My son is 9 years old and, as with most children, he’s gotten sick many times in his life. Being his mom, I want to make sure that whenever he is sick, I know whether or not he has a fever, along with his other symptoms. This is very important in determining if he’ll go to school and more importantly, if he needs to see his pediatrician.
Because Terri and I are bloggers and live in the Washington, DC area, we were invited by a public relations firm to a Chef Comfort Food Demonstration and Luncheon at Chef Geoff’s in Washington, DC. In addition, representatives from Braun would be there to present their latest technology in thermometers. We were going to learn how to make pumpkin soup from the Chef and also how to easily get an accurate temperature with Braun’s latest thermometers.
Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup
- - 3 oz butter
- - 6 oz yellow onion small diced
- - 9 oz red pepper small diced
- - 3 garlic cloves minced
- - 2 tablespoons chipotle pepper puree
- - 1 15oz can black beans drained
- - 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
- - 2 15oz cans pumpkin puree
- - 5 cups water
- - 2/3 cup brown sugar
- - 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- - 1 teaspoon smoked black pepper
- - 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- - 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- - 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- Melt butter in a 4 quart sauce pan.
- Add garlic, onions and peppers and soften for approximately 5 minutes.
- Add spices, chipotle puree and sugar and let cook 10 minutes.
- Add black beans and tomatoes and let cook 10 more minutes.
- Add pumpkin puree, water and salt.
- Let simmer at least one hour stirring often.
- Taste to make sure the flavors have developed and the raw vegetable flavor is gone.
They were divine! If you’d like to make them yourself, here is the Apple Fritter Recipe.
As we enjoyed our Chef prepared lunch, two representatives from Braun presented their “latest innovation from the # 1 brand in thermometry, the Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer. It is the first thermometer with the convenience of two clinically proven options for temperature taking; completely non-invasive no touch or traditional forehead touch. In just seconds, get the same, professional accuracy whether touching the forehead or holding the thermometer up to 2 inches away.”
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I don’t know about you, but my experience with thermometers has not been a good one. I’ve tried different brands of the under-the-tongue kind and the swipe-across-the-forehead kind. Neither have been accurate or consistent in taking my son’s temperature. It got to the point where I would just feel his forehead and estimate how high his temperature was. I was so happy to see that Braun has come out with this new Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer. Knowing that Braun thermometers are the preferred thermometer for many hospitals and doctors, I was confident that this thermometer was the one we would use going forward.
The Braun representatives also demonstrated their updated ThermoScan Ear Thermometer. “The gold standard in thermometry and the # 1 thermometer brand among pediatricians and moms, the new Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer now has an improved design for an even better user experience. Proven more accurate than rectal and temple measurements, this advanced thermometer is a must have for new and experienced parents.”
Unfortunately, the following day, my son woke up with terrible stomach pains and a low-grade fever. BUT, fortunately, I had my brand new Braun thermometer and was able to confidently take his temperature. I gave him a fever reducer and he was much better later in the day.
DISCLAIMER: I received the Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer for free. However, the expressed opinions in this review are solely my own.