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1 – Vegetable Peeler Y-Shaped Ergonomic Handle
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I’m a very lucky girl, in that my boyfriend (besides being the amazing, super supportive person he is) also happens to be an AH-MAZZZINGG cook! Me on the other hand, not so much. I avoid the kitchen as much as possible, so when I get asked to review cooking products for my blog, I hand them over to my boyfriend and let him have at it! But I actually got a really unique cooking device I had heard of before but never tried out until this week, and since Troy and I had an extremely busy weekend traveling back and forth to Wyoming to fix up my rental, I got stuck with the device to try out all by myself. Let’s just say I was intimidated. I looked at the Vegetable Spiralizer and the box, and well there wasn’t any directions so I’m instantly even more nervous. I went to the Amazon page to see how to work it and well, I found a TON of great reviews on it. People love this thing! (And it actually works the way you think it will- very easily, so no need for instructions.) But after reading how much people are loving this, it made me a little more excited to try it. You can use it to cut many different types of vegetables and fruits into pretty spiralized noodles. I found that it came with three different blades for getting different cuts, one gives you a shoestring type of noodle, another gives you ribbon noodles, and the third gives you flat accordion spirals.
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I did run into a little trouble switching the blades but found that if you push down on it where it connects at the bottom, then it pops right out. But once I figured it out, oh my gosh you guys, I had a hay day with this thing! I had no idea how fun it would be. Remember.. I absolutely despise cooking and anything to do with it? If it wasn’t for my boyfriend who regularly prepares amazingly delicious meals, I would (and have lived on) just eating Vegetarian TV dinners. Prep work is my least favorite thing about cooking, so this thing kind of blew my mind because it’s prep work, but it makes cooking actually fun! Seriously, I tried a tomato first with the flat accordion spiral blade, and thought, huh, that was pretty easy and it’s actually fun! Then I went nuts! I started grabbing every veggie and fruit I had in the fridge and tried it out on this thing! I tried lemons (and ended up with some really yummy pretty lemon water), red pepper, zucchini, onion, even strawberries. The strawberries didn’t quite look as great as the others but were still fun to eat. In fact, the only thing I found that didn’t work so well, was celery. And that is because it’s just too long and thin for the spiralizer to really get a good grip on it and keep it spinning to spiralize.
Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert recipe that will wow your family, or that special someone? Terra’s Kitchen‘s is packed with love and flavor, not to mention also low in sugar! A Valentine’s Day (or any day) chocolate indulgence with half the guilt and twice the jolt. This decadent, delicious mix of chocolaty goodness, with a hint of coffee flavor, is the perfect ending to an amazing Valentine’s Day dinner!
Valentine’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake
- 2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
- 2/3 cup high-quality cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream
- 5 tablespoons cold brewed coffee (we use Baltimore-based Zeke’s Coffee)
- Butter Coffee Pour Over (recipe to follow)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Generously grease a Bundt pan with butter (we used a heart-shaped Bundt for Valentine’s Day). Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream and coffee and mix until combined.
- Gradually add the dry JUST until incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt and bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes).
- Remove the cake from the oven and pour Butter Coffee Pour Over mixture over the hot cake. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan onto a plate or cake stand. Remove the pan and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar before serving.
Butter Coffee Pour Over
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup brewed dark roast coffee (we use Zeke’s Coffee)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Add ingredients to a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
I’ll admit, I’m not much of a cook, so anytime I can get some help in the kitchen (and that includes fantastic cooking tools that make me look better!) I’m all over it!
I have never used cast iron before as it always seemed like camping cookware to me, and something you only use over an open fire! I was actually really surprised to learn that Cast Iron can be used for tons of different methods of cooking inside or outside! In fact, you can even bake with them! They can be used for braising, grilling, sauteing, broiling, frying, and searing too! I personally love how you can move it right from the stove top to the oven, and this awesome cookware can also be used on the grill and of course, over the campfire as well! Cast Iron can also last forever, so you only have to invest once in a good set and you can pass it down from generation to generation!
I got to try out an awesome (and totally affordable!) cast iron set over the last few weeks, from Crucible Cookware. The set includes 4 skillets (from big to small) and Large and small silicon pan holders to protect the hands while cooking! This set is super high quality and comes pre-seasoned (although you may want to season again like I did – never can be too careful!) When a cast iron pan is seasoned, it means that it becomes a non-stick surface, like Teflon but so much better because you don’t have the harmful chemicals coming off it while cooking like you get when using Teflon! This surface makes it incredibly easy to cook with and super easy to clean too. Cast Iron should never be used with soap or an abrasive scouring pad, nor should it be set out to air dry. Just quickly give it a good rinse after using and wipe down and dry with a paper towel, and you’re good to go! It couldn’t be easier, which makes it a great set for the lazy cook too- which you know I am!