I Can Vouch for That: Part 2

20 Jun

A few months ago I did a post about products and things I liked. Seems you people like that sort of thing so I’m gonna do it again! I don’t think I got quite as crazy as I did last time, but this is all real good stuff. You need all of it. Here goes….

Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar Cleaner: I like this because I can use it for just about everything, including the kitchen counters. I COULD make my own cleaner using vinegar and such, but it stinks… so I buy this! It’s reasonably priced.

Cast Iron Cookware: This item was introduced to me by my friends, Heidi & Paul. Paul especially is big on cooking and loved his cast iron pans. So what did they do? They got me one for my birthday! I use this thing almost every single day. It is a great size, heats evenly, and is unbeatable when it comes to browning. I’ve used it for sauteing onions, grilling steaks and salmon, and for pretty much anything else I can fit into it. It’s oven safe and easy to clean and has a nice tight-fitting lid to go with it. When I get more room in my kitchen I’m going to add a few more of these babies.

Bottled minced/ground garlic and ginger: I love this stuff. Yes, I do have a garlic press but sometimes I’m just too lazy to peel ten million cloves of garlic. The ginger is a real time saver too. I’ve only bought fresh ginger once and it was the last time. I don’t think the flavor is noticeably compromised, it’s way better than dried stuff, and it’s just as fast to use!

Pampered Chef Bag Clips: My mom bought me a bag of clips from the Pampered Chef a few years ago and I love them. I always wished I had more, but for some reason never actually bought any. Recently my mom went to another Pampered Chef party and bought me some more! Yeah! I think they came in a bag of 10 or so in varying sizes. I thought I was set for life. But, I found that I kept grabbing them out of the drawer all the time to use on yet another open bag and what do you know? I ran out AGAIN! I could have 100 of these and use them all up! Anyway, they are very secure so I like them better than regular chip clips, and I haven’t had any of them break on me.

Frozen Chopped Onions: Holy crap, these are my most favorite. Frozen chopped onions? Hello! Awesome. They taste as good as fresh and all the prep work is already done! It saves time and my eyes don’t hurt for hours from chopping onions. I think they’re around $2 a bag which to me is worth it.
Now, as an addition to the things I like, I’m going to add a few things that I tried and DIDN’T like. See? Aren’t I so generous by saving you all from wasting money on crappy stuff?

The Big Red X List

X Silicone Bread Pan: I love silicone stuff. I have a silicone basting brush and spatulas. However, silicone bread pans really suck. I bought this bread pan a few years ago and it’s the worst kitchen related item I think I’ve ever had. The silicone thing was what drew me in… who wouldn’t want their bread to come out of the pan easier? While I’m sure other silicone pans work fine, the one for bread does not. The material isn’t strong enough to hold its shape for bread. The sides bulge out and make the loaf look really dumb. Plus, I don’t think the bread baked as well as is does in a regular bread pan.


4 Responses to “I Can Vouch for That: Part 2”

  1. heidi June 21, 2009 at 3:15 am #

    Kay, Who DOESN'T like Sonatinas? They're irresistible. Today, at my bday party, my student Emily played an ORIGINAL composition of hers–"Cell Phone Sonatina", which involves actual use of the cell phone in the playing of the song, and, Seth's friend Cory who's now my friend too, counseled Emily to strongly consider doing a search on similar titles… Because, while she may be thinking that this composition is original, it might not be. Mozart may very well have been the original person to write "Cell Phone Sonatina." Very helpful, that Cory. You are too! Seriously. I liked all the things you liked, and am determined to hate all the things you hate. Although I am a bit partial to the Blistex in those little jars. But I'm rethinking that.XO–H.p.s. I can't help it. I love the word ver. words. New one: coyable. Am I coyable? Are you? I like the idea of being "cute and coyable." But NOT cloyable. That sounds bad. I think most of my students are pretty dang coyable…

  2. Paul June 24, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    You're right, that is TOTALLY random. Are the frozen chopped onions really any good? I've never even thought about using them, but if it kept me from crying … of course I cry all the time so it may not matter. Just ask Heidi. I cried at our wedding, my sister's wedding, our friends' wedding, last night's episode of The Bachelorette. You know, the usual.

  3. Karen June 24, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    Heidi, I don't condemn ALL Blistex, just this one particular kind. I've used other Blistex products before and they're been fine… so you may continue your use. :DPaul, those onions are actually pretty good. They may not be quite as potent as fresh ones, but I haven't noticed that they negatively affect my food in any way. Plus I usually just use them for quick meals like casseroles and such. Fresh is always better, but these are a VERY close second. Maybe you should stick with the fresh onions though… just keep one in your pocket at all times in case you start crying… then you have something to blame it on 😀

  4. heidi June 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    LOL!!!!!I'm laughing… now I'm sighing. Oh, my poor sweetie. He's such a liar. He NEVER cries. But, I think his pain at knowing WHICH night the Bachelorette is on–and having, completely against his will, gotten somewhat drawn into this season's drama, IS tear-provoking for him. Or, maybe it'd be more accurate to say… Soul-crushing. The poor dear. He's been driven to dishonesty to relieve the tension. Speaking of relief… WHEW! I'm relieved to receive your full permission to enjoy my blue Blistex… I'd feel disloyal otherwise, Your Highness! You cute loyal friend. Thanks for lookin' out for our needs, and conveniences…XO–H.

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