What’s In The RediSetGo? Part Twenty-Four

June 14, 2012

It’s been over two months since we’ve played “What’s In The RediSetGo?” – and that’s too long! I’m ready for another installment. Are you?

Some CliffsNotes for any first-timers: “What’s In The RediSetGo?” is a little game I created back when this blog was a wee little blogling. It’s based on my love of the RediSetGo, a fantastic kitchen thingamajig that you can order off an informercial (watch it online at the RediSetGo website). You’ll soon see how ridiculously easy it is to play – all you have to do is guess the answer to the simple (or not-so-simple) titular question. If you like the game as much as a lot of my readers do, then check out the archives. You can play Parts One through Twenty-Three by visiting my “What’s In The RediSetGo?” Page (there’s a link in the header, so you can easily access it no matter where you are on this site).

So round up four high-energy members of your family, and put on your best ’70s duds, because it’s time to play the Feud!

Nope, wrong game. It’s time to play…

WHAT’S IN THE REDISETGO?

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What’s in the RediSetGo? Part Twenty-Two

March 19, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve done a RediSetGo post. This was pointed out to me recently, when my buddy Ryan said, in a Facebook comment, that “we’re due for a What’s in the RediSetGo post. Just sayin’.”

I hear you loud and clear, Ryan!

This is only the second What’s in the RediSetGo post of 2012 (click here to see Part Twenty-One, which I posted in Mid-Janaury), but historically speaking, I’ve done a helluva lot of these posts, and you can see all of them on the My Favorite Posts page. In fact, I suggest you click through and check a couple of them out… you’ll need to brush up, because these posts are games, after all, and I wouldn’t want you to be rusty. And, if you’ve only started reading this blog recently, then definitely check out the archives at the above link, so you can learn how the game is played.

Eh, who am I kidding? The game is easy enough. You’ll pick it up quickly. And you’ll pick it upright now, because it’s time to play!

What’s in the RediSetGo?


A HALIBUT STEAK AND GREEN BEANS are in the RediSetGo!

I probably should have started this post by mentioning, for the sake of any newcomers, that the RediSetGo is my favorite informercial product out there (hence this being my twenty-second blog post about it). It bakes and cooks and roasts and broils, and, generally speaking, it’s easy to use and easy to clean. I’ve had my issues with the RediSetGo, but it still comes in handy for quick meals, and that’s exactly what I used it for the other day.

My dinner had four ingredients:

Ingredient #1: Halibut Steak. I picked these up at Whole Foods a while ago, and they were just sitting there, in my freezer:

The day before, I had tossed one of the steaks into the fridge to defrost. Easy peasy. So the halibut steak went into one side of the RediSetGo, and I covered it with…

Ingredient #2: Dill. A very liberal amount of dried dill, to be precise.

Ingredient #3: Green Beans. Or, if you’re feeling fancy and international, you can call them Haricot Vert, which is French for… Anyone? Anyone?Green beans. I bought them washed and trimmed and neatly packaged:

I piled up the other half of the RediSetGo with the green beans, and then poured on a couple tablespoons of…

Ingredient #4: Apricot Dijon Tarragon Sauce. I first cracked this open for a delicious lunch a few weeks ago, and I really liked it, so I thought it would be a good addition to the beans. And it’s fat-free and only 15 calories per tablespoon!

Ten minutes of RediSetGo magic, and my dinner was ready! The fish was flaky and delicious, the beans were tender, and the sauce had thinned and coated all of them.

Healthy? Check!

Easy? Check!

Quick? Check!

Keep it up, David!

 


What’s In The RediSetGo? Part Fifteen

June 7, 2011

It’s the middle of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, but I don’t know who’s winning.  I don’t even know who’s playing (if I had to venture a guess, I’d say… oh, I don’t know, the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Tulsa Shock?).  This is because, in addition to my complete lack of interest in professional basketball, I’ve also been hard at work crafting the next edition of everyone’s favorite blog game, What’s In The RediSetGo?

Before we get started: Parts 1-14 are archived in the My Favorite Posts section of this blog – so head there if you want to catch up on prior installments!

Are you ready?  Pull up your tube socks and lace up your Chuck Taylors, because it’s time to play!

WHAT’S IN THE REDISETGO?

GRILLED WATERMELON STEAK is in the RediSetGo!

Wait, what?  Did you say grilled watermelon steak?

Yes, I did.  It had never occurred to me to cook watermelon before.  I’ve baked apples before, and eaten cooked fruit is all sorts of pies and desserts in my life, but I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten cooked watermelon before.  The idea came about because of two other recent blog posts:

1) I had an extra watermelon on hand after making my Watermelon and Cucumber Salad for the Memorial Day dinner I went to a couple weekends ago.

2) The other day, I consulted my Mark Bittman cookbook “How to Cook Everything” to learn a little more about cherimoya for my cherimoya post.  I ended up flipping through most of the fruit section of the book, and there, in the melon section, was Mark’s recipe for grilled watermelon steak.  Of course, he grilled it on an actual grill, but the light bulb turned on in my head the second I read the recipe:  I can try this on the RediSetGo!

I know this might be a shocker, but watermelon has a lot of water in it.  And my first thought, after deciding that I was gonna try this, was that the cooking would leach the water out of the fruit, and since it has nowhere to go in the RediSetGo, it would just puddle and steam the watermelon.  So, after butchering the watermelon and carving out a couple big steaks, I folded up some paper towel and let the steaks drain on it for about 10 minutes.  A lot of water came out, too! 

