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Who Cut the Pineapple?

I buy a LOT of fruit…..especially when Alice comes to GrammaCamp. That girl can eat a whole container of raspberries! She loves every fruit, and I try to get Fresh whenever possible……instead of canned, which is fine, too.

Buying a cut-up Fresh Pineapple at Hy-Vee is convenient, but expensive. So I buy a fresh one, at half the price, and butcher it myself at home.

Enter the OXO Good Grips Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer. I recently bought one and Matt and I used it on a fresh pineapple. I admit I had to look at the directions but we figured it out easily. Speaking of easy……

Pineapple With OXO Slicer Using OXO  Pineapple Ratchet

I’ll be getting more pineapple and using this tool. Next time, I will cut the pineapple and put it back in the “pineapple shell” for Alice. This time, I stored the slices in one of my Weck Jars. It fit Perfectly. Love storing things in Glass.

Pineapple in Weck Jar

(I bought this OXO Good GripsĀ  Ratcheting Pineapple Slicer on my own.)

Improving the Avocado Experience

I should have known OXO would know better than I. I have trusted OXO for 20 years to make tools that are not only Universal, but Safe, Easy-To-Use and Convenient. There are so many tools I don’t yet have, but the OXO GoodGrips Avocado 3 in 1 Slicer was NOT one of the tools I thought I needed. When I tried one for the FIRST time, I knew it would have a place in the front of my Utensil Drawer.

Normally, I use a large knife to slice open an Avocado and then Jab that Large Knife into the Pit, twist, and then pull the pit off the knife with my hands or bang it on the garbage can. Safe. Especially for Me, The Kitchen Klutz.


Now, I can use the Oxo tool to Open, Pit and Remove the Avocado.



The main reason I would use this tool is to make Mashed Avocado on Toast. šŸ˜‰


I received a free OXO Good Grips Avocado Slicer at a Blogger event, Eat Write Retreat. I will buy another one for TheHouseAtTheLake….YES. I liked it THAT much.

Crusty Roasted Garlic Potato Gnocchi Bites

A few days ago, I received a Mystery Box from my friends at EatWriteRetreat, with instructions to make an Amazing Appetizer with the tools and ingredients.


Potatoes and some new OXO tools. (I’m a long time user of OXO products.)


My Go-To snack for a party is a bag of chips and dip. Sometimes I make the dip, but I’ve never tried making Potato Chips. This recipe for Crusty Roasted Garlic Potato Gnocchi Bites will definitely blow the socks off a bag of chips!


First step involved baking 3-4 Russet Potatoes until they are fluffy and dry. I always ALWAYS wash my fruits and vegetables before I use them. Do you? Poke the spuds with a fork and bake them for about an hour in the oven until they are soft to the touch. I even put them in the oven cold and turn it on.


This recipe also has some roasted garlic, so cut the top off a head of garlic, drizzle oil and salt and wrap in foil to roast with the potatoes. I cooked both of these at 350*. The roasted garlic will start to make your house smell really wonderful!


When done, take the potatoes out with your handy dandy OXO tongs or use potholders. Let them cool for just a few minutes and then cut in half. I used an OXO Potato Ricer device and it works great for making mashed potatoes to these gnocchi. Most recipes say to peel the potatoes when using a Ricer, but I didn’t. I cut them in half and just put them flesh side down and squeezed! I was able to open the ricer and just remove the potato skin. Easy! Skipping that peeling step really saves time. It is nice to use a cooking tool to your advantage.Ā  You can put the fluffy dry riced potato on a cutting board or counter or in a bowl. I used a bowl.

Oh! That OXO Ricer? You can totally put it in the dishwasher! I KNOW! I wasn’t sure you could, but you CAN!


Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the “paper” and add the soft, sticky roasted garlic to the bowl of potatoes. I even tried using the ricer to get the last drop out of the garlic head!

You should have about 2 cups of loosely packed potato. Add 2 egg yolks and about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Bisquick or Jiffy Mix, some salt and pepper. Carefully mix using your hands or an OXO spatula until combined.


Instead of rolling these into a long rope and cutting off a section, I used an OXO tablespoon and just scooped the dough out of the bowl and plonked it onto a piece of waxed paper. It only takes a few minutes. I sprayed the spoon with some oil to facilitate the “plop”.


In the meantime, saute about 1/2 an onion in a pan with some Olive Oil. We are going to use the onions for dip and the flavored oil to saute the Gnocchi Bites to make them crispy. I even added the squeezed garlic head. The papery partĀ  got a bit burned, so do this at your own risk. Next time, I’ll take off more of the paper.


Remove the onion and set aside in a small bowl. Add 2 T. of butter to the pan and let it melt.

Bring several cups of water and salt to a boil in a large pot to cook the gnocchi for a few minutes. Carefully add the potato puffs and let it gently boil until it comes to the surface. Take out and put into the pan of flavored oil and butter and let it get browned and crispy. Keep it moving.


It will smell great!

I doctored up some dip while the gnocchi’s were crisping up. I just used some good sour cream dip, a bit of good mayonnaise and the onions. Stir it up and refrigerate. My grandmother was a “doctor-er” and I find my self doing that, too. Make a purchased item your own by adding some more flavor!


These are really good. They really don’t taste like traditional Potato Gnocchi but the resemblance is there. A shaving of Parmesan cheese shredded over the top will slightly melt and make it even crispier. Do yourself a favor. Get some REAL cheese and a nice grater and use this instead of the bagged stuff. It tastes SO much better!


I’m attending a Blog Conference in a week called EatWriteRetreat. One contest is to create an Amazing Appetizer from a mystery ingredient. I got Potatoes! I LOVE Potatoes! I loved a dish at a local restaurant that was Potato Gnocchi in a luxurious cream sauce. I found out they used Biscuit Mix in their Gnocchi, so I thought this would be a great time to try it! These Crunchy Roasted Garlic Potato Gnocchi Bites are a FABulous appetizer! They are addictive, filling and unique. They take a little time to make, but your family and guests will say “this is AMAZING!”. And….that is why we cook!


My Prize Arrived

Recently I blogged about making stock in my crockpot.
I didn’t like the outcome as much as making it on the stovetop, but it turned out fine enough!
The REASON I made the stock in my crockpot was to enter a contest hosted by Big Girls Small Kitchen.
Well, I won a prize and it came today!

OXO Prize Pack

What a Prize!
Now I’m a HUGE fan of OXO and I’d like to think I have all their stuff, but I only had ONE of these items. The Tongs. Everything else was new to me.





Cutting Board

All for making some Chicken Stock……that I eventually made into Chicken Soup!

Chicken Soup

Thank you so much, OXO, for supporting Home Cooks with your Outstanding products.
Thank you, Big Girls Small Kitchen, for hosting such fun contests!

Now go find a contest and Enter!