Sunday, January 13, 2013

Kitchen Gadget of the Month - January edition

I have a problem.  I freely admit it.  I LOVE KITCHEN GADGETS!  I'm also a sucker for infomercials, but that's another story for another day.

I'm going to share one favorite kitchen gadget a month this year with you.  This will be a gadget I use every week (if not more).  You know sometimes you buy a new gadget and it just doesn't work like you expect it to.  I will only share my successes so you can be sure it will work!!
 January's kitchen gadget is....drum roll please.........

                                SALAD SPINNER!

I'm sure you have all seen salad spinners...what's so special about this one??  THE PRICE!  At this time, it sells for less than $16 through amazon!!  Progressive has a line of several different types of spinners...some are less expensive, some are more.  I've only tried this particular model but can tell you it works great!  It can spin enough lettuce for two large salads, yet it's pretty small and doesn't take up much cabinet space.  As with other spinners, you can spin berries, herbs, or any other greens you want.

Seriously, why pay $30 or more for a salad spinner?  Pampered Chef sells one for $60!  Stop by my amazon store and get one of your own!  Salad Spinner at k-wellness amazon store.

Now that you have perfectly spun greens, how about a nice home made dressing?

Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup sugar-free Mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream (you can substitute buttermilk or whole fat greek yogurt)
1 clove fresh garlic crushed
dried basil
ground corriander
italian seasonings (the dried herb)
salt & pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
Mix altogether in a bowl until smooth and creamy.  Refrigerate before using.  The amount of herbs and spices you use is up to you.  I start with a pinch of each and adjust from there.