Salsa Charlene

mom came home from visiting and brought me a few bites of this wonderful salsa

the next day i headed to the farmer’s market and grocery store to make some of the salsa for us~~and my expensive chopper turned it all into a liquid so she

called her friend to find the name of the chopper they have~~i got on the internet that afternoon and ordered one for us

the gourmet quick chop 2000 works like a charm

and us jesco

gave me one to give away to my readers~~enter here {there are three ways to enter and you can enter as many times as you wish}

but the recipe listed in the recipe booklet that came with the gourment quick chop 2000  is an excellent salsa

and like many cooks, i have adjusted the original recipe for the way i like to cook things,

2 medium ripe tomatoes (quartered)

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1/4 medium size  purple onion

8 springs of cilantro

4 cloves of garlic

2 tsp of lemon juice

2 tsp of lime juice

3 serrano peppers (1 for mild, 2 for medium~~and if you remove the seeds it will be even a milder hot pepper)

use the gourmet quick chop 2000 to obtain consistency desired~~the gourmet quick chop 2000 allows you to easily control the finer cuts while a few less spin will result in larger chunks~~i love the way it chops garlic with a few spins a very fine chop can be obtained and a few less spins~~perfect size tomatoes


ways to win a gourmet quick chop 2000

to enter the grand blogopening of this cooking blog

us jesco gave me a gourmet quick chop 2000

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to give away on my blog

to enter go to the original post to comment

tweet the post for another way to enter~~comment linking the tweet on the original post

and if you blog about this site on your blog you can enter for another chance to win,

link the blog post to the original post

and you can enter to win as many times as you want by any of the three ways


cc’s cold spaghetti pasta salad

this makes a bunch~about 8 servings~and it will keep up to four days~but we never have any left after 3 days~~

1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti {or other pasta} undercook slightly {about 2 minutes less than normal} drain,rinse with cold water and put in colander with some ice cubes to stop the cooking process

one bell pepper

2 stalks of celery(single stalks, not the bunch)

1 med red onion

1 small can of black olives

4 to 5 cloves of garlic

i chop these with my gourmet quick chop 2000 from us jasco while the pasta is cooking {{and don’t forget to enter to win by august 15, 2009}}

when the ice has melted and the spaghetti is well drained, add the following mixture to the pasta

4 ounces of calantina dressing

4 ounces of zesty italian dressing

4 ounces of balsamic wine italian dressing (i use paul newman’s)

1 package of powdered zesty italian dressing seasoning mix

4 tablespoons of freshly ground italian seasoning

fresh herbs if available

then add 3 ounces of freshly grated parmesan cheese

then i add the chopped vegetables and pepperoni slices cut into 1/4 or diced if i can find a pepperoni stick

place in a airtight container and chill~~i sometimes need to add more dressing to make it moist

best served the next day{or later}  if you can stay out of it




garlic cheese biscuits

most everything i bake or cook i make from scratch~~the way my grandma did~and i love recipes which have lots of ingredients and steps ~just because i get into cooking so much

but one of the easiest, fastest recipes i have which it a favorite of most who eat my cooking

{and often requested when i ask ~what would you like me to bring}

i found several recipes and made my own one day after i had taken mom to her

bladder cancer dr~~we always treat ourselves to Red Lobster on those days~~

that night she said, “Charlene, i wish you would find out how to make those cheesy garlic bisctuits”

when i bake them {at least 2 times a week} i have found they keep well in an airtight container and just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds {less than 10 seconds and they are almost as great as when they come out of the oven~~

this is a easy to double recipe

it makes about a dozen or dozen  and a half biscuits

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preheat over to 400 degrees

2 cups of “bisquick” baking mix  {i use “jiffy” baking mix because it is usually about a $1.00 cheaper and i like jiffy baking mix better}

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese grated {i sometimes use the mixture cheese for different taste~they are great with hot mexican cheese}

1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano {when i use fresh oregano i double the amount and don’t use parsley}

1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley

mix the ingredients together by stirring several times

add between 2/3 and 1 cup of milk

mix until dough is “sticky”~~i add 2/3 cup of milk and then stir together with pastry cutter

most of the time i have to add the other 1/3

drop by spoon on greased cookie sheet {i use a serving spoon, scoop up the dough and use another spoon to drop the dough on the cookie sheet}

bake 10 minutes{they will just be starting to brown}

while they are baking

on the stovetop

melt a stick of butter

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon of parsley

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

after the biscuits have baked for 10 minutes, brush with the butter mixture {i really like to “soak” them~you could use less butter if you wanted to~why I don’t know~i am from the south and i like butter}

then place the butter soaked biscuits back in the over for 5 to 6 minutes until golden brown

after cooling i place them in an air tight container~~i’m not sure how long they will last because they are always gone after a couple of days~~~people will eat them over a chocolate chip cookie!


