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August 25, 2009

Feeling Uninspired

Filed under: Food, VeryVera — sashyjane @ 3:15 pm

I’m not feeling terribly creative and I have so much work to do (both my legit job and private jobs) so I’m giving you a canned article I wrote for VeryVera.  Have I ever told you about that? I write articles quarterly for a mail order bakery/gourmet food company under six titles: Something New @ Vera’s, Gadgets & Gizmos, Season to Taste, Cookbook Corner, With Our Compliments and From the Editor’s Desk.  You should really check out the newly redesigned VeryVera website.  While you’re there, you should order a cake.  The Brandied Peach Pound Cake is tdf (to die for) PCH

and the Lemon Layer Cake is perfectly citrusy sweet. LL

If you’re not in the mood for sweets, VeryVera also makes casseroles, salads, sides and dips.  I could eat an entire pan of Vidalia Onion Dip by myself.   VID

It’s always fresh and delicious and all of the products can be shipped across the US straight to your door. So… without further ado, here’s this quarter’s Gadgets & Gizmos.

With gardens, farmers markets and roadside stands bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables, your summer recipes are guaranteed to be fresh and delcious. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. We’ve all been there: you gather up three baskets of plump, juicy tomatoes and by the time you get through half of them, the rest have gone bad. Why not use your produce to its fullest potential by cleaning, storing and even preserving some so the fresh, juicy flavors of summer last all year long?

Make your tomatoes last a little longer by pressing them in an Italian Tomato Press. The suction-activated bottom attaches easily to a counter or tabletop while you drop quartered fresh tomatoes in and crank the handle. The press seperates the pulp, seeds and skin leaving you with a smooth tomato base perfect for salsa, soup and sauces. Made of heavy duty acrylic and stainless steel, you never have to worry about broken mechanisms or difficult cleanup.

To enjoy the flavors of summer yearround, try canning your tomatoes, squash, zucchini and peas. Canning retains the fruits’ and vegetables’ nutrients and flavor giving you the most nutritious and healthiest meal ever. Try the Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner. Ergonomically designed, it features the stay-cool black plastic handles and strong-lock lid with pressure regulator, dial gauge, and overpressure plug. The heavy duty stainless steel body comes with a canning rack to protect jars during canning and an accompanying rack that fits down into the pot to keep jars off the bottom so that liquid can circulate underneath.

Of course, if you’re going to can, you’re going to need some Mason Jars to store your fruits and veggies. You can usually find food-grade cases at grocery stores, super stores and craft stores. Make them your own by tying some twine or cute ribbon around the tops and attaching a cute label with the name of the goody inside with the date you canned.

For a fresh glass of carrot, tomato, watermelon, peach, nectarine or berry juice, run your fresh fruits and veggies through the Breville Compact Juice Fountain . The powerful 700-watt, 14,000 rpm motor makes short work of your basket of produce and the 3″ circular feeding tube easily accommodates a variety of fruit and vegetable sizes without having to pre-cut, slice or peel. The Dual centered cutting system with stabilizing knife centers produce over the cutters and finely grinds it into minute particles for improved juice extraction while the Stainless-steel micromesh strainer filters juice from pulp with ease. And best of all? The dishwasher-safe parts make for easy cleaning.

To use every last sweet bite of that fresh corn, pick up the Kuhn-Rikon Corn Zipper. This tool quickly, safely strips an ear of corn: A pair of extra-sharp teeth slides between the kernals and cob to remove several rows of at a time. Simply grip the barrel handle, rake the corn from end to end and watch the kernels drop into a bowl.

Love sliced strawberries but hate wasting time and effort removing the tops and hulls? Never fear. The Strawberry Huller is here! The little stainless steel gripper makes removing the strawberry tops and hulls a cinch so you get more strawberry for your buck while you save time prepping that bucket of fresh-picked goodness for your famous strawberry pie with homemade ice cream.

If you’re anything like me, when you peel a peach, cucumber, potatoes, carrots or any other number of fresh produce, you’re standing over the sink with a knife and more of it ends up in the disposal than on your plate. I bet I could fix that problem with one simple solution: a vegetable peeler. The Trio Peeler from Williams-Sonoma features a rotating handle that allows you to switch from soft-skin, heavy-duty and julienne blades. Use the soft-skin to peel peaches, heavy-duty for carrots and potatoes and the julienne blade for shredding vegetables for salad or soups. The peeler’s tip is perfect for removing those pesky potato eyes. And the soft-grip handle means the peeler won’t slip.



  1. You are a fantastic writer and you have managed to make my mouth water with each paragraph. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go order some Vidalia Onion Dip. xoxo

    Comment by Laura — August 25, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

  2. yum! I love that dip…maybe I’ll go make some now ;)

    Comment by Susie Mae — August 26, 2009 @ 11:12 am

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