Saturday, January 28, 2012

COSTCO Deal on a Mini Food Chopper!

I keep it simple in the kitchen.  There are a few items though that I CAN'T DO WITHOUT.  Namely, this 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder by Cuisinart!  NOW there is an INSTANT REBATE!

There is good and bad news - mine died!  I have to say though, that this isn't the first small food processor that I have put to rest.  It's not really a bad thing -- it's like my mom and her treadmill -- she got a lower-end treadmill and I challenged her to wear it out!  So, the idea is I found it so useful that I used it until it stopped! We make A LOT of Laraballs!

AND Costco has a great RETURN policy!  They'll take back anything, and so I took my credit, and marched right over the the food equipment section and grabbed myself ANOTHER ONE!  And CURRENTLY there is a $10 INSTANT rebate (no paperwork -- $10 straight off your bill)!  SO, I on the trip, I basically got $10 and a NEW machine!  $30-10 = $20 for a great little piece of equipment!

You might want to call ahead (Costco Store Locator) to check on this instant rebate, but if you shop at the Costco in Mayfield, Ohio, as of yesterday, the deal was posted!  

Besides all of the following uses, it just has a few parts that are VERY EASY to CLEAN!

What can you use it for?

1. LARABALLS -- delicious, nutritious and EASY no-bake cookies with versatile flavors!

2. Baby Food -- you can blend up ANYTHING the rest of the family is having (after child's first birthday), from sub sandwiches (did this once when my oldest was a baby!) to eggplant Parmesan to beans and rice, and of course ANY fruit or veggie or grain or meat -- or a combo of a few!

(PURPLE Baby Food above: blueberries, edamame, and mango!)

Last night, I made a combination of baked apples, CARROT SOUP, broccoli, and cauliflower!  The thing is, from 12-24 months, kids can begin eating anything and they get pretty good at biting and chewing, but they get tired/bored.  With a big, ground-up meal, they can eat a lot more -- getting more nutrients so their bodies and minds can keep rapidly growing!

CLICK for some beginning foods that don't even require a food chopper!  5 QUICK BABY FOODS

3. Hummus  -- here is a recipe!

4. Guacamole -- try this simple QUICK recipe: an avocado, Tbsp salsa, and 1-2 tsp lime juice!
Adjust quantities to your own taste preferences!

5. Anything you need CHOPPED VEGGIES for, in my kitchen, especially ONIONS!

6. NUTS and OATS can be ground up to form versatile flour alternatives.

Hurry and buy your chopper now!  I hope you enjoy it as much as me, and start using it by making these yummy Cranberry Cookies!

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  What is your favorite kitchen tool?  Do you have equipment you don't use?  Ever wear anything out?

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