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A 12-piece Cuisinart stainless steel cookware set that’s 60 percent off? Yes, please. A Vitamix blender that’s 25 percent off? We’ll take two. (We have to buy some presents.) Scroll down for these and eight other tremendous Amazon Black Friday deals that’ll make cooking a pleasure and help cross names off your holiday list.
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You don’t have to go to the Culinary Institute to get this stunning Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set. At an unbelievable $420 discount, this all-star team of the kitchen consists of two covered saucepans; two open skillets; a 3.5-quart covered sauté pan; an 8-quart covered stockpot; and steamer insert with lid. Its professional triple-ply construction features a core of pure aluminum and a brushed stainless exterior. And the tight-fitting covers seal in nutrients for delicious results, every single time you cook.
One reviewer raved: “This set makes me feel like I CAN make more than just something to eat. We’re actually making delicious meals, and it created a ‘drive’ to cook better because we know we are capable! I can now see that stainless steel really does cook food better than nonstick.”
Brush up on your French cooking with the Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, one of the most versatile kitchen allies you’ll ever have. And it’s now $20 off! It’s suitable for the microwave, freezer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and broiler. And with efficient heat distribution, these don’t need much oil compared to other cast iron brands — instead, repeated use builds up a natural patina that helps keep it nonstick.
This supermom wrote: “I gave this to daughter for her birthday, I figured she was worth the best in class. I’ve had mine for decades now and think it’s a great little worker. You will love it, too.”
The Elechomes XL 18.5 Quart Air Fryer Oven is the ideal multitasker. Toaster? Gone. Deep fryer? Gone. Toaster oven? Gone. Dehydrator? Gone! One simple, multifunction, attractive, high-quality appliance to rule them all! You can roast a whole 4-lb. chicken or pizza for two, whip up a plate of fries. It accommodates full meals and can even cook on three racks at once. It has 12 preset functions on its LED touchscreen including chicken, seafood, steak, shrimp and pizza, and you can also set cooking time and temperature. No hassle, no mess. And here’s something tasty: It’s $93 off!
“It is great for cooking for a family,” said this happy customer. “I can cook a 10″ pizza, rotisserie chicken and more. It has three racks, so that means a lot of chicken wings or fries. Every vegetable tastes better when air-fried.”
There are tons of options at your fingertips with the Ninja Foodi 12-in-1 Deluxe XL 8 Qt. Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer. This perfect kitchen companion is now discounted $110! There are 12 programmable cooking functions such as Pressure Cook, Air Fry/Air Crisp, Steam, Slow Cook, Yogurt, Sear/Sauté, Bake, Roast, Broil, Dehydrate, Sous Vide and Keep Warm. Quickly pressure-cook your meals to lock in juices, then give them a crispy, golden air-fried finish. Steam and broil up to eight chicken breasts at once. And if you need some cooking inspo, the Foodi comes with 45 delicious recipes to get you started.
“This has changed the way we cook,” said this over-the-moon user. “You can cook practically anything in it. I find it great for cooking side dishes while your main dish is in the oven (e.g., making roasted potatoes while you have a meat dish cooking at low temp in the oven). You can rapidly air-fry french fries, tots, toasted ravioli, crab rangoon, etc. No one will probably ever read this review, given the other 19,000 glowing write-ups, but I felt compelled to add to the positive reviews. If you did read this, I hope it helps you.” I did, and it did. Thanks!
There are many coffee makers out there, but how many brew a superior-tasting blend and have red knobs? And are $139 off? The Wolf Gourmet Programmable Coffee Maker is all these things and more. It uses the optimal brewing temperature and extraction method and perfect timing to craft a sublime cup of coffee. A built-in scale weighs coffee grounds as you add them to the brew basket to ensure the ideal joe-to-water ratio. Adjustable brew strength from mild to bold puts you in control when you really need a strong cup. Or five. The 10-cup carafe with double-wall construction keeps coffee hot and fresh, and the removable side-access reservoir can be filled right in the sink.
Customers are so drawn to the Wolf coffee make that you’d think it’s magnetic. This caffeinated customer who titled their review “My Best Friend” wrote: “Who wouldn’t love this? It’s everything I wanted AND red knobs. The coffee stays hot but not ‘I’m gonna sue you’ hot. I love it.”
With its five program settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts and Self-Cleaning); touchscreen controls giving the machine a sleek silhouette; Variable Speed Control and Pulse features let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe; and an iOS + Android app that offers more than 500 recipes, the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender is worth every penny. But now you can save a few pennies because it’s discounted $175!
“The best of the best,” this Vitamix fan gushed. “I’ve been wanting a Vitamix for a while now, and I’m so happy I finally made the purchase. This thing is a workhorse! As a peanut butter junkie, Vitamix scratches that itch. Ice cream and smoothies are also a breeze…. I was afraid of a learning curve, but the A3500 makes blending so easy. My favorite feature is the set and walk away…or maybe it’s the use of the Vitamix app to control my blend? Either way this thing has changed my nutritional life.”
