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Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles

While I love to cook and try new recipes and new techniques I am not one of those people who run right out and buy the newest gadgetry or feel the need to try out a new fad food. However, when I started seeing endless recipes calling for vegetable noodles I had to find out how to do this. It seemed one of the easiest ways would be to purchase a spiral vegetable slicer; or a Vegetti.

On an occasion where I was shopping with my mother I happened upon a Vegetti. I told Mother what it did, and she was intrigued. We purchased one.

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Unfortunately, there was no zucchini at home that night. I made sure to pick some up at the store the following day so I could try my new gadget.

According to the package directions I could boil the noodles, microwave the noodles, or sauté the noodles. I chose the sauté method. My first thought was to only serve the zucchini noodles. On second thought I decided to make regular spaghetti, too. I’m glad I did. I personally enjoyed the zucchini noodles with the marinara. The Hubs thought the zucchini noodles a la Vegetti were good…as a side dish. He did not think they would be a good replacement for the pasta. Daughter Number Four was good with the regular or the zucchini, but Daughter Number Three was NOT having it.

I will definitely have to try using other types of vegetables in my Vegetti. I will also try other ways of cooking the zucchini noodles.

I think using this gadget was a huge success. 3 out of 4 people at my dinner table enjoyed the zucchini noodles – and no one would have expected Daughter Number Three to have liked them!

Whether you buy a Vegetti or use a peeler or some other gadget to create your own vegetable noodles, I highly recommend you try!

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in recipe

 

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Sharing Family Morsels

Sharing Family Morsels

An ort is defined as a morsel. Some synonyms include bit, fraction, segment, or taste. Some of the things I always enjoyed and appreciated about my dad’s column were the personal parts of life that he wove in.

My post today is about food, but it is about bits of food. Different tastes and segments of my family and life.

Earlier today I got a text message that said *’Your Brother invites you to come down to G’s (our mother’s) and try his homemade sriracha”.

I invited my little girls to come with me when I drove the three long blocks to my mom’s house.

homemade Sriracha

Upon arrival, my brother (Second born) hands me a cracker with some of his homemade goodness on it. The first thing I noticed was the flavor. It was so good! Then…AH! Heat, and then more heat! It was good. He held up another bottle and put it on a cracker. He offered it to me. I asked him if it was hotter than the first. He said it was; I gave it to my nephew who gobbled it up. I grabbed an Oatmeal Stout. Brother 2 then told me he had cured some bacon. I have mentioned before that I do not eat bacon. Bacon doesn’t like me, and I do not like it in return. He asked me to try the bacon and because I love my brother and he is a magnificent cook. I tried the bacon. The last time I tried a taste of bacon was at the Denver Biscuit Company last winter. I tried that bacon because The Hubs asked me to try his bacon, and I did. The bacon that the Denver Biscuit Company serves is Tender Belly Bacon. http://www.tenderbelly.com/

cured bacon

My brother’s bacon was so close!

A short time later My oldest brother came down. He had spent the long weekend making his own Sriracha style hot sauce and salsa. His Sriracha wasn’t as hot…a little looser than what I had tried earlier. The salsa was terrific. Daughter Number Four enjoyed it immensely.

What a wonderful way to end the Labor Day weekend; good food and good time spent with my family. The food was great, but it was especially good knowing the time spent preparing that food and the love and attention that went in to creating it. These orts, segments, and fractions of my life are absolutely the best!

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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