Ed’s Story

Hi, I’m Ed, founder of smallkitchenappliancesforyou.com a site dedicated to helping you find, understand, install, care for and cook with today’s small kitchen appliances.

For the past 20+ years, I have owned and operated a restaurant as well as traveled around the world, cooking for myself during longer stays in foreign countries. My wonderful wife looks after our restaurant and is an excellent cook. Our common interest in cooking keeps us looking for the best equipment both in our restaurant and at home.

We have four terrific children, now adults, some with families of their own. Three of them have followed us in the food and hospitality industry. Our eldest is the darling daughter who now is general manager at a leading national restaurant chain. Our eldest son is an excellent cook in his own right, also the kitchen manager and business administrator at our restaurant. Our youngest son graduated chef school to become a sous-chef at a local fine dining restaurant. Our middle son, after working many years in our restaurant, decided to take a different path in life to work with his hands as a plumber/pipefitter (oh well, can’t have it all, lol), and give himself more time to be with his growing family.

We’re here to help you share some of our experience and lessons learned over the years. Please read our blog and don’t hesitate to make comments and ask questions that we will be happy to answer quickly. Contact us by email at ed@smallkitchenappliancesforyou.com

4 Replies to “Ed’s Story”

  1. Hi Ed,

    Thanks for your comprehensive review on VitaClay! However, these information is not accurate on the CON’s–

    “It must be properly seasoned before using to keep it from cracking. It’s easily done just like you would season a cast-iron pot. ”

    This is not correct. You DO NOT NEED to season or soak it before first time use it! Simply use mild soup to wash it and hot running water to clean before use it.

    “Slight inconvenience – you should always soak the clay pot in water every time before using it.”

    No, this is not correct. You DO NOT NEED to soak the clay pot in water every time before using it.

    “The clay pot and clay lid get hot when cooking. Use oven gloves or a towel to handle the lid and pot when removing from the cooker to prevent burns. ”

    This is a common sense like any pot. We did improve the lid handle for easy pick up with oven gloves plus we provide a lid lifter inside the package to help pick up hot lid easy.

    I hope I addressed these concerns. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to VItaClay at media@essenergy.com. Thank you!


    1. Hi,

      Thank-you very much for your comments. The review has been corrected accordingly. I try to keep my reviews as honest and accurate as possible and your feedback is invaluable in this regard.


  2. Hi Ed!

    It’s a pleasure making your acquaintance! I cooked professionally for a few years myself and it’s a real treat to find such a nice website.

    It sounds like you guys have a pretty good thing going on with the restaurant business!

    Anyway, nice chatting with you and hope to read many more quality articles on here.

    Take care,

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the comment, the restaurant business has been really good for my family. A pleasure to chat with you as well, I look forward to hearing from you again.


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