Recipes, Reviews

 

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As an aspiring cook, I love…no, obsess over all things kitchen-gadget related. After seeing a demonstration of a vegetable slicer, I decided it was going on my wish list. The Deluxe Cook V-Blade Vegetable Slicer is everything an at-home chef needs with several options for all your cooking needs.

I decided to test the V-Blade while creating a simple side dish for an easy Sunday dinner. The V-Blade was easy to assemble and use right out of the box, though i do recommend washing it!

It comes with four cutting plates that cut the following:

1.5mm Julienne

3.5mm Julienne

1.5mm slices

3.5mm slices (as seen in my video review)

My one complaint is that the slicer does NOT include a detailed manual on how to assemble, use, and clean. The majority of the directions are located directly on the box. It only took me about 5 minutes to master the art of using the vegetable slicer. By the way, the box warns only to use the slicer on vegetables and fruits. I was hoping to slice some cheese, but I did not attempt after reading the directions.

I had no trouble slicing the zucchini and squash, but my tomato was slightly too big for the hand guard making it more difficult for slicing. I would think that Roma tomatoes would slice perfectly!

If you’d like to see the Deluxe Cook V-Blade in action, checkout my video review below. Also, keep reading for the scrumptious recipe!

 

Zucchini, Squash, & Tomato Dish

1 Squash

1 Zucchini

1 Large Tomato

1/4 pound of fresh Mozzarella

2 Tablespoons of Italian Seasoning

4 Tablespoons of Olive oil or Avocado oil

  1. Using the Deluxe Cook V-Blade, slice the squash, zucchini, and tomato into 3.5mm slices.
  2. Arrange the slice in a glass baking dish, alternating between the three veggies.
  3. Between each group of squash, zucchini, and tomato, include a slice of fresh Mozzarella.
  4. Coat the vegetables and cheese with the olive or avocado oil.
  5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are tender.
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Reviews

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I recently joined an online book club to help me pursue my goal of reading more books. The choice for January was Shonda Rhimes’s Year of Yes. I was so excited! I contacted my local library and immediately placed the book on hold…and I waited and waited for January 1st to begin what I thought would be a gem! And then I began reading…

I quickly became engulfed…waiting…waiting…until I enjoyed reading it. Was I really saying no, no, NO! to my favorite (current) TV show writer?!

Miss Rhimes spent pages, no chapters rambling!

“My paw is caught in a trap. I can try to chew it off and run away. But if you think I am whining now? Try me when I’m down a paw and have just a bloody gnawed stump to deal with.

The tears.

The drama.

The wailing and moaning.”

Every so often I would catch myself enjoying her personal stories about her family life, and then there would be pages of rambling about her political beliefs or her bragging about Shondaland or HER shows or HER success. About 100 pages into the TGIT writer’s memoir, I began to enjoy it! I liked it so much that she inspired me to begin to say YES! to more things that bring me joy and NO! to things and people that suck the joy right out of life.

I struggle to make time to read. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to read, but being a full-time teacher does not allow for much reading. Unfortunately, I wasted too many hours reading Year of Yes. Overall, I would rate the memoir 3 stars.

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