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Favorite Things (Part 7)

Posted Oct 22 2011 10:20pm
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The other day, I realized that it has been over a month since I’ve done a Favorite Things post. I’d say that it is definitely time for another one!

(see posts 1-6 on my Favorites page)

I must be hungry lately because all of my favorites today are edible or tools to make food. My husband would probably tell you that comes as no surprise. ;)


Trader Joe’s Frozen Mango Chunks

These mango chunks are a staple on my grocery list each week.  They have no added sugar or flavorings and are perfect for tossing in smoothies, making salsa, or eating straight up.

One of  my favorite things about them is the convenience of not having to wait for a fresh mango to ripen and then deal with slicing it.  Even with my handy dandy mango pitter, I hate slicing mangoes.  Hate it!

Trader Joe’s Wasabi Peas

Yep… another rave for Trader Joe’s!  Michael and I were first introduced to these last year at a holiday party.  Before we knew it, the two of us had single-handedly eaten almost an entire bowlful.  I’m sure that we left at least a few peas behind though, so we didn’t look like complete piglets. ;)

These wasabi peas are described as “sweet green peas with a slightly spicy wasabi mustard coating” with no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors.

And because I’m a dork, I chuckle every time I see the package with “Trader Joe-san” written on it.

Mandoline Slicer

A mandoline is a sharp slicing tool. You can use it make thin slices or ribbons of your favorite fruits and vegetables, such as cucumber, zucchini, potatoes and other root vegetables.  It is also great for making homemade chips!

The one that I own is a hand-me-down from my mother, but mandolines are available at stores like Walmart, Crate & Barrel, and Amazon.

Williams-Sonoma Apple Peeler/Corer

For the past decade, I’ve made applesauce to bring to my family every year at Thanksgiving.  Once upon a time, I’d peel the apples by hand and core them with a knife.  It took forever considering that I’d have to deal with about 30 apples!  Needless to say, I’d always dread the process.

To make the ritual easier, Michael bought this peeler/corer for me a couple of years ago.  It is a little tricky to set up, but once you get going, it is a life saver!  Plus, it looks so pretty and fall-ish sitting out on the counter.

Marzetti Simply Dressed All Natural Vinaigrette

I eat a lot of salads, so a good salad dressing is pretty important to me.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find store-bought brands that don’t contain sketchy ingredients.  When Foodbuzz sent me a coupon for a free bottle of Marzetti Simply Dressed, I was pumped.  I mean, the ingredient list is fairly short, and I can pronounce everything on it.  Gotta love it!

I tried the pomegranate vinaigrette and loved it and the subtle sweet flavor.  A perfect dressing for this time of year!


Have you tried any of these favorites?  What are your favorite things of the moment?


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