Roasted Red Peppers in a Jar


Gotta Have It- Roasted Red Peppers in a Jar

One of my “Gotta Have It” ingredients is a jar of roasted red peppers.  These things have saved and made many of the dishes I’ve cooked in the past few months.  This item one of those items that is ALWAYS in my pantry or fridge.

I bought this jar at our local farmer’s market but these can be found at most grocery stores.

These peppers add an incredible depth to the flavor of many different dishes.  The best part is I can just scoop out a few spoonfuls and drop it into what ever I’m cooking.  I love fresh red peppers but these make my life a lot easier when I am in a hurry.

This jar was around $4 and has been used for at least a dozen meals and I’m not even halfway through with it.  A typical fresh red pepper at the grocery store can range from $1 if your lucky all the way to $1.99.  This jar has several red peppers in it for a much lower cost AND it lasts a long time.


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The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop

Today I wanted to quickly share one of my favorite kitchen tools for browning ground meat.  I am not one to buy those infomercial type kitchen gadgets that serve one purpose and end up being more trouble to wash than the “time they save cooking”.  (Ex. any type of onion chopper. )  That being said, one non-traditional kitchen tool I have been using for about 2 years is the Mix N Chop by Pampered Chef.  I’ve been nothing but pleased with this tool.  It is the fastest and most efficient way to chop and brown ground meat.  My favorite part is that it doesn’t require extra time to clean and actually speeds up the process of chopping up the meat to a fine consistency.

The Mix N Chop is very easy to use.  As you can see below in the photo, it has a 5 bladed star shaped end and then just a regular handle on the other end.  According to Pampered Chef, it is heat resistant up to just over 400°F.  So this is great for people that tend to walk away with a tool still in a pot or pan.  It won’t melt!

Pampered Chef is a great company to buy tools from because if something goes wrong with it they will usually replace it for free!

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Mix N Chop

Mix N Chop