Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gadget Tuesday - My favorite things

Lately I have really stepped up the amount of cooking I am doing with the new business. Thankfully, my husband and I have always been fans of cool kitchen gadgets so I have had plenty of crazy doo dads to help me with the increased cooking load.

Last week I made a batch of Philly Cheesesteak Wraps for a friend. The amount of time and tears that it would take to cut 10 onions was not something that I was looking forward to. Then I remembered I had a new gadget to to try out! It was the Ultimate Mandoline by Pampered Chef. Check it out here - http://www.pamperedchef.biz/nicoleozerova?page=products-detail&categoryId=90&itemId=1087&productId=13773 This is my friend Nicole Ozerova's link, so feel free to browse.

The idea of a mandoline slicer scared me. Something about running my hand over a razor sharp blade made me nervous, but I decided to give it a try. The Ultimate Mandoline makes it so you cant cheat and slice your hand to bits while making wafer thin potato chips. The safety guard has to be on correctly in order for the blade to be positioned for cutting. I was amazed at how fast I was able to take these 4 onions and turn them into.......

this pile of thin onion slices.

In less than 5 minutes I had the onions sliced and in the pan cooking and was putting the cleaned mandoline back in my pantry. The slicer comes with 4 blades:
a crinkle slicer
Adjustable slicer ( what I used for the onions)
and grater

I think my next adventure with this tool will be crinkle cut dried veggie chips. Hrm, in fact that sounds like a great idea. Next weeks gadget will have to be my dehydrator!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 18th

Yes, I know it has been forever since I have posted anything. Life has gotten crazy with kids home for summer and I have started up a new business venture. My new business is food related (of course) and has been kind of taking on a life of its own. At first I started out designing meal plans for friends, then added a premade special and now I am booking and helping people host their own batch parties. So far I am loving it! I get to combine my love of food and cooking with my love of friends and helping people prepare good home cooked meals for their families. It has really been a lot of fun and I can't wait to see which direction it goes next.

Anyway, I hope to get to blogging soon and keeping everyone informed of our latest food adventures. Until then, get to cooking!