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    Pat Schweitzer

    Pat took an interest in food after her very first cheese tasting for a 4-H club project, and the rest is history. She joined Hamilton Beach as the consumer test kitchen manager, where she develops recipes, tests products, and writes product guides. When she’s not at work perfecting the art of the air-fried French fry, you can probably find her whipping something up in the kitchen with her three grandchildren.
    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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    Stocked up? How to Turn Boring Pantry Staples into Extra-Ordinary Meals
    3 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on March 26, 2020

    Remember that classic 90s slasher film, "I Know What You Did Last Summer"? Well judging from the empty shelves at the grocery stores I frequent, I Know What You Bought Last Trip! Your pantries are full of some great ingredients and I bet I know...

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    6 Slow Cooker Pantry Staple Recipes for Hunkering Down at Home with Kids
    3 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on March 18, 2020

    Whether you’re trying to work remote or juggling keeping the kids busy while preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and working remote), there's one thing you can count on - your trusty slow cooker. These six slow cooker recipes can be put...

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    Use your blender to make homemade snow cones this summer
    5 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on July 1, 2018

    UPDATED July 1, 2020: Summer is here and that means we’re doing all we can to stay cool. In my house, that usually involves frozen treats—and lots of them. Ice cream, sorbet, popsicles, snow cones, you name it. Why wait for the ice cream truck to...

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    Introduction to Sous Vide Cooking
    4 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on October 7, 2016

    Sous what? Sous vide (pronounced sue veed) is a method of cooking often used by restaurant chefs. But now sous vide cooking is available to the home cook, thanks to appliances like the Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and 6 QT Slow Cooker....

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    Get Inspired to Spiralize: Spicy Cucumber Salad
    2 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on May 9, 2016

    Have you ever heard of “zoodles?” Zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are spiralized zucchini that are often served as a low-calorie replacement for pasta. 

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    Smoothie Freezer Packs
    2 minute read Written by Pat Schweitzer on April 18, 2016

    UPDATED June 16, 2020: Summer is here and with it comes an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. As the temperature rises, I can’t resist all the colorful produce at the grocery store this time of year and I usually start to incorporate more...

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