such as olive oil, pasta, vinegars and tomatoes, or on our complete line of cured olives and antipasti, the DeLallo label guarantees consumers authenticity, integrity, and consistency.
Why We Buy DeLallo Pasta: We have purchased every brand of pasta known to man, looking for a convenient dried pasta that tastes and feels like homemade pasta once cooked. DeLallo is the winner, hands-down. If we’re not making pasta from scratch, DeLallo pasta is always my first choice.
DeLallo still makes authentic quality Italian foods, just like those sold door-to-door at the humble beginnings of their company. DeLallo Organic Pasta comes in an array of shapes and sizes, and they now offer Whole Grain and Gluten Free pastas as well. So we can have pasta any time we want–even on a diet. Thanks DeLallo, for keeping us in our skinny jeans.
At Musselman’s, we believe making healthy, delicious apple products is more than just a job. It’s a way of life. We’re committed to preserving the American dream by helping the family farm to prosper, and that’s why the growers who have spent their entire lives nurturing and harvesting apples also own the company. The folks who know apples the best make Musselman’s the best.
Musselman’s products include several varieties of apple sauce, apple butter and premium apple juice. Musselman’s Apple Butter, featured in many recipes on ASpicyPerspective.com, is a surprising “secret ingredient” to sweeten or spice up a dish for delicious new possibilities. Of course, it’s also simply a great-tasting spread.
Musselman’s Apple Butter is made in true Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Apples, cider and spice are cooked in giant copper kettles with slow, constant stirring for hours, giving the Apple Butter a wonderful caramel color. Musselman’s Apple Butter is “America’s Favorite” and can be found nationwide all-year long. It is non-dairy and can be found in the jam/ jelly aisle. It is fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free and does not contain sodium or preservatives.
Why We Use Musselman’s Products: We discovered Musselman’s Apple Butter, because we had an apple bread recipe we wanted to bake, but didn’t want to go to the trouble of making our own apple butter first. We were surprised at the depth and richness of Musselman’s Apple Butter, without all the preservatives and flavor enhancers most companies add to their canned goods.
We love supporting family businesses that have been around for generations, and continue to hold their purpose and convictions close to heart. Musselman’s supports American farmers as a grower-owned company, meaning each farm-family has a stake in the company. We think that’s pretty impressive! Along with apple butter, Mussselman’s makes apple juice, apple sauce, and vinegar.
Land O’Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative that produces pure, sweet cream that’s churned into Land O’Lakes Butter. For nearly a century, the iconic brand continues to set the standard for quality, creating products that represent simple goodness, while making cooking and baking easier and more enjoyable.
Land O’Lakes Butter Facts:
- Only nationally distributed butter brand
- Only butter brand to offer a convenient, individually wrapped half stick (1/4 cup) size
- Only Land O’Lakes Butter has the FlavorProtect® Wrapper to keep other flavors out and the fresh taste you love in
- Land O’Lakes farm families are real, hardworking families, like yours, who are passionate about producing the freshest, pure sweet cream
Why We Cook with Land O’Lakes Butter: Have you tasted it?!?
If you have, there’s no need to read any further. If you haven’t, you are sorely missing out.
Land O’Lakes Butter tastes so fresh, we honestly can’t tell the difference between Land O’Lakes Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter and home-churned butter… You know, in all the blind-folded butter tasting we’ve been doing.
Land O’Lakes Butter has a sweet clean flavor that enhances every dish it graces. If there was ever a way to elevate warm homemade bread, it would be a creamy shmear of Land O’Lakes whipped butter.
Not only do we think it’s special, it was rated in the top two butter choices by renowned Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. You can’t argue with Christopher Kimball.
Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars.
Cook for the Cure®, the brand’s partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, is now in its twelfth year and has raised over $9 million to help find a cure for breast cancer.
* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Why We Prefer KitchenAid Products:
Of all the homes we’ve lived in and all the appliances we’ve owned, we believe KitchenAid Appliances are the most reliable. Built with performance and longevity in mind, KitchenAid products last and last. (Longevity being a characteristic many appliance companies have forgotten over the years.)
Our first KitchenAid Stand Mixer is now 14 years old and still beats with the best of them. Not too mention, my mother has had her KitchenAid Mixer for over 20 years and it’s still going strong. She also swears by her KitchenAid large appliances.
Last spring we selected brand-spanking-new KitchenAid Appliances for our kitchen renovation. KitchenAid offers cooking appliances with incredibly innovative features like even-heat convection and steam assist technology. They are amazing!