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


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!

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

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

• 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!!


i give this kitchen gadget top rankings of 10 wisks!