Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Faves in the Kitchen

I have a lot of cooking to do each week with a big family, which a) I enjoy b) I've cut down on dinner prep with freezer cooking c) have a few kitchen gadgets I couldn't live without.

This first one is the Misto M100S Gourmet Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer (I got mine on  I know this isn't a new concept, and I've had other types over the years, but this one rocks!  It really does spray a fine mist which is what you want for coating cake pans, muffin tins when trying to cook with less fat.  You have more control over how much fat goes in your meals, along with zero propellants (unlike Pam).  When you use the Misto, you push the top down several times to add pressure in the base and then spray.

The second gadget I received as a gift: a pair of scissor salad choppers from Pampered Chef.  This do-dad has become a great help when prepping salads, nuts, olives, really anything that needs chopping.  You hold them vertically and put the food to be chopped in a bowl and then go to town making a scooping/chopping motion.  We eat Greek salad several times a week with our dinner, and the time it saves me cutting up the feta, olives, and lettuce makes it a snap to get it on the table.

This is my all-time favorite gadget!  My Vidalia Chop Wizard by Progressive (I purchased it at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon) has made my least favorite job in the kitchen almost fun!  I'm not a perfectionist, but I do know that evenly cut onions cook evenly as well, and look a lot better in a dish.  When setting out onions for our chili as garnish, I have this perfectly cut bowl of tiny-dice onions.   I also use this to dice potatoes and carrots for soups and hash browns.  So many uses!  Apparently this is an 'As Seen On TV' product, which I have to be honest-I usually laugh at:)  Just not this one;).


  1. That Chop Wizard looks cool! How are the blades situated? are they verrtical blades close together? <3 CB

  2. It's actually a grid, so slice the onion first, then place it in and slam down the chopper-so much fun!

  3. I will have to look into it! Quick off topic - at QFC/Fred Meyer when one downloads mfg coupons to advantage card - am I still allowed to use a paper coupon on top of it or is it considered doubling up, thus making it not allowed? Thanx :-) CB You can FB me if that's easier too <3

  4. Well, I just called down to QFC to satiate my curiousity. The managers said it was a new program and they think that you're allowed to use printed coupons from the paper w/o them being considered doubled. And, the Fred Meyer card works at QFC, but not the other way around. Have a great day :-)

  5. I'm glad you called. At our FM, they won't let you use the ecoupon and paper. But that was a while ago when they started it and maybe it's can even differ from different FM's in the same city. I don't do a lot of shopping at FM, mostly Winco for non-coupon purchases.

  6. I tried it Wednesday at QFC with the e-coupon and the paper one and the machine took it just fine. Yay!!