Sales, Menus and Recipes: Cooking Gadgets that Work - Or Not
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20 September 2018
 

Cooking Gadgets that Work...

...and Some that Don’t Work.  This week we’re starting a new feature in the column, a review of kitchen gadgets. Haven’t you ever seen an ad on TV featuring something that slices, dices and makes delicious homemade ice cream? And asked yourself, I wonder if that actually works?Now we’ll answer some of those questions.

We start with Alton Brown’s basic premise—If it only does 1 thing, it’s probably not worth the space. But we say, if it does that one really well, and it’s something we really want done, maybe it is. This week we feature a garlic peeler and crusher, and a hard boiled egg maker.

The garlic peeler/crusher comes in two pieces. There is a tube that peels the garlic cloves and a crushing device. The peeler definitely works, although it works better on medium size cloves than large ones. It is especially nice if you want a lot of unbroken garlic cloves, to roast or make into garlic and onion jam. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it, but once you do it goes fast. It will do several medium or small cloves at a time, but for large cloves it works best one clove at a time. The crusher works fine, but cleaning it is a pain, and I find that whacking the cloves with the flat part of a heavy knife and then chopping to the desired size is easier.

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The egg cooker is something I would have never bought myself, as I’m allergic to eggs. But they are a wonderful food, and a very inexpensive protein source. They are quite portable and do not spoil easily. Keep refrigerated if possible, but as long as they are well cooked and in their unbroken shells, they can easily go a few hours at room temperature. They can be used in everything from green salads to curries to deviled eggs. This egg cooker, the????? is easy to use and consistently produces nicely cooked eggs. 

This will be an irregular feature, probably once or twice a month. If you know of a gadget the really works—or really doesn’t, let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—This week if you buy 5 featured items you will save $5. You must buy in multiples of 5.

Safeway—$5 Friday, Sept 21, Everything from strawberries to ice cream.
Screaming Deal—Raspberries, Buy 1 6 oz box, Get 2 FREE. (works out to $1/box) Buy ‘em Freeze ‘em and enjoy all winter.

Sprouts—72 hr sale-Fri Sat Sun. Deals like, Avocados 3/$1 and Grape Tomatoes $.88/dey pt

Apple of the Week—SweeTango. This is another product of the University of Minnesota apple development program. It is a cross between the Honeycrisp and Zester varieties. The flavor is described as sweet but with a touch of citrus and spice. It is notably crunchy. SweeTango is quite the newcomer, being produced only since 2009.

The crunch makes the SweeTango a great choice for apple salads and fruit plates. The specimen I bought had waxed skin, which did detract from the overall “mouth feel.” For eating, I would peel first or run hot water over it for a little while. It grated well but browned badly within 10 minutes. If you need to grate apples, in general it is best to mix in some lemon juice to retard browning.

Not a “cooking apple” SweeTango went from overly crisp to disintegrated quite suddenly. However, the taste and texture could provide a welcome complexity to an apple sauce.

SweeTango apples are on sale this week for $.97 lb at Frys.

National Days to Celebrate

9/19—National Butterscotch Pudding Day
9/20—National Punch Day/Rum Punch Day
9/21—National Pecan Cookie Day
9/22—National Ice Cream Cone Day
9/23—National White Chocolate Day (The White Chocolate Amaretto Cake looks amazing!)
9/24—National Cherries Jubilee Day
9/25—National Lobster Day
9/26—National Key Lime Pie Day

Menus

Day 1

Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Green Salad
Butterscotch Pudding Cake

Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Some Grilled Cheese Inspiration
Especially the bacon.

Butterscotch Pudding Cake

Items On Sale

Chicken B/S—$1.99/lb @Sprouts, tenders and thighs,   $1.99/lb @Safeway, breasts & thighs
Broccoli—$.69/lb @Safeway, wi. Just for U Digital Coupon
Carrots—$1.50/bunch @Sprouts, (O), $.99/lb pkg @Safeway, mini peeled, $1.50/lb bag @Fry’s mini peeled
Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Orange—$.98/each @Sprouts, $5/bag @Safeway, Mini
Celery—$1.99/bag @Fry’s
Tomatoes—$2.50/box @Sprouts, grape (O) $.88/box @Sprouts,grape 3day sale,     $2.50/box @Safeway, grape
Greens—$2.50/each @Sprouts, Sprouts Salad Bowls, $5/1 lb box @Safeway, (O) blends, 
Avocados—$.34/each @Sprouts, 3 day sale
Bread—$1.50/each @Safeway, Sandwich
Cheese—BOGO @Fry’s, Sargento Shredded, $1.99/pkg @Fry’s, Kraft brand (buy 5 sale);  $2.99/lb @Sprouts, Pepper Jack, bulk cut; $4.99/2 lb, @Safeway, Lucerne Shredded, wi clip or clip coupon.

