Each month I like to highlight what I am currently in enjoying when it comes to products and things I have found, hopefully some are useful to you. Perhaps you can even find something you already have and fall in love with it again!
Grocery Store Finds
Some disclosure here, I am a brand ambassador for them, but I really love Opal Apples. These are a non-GMO apple that naturally does not brown. They taste amazing, and they cook up well. I have juiced, baked, and fried these apples with great success. I think these are perfect to cut and pack in a lunch because they don't taste weird. Sometimes cut apples taste like they have something on them, and they do, they have something so they won't brown.
Aldi's Potato Chips
During the past 60 days it feels like I attended and hosted several parties. I have a not so secret passion for dips, cheese dips, dips made with sour cream, dips made with cream cheese you name it. I love to make them, you can make them ahead of time, and serve them when your guests arrive. I love their potato chips, both crinkly and their traditional potato chip. Before my guests arrived I just put them in a bowl, and no one was the wiser. I love I can buy potato chips for less than half of what the grocery store sells them for. I am a total fan of these. Actually, I have found pretty much everything in their snack section a hit. Don't be afraid to try those Chancy brand chips.
For me the winter screams out its time for roasted vegetables. I like that this pretty much comes in a single serving size for a family, or a couple nights worth for two people. It is less expensive now because it is more in season. All you need to do is set your oven somewhere between 350 and 400 (Depends on how quickly I need it done), slice it up, drizzle a little oil on top and sprinkle with salt, and bake it. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes. It's low in calories, tasty, and easy to make. Here are a couple of recipes for you. Roasted Cauliflower and Roasted Cauliflower Steaks.
Nope this isn't a term for only Colorado and Washington. It is quite possibly the best slow cooker ever. I think a small marketing budget keeps this from being better known. It works as a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, it will make yogurt for you, and more. The insert is stainless steel, so you can always keep it shiny and new. I have made short ribs, beef stew, that taste like they were cooked all day in less than 1 hour. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to try out pressure cooking. Check out this Instant Pot.
Crock-Pot Entertaining System
A co-worker showed me these. They are smaller sized Crock-Pots you can hook together. So you can hook 4 of these together on one electrical outlet. I found a set of two at Costco. What I liked about these is that you can string them together, and the pans are much larger than my set of three that I got years ago at Macy's. So for parties these are great. You can pull out just what you need. When folks show up finally not everyone needs to be in the oven or microwave at once. Check out the Crock-Pot Hook Up
Honestly this last month has been about cooking for me. I would love to tell you have found all sorts of other great products, but it really has been about spending time with friends, family, and a whole lot of bunco. I hope you enjoy some of my January favorites. Drop me a note about the new items you have found recently.