Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review of Farberware Spiraletti...Fruit & Vegetable Slicer

A few weeks ago I was notified by Taste of Home that a kitchen gadget was being sent to me for an honest Volunteer Field Editor review of the product.  Shortly after being notified, the Farberware Spiraletti showed up at my door. How fun is that?!

Because it was a crazy week with work and kids when it came, I had to wait before I could set it up and play with it...I mean use it and provide my honest review.  (I LOVE kitchen gadgets...it always seems like I get to play when I get a new one.)

Finally the time came, and I could try out the Farberware Spiraletti.  (Who else hears VegoMatic 3000 in their head when they say the real name?  Ok, maybe it's just me.)


I got it out and set it up, which was very easy...it comes setup essentially.  I quickly realized it was designed more for left-handed people if placed with the cutting blades and what appeared to be the "front" facing towards me.

So I just turned it around, stuck it to the counter (with the amazingly strong suction cups that are on the bottom for stability - which is a huge plus in my opinion), peeled a sweet potato, put in the Thick Spiral blade (green), put the sweet potato into position, started cranking with my right hand and using the Push Handle with my left (takes a little coordination, but easy to figure out quickly), and abracadabra...beautiful, orange spirally ribbons of sweet potato...SUCCESS!

I actually couldn't believe how easy and fast it all went once I got in my spiralizing groove.  I have used a handheld version in the past, and while I have had success with it as well, it is very messy and very time consuming.  It's also very picky about what it will spiralize and what it won't.

Aren't those orange ribbons of sweet potato gorgeous?  I think they are real beauts.  I did zucchini with the green and orange blades as well and had the same success.

Now let's talk about cleanup.  It cleans up like a champ. I essentially rinsed each part, dunked them in soapy water, rinsed again, and let air dry.  Done!

So, in a nut shell...I loved it...I will use it over and over again...I will give it a great review...and...I will be giving it as a birthday gift to my sister (ssshhhh...don't tell her).

And I think you should give it as a gift, too!  (Here's an Amazon.com link to make it easier for you... https://www.amazon.com/Farberware-Spiraletti-Spiral-Vegetable-Colored/dp/B0176B90JW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474390745&sr=8-1&keywords=faberware+spiraletti)

Eat, pray, love,


Friday, September 16, 2016

Simple & Delicious Cookbook Binder...meets Thursday night!

It's been a super busy week...work has been jammed packed with meetings, an employee resigning, demanding clients, & the list goes on & on.  The Littles have had a busy schedule as well with our caseworker's monthly home visit (we have 2 foster daughters), Little #2 turning 3, newly turned 3 year old's well-being checkup, etc.  And, the hubs starts his new position on Friday.

So there I sat on Thursday night with no dinner plans...to the Taste of Home Simple & Delicious Cookbook Binder I go!

I pull out the list of possibilities I made when I first got the cookbook and immediately find the one...Quick Chicken & Wild Rice Soup...the word "Quick" sealed the deal.  And a bonus...I can do it in my Tupperware microwave pressure cooker (this bad boy is a whole other post...if you've never heard of it, go check it out...it's worth every single dime) - making Quick even Quicker. The recipe calls for a stove top prep., but I've learned soups do fabulous in the pressure cooker so I know it will be fine. Not to mention, the chicken can be frozen and still come out cooked perfectly after only 30 mins...which mine was, because of lack of planning...again.

So everybody went into the pool (even the rice - uncooked), the lid went on, and 30 mins. later...fabulous, yummy Quick Chicken & Wild Rice Soup!  It was definitely simple & very delicious.  The flavors all melded together and became a lightly creamy and rich tasting soup.  Very satisfying and filling.  This one will for sure be added to my, What the heck's for dinner tonight? list. It is a 5-star winner in my book!  (The only adjustment I made was adding corn.  We're a love some corn in our chicken soup kind of family.)

Just another reason - or should I say, another recipe - as to why everyone needs this new cookbook.

Until next time...

Eat, pray, love,


PS:  Links to buy this amazing cookbook...Simple & Delicious Cookbook Binder...can be found in the previous post.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Simple & Delicous Cookbook Binder...OMGoodness!

I'm back...and hopefully back for good...it's been a lonnnng time, but I was given a great opportunity from Taste of Home and had to get back in the saddle again...so, here goes..blog on...

It all started a couple of weeks ago when  I received this amazing new cookbook from Taste of Home (TOH) in the mail.  It's called Simple & Delicious Cookbook, and it's a binder chucked full (1,314 recipes full!) of yummy and easy recipes.  My first thought was...oops...I must ordered it and totally forgot.  Then, upon checking Facebook, I found out that I had received a message from the Volunteer Food Editor's (VFE) illustrious mentor & leader, Susan, informing me that I had been chosen to review said cookbook.  My next thought was...Score!

Once I got the Littles to bed that night, I began perusing the cookbook making a list of possible recipes to try and review.  I only made it half way through the book and already had chosen 2 pages of options.  Boy is my family going to eat good this next month.  :)

Not only are there a ton of fabulous recipes, the binder is organized by categories with a summary of recipe names and pics on the back of each tabbed title page.  How easy is that?!  You decide what type of recipe you'd like to make, go to that category and choose away.  Not only have they packed this awesome cookbook with tons of recipes, they have included several pictures of the completed recipes.  Buyer beware...you will drool on this cookbook...however, the pages clean up nicely...smart move TOH, smart move!

But wait...there's more...not only do you get 1,314 recipes with the purchase of this fabtabulous cookbook, you also get a card in the front the of the book that once completed and returned to TOH you get a FULL year's subscription to Taste of Home magazine.  You heard me right...a FULL year of TOH...why would you not get this cookbook?!  I know, MIND.BLOWN.

For the next couple of weeks I will be posting reviews of my top recipe picks.  For my first review I chose to make the Avocado Bean Dip from page 47.  How could you go wrong with a hummus-guacamole-ish dip, right?  And it did not disappoint.

It was fast, easy and tastes amazing.  This will definitely be a go-to dip for parties, get togethers and just plain old Wednesdays. And as a bonus...it's actually pretty good for you.  Beans, avocado, lime, spices...eat it with tortilla chips or fresh veggies and you have a great snack packed full of healthy fats and lots of protein. The kids (& the hubs) won't even know it's good for them.

My first recipe will definitely be getting 5-stars from me and will become a part of my dip line-up for years to come.

 I know what you must be thinking by now..."How do I get my own copy of this amazing cookbook that I'm sure to not be able to live without AND my FULL year of TOH magazine?"

It's simple...follow one of these links...You're welcome!  ;)

 Simple & Delicious Cookbook Binder - tasteofhome.com


Simple & Delicious Cookbook Binder - amazon.com

Well, that's about it for this post.  I'll be back soon with another incredible recipe to share.  Have a great day!

Eat, pray, love,