Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Food Processors – Worth It Or Not?

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 11, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

Last week I promised a review of my new food processor as I had never wanted one but recently changed my mind.  Is it worth the storage space and cost?  For me, the answer is definitely yes.  I have used it twice since my last post and both times it made cooking so much easier.  I have used it to shred hard cheese and to slice several potatoes.  It was like magic and worked so quickly and quietly that I couldn’t believe it.  One thing I hate to do is to slice potatoes thinly but that is now a thing of the past.  It was also very easy to clean up as all parts can go in the dish washer or you can hand wash it.  All parts have been designed so that there are no hard to clean areas.  My only problem is where to store it and that question has not been satisfactorily solved.  I also think it works much better than the old blender I have but maybe a better quality blender would perform better than mine.  It was my frustration with the limitations of the blender that finally led to me wanting a food processor.

My research had convinced me that a food processor would be more versatile too.  I decided that a 9 cup Cuisinart would be a good size and work the best.  Tomorrow I plan to make a quick bread in it that I have been unable to make because it involves finely chopping a whole orange, peel and all.  I also plan to test it’s bread dough making ability soon and I can’t wait to make fresh salsa.  The next time I’m making cranberry salad or Oreo truffles, I won’t dread it because the food processor will do a better job than the blender.

If you have been thinking about a food processor, my advice is to think how often you perform tasks like slicing vegetables, making breads, chopping foods or blending those chopped foods as in making salsa.  If you make things like this weekly, then the food processor will make a big difference.  If you avoid certain recipes due to the chopping or slicing involved, the processor will help. Otherwise I might put off buying one as a decent one will cost $100 to $200 plus take up a lot of room in the kitchen.  You might be better off with a blender which is smaller.

On another note, I must confess I have been struggling with a regular exercise routine lately.  The holidays and getting sick played havoc with my exercise plan and now the weather has gotten into wrecking my plans.  My dance class was canceled last night due to snow and icy conditions.  Still that doesn’t mean I have given up and am just sitting around on my butt drinking hot chocolate.  I want to look good when swim suit weather arrives and you can’t get in shape in just a month.  So stick to your plans and keep moving.  Have an alternative workout you can do at home if the weather gets bad.  If you have snow, get out in it and you’ll get a great workout.  Plus, do something else once in awhile is really good for your exercise plan and keeps it from getting boring.

Upadated on January 11, 2011

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