February 1, 2012

Cooking inspiration from kitchen gadgets

I have been resisted buying a food processor for years. I don’t know why really. Maybe I thought a blender was good enough. Or maybe I thought my cupboards didn’t need yet another gadget. But last week, when I wanted to try a recipe that called for 12 (yes 12!) chopped garlic cloves, I broke down and bought one. I’ve used it twice since then and I have to say, it is very handy! It is actually inspiring me to try new things. I’ve found that I really like creating marinades using things that I have on hand. On tonight’s menu Citrus Cilantro Chicken.

Citrus Cilantro Chicken

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut in half if they are overly big and pounded flat

Marinade:
1/2 of a white onion
2 gloves of fresh garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tbs white vinegar
2 tbs dried parsley
2 tbs dried cilantro (would have used fresh if I’d had some)
1 tbs thyme
1 tbs olive oil
Dash of fresh ground pepper

Combine all marinade ingredients in food processor. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth. Place chicken in a zip lock bag and cover with marinade. Allow chicken to sit in fridge for 6-12 hours. Grill on BBQ til done.

What kitchen gadgets inspire you to cook? Any must-have tools you can’t live without?

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  • Gratiela

    yes,it is very handy!you should also get a garlic press-for the times when you don’t really need to use the food processor;I can’t live without my mixers,I love to bake ,so I constantly have 2 going stand and hand:)

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I have a garlic press. Use it all the time and love it! I’ve been wondering about those garlic peeler gadgets. They look neat. 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I have a garlic press. Use it all the time and love it! I’ve been wondering about those garlic peeler gadgets. They look neat. 

  • Msstoneguardians

    Thought a Kitchen Aid stand mixer was way, way too expensive and then found one at a yard sale.  I will never be without one now!

  • Msstoneguardians

    Thought a Kitchen Aid stand mixer was way, way too expensive and then found one at a yard sale.  I will never be without one now!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      They do get you hooked, don’t they?! I cannot imagine making homemade cookies without my KitchenAid mixer. Creaming butter and sugar by hand… No thank you! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396751521 Gloria Turner

    Sounds good. I use mine a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396751521 Gloria Turner

    Sounds good. I use mine a lot.

  • Karacake

    I can’t live without my Presto Salad Shooter!  I save money by buying cheese in blocks and then shredding them fresh as needed.  It also works great for slicing vegetables, perfect for a nice refreshing cucumber salad.  This tool is great because you can shoot what you are processing right onto your casserole/dish-saving you from using one more container/bowl to clean.  It saves time, is fairly small and cleans up in the dishwasher. 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      My grandma gave me a Salad Shooter 10 years ago. I have to agree, the Salad Shooter is worth it for the cheese feature alone. All the other ways you can use it are the icing on the cake. :)

  • Anig227

    Recipe sounds yummy!!!

  • Lynda Akin

    I’ve thought I’d like to have an immersion blender (after watching an Alton Brown show where he discussed them) but living alone, I can’t justify buying one (until I find one on sale–of course!).
    I thought a mandoline slicer could be useful but waited until I could buy one on ebay…and while I don’t use it all that often, when I have, it’s saved me time and scraped fingers/knuckles.
    Slicing a lot of cucumbers the same thickness is very difficult and takes a lot of time…but when I finally did it with the mandoline, it went so fast and each slice was the same (quite thin, per the recipe) as the others.
    I’ve used a food processor to chop of cabbage for cole slaw but it’s been either too thick (sliced) or too small(chopped). I think it’s time to try the mandoline on cabbage…since I love slaw and cabbage are on sale now and a healthy side dish.
    I confess I cheat and buy a large plastic jar of peeled garlic as I use a lot…and so much of the garlic now is imported (China, Argentina and Chile) that buying ‘fresh’ doesn’t mean buying local anymore.
    I love tabbouleh and couldn’t think of making it without a food processor.  I use more bulgar than most recipes recommend and less parsley but with the tomatoes, parsley (sometimes cilantro, too) and tomatoes, it’s a whole lot of chopping. And a whole lot of good eating. I know it’s supposed to be the middle of winter but part of me is still thinking about hot weather salads!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Amazon has an immersion blender with many favorable reviews for about $15 right now. http://mybargainbuddy.com/0112/immersion_blender?afsrc=1

      I have one and love it. It’s great for whipping up eggs for scrambling and I have used it to get lumps out of homemade gravy. My son uses it to mix protein shakes. They are very convenient.

  • Kmtdaisy

    I love using my crock pot. I can put in the ingredients in the morning and dinner is ready in the evening.

  • Christine

    Crockpot.  Need I say more.

  • pinktink

    I LOVE using silipat sheets on my cookie sheets when baking.  They make the cookie sheets TRULY non-stick, bake the cookies evenly and so much more economical/greener than parchment paper-just swish aound in soapy water, rinse, and air dry until ready to use again.  (the cookie sheets just need to be wiped down…)  Trust me-if you try these you won’t know how you ever baked without them!

  • Marcia Lafferman

    I would say silicone bakeware, nothing sticks, easy to wash out, or you can put it in the dishwasher to clean, of course on the upper rack.  It can also stand the heat in the oven.  Sure makes life alittle easier!

  • Marcia Lafferman

    I would say silicone bakeware, nothing sticks, easy to wash out, or you can put it in the dishwasher to clean, of course on the upper rack.  It can also stand the heat in the oven.  Sure makes life alittle easier!

  • Southern a’ la Mode

    I have just about every kitchen gadget there is and I am on my second full size food processor, I wore the first one out.  It gets used every day.  I also have a medium and a very small one, they both get used frequently.  I cannot imagine my life without them!  Happy to hear you are enjoying yours.  Try it for making pie crust, so easy!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Thanks for the tip on using it for pie crust! I never thought of that! :)


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