Henckels has been making knives in Solingen, Germany since 1731. So they know their business. And the Henckels Statement Kitchen Knife Set — now discounted an unbelievable $200 — does indeed make a statement. The set includes a 3-inch paring knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, 7-inch hollow-edge Santoku knife, 8-inch chef’s knife, 8-inch bread knife, six 4.5-inch steak knives, sharpening steel, kitchen shears, and a brawny hardwood block to handle them all.
The knives are made of high-quality stainless steel, their fine-edge blades precision cut, and honed for long-lasting sharpness. Naturally they feature Henckels’ signature triple-rivet handles, ergonomically curved for comfort. They’re dishwasher-safe, though hand washing is recommended.
“I use a knife or tool from this set every day,” this Henckel fan reported. “Having a good, solid, sharp knife set in the kitchen is very important if you’re preparing fresh food regularly. It saves time and frustration, and it is safer if you have the correct and functional tools. These Henckel knives and the block look good on the countertop.”
So you love to bake, but the size of your kitchen makes it a bit…unwieldy? Well, say hello to the (now $50 off) KitchenAid Artisan Mini Plus! It has the same power as the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, but its size makes it easier to move around and it takes up less counter space. Sporting a durable and built-to-last metal construction, this 3.5-quart stainless steel bowl is perfect for smaller yields, though you can mix up five dozen cookies in a single batch. Easily add ingredients with the tilt-head design, because you’ll have better access to the bowl. There are 10 speeds for any task or recipe, and it can accommodate more than 10 attachments (sold separately) to make fresh pasta, burgers, veggie noodles, salads and more.
This Mini customer bestowed some maxi love: “The Mini is perfect for everything that doesn’t need the capacity of my full-size Kitchenaid. It’s great for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc., but it’s also ideal for making small-batch cookie dough, dinner rolls, single loaves of yeast bread, crumble toppings, and on and on! Plus, she’s pretty!….For those who don’t have the space for a full-size mixer, this is the thing!”
Want fresh pasta but not store-bought “fresh”? Well, use your noodle and pick up Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker Plus, now $100 off! It automatically mixes, kneads and creates your favorites — up to half a pound pasta in as little as 10 minutes. Philips also offers room for experimentation, allowing an unlimited number of ingredients like vegetable juices, herbs, and flours to create healthy and delicious gourmet, gluten-free, and colorful dishes. Bring out the best in spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, and lasagna. And hey, gnocchi fans — it also makes dumplings!
This reviewer is still crazy about it after two and a half years. “I’m in love,” he professed. “Had it unboxed, in the kitchen, and making pasta within 15 minutes. The water took longer to boil. I made penne and served it with the sauce I had spent the previous six hours cooking. I’m so excited to make lasagna.” We are, too!
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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Amazon Alexa is accessible to people outside the US; here’s how
Alexa fans outside the United States long to access the technology in their own country. Alexa was initially launched as an exclusive service in the United States in 2014.
As for 2021, the voice assistant will be accessible in over 40 countries, but you’ll have to take a different route.
Can you use Alexa in unsupported countries?
You can access Alexa outside of the United States, but Amazon has added so many barriers that it will take so much effort for it to work, according to android authority.
For starters, you’ll need an international version of the Amazon Echo Dot, a first-generation Amazon Echo Plus, or a second-generation Amazon Echo.
It should be possible for you to buy one or more of these devices on Amazon, but chances are you will have to order the device from Amazon UK, Amazon US or Amazon Germany, and it will cost quite a bit, especially at shipment.
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You also need to download the Alex app for iPhone, iPad or Android. You can set up the device through Alexa’s official website alexa.amazon.com. However, the app is needed for full control over routines and settings.
If the app isn’t available in your area, you’ll need to temporarily change the location and billing settings for the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones.
Please note that this step is not practical as there is a possibility that it will harm the other app subscriptions you have signed up in front of.
Some Alexa features are blocked on Amazon Echo international models. These Alexa features include shopping, news, business, and traffic.
Also, some skills will not work, such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Audible, which are exclusive to the United States.
In different regions, you can use TuneIn Radio, Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Smart home features do work, such as timers, alarms, calendar, weather, and to-do list. You can also access newsletters, as long as they are region specific.
Before purchasing an Alexa-enabled device, please check the product pages to find out what restrictions apply in your country.
Keep in mind that Alexa can speak Spanish, German or English on international Echo models, so you can only choose between the three.
Which countries support Alexa?
The countries that support Alexa are United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, India, Belgium, Chile, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Greece, Finland, Iceland and Hungary.
The Alexa service is also accessible in Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Peru, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Uruguay and Sweden.
Alexa has several abilities that are beneficial to the user, including the Alexa Guard which protects your home as it uses the microphone in the Echo devices to listen for signs of intrusion.
