Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Change of plans...flexibility is a good thing, right? (Look for the give away!)

I'm going to do the stuffed tomatoes tomorrow night. I didn't want two italian-ish dishes two nights in a row. SO, I made up a slow cooker recipe that I will post tonight. I'm calling it, Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken. It smells good so far, hopefully it will taste good. I had some things that needed used up, so I utilized them. No sense in wasting.

Right now, I'm going to share with you a few of my FAVORITE kitchen tools, as well as links where you can get them.

1.) Pressure Cooker

I love, love, love my pressure cooker. It's Kuhn Rikonbrand, and I've been nothing but happy with it. As far as I'm concerned, it's a must have for any kitchen and makes life easier.

2.) Slow Cooker

Another must have, a good slow cooker. I have a small Crock-Potbrand cooker that we got as a wedding gift and it's had MUCH use, and I got my new Crock Pot brand cooker from Costco on an AWESOME sell. You can buy them lots of places though. Just watch for good prices.

3.) Bosch Mixer and Accessories

Notice, I didn't just say "mixer." I LOVE my Bosch Mixer. It is much easier to clean than a KitchenAid and you can prepare many more loaves worth of dough in one batch. Plus, I use the attachments ALL the time. The blender is awesome. Note my smoothies from a while back. I also have the Food Processorand the Slicer/Shredder. All are great! If I'm making treats to take to an event, my Bosch makes the whole process MUCH faster. I can make several dozen cookies with one batch of dough. It's fabulous.

4.) Hand Mixer

I just purchase mine, and again I say it, I am in love. It's so nice to take the lid off the pressure cooker and be able to stick the hand blender right in to blend up soups to the desire consistency. It's great. I haven't used it for much else yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so. I'm sure it's amazing for mashed potatoes, and if I allow myself a milkshake (better be careful,) I can't wait to see this baby in action! Mine is a L'Equip Stick Immersion Blender.

5.) Ginsu Bread Knives

Okay, so they're supposed to be bread knives, but these babies are fantastic. I use them for everything! They are sharp and cut through everything so easy. Not kidding, I have like ten of these babies because I keep buying them, and the ones I bought forever ago are still good. Just because I love my followers, HERE'S A GIVEAWAY: the person who can get the most people to follow my blog in the next week will win TWO free bread knives (or everything knives as I like to call them.) Just have the people who join leave a comment on one of my posts, letting me know you recruited them. Then, I will contact you for mailing info. I will post a link to buy them after the contest ends. :)

As for my kitchen wish list, I want to, someday, invest in a Wondermill, or maybe both the Wondermill and the Wonder Junior. I don't make a lot of bread now, because I don't eat that much, but as my kids get older I want to, and to have my own grain mill to make flour would be awesome. Not to mention healthier and cheaper. Plus, I can make several loaves at a time with the Bosch.

I also really, really, really want a Vitamixblender. They are pretty costly though. I've seen them in action, and they are AMAZING. My Bosch blender works pretty well, better than a lot of other blenders I've seen, but the Vitamix is superb. I can't wait to have one someday. They're $100 off right now, and I still can't afford one, ha ha ha.

Oh, I forgot my rice cooker. I LOVE it. I make rice and Quinoa in it all the time. I've even cooked spelt in it. It works so well and is absolutely worry free. Just put it in and leave it to cook. It even keeps it warm for you once it's done cooking. Awesome. I have the Zojirushi Rice Cooker and Warmer.

Well, leave a comment and let me know what YOUR favorite kitchen tools are!

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Low Cal, Low fat, Slow Cooker Chili....mmmm

Low Cal, Low fat, Slow Cooker Chili....mmmm
Check out the steam coming from the slow cooker!

Served with my Italian Cheese Biscuits...if you want the recipe ask.

Served with my Italian Cheese Biscuits...if you want the recipe ask.

Vegetable Lo Mein with Chicken

Vegetable Lo Mein with Chicken
NOT a food photographer, ha ha ha. Hopefully I'll get better.

Ingredients for Vegetable Lo Mein

Ingredients for Vegetable Lo Mein
Aren't those veggies pretty?