Friday, July 25, 2014

Williams- Sonoma Professional Multi Chopper & Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

When I saw this recipe from the "Damn Delicious" blog, I thought I'd give it a try.  It would be the first time I used this multi chopper and I wasn't disappointed in it's performance.

I first saw this multi chopper being used by Rae Drummond, a/k/a Pioneer Woman. I quickly did a search to see if I could find it.  There were similar ones on other sites, but the exact one was on the Williams-Sonoma site. Here is a link to the product:  http://tinyurl.com/m4ykaju  I wasn't in a hurry to get it, so I waited for it to go on sale and with free shipping.  

I do have other choppers, but what makes this one different is that you can lift the top part up high enough to put in larger pieces of your potato or vegetables.

I followed the recipe pretty much exactly. Where I varried, is that I put all the seasoning ingredients into a zip lock bag, then added the zucchini sticks; shake it up, took them out and put them on the cooling rack. 
The other tip I would suggest, is to line the cookie sheet with foil.

 Here is the Baked Parmesan Zucchini recipe:
 http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/21/baked-parmesan-zucchini/












Tuesday, July 15, 2014

(Video) Margarita Machine; Not Just For Margaritas! Try This Frozen Mocha Coffee Drink - Frappuccino Style

It's sum, sum, summertime! 

What better way to enjoy the hot weather than with a cold (frozen) drink?
Here are two of my favorite non-alcoholic coffee drinks. The $'s you save making your own will more than pay for your Margarita Machine! It's so much fun and such a conversation starter.

 I figured 38 drinks would pay for the machine and one 3 lb. Mocafe container. $165 & 25 = $190 divided by $5 per Starbucks frozen drink = 38 at home drinks and you can make them anytime!

Recipe for blender:   Yawn, but if you must, you must. :-)
1.  2 cups ice,  2/3 cup Mocafe, 4oz. milk, water, leftover coffee (I find coffee gives it a richer flavor)
2.  Blend until smooth.
 You can also create your own signature drinks by adding Kahlua, flavored syrups, espresso beans.....

Margarita Machine Method:    Much more fun!

1. Add ice to the ice reservoir on the top of the machine
2.  Blend thoroughly 4 oz. of coffee with 2/3 cup powdered mix,  pour into the blender.
3.  Press "Start" and enjoy the show! (see video below)

The two 3 lb. containers of Mocafe shown in my photos are:
Original Mocafe: Exotic Trinidad Nib roasted cocoa notes blended with robust Brazilian coffee, hints of cinnamon.
Wild Tribe Moka: Rich toasted African Forastero Cocoa notes blended with mild Colombian coffee.
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We have had our Margarita Machine for three summers and have put it through it's paces!
There's plenty of summer left, I highly recommend you give one a try.




I like to thoroughly mix  the powder with the coffee(water, or milk)
 before adding it to the blender.

Makes about 2 cups of frozen drink.
See video below to see the machine in action!