Can the Quesadilla Maker Help a Bro to Not Screw Up Dinner?
After browsing through the food section of a popular men's lifestyle magazine one evening, a thought popped into my head: I could really go for some homemade quesadillas.
Lyons A quesadilla maker. Yes, this product really does exist.
Like many food writers, being a good cook is important to me. Like many self-admitted bros, a recipe for disaster is always around the corner. I gathered the ingredients, the girlfriend came by, and I thought I had a pleasant night planned. But by the time the tortillas warmed and I slid my spatula into the pan, I realized my romantic feast had turned into an epic fail.
Perhaps the chorizo wasn't sliced thin enough? Perhaps I needed more cheese? Whatever the case, my dinner fell apart quicker than Paula Deen on The Today Show. I was pissed. I wanted it to be perfect. How do you screw up something so simple? How can you revitalize your cooking confidence after a disaster like this happens? And when your girlfriend shows up with a box that says Black & Decker and you discover she's bought you an idiot-proof quesadilla maker, do you accept defeat or secretly return the item without telling her?
I decided a product review was in order. Hey, at the very least, it would tell me whether it was the tools or the man operating them that was the problem. So I asked a series of questions to determine the machine's worth:
1. Is it bro friendly?
Totally. There are two buttons: a red one for power and a green one that says "ready". You don't have to press anything, you just plug it in and watch as a flour tortilla slowly transforms from pale white to golden brown. You can't screw this up unless you try to. but piling on way too many ingredients should be avoided.
2. Is it better than a frying pan?
Somewhat. You don't have to worry about ruining your dinner with poor flipping technique. There's no risk of splattering, and the tool practically cleans itself. The downside is that smoke occasionally emanates from the machine, which requires you to be on guard in case the smoke detector goes off (with a frying pan, at least, you can work underneath a hood). I suppose I give the machine the edge over the frying pan based on the fact it makes cool lines on the tortilla making it easy to cut your snack into equal pieces.