Day 2 (possible vegetarian)

Pasta with Beans and Greens
Grilled Vegetables
Fruit Plate

Pasta with Beans and Greens
-for vegetarian/vegan, leave out meat,
add some sautéd vegan sausage

Grilled Vegetables
Giada Style

Items On Sale

Pasta—$1.50/box @Sprouts, Sprouts Brand (O), $.99/box @Safeway, American Beauty, clip or click
Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Orange—$.98/each @Sprouts, $5/bag @Safeway, Mini
Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts, 
Watermelon—$2.50/each @Fry’s, mini
Cantaloupe—$.98/each @Sprouts,   $2.50 @Fry’s, Tuscan,    $1.99/each @Safeway
Grapes, red green black—$.98/lb @Sprouts, $.77/lb @Fry’s
Raspberries—Buy 1 6 oz box, Get 2 FREE @Safeway, $2.50/box @Sprouts
Blueberries & Blackberries $2.50/box @Sprouts
Pears—$.99/lb @Safeway, Bartlett, Bosc or Red, New Crop
Oranges, Navel or Cara Cara—$1.69/lb @Safeway
Apples, Honeycrisp or SweeTango—$.97/lb @Fry’s
Yellow Peaches and Nectarines @.69/lb @Sprouts
Strawberries—$3.99/2 lb box @Fry’s, $5/2 lb box @Safeway, 

Day 3

Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Lemon Herb Cous Cous Salad
Steamed Baby Carrots
Crazy Cookies

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

Lemon Herb Cous Cous Salad

Crazy Cookies—lots of flavors
Try white chocolate/macadamia nut or toasted pecan/ chocolate chunk

Items On Sale

Chicken B/S—$1.99/lb @Sprouts, tenders and thighs,   $1.99/lb @Safeway, breasts & thighs
Mushrooms—$2/8 oz box @Safeway
Carrots—$.99/lb pkg @Safeway, mini peeled, $1.50/lb bag @Fry’s mini peeled

Day 4

Pan Fried Pork Chops
Dirty Rice
Fruit Salad
Home Made Ice Cream Cones
with your choice of ice cream

Pan Fried Pork Chops
Gordon Ramsey Teaches Technique

Home Made Ice Cream Cones!

Recipe: Dirty Rice

2 cups cooked rice (brown is best)
2 cups mix ins chopped or diced small (use whatever you have)—such as
any cooked meat (ham is usually wonderful)
any cooked vegetables, cauliflower, squash, broccoli
any pickled vegetables, mushrooms, garlic, olives, okra
any raw vegetables, cucumber, dried tomatoes, bell pepper
even chopped apples, raisins and nuts are good

Items On Sale

Pork Chops—$2.99/lb @Safeway, Center cut, bone in
Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Orange—$.98/each @Sprouts, $5/bag @Safeway, Mini
Pineapple—$2/each @Sprouts, 
Watermelon—$2.50/each @Fry’s, mini
Cantaloupe—$.98/each @Sprouts,   $2.50 @Fry’s, Tuscan,    $1.99/each @Safeway
Grapes, red green black—$.98/lb @Sprouts, $.77/lb @Fry’s
Raspberries—Buy 1 6 oz box, Get 2 FREE @Safeway,   $2.50/box @Sprouts
Blueberries & Blackberries $2.50/box @Sprouts
Pears—$.99/lb @Safeway, Bartlett, Bosc or Red, New CropOranges, Navel or Cara Cara—$1.69/lb @Safeway
Apples, Honeycrisp or SweeTango—$.97/lb @Fry’s
Yellow Peaches and Nectarines @.69/lb @Sprouts
Strawberries—$3.99/2 lb box @Fry’s, $5/2 lb box @Safeway,
Ice Cream—$1.68/48 fl oz @Fry’s, Dreyer’s, OR $3.99/48 fl oz, Private Sel. buy 5 sale
Ice Cream—@2.48/48 fl oz @Safeway, Breyer’s OR Ben & Jerry’s 16 fl oz OR Talenti 16 fl oz

Day 5

Meatloaf
Turkish Style CousCous Salad
Baked Winter Squash
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Meatloaf with Chris Kimball

Turkish Cous Cous Salad

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Lisa's White Chocolate Supreme Cookies

Items On Sale

Ground Beef—$3.99/lb @Sprouts, grass fed, $2.97/lb @Safeway, pkg 3+ lb

Day 6

Lobster and Shrimp Bisque
Crusty Bread
Green Salad
Cherries Jubilee

Lobster and Shrimp Bisque
Starting with frozen shrimp and lobster.

Cherries Jubilee The Easy Way

Items On Sale

Lobster Tails—$6.99/each @Sprouts, wild no. Atlantic, prev. fz.
Shrimp—$7.99/lb @Sprouts, Colossol  $BOGO @Fry’s Kroger peeled & deviened, $5.99/lb @Safeway, Waterfront Bistro
Bread—$1.29/each @Fry’s, Fresh Baked French,  $2.99/each @Sprouts, Irish Soda
Carrots—$1.50/bunch @Sprouts, (O), $.99/lb pkg @Safeway, mini peeled, $1.50/lb bag @Fry’s mini peeled
Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Orange—$.98/each @Sprouts, $5/bag @Safeway, Mini
Celery—$1.99/bag @Fry’s
Tomatoes—$2.50/box @Sprouts, grape (O) $.88/box @Sprouts,grape 3day sale,     $2.50/box @Safeway, grape
Greens—$2.50/each @Sprouts, Sprouts Salad Bowls, $5/1 lb box @Safeway, (O) blends, 
Avocados—$.34/each @Sprouts, 3 day sale
Frozen Fruit—$3/bag @Sprouts
Ice Cream—$1.68/48 fl oz @Fry’s, Dreyer’s, OR $3.99/48 fl oz, Private Sel. buy 5 sale
Ice Cream—@2.48/48 fl oz @Safeway, Breyer’s OR Ben & Jerry’s 16 fl oz OR Talenti 16 fl oz

Bonus Recipes

Key Lime Tart

Garlic Onion Jam
Try with brown sugar, maybe roasted garlic added toward the end.
Put some on your meatloaf—Yum

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