I did something I hadn’t done in years. I took a weekend—plus the holiday—off. It was wonderful. Had friends over. And I made salsa. From scratch.
I used my absolute favorite kitchen gadget, the Chop Wizard to chop the stuff that needed chopping (tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro). This thing is amazing and super inexpensive.
It chopped the tomatoes fast and uniformly—without launching seeds and pulp across the room or turning the whole thing into a squished mess. I chopped onions, and peppers, too.
The ingredients need to include freshly chopped onion, tomato, jalapeno (go easy!), green bell pepper, fresh garlic, and cilantro. Mix together and add the juice of one lime, salt, and pepper; all to taste. That’s pretty much it!
I love my Chop Wizard. I look for things to chop just because it’s so much fun. I’m a chopping fool! And the results are always so amazing. I even took Chop Wizard to the office a while back and held a demonstration for my tolerant staff.
I know I run the risk of this sounding like I’m a paid spokesperson for Chop Wizard (I’m not). It’s just that this gadget is such a time saver. Given the fact that it makes me want to make things from scratch, it’s a money saver, too.
I bought my Chop Wizard years ago in response to a late-night TV infomercial. Remarkably it is still in production, now available in stores and online.
I can’t say that everything I’ve purchased through an infomercial or PBS special has turned out as well. I’ve been burned a number of times when my compulsive nature met headlong with a weak moment. In makes me queazy to think back over the years … all the junk, all the money I’ve wasted.
When I say I am compulsive I mean that with a capital C. How do I deal with it when it comes to buying stuff? I have these specific questions written on a flowchart that I keep close and force myself to answer:
- Do I need it?
- Can I afford it?
- Do I already have something that will do?
- Can I wait for a more reasonable alternative?
- Am I certain I have located the best deal?
- Am I willing to submit to a self-imposed cooling-off period to think it over?
You wouldn’t believe how many times these simple questions have stopped me short—forcing me to stop and think and then saving me from making a foolish, purchase.
And there have been just as many times that this exercise gave me the confidence I needed to make the right purchasing decision.
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