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Jan072010

Kitchen Scale Review, and Two New Projects for Me

Well, the holidays are over--again!  There’s so much excitement leading up to them, and then they fly by so quickly.  It’s kind of a bummer--I love the holidays.   But onward and forward, there’s a whole new year ahead of us, so let’s make it a great one!

I was contacted right before the holidays by Bill Geronimo at Eat Smart Products.  He wanted to know if I’d like to test drive one of their kitchen scales and give it a review.   Since I had a horrible scale to begin with, I very graciously said “Hell,  yes!”  Or something like that.  Let me say right here that I am not being paid for my review, but did receive the scale at no charge.  Ok?  Ok.

I’ve always wanted a really good kitchen scale that would measure accurately, but didn’t want to pay a fortune for it, either.  Eat Smart Products enters the picture, and--you guessed it!  Accurate, easy to use scales at extremely reasonable prices.   Bill sent me the EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacity:

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It is just that--precision, multifunction, with an extra large display--and the 11 lb capacity comes in very handy!  It’s very easy to use, and comes with an instruction book--plus a book that helps you calculate calories in tons of foods.  Turn the scale to “grams” mode, place a plate on it and tare to zero, multiply the weight of the food by the “Calorie Factors” listed in the book, and there you go--that’s how many calories are in the food you just weighed.  How great is that?  There are 16 pages of foods listed for you to calculate.   You can also choose from white, red, silver, black/chrome or white/chrome for your scale.  One more thing?  It doesn’t take up a lot of room, so it’s great even for those of you with tiny kitchens.  I’m looking at you, Heather…

It’s got a very stable base, and don’t  let the light weight of the scale itself fool you--it’s a hard worker!  It takes regular batteries, switches from English to metric, and can weigh in ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms.  We’ve been weighing all kinds of things.  For some reason, the kids think it’s very cool to weigh stuff. 

With so many people having made New Year’s Resolutions, and trying to start the new year off by eating healthier, this is a great way to be sure you’re eating well and not overdoing it on portion sizes. 

So would I recommend the EatSmart Precision Pro?  Just like I said earlier, hell yes!  A huge thank you going out to Bill and EatSmartProducts.com for the complimentary scale and the chance to review it!

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Project #1:

Project 365

What is it?  It’s simply taking a photo a day for 365 days.  It’s been going on for a few years, but it’s my first year doing  it.  There are some Flickr groups you can join to add your photos to.  Or you can start a simple photo blog to record your year in photos.  I have been uploading mine to a set on Flickr, and to a photo gallery here on my blog.   So far, it’s a lot of fun--and it’ll be great to look back at the end of the year and remember what I was thinking or doing on a particular day.  What a great diary! 

It’s not too late to start, if any of you are interested. 

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Project #2:

My new favorite cookbook: Vegan Yum Yum.  It’s packed with recipes.  Packed!  A gorgeous photo of every recipe, too.  I was looking at it the other day thinking “How am I ever going to make everything in this book?”   (You can see a bit more about the book here.)

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Right then, I decided I’d make at least one recipe per week from it.  I’m not going to try to jam it all into one year--that’s silly.  One recipe a week.  If I miss one, no sweat.  If a main ingredient is seasonal and not available at the time, I’ll go to the next one and then return to that recipe when it’s more feasible. 

I put the word out on twitter and Facebook, and have a small group of minions to go through the book with me. 

Would anyone else care to join?  Just let me know--either in a comment here, or email me using the contact form here on the blog. 

There are only two rules:

1)  You must get a copy of Vegan Yum Yum.  It’s very reasonably priced at Amazon.

2)  No recipes will be posted on our blogs.  If anyone wants one of the recipes, they’ll need to buy the book or find the recipe elsewhere.  It’s not my intention to post someone’s cookbook online, recipe by recipe. 

I’m thinking a good start date would be Monday, February 1st.  So let me know of you’d care to join--it’s a great way to get some healthy recipes into your diet, and also--if you’ve never eaten vegan foods, you may find out it’s not so mysterious.  And it can be delicious!

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Reader Comments (10)

Welcome to 365! It'll be fun to have you part of the group this year. I love your cookbook challenge. Matt & I have decided to cook our way through Ad Hoc at Home this year if we can.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

You know I'm in! I've already made two recipes from Vegan Yum Yum and am stoked to make more. When my husband rolled his eyes at my joining yet "another cooking group", I showed him the book and made him her Caesar Salad. Then I told him that he would be eating dinner out of it every week. He rapidly changed his mind about my joining "another cooking group"! Can't wait to get started, but I'll be traveling the last week of February & possibly first week of March. I gather I can play catch-up?

BTW, that scale looks awesome. I use mine all the time, but it takes those fancy-schmancy flat batteries. Hmm... might be ready for a change.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ Flamingo

Hi Elle,

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think i should get that cookbook because I've been trying to eat more vegetables this year. That's one of my resolutions. Your blog is lovely. :)

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSook

Hee hee - I got that scale too - we are going to be giving some away next month on The Foodie Blogroll too! :) Looks like you are up to some great projects! :)

I know what you mean about the holidays: I get so excited in the month leading up to Christmas and when it flies by (along with New Year's Eve and day) I feel a little depressed for a couple days after!! Nuts, maybe, but it is what it is!

I've been debating getting a scale as I've been reading a lot of bloggers are using them currently. NOt sure if I have the patience to so accurately measure things out though ... need to think about it a little longer.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I'm with you Elle! I'm doing project 365 thanks to you too :-) I am excited, my book should be here today!! Feb 1 works for me!

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyB

This sounds like a fabulous cooking club and I'd love to join. I have been thinking of trying to serve one vegetarian dinner a week. This will be my perfect reason to start. I'll order my copy of the book today. Thanks so much for starting this!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I found you at Sean's blog!

I see you've got some fun projects coming up. I love the 365 photo a day idea, but as for the Vegan thing...
I'm still slightly afraid of Veganism, so I'll watch from afar and admire your cooking. :-)

January 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersophia

I'm in! We've been trying out a few new vegan recipes from Vegetarian Times, and dh and I have been shocked by how filling and good they are! We expected eating vegan to just be a bunch of vegetables and then hunger an hour later. ;)
I'll pick up Vegan Yum Yum this week!

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShaye

Awesome, Shaye! Sooo happy to have you join! :) If you have any questions, you know where to find me. I'm trying to get everyone's emails so I can send out an email. soon!

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

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