Apr 032015

15″ x 6″ x 1.5″ New England Hot Dog Pan.

I couldn’t believe it when I found this pan. It is reminiscent of the Howard Johnson grilled hot dogs that we would get when I was a child. As I have mentioned in other posts, I am gradually switching out my pans for the USA Pans brand. So far, I have this New England Hot Dog Pan, the 10″ x 5″ loaf pan, the 9″ x 13″ pan (I love this for evenly baked brownies), and the 11″ 17″ sheet pan.

15″ x 6″ x 1.5″ New England Hot Dog Pan – View on Amazon

See my recipe for My Favorite Hot Dog and Hamburger Buns

Apr 032015

10″ x 5″ x 3″ Loaf Pan, made by USA Pans. This is a great size for my bread, but it also comes in 9″ x 5″ x 2.75″.

I absolutely love this pan. In fact, I am gradually switching out my pans for the USA Pans brand. So far, I have the 10″ x 5″ loaf pan, the 9″ x 13″ pan (I love this for evenly baked brownies), the 11″ 17″ sheet pan, and the 15″ x 6″ x 1.5″ New England Hot Dog Pan.

  • Commercial Grade, Heavy Gauge Loaf Pan; 10 in. x 5 in. x 2.75 in.
  • Made of Aluminized Steel; Corrugation Provides Even Cooking and Extra Strength
  • Coated with Americoat, a Proprietary Silicone Coating on Top and Bottom Providing a Non-Stick Surface
  • Americoat does not contain PTFE’s or PFOA’s; Silicone is a natural substance. Pan is Made of 65% Recycled Steel
  • Made by USA Pans in Pittsburgh, PA, the Largest Worldwide Manufacturer of Commercial Bakeware

10″ x 5″ x 3″ Loaf Pan, made by USA Pans – View on Amazon

See my bread recipes at:

I’m re-Learning How To Make Bread
My Favorite Hamburger and Hot Dog Bun Recipe
Fresh Baked Sub Rolls

Apr 032015

Pyrex 8-Cup Measuring Cup with Red Plastic Cover. I love this bowl for mixing cookie dough, cakes and brownies. I also use it for letting dough rise.

  • Bold read from above graphics
  • New contemporary design ideal for measuring, mixing and pouring
  • Nests for easy storage
  • Non Porurous glass wont absorb odors or stains
  • Microwave and oven safe glass

Pyrex 8-Cup Measuring Cup with Red Plastic Cover – View on Amazon.

Aug 222014

I have to say, this is the one kitchen gadget that I have the most fun with! When I first got it, I grabbed every vegetable I had that could be sliced. Apples, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and zucchini.

The first thing I did was slice up some ribbon sliced apples and cucumbers. You could end up with one very long spiral cucumber. What I do is make a 1/2″ deep slice down the length of the cucumber, so when I used the slicer the cucumber slices weren’t too long. You can also cut them afterward, with a knife or scissors.

I actually prefer to use my Victorio Apple and Potato Peeler/Slicer when I’m peeling and slicing lots of apples, but for a quick slicing job I hand peel the applies and use the Paderno slicer because clean-up is so much easier. The slices are very thin compared to the 1/4″ slices from the Victorio.

Another great use is to make no tears diced onions. Spiral slice a whole onion using the large chipper blade (same as curly fries), throw the long curly onion in a zipper bag and freeze it. Next time you need some diced onions, grab the bag and start pressing it. This will break up the onions into small pieces.

I also made baked curly fries, using the largest chipper blade. I’m sorry I didn’t take photos, but the next time I make them I will. They come out a bit thin, but they are ohhh, sooooo good! You just have to be careful not to overcook them, turning them several times in the oven. I might even try soaking them in water first, or deep frying them.

I also want to try slicing onion straws with the small chipper blade.

I will be experimenting with the spiral slicer for a very long time. I will post recipes when I do.

It took me awhile to get to the zucchini because neither my husband nor I have ever bought a zucchini. I’ve never cooked zucchini, and I didn’t even know what a zucchini looked like. I mean, I had an idea. It resembles a cucumber, right?

When my husband stopped at Kroger to pick up a few things, he called to see if I needed anything. I asked him to pick up a zucchini. I wanted to try out my new vegetable spiralizer so I could make zucchini spaghetti. He didn’t sound too thrilled about that. Anyway, he kept me on the phone while he walked through the produce department looking for a zucchini. I told him it looks like a cucumber. I told him to get one that was straight and not too bent so it would fit the spiral slicer. He found what he thought was zucchini, but he didn’t see any labels on the produce shelf. So, he came home with, not a zucchini, but an English cucumber! It was long and skinny, different than a regular cucumber. Oh well, I’ll get the zucchini next time I go shopping.

English Cucumber

English Cucumber

Finally, when I went shopping a few days later, I picked up two small zucchinis, easily identified by the label in the produce section. I guess my husband wasn’t wearing his glasses that day. 😀


This is what a zucchini realy looks like! You can tell by the knobby ends.

