For Your Favorite Chef: Frigidaire for Target

I have a love/hate relationship with toaster ovens.  As much as I realize that probably sounds strange (I mean who really has a relationship with a toaster oven, anyway?), it’s true.

I love the idea of the toaster oven.  No more shoving an oversized bagel into a traditional toaster only to have it pop up two minutes later – not looking toasted at all.  I love that you can reheat food in them without use of the microwave (because what  is that doing to us?).  I love that toaster ovens are quick and convenient for busy families.

When they function properly.  My mom has a theory about toaster ovens.  She’s fairly certain that a toaster oven, no matter the brand, is only good for three years at the most.  The day after that warranty expires…the toaster oven is toast.  I tend to agree.  I’ve tried them all.  From the traditional doesn’t do much other than toast toaster oven to the fancy allegedly roasts a chicken convection oven (no way).  They’ve all lasted 2-3 years and have proved a disappointment (to my kitchen and my wallet).

What all of the obsessive talk about toaster ovens?

Frigidaire recently launched a new line of professional small appliances at Target and, wow, I am impressed.  As you know, I love to cook and bake.  With the food allergies running through this little family of four, I make everything, and I do mean everything, from scratch.  I rely on appliances that work.

Frigidaire sent me a a few items from this new line to try out in my very busy kitchen.  The Infrared Convection Oven (available at Target for $149.99), is amazing.  As advertised, it cooks everything to perfection the first time around.  It’s big enough for a 12 inch pizza and does not require any preheating time.  I am in LOVE.

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They also sent me the Professional 5-in-1 Griddle (available at Target for $129.99), which is all kinds of awesome.  I love the extra large cooking space, and the separate temperature controls make is super easy to cook two different things at once (bacon and eggs, anyone?).  I don’t know about you, but I have two bacon lovers in my house and this is the perfect tool for cooking crispy bacon.

For the smoothie lovers (or margarita, either way) out there, this new line at Target also features the 5-Speed Glass Jar Blender (available at Target for $129.99).  I know that the right blender can truly make a difference when whipping up that morning smoothie, and this one looks great.  Also?  It’s actually very pretty – no need to hide this one when you have friends over!

In addition to these wonderful products, the people at Frigidaire are really nice (and clearly very generous).  I love it when companies make themselves available to help and genuinely want customers to feel not just satisfied, but happy.

And because they are so generous…they also offered to gift one of these new professional small appliances to a friend of mine.  It won’t be long before my sister finds this incredible Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker (available at Target for $99.99) at her door!  Who doesn’t love a morning cup of coffee brewed to perfection and kept nice and warm in the carafe?  Trick question.  Everybody loves that.

But the generosity doesn’t stop there.  Are you ready for it?

Firigidaire wants to give one of these professional small kitchen appliances to one of you!  One lucky reader will get to choose from one of the four appliances mentioned (shown below).  How’s that for a little Mother’s Day treat?

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As you know, I don’t do a lot of product placement around here.  You guys read my words and seek my advice, and I never wanted to clog this feed with items that wouldn’t be of use to you.  But busy mamas need great cooking appliances, and these professional small kitchen appliances are both reasonably priced at Target (you know you’re going there this week, anyway) and fantastic.  Honestly?  I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Frigidaire – products and company.

How do you win?

It’s simple (you know how I loathe complicated).  Leave me a comment below and tell me how your product of choice will simplify your cooking routine.  Make sure that I have your email address so that I can track you down if you’re the lucky winner!

Contest is open until May 14th at 8pm PST.  Spread the word and get your entry in!

Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

Disclosure:  Frigidaire sent me the Convection Oven and the 5-in-1 Griddle to try in my kitchen.  They also sent the Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker to my sister as a gift.  All of the opinions in the post are my own.  I’m telling you…I am in love with that Convection Oven!

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes freelance for Everyday Family, Momtastic, SafeBee for UL and mom.me. She also blogs for The Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.