Friday, March 4, 2011

Help Me Please!

Here’s the deal.  I have a $35 credit at CSN Stores that I need to spend before March 31.  I don’t want to go much over that, if at all.  For the last month, I have spent literally hours on the CSN website, trying to decide what to get.  I don’t want to “waste” it and get something that’s not really worth it.

I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to something for the kitchen.  I’ve decided that I’m working too hard to get food on the table, and my goal is to make things as easy for myself as possible.  I’m a decent cook and baker, but I don’t do it for fun, so I want to get in and get out.  I got a stand mixer for Christmas, and that has been helpful for some things.

So, I’m asking for your suggestions.  What is your favorite time-saving, make-your-life-easier kitchen tool/gadget/appliance in approximately the $35-40 range? 

I’m particularly interested in some kind of food chopper that allows me to do more than 1/2 cup at a time, and doesn’t pulverize onions to mush, but am open to any suggestions.

I’m anxiously awaiting your input!

17 comments:

Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff said...

I don't know about kitchen gadget but this is what I got when I won a $35 gift cert there: http://www.csnstores.com/Achla-VBJ-01-Small-Bell-Jar-ACH1565.html

Paula said...

If I won it I'd get an immersion blender or a Silpat because I don't have them and I want them.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I just spent my credit day before yesterday Holly. I got a shelf organizer though. I think it is going to be for shoes in the mudroom.

I am in love with the Rachel Ray line since getting some of her stuff before Christmas with a CSN stores credit. So that is what I would get with the $35. Hint -- look for things with free shipping. That way you can actually get out with owing nothing! :)

The Cannary's, est. 1985 said...

Two suggestions: either a silpat and some nice spatulas, or a crock pot. I use both regularly in my kitchen and they are worth their weight in gold.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I don't know if it would be in the price range, but I'd love to have a dutch oven! I don't own one.

Holly said...

Hate me, guys, I have a silpat that I found new in the box at GW for $1!!
Angie, I know the code says it does not cover shipping, but last time I used one it actually did! The item was a little under the full code amt and did not have free shipping, but when I typed in all the info, it covered it. That may have been a one-time fluke, though, so I'm not counting on it happening again.

Sheri said...

Mine covered shipping as well. I got an enamel collander. It is turqoise , HUGE and fabulous. And it was free!

As far as the chopper goes, the ONLY good one I have found is the pampered chef one.

Melissa said...

I recently got an immersion blender, and I love it. However, since I wasn't sure whether I'd use it much, I bought a Proctor Silex for about $10.

My 1-cup chopper is several years old, but also a $10 model (Toastmaster, maybe?). I don't use it often, but it's great for making pie crust!

Sorry I can't be of more help. :)

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

A crock pot! I use mine ALL THE TIME!

Melissa said...

Or, how about a slow cooker? Cookware.com has several in your price range. The only one I'd caution about is the Proctor-Silex - 33015 - 1.5 Qt Round Crock Pot. I like mine, except for one thing: the lid. When the condensation runs down to the rim of the crock, the lid tends to rattle and spit. I end up weighing it down with a kitchen towel, but that's just a work-around.

Holly said...

I have two slow cookers, and I agree, I love them! But I don't need another one. Good suggestion, though!

JustAng said...

I have a Veggichop and love it! It works on a pull cord. Super handy! About $20 - $25.

http://www.csnstores.com/ChefN-102-239-011-EFN1100.html

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Do you have a potato ricer? It makes fab mash potato. You just bake some potatoes then put them one at a time in the ricer and push the lever and out comes perfect mash! I love my ricer. ;-)

Sarahx

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Holly, I've just noticed you have a Joules advert at the bottom of your blog. I LOVE Joules. Do they sponsor your blog?

Mom to Many said...

I love kitchen stuff!
http://www.csnstores.com/Flirty-Aprons-WO-10006-FAR1004.html

It won't make you quick, but you'll look good. :o)

Cheryl

Beth Eaton said...

I used fresh garlic all the time and it hoenstly tastes so much better than the dried. That being said, I dont' think I could live without my garlic press.I don't think any cook should be without one!

LightheartedinTexas said...

I may be way off base here...since I like to use my kitchen as a pass through to the family room...so bear with me. :)

The best kitchen items I have purchased recently are two Pyrex covered casseroles (9 X 7). When I make chicken spaghetti, enchiladas, lasagne, etc. I serve one and freeze one. I love pulling out a homemade casserole on those crazy days.