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    Pat Schweitzer

    Website: http://bit.ly/HB-test-kitchen

    Pat Schweitzer was the consumer test kitchen manager at Hamilton Beach for many years and retired at the end of 2021. She received her degree in home economics education from the University of Minnesota and found her way to Virginia. Pat worked as a teacher, seafood marketer, restaurant critic, and food writer before landing at Reynolds Consumer Products as a test kitchen economist and media spokesperson. She then oversaw the Hamilton Beach Consumer Test Kitchen, where she developed recipes, tested products, and wrote product guides. Pat was inspired by her mother, who loved to garden, cook, can, and bake for their family of seven. Now retired, you can probably find her whipping up something in the kitchen for her four grandchildren.
    Barista-worthy coffee at home
    6 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on May 12, 2020

    May I have a vanilla soy latte, no whip with just one pump of vanilla, please? Wait, I’m in my kitchen, still in my pjs. Working from home has perks like staying in those pj bottoms all day, because no one can see them in your video conferences. But...

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    Teaching kids to cook: start with breakfast
    4 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on May 7, 2020

    Now is a great time to cook with your kids. More of us are finding ourselves cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home, so chances are children are in the kitchen with you anyway. Give them age-appropriate tasks and before you know it, you’ll...

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    Homemade recipes to upgrade any taco Tuesday
    4 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on May 3, 2020

    With Cinco de Mayo falling on Taco Tuesday this year, what better way to celebrate than with a homemade fiesta? Tacos are on my family’s menu pretty frequently, but this year I plan to spice things up by starting my meal with fresh salsa and mango...

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    How Do You Bake Bread in a Slow Cooker?
    3 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 28, 2020

    Baking bread in a slow cooker doesn’t seem like it should work, but it does, and better than you think. I put it to the test in our Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen. To make it easy, I used our Food Processor White Bread recipe. Everything is mixed in a ...

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    We tried Whipped Coffee and LOVE it!
    2 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 21, 2020

    What do you do when self-isolation keeps you from your daily coffee shop run? Make Whipped Coffee, also known as Dalgona Coffee! Named after Dalgona, which is a Korean Sugar Sponge Candy, this whipped coffee is sweet, sticky, and delicious. We...

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    Cook While You Work (from Home): Six Slow Cooker Recipes
    2 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 14, 2020

    I have always loved the “walk away” convenience of slow cookers. But in this new time of working from home, home-schooling children, teens taking up all the wi-fi, and fighting with my husband for office space, the slow cooker has become my...

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    How to Make a Fabric Face Mask at Home
    4 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 7, 2020

    A big elbow bump to all of you who are pulling out your stacks of fabric scraps to sew face masks for those who need them. While they are not a substitute for personal protective equipment, social distancing and staying home, they can certainly...

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    3 Meal Planning Tips when Cooking for One or Two People
    3 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 2, 2020

    While working in the Hamilton Beach test kitchen today, performing test routines on a number of products, it occurred to me that my whole team is currently working from home and cooking for just one or two people. Our group runs the gamut from a...

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