We live in an itty bitty condo. Our kitchen is incredibly small. My work space is literally roughly the size of a placemat. I’m not kidding! We have things on our counter top (small blender, microwave, coffee brewer) but the two largest items (brewer and microwave) are on the side counter which could not be used for much anyway.
I don’t have the gourmet kitchen of my dreams. I wish I did, or even close to it.
I can’t decorate my kitchen the way I truly want to, but that doesn’t mean I need to settle either.
I have a nice assortment of pots and pans – some even handed down to me from my mother in law and grandmother. Let’s just say those are “well seasoned.”
I guess back in the day you didn’t have much choices with pots and pans. They were all metal colored (some with copper bottoms). While those are find, they are rather bland looking and don’t bring much to your kitchen’s decor. I like pots and pans with a bit of pizazz to them – something that makes them stand out.
A year or so ago I received a pasta pot from a company called Bialetti. They are Italy’s #1 cookware and stove top coffee maker.
I love my pasta pot. I use it many times throughout the week, and not just for pasta. I use it to make soup, stew, lentils, boiled potatoes and of course pasta. The strainer built right into the lid is the best part about it. I don’t need a separate colander.
Another thing that I really like about my Bialetti pasta pot is the color – it’s purple. It’s not the boring old metal color. It really stands out in my kitchen when it’s on the stove and I like that. My eye goes right to it when I walk into the kitchen.
Bialetti offers their products in a variety of colors including a really cool granite looking color. You can even find colors like orange and Robin’s Egg blue.
The brand recently launched Illuminate 10” sauté pans to bring light and funds to worthy causes and the charities that support them, with 10% of all sales going to each pan’s designated cause, including:
Illuminate Pink supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides help and inspires hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.
Illuminate Blue supports Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.
Illuminate Yellow, supports clean water projects through charity:water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Illuminate’s coating is non-toxic by being PTFE- free and PFOA-free, and is eco-friendly as the coating is applied at a low temperature, leading to a lower emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. Each pan is sold individual for an MSRP of $29.99 at www.bialetti.com and amazon.com.
Bialetti sent me one of their new Illuminate pans to check out for myself. They asked which color I would like. To be honest all the colors are awesome so I asked that they send me any color – just surprise me!
I received to review the Illuminate Yellow pan. I LOVE IT! It’s so bright and cheery. The color really “pops” and stands out in my kitchen.
Our kitchen used to be painted a dull yellow. Currently it’s blue. After seeing the pan in person I’m tempted to repaint the kitchen yellow again. Yellow is such bight and cheery color.
I LOVE the white inside. Normally pans are a metal color on the inside. It’s unusual to see pure white.
I was reluctant to use the pan. I didn’t want to ruin the clean, crisp white inside. Thankfully the pan washes beautifully. I’ve used the pan several times so far from eggs to veggie patties and each time the pan cleans up nicely and the pure white color is still in tact.
I wouldn’t mind more of these types of pans with colorful outsides and beautiful white insides.
The pan is non-stick and as I mentioned before, cleans up perfectly. It’s a decent size too – not too big and not too small. It’s not that heavy either.
Look for Bialetti products at the links (mentioned above). You can also check out the brand on social media. The links are found on the bottom right of their website.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 19, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.