seasoning pack

i love to add seasoning to vegetables, meats, casseroles. basically everything but desserts

since mom had her heart attack in may, i have been even more aware of what i cook with and one thing that i have

used for years is a seasoning pack of fresh vegetables

i still use bacon, well because i am a southern cook, but i have reduced the amount of bacon i use in my pack

and of course, you can leave out someting if your family don’t like it

fresh vegetables add wonderful flavor to almost any dish~~and the color of the different vegetables adds to the eye appeal

so a couple of times a month i go to the store and/or the local farmers market and get the following:

  • one green bell pepper
  • one yellow bell pepper
  • one red bell pepper
  • one orange bell pepper
  • one large yellow onion (or two medium ones)
  • one purple onion
  • one bunch of celery
  • one whole garlic
  • several carrots(i use about half a package)
  • several serrano peppers (can use jalapenos~~remember to remove the seeds unless you want it to be hot)
  • one package of bacon or ham
  • any and all fresh herbs i can buy/get from my herb garden

up until a few weeks ago i did all my chopping by hand, but since mom ordered me the

Gourmet Quick Chop 2000 {and enter to win one~they aren’t paying me to say this, but they did provide one for me to give away to one of my readers} you can enter to win one that US Jesco provided me to give to you or go here to buy one

i start by cleaning and chopping up the bell peppers~i chop each color in a different size just to make the dish i am cooking “more beautiful” usually about 1/4 to 1/8 inch size

then i chop up the onions about the same size as the colorfull bell peppers

when i chop the celery and carrots, i chop them really small~because they do take longer to cook and the smaller they are the more flavor they seem to release

i also chop the garlic really small, as well as the serrano peppers so it won’t overwhelm if you get a larger piece

i mix these together well then i add the bacon or ham and the chopped fresh herbs

i then take a measuring cup and fill several snack size freezer bags {i use anywhere for 1/2 bup to 1 cup roughly~i just fill some bags fuller and some about half full}

i spread the individual bags on a cooking sheet and pop in the freezer

the next day i put them in one of my lock and lock containers

anytime i need some seasoning, i open the freezer and grab a bag or two

people who come for dinner or ones i cook for are always amazed that i spent so much time

chopping!! yea, it really took a lot of time to open the freezer and grab my seasonging pack

even less time now i have a chopper i love and don’t have to chop all those veggies with a knife!!

don’t forget to enter to win the Gourmet Quick Chop

i know i won’t be cooking without one!

Gourmet Quick Chop 2000

i want to do a product review on a wonderful kitchen gadget my mom bought a few weeks ago~~it’s from US JESCO and you can read what they say about the Gourmet Quick Chop 2000 at their website~~

when mom came home and told me she wanted to order one my first thought was “great, all we need is another kitchen gadget” but let me tell you~~i use it almost every meal i cook~~

it’s easy to use and easy to clean

but what i like most is the Gourmet Quick Chop 2000 is it allows me to control the size of what i am chopping by a simple few turns of the crank~~

salsa was the first thing i used it for~~and a few days later it was time for me to make my veggie packs and i was able to chop everything~even the celery and garlic ~to the desired size

on their website they list some of the uses

Make:
• Frozen Drinks
• Fruit Purees
• Baby Foods
• Milk Shakes
• Salsa
• Omelets
• Dressings
• Sauces
• Pancakes
• Soups & Stews

Easily:
• Crush Ice
• Chop Meat
• Chop Vegetables
• Mix & Make Pastries
• Separate Egg Whites
• Spin Away Water From Salad Greens
• And Much More!

i called us jesco to tell them i would be using their product on my new website and they are shipping me one to give to you dear readers!!

so yea!! i have my first giveaway on my first product review~

this is what you have to do to enter

make a comment telling me you would like to have a Gourmet Quick Chop 2000

twitter about this blog post {and send me a link to the twitter}

blog about this post {and link it to comments}

you must provide a working email in your comment {so i will be able to get in touch with you}

the contest will end on August 15, 2009 at midnight cdt

you may enter as many times as you wish

i will enter the # of post in a random number and let it pick the number that corresponds with the # of the comment

if for some reason i do not here from the person who won {bad email} within 5 days {august 20th} i will draw another number

the Gourmet Quick Chop 2000 is one kitchen gadget i must have!!

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i give this kitchen gadget top rankings of 10 wisks!