The spiral slicer leaves about a half-inch piece at the end of the zucchini, so leave the knobby ends on the zucchini when placing it on the spiral slicer so that you don’t waste any of the zucchini. After spiralizing two small zucchinis, I dropped the zucchini noodles into boiling water with a lot of salt for a couple of minutes to soften it a little. Some like it crunchy, but I wanted it to resemble the texture of spaghetti pasta. The dryer the noodles, the longer it will have to boil.


Zoodles of Noodles

I then rinsed and drained it in a colander for about five minutes. This process shrunk the zucchini considerably, so two zucchinis only made one serving. That was okay because this was a test for me to try before serving it to my family. I would suggest buying two small or one large zucchini per person. I then rinsed the salt out of the zucchini and drained it again (without pressing it).

While I had regular spaghetti boiling for the rest of the family, and spaghetti sauce simmering in a pot, I heated up some olive oil in a skillet, added some minced garlic, and tossed the zoodles into the skillet for a couple of minutes. I served it in a bowl topped with spaghetti sauce.

At first, it reminded me of Chinese food. It didn’t taste like spaghetti pasta at all. But, as it turned out, I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t get enough. I went back to the kitchen, gathered all the zucchini scraps leftover from the spiral slicer. It leaves a core and the ends, plus the peelings. So, I chopped those up and sauteed them in oil and garlic. Next time, I will not peel the zucchini, the zucchini peels tasted great, too!


Zucchini Spaghetti
This tastes so much better than it looks!

Clean-Up Is A Breeze!

When given a choice of whether to use my Paderno slicer or a mandolin, or food processor, I choose the Paderno when I can. The clean-up is so easy. Just make sure you clean it right away, before the vegetables dry up and clog the blades. Other than the blades, the slicer is all a smooth plastic that is easy to clean. I use a tooth brush to clean the blades, but the Paderno slicer is dishwasher safe, too.

Note: I bought the Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer, and that is exactly what is pictured here. I noticed that there are now several cheaper versions of the slicer, and I cannot verify whether they are the actual Paderno or imitations. I can only recommend the Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer because that is what I have, and I love it!

Nov 212012

Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook' N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker

My husband made his chili again this year for the chili cook-off at work, so I bought him the red locking CrockPot (shown here) so that he could carry it back and forth to work.

I also used it for a pork loin roast, and it was wonderful!. The next day, I used it to make pulled pork sandwiches with the leftover pork loin. Yum! I just cooked it a little longer with a little bit of water until I could pull it apart with two forks. I added BBQ sauce and let it cook on low until it was heated all the way through. I bought mine at Kroger, but it’s also at Amazon.com – Red or Stainless Steel.


 Posted by on November 21, 2012
Sep 262012

Fitz-All Set of 2 Replacement Pot Knobs, Wide – Click Here! – I just bought these pot knobs and now I wonder why it took me so long! I melted the handle on my crock pot years ago and it was a pain to grab it in order to lift the lid. I couldn’t find a replacement knob for the Rival Crock pot, so everytime I used my crockpot (maybe once or twice a month), I would take a screwdriver and unscrew the knob on my dutch oven and screw it onto my crock pot. At least I was fortunate to have another knob that fit. Continue reading »

Sep 222012

I’ve added a new kitchen gadget to my blog post, “My kitchen gadgets, utensils and bakeware recommendations” at http://susans-musings.com/my-kitchen-gadgets-utensils-and-bakeware-recommendations.

Image of OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer

OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer

I had never even heard of a potato ricer until I saw it on Breaking Bad…lol! Walter’s wife, Skyler, was being complimented on her smooth and creamy mashed potatoes by her sister, Marie. Skyler said she used a potato ricer.

Then, one day I was looking at a recipe for hash browns. One woman said she just shredded the potatoes and then pressed the moisture out with paper towels. Her husband said they were too mushy that way, and that he preferred to use the potato ricer because it squeezed out the excess water. Well, I found the website, and here’s how the conversation went: Continue reading »

Oct 112011

I own and use most of the items on this list of kitchen gadgets, cookware, appliances, utensils, etc. Some, however, I came across during my “window shopping” and found to be interesting enough to post. I’ve only just begun to gather this list of kitchen gadgets and will be adding to it periodically, so please bookmark this page/post.

I moved to Knoxville a year and a half ago and still have a lot of things packed and stored in our garage. Every now and then I’ll think of something that I miss using and we go in search for it. The latest was my large roasting pan (11″ x 17″) that is great for baking a large pan of lasagna, a turkey, or chicken leg quarters. I was afraid I wouldn’t have room to store it but it fits nicely in the draw under my oven. I normally use my stainless steel roasting pan, but it is smaller.

I’ll give my honest opinion of these products and I’ll also try to think of items that I bought that did not live up to their expectations. This might save some people some money.

Just so you know, I’m an Amazon Prime member and the first place I look whenever I’m looking for something is Amazon.com. They usually have what I’m looking for at lower prices, and with Prime shipping I get everything in 1-2 days. Most of the items listed below were purchased at Amazon.com. I also have my Amazon Associate ID attached to the links. This means that anything you purchase after going through my links will earn me a small referral fee at no extra cost to you. These fees help me pay for my website. I don’t earn referral fees on my own purchases, so this has not influenced my purchase decisions. Please be assured that I am giving an honest and accurate review of these products.

Most of the following are items that I bought and use on a regular basis: Continue reading »