You can also use the Audible skill so that you can hear an audiobook read aloud. There is also a free book that you can read monthly, according to Business Insider.
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Dual polarization weather radar protects us every day
On a lazy Sunday morning, I asked my Twitter followers what they would like me to write about in this space. Andrew Hatter suggested I do something on dual-polarization radar. Going through my previous articles from the past 5 years, I really hadn’t written much about it. That’s my fault, everyone. Dual polarization is a critical tool of the National Weather Service and is used daily to protect us.
First I need to give a little “weather radar 101”. Many of us teaching weather radar often cite Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) as a byproduct of World War II. During that time, it became very apparent that annoying “precipitation-related” noise on radar was hampering the radar’s intended military needs. However, the National Weather Service website points out that “the fundamental principle underlying all radars was first observed in 1886 by the physicist Heinrich Hertz when he discovered that electromagnetic waves could be reflected off various objects and even into beams could be focused by appropriate reflectors.” For a deep dive into the history of weather radar, visit this clutch.
At this point, I want to fast-forward to the 1950s. The WSR-57 radar system was adopted by the United States Weather Bureau and the US Navy. This was an S-band (~10 cm wavelength) system that has been the backbone of US radar weather monitoring for over 30 years. It evolved from an experimental X-band system. In the 1970s, the WSR-74 system came into use. At this point, some readers might say, “What the hell are you talking about Dr. Shepherd with all this talk about alphabet soup?
Weather radars send a pulse of microwave energy into the clouds. Some of that energy is scattered back to the radar from the volume of scattering (raindrops, hailstones, insects, and so on). The different frequencies commonly used in radar meteorology are shown in the image above. For example, the S band frequencies are less prone to attenuation than bands with lower wavelengths and have a longer range. If you have satellite TV, you know what attenuation is when it rains hard and your signal is lost.
About the time I entered college in the late 1980s, the National Weather Service, the Department of Defense, and other partners upgraded the U.S. weather radar network to the WSR-88D “S” band system. This was part of the Modernizing the National Weather Service effort in the early 1990s. These radars introduced the life-saving ability of Doppler-shifted phases. Since we know the phase (shape, position, shape, frequency) in which the radar beam was emitted, as scatterers (raindrops, etc.) move will shift the phase of the returning radar echo. From that information we can deduce the speed towards or away from the radar (radial speed is not a real wind speed by the way). This Doppler effect also explains why the pitch of the train’s horn sounds different as it approaches and moves away from you. With such information, meteorologists can now detect rotation in storms that could indicate a tornado. In fact, most tornado warnings today are based on Doppler radar identification. My master’s degree involved using early WSR-88D radar data to track and locate landfall hurricanes.
Okay, we’ve finally reached dual polarization. According to NOAA website“Dual-polarimetric radar transmits and receives pulses in both horizontal and vertical directions.” This means that the returned echoes contain information in both directions about the raindrops, snowflakes, sleet and hailstones. Better information about the shape, size and composition of the targets allows for better discrimination of the type of precipitation (e.g. is it heavy rain or hail? or is it snow or icy rain?) There are even products that can be derived from dual-polarization radar that can help identify tornado-related debris in real time and improve rainfall estimation.
The National Weather Service began the transition to dual-polarization radar in early 2010. According to the National Weather Service, the first upgraded “dual-pol” system (NWS WSR-88DP) at Vance Air Force Base near Enid, Oklahoma. Since this installation in 2011, the National Weather Service has upgraded more than 150 operational radars in the US and its territories.
The image above is a good example of how dual polarization products (correlation coefficient (CC) and differential reflectivity (ZDR) supplemented standard reflectivity products and Doppler rotational patterns (SRM) to confirm that the radar sampled tornado debris thrown into the air. below illustrates how dual polarization radar helped forecasters better determine the location of rainfall versus snowfall in New York.
For more information on how dual polarization is used in weather forecasting, visit this: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory website.
Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own ‘Dumb’ Election Lies
The twice-indicted former President Donald Trump made a brief statement Saturday night that appeared to inadvertently disprove his own long-running (and false) claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him. “Anyone who doesn’t think there was no mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid or very corrupt!” read the statement.
Trump’s (apparently) coincidental double-negative means the opposite of what Trump and countless conservatives have falsely claimed about the 2020 presidential outcome. During the end of his presidency, Trump led a failed, anti-democratic and sometimes deadly GOP crusade based on allegations of electoral fraud, to try to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. Trump and several figures in the Republican Party have continued to push these lies in their efforts to conduct an increasing number of election and voting campaigns across the country.
Trump spokespersons did not respond to messages Saturday seeking clarification as to whether the ex-president and current GOP leader meant the opposite of what he said in his written statement, or whether Trump actually admitted that he was either incredibly stupid or was astonishingly corrupt.
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