What Food Network Staffers Are Most Excited to Buy on Prime Day
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Like many of you, everyone in our office has been waiting patiently for Prime Day to make some calculated purchases that are normally outside of our price range. I’m sure we’ll add a few extras to our cart along the way (who can say no to a pineapple pool floatie?), but these are the items we’ve been jonesing for since last Prime Day.
"I’ve got my eye on the Philips Avance Pasta Maker (pictured above) — I recently took a pasta-making class, and was surprised how fast and easy it is to make fresh noodles. But I’m curious about this machine that not only helps you make cool shapes you can only get with an extruder (which is Insta-story gold) but also mixes and kneads the dough for you."
– Lauren Piro, Senior Editor
"My two-year-old is obsessed with waffles – he requests one almost every morning, and I’m starting to feel a little guilty that he thinks the frozen ones we pop into the toaster oven are the real thing. After working on this epic waffle project, I told myself it was time to invest in a waffle maker and never got around to it. Prime Day presents the perfect opportunity – this slick Cuisinart model makes two fluffy Belgian waffles at a time, and it’s 35% off. Even if we’re unlikely to break it out for rushed weekday breakfasts, at least we’ll up our weekend waffle game in my house."
– Sara Levine, Senior Managing Editor
"Everyone knows about the "dinner rut," but no one ever talks about the "breakfast rut" — and I’m totally in one. Every morning it’s a boring ol’ protein shake, a granola bar I find in the cupboard or a handful of whatever cereal my kids are eating. It’s not good. I’ve been saving smoothie and green juice recipes for months now, but that’s all I do with them: I save them. It’s not me, blender-I-loved-all-through-college, it’s you. We’ve had some good times, but it’s time to welcome a Ninja to the family. This blender is large enough to make smoothies for the entire family, and the sleek design means I can actually leave it on the counter and not see it as an eyesore."
– Meghan Cole, Associate Editor
"The reality of living in New York City and possibly having had the smallest kitchen in all five boroughs for the past seven years had caused me to carefully edit any and all tools that pass through the doorway. They had to be small and versatile with no exceptions. It was a tough spot to be as the Test Kitchen Manger. Recently I moved and have what feels like a suburban-size kitchen. In truth it’s just a galley kitchen with some counter space but I choose to see it in its best light. With the realization that I have space for some of the tools I use every day at work, I’m going big on Prime Day. I had a KitchenAid stand mixer for years but it got left behind on the West Coast during a move out East. I’ll be glad to have it back for all the baking I do with my two girls. The only hard decision is which color??"
– Ginevra Iverson, Test Kitchen Manager
"I’ve been wanting a KitchenAid stand mixer for basically my whole adult life and this price tag is one I can finally afford! I know what my roommates are thinking: Does this fit on our New York City-size countertop? Not yet, but, trust me, I’ll make it work."
– T.K. Brady, Digital Editor, Food Network Magazine
(The KitchenAid from Prime Day is sold out but we found another model on sale.)
"I was happy with my trusty hand-me-down food processor—wobbly feet and single metal chopping blade and all. That is, until I visited my mother and helped make a cabbage and carrot slaw on her decidedly 21st century machine. Instead of spending 20 minutes shredding a pound of carrots by hand on a box grater, I popped in the shredding blade on her Cuisinart and the job was done in 2 minutes. (Cue harps and choir.) I’ve been plotting how to replace my old machine ever since. And now the moment has come."
– Lygeia Grace, Director, Culinary Editorial
"I have no problem spending all day working on Sunday sauce or taking a few hours to make homemade jam, but I’ve got a funny habit of being "way too busy" when it comes to cleaning up all the little bits on the floor after I finish a messy project. The Roomba is about to become the best helper I could ask for in the kitchen (and the rest of the house, if we're being honest about my enthusiasm for cleaning)."
– Julie Hines, Manager, Digital Programming
"I just ordered myself a NutriBullet; I have one at home already and I love it—it’s easy to use, easy to clean and it’s not noisy. But sometimes I want a smoothie when I’m at work. I bought one at a fancy juice bar near the office the other day and it was $13 – THIRTEEN DOLLARS. If I keep a NutriBullet in the office and some smoothie fruits and vegetables in the office kitchen, I’ll save major cash. The NutriBullet is equal to the cost about 4.6 smoothies. Plus, I can add all the pineapple I want if I make them myself."
– Michelle Buffardi, VP, Digital Programming
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