Mark’s recipe calls for fresh rosemary and olive oil, and I don’t have the former on hand, and didn’t want to use the latter.  So I modified the recipe.  I had beautiful fresh mint leaves, so I took about 8 of them and sliced them into pretty little strips, and I took a few dried rosemary needles just because I wanted to use at least one of the flavors that Mark Bittman suggests.  I sprayed some non-stick spray in the RediSetGo, plopped down a watermelon steak (it made a very nice steak-like sizzle), sprinkled the mint and rosemary on top, as well as a little black pepper, and let it go for 5 minutes on each side.   The edges got nicely caramelized, and while there was a slight puddle effect under the watermelon, it wasn’t that bad at all.

The finished product (with a mint leaf garnish:

The crazy thing about the finished product is how the texture of the watermelon changed.  It was denser, more tender, and less crisp, and it totally reminded me of meat when I cut into it with my fork.  If I didn’t know what this was, based on looks and how it reacted to my fork, I might have guessed it was ahi tuna!

It tasted really great, too.  I enjoyed the rosemary and pepper with the sweetness of the watermelon, and the whole thing was an unexpected, unique surprise.

Bittman offers an alternative preparation for grilled watermelon steak in the same recipe, suggesting that grilling it with chili powder would take it south-of-the-border and be perfect for any Mexican-themed meals or picnics.  I have chili powder, so I gave that variation a whirl, too.  I took my other drained watermelon steak, sprinkled it liberally with chili powder, added some mint leaves (because, hey, I have it lying around), and threw it (not literally) on the RediSetGo:

It looks a lot like the other watermelon steak, but believe me, there’s chili powder on it.  This steak was a little thinner than the other one, and it caramelized around the edges a little more:

I was unsure if I’d like the fruit and chili powder combo, but it was really good!  Sweet and a little bit of heat – not bad at all!  I’ve seen chili-spiced dried mango slices at the Mexican supermarkets around town for years now, and always thought they must be disgusting… but based on my chili-spiced watermelon steak, I think I may have to give them a try!

Have you ever grilled watermelon before?  What other flavors have you added?

Keep it up, David!


Counting the Days…

May 14, 2011

Anyone want to guess what I’m holding in this picture?

Any guesses?  Anyone?

It’s confirmation of my purchase of a new RediSetGo!

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the RediSetGo, my very favorite infomercial product (watch the infomercial here).  Here’s the thing: my RediSetGo has seen better days.  The timer is broken and the non-stick coating is starting to peel away (which is no bueno).  It’s been about a month since we played What’s In The RediSetGo, and almost a month and a half since I spent a Friday night on a failed shopping trip, when I came home without a RediSetGo in my hands.

Earlier today, after talking with a co-worker about a variety of informercial products, I looked around online and saw that RediSetGos (or is it RediSetGoes?) were on sale (25% off) on Amazon.  Their price was now $29.99, and since they qualified for free shipping (a great Amazon perk), that’d be the total cost.  Meanwhile, the RediSetGo website is currently running a promotion where you get TWO RediSetGos for $69.80, or $34.90 apiece.  Lastly, compare that to the As Seen On TV Store at the mall, where my friends Heidi and Tom saw them for sale (and promptly texted me) for $69.99 eachHighway robbery!

Amazon, you just made yourself a sale!

But wait, there’s more!  As I went through the checkout process, I learned that I had an Amazon credit or gift card that I hadn’t used.  I’ve been racking my brain, but, honestly, I have no recollection where this came from (it’s been a while since I’ve purchased anything on Amazon – but I’ll take it!)  That knocked $24.01 off the price, meaning I only paid $5.98 for a brand-spanking-new RediSetGo!

And I only have to wait 5-9 business days before it arrives!  I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep until then.

If you want to get a $29.99 RediSetGo, then click here.  You gotta act quickly – as of right now, as I type this, they only have 4 more in stock.  Who’s gonna get them?

Keep it up, David!


Time For A New Infomercial Product?

March 7, 2011

I’m coming up on a very important anniversary.  On March 18th of last year, my life was undeniably changed, for the better.  For, you see, that was the day that a package arrived – the contents of which have been a near never-ending source of sustenance, comfort, help, and the subject of more blog posts than maybe any other object.

On March 18, 2010, I became the proud owner of a RediSetGo.

All you need to do is go to My Favorite Posts, at the top of the page, and scroll down to see the archive of all my RediSetGo-related posts (or read my most recent post here).  I have used the RediSetGo more than any other non-built-in kitchen appliance over the past year.  I have cooked egg scrambles, pancakes, and soy sausages for breakfast.  I’ve grilled sandwiches and burritos for lunch.  I’ve roasted all sorts of vegetables, and made burgers and chicken breasts for dinner.

I’ve bragged about the RediSetGo to my friends, shown it off to visitors like it was my newborn baby, and created a near-permanent home for it on my counter.

But…  My RediSetGo has seen better days.  The timer broke long ago.  Luckily, since the RediSetGo is so convenient and easy to use, the timer isn’t necessary – plus, I can use my microwave timer if I really need one.  In addition, the non-stick surface is starting to wear off, which means it’s getting harder to clean.  Take a look:

I’ve started thinking, occasionally, in the past month, about what to do next.  Time for a new RediSetGo?  I’m starting to see them everywhere: Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, the As Seen On TV store at the mall… plus, the RediSetGo website is offering a two-for-one deal right now.

Then, this morning, the universe listened to my questions and concerns, and all the stars aligned, and a beam of sunlight streamed in my window, casting a warm glow on my television.  So I turned the TV on, and flipped through the stations, and there, just for me, was a new informercial.

It was for a product called Big Boss Grill.  I watched the entire thing.

That’s just a portion of the full-length informercial.  The full-length, 30-minute informercial stars Emmy-award winner Vicki Lawrence, who loves it, and your standard dumb-guy host who asks questions like “Wait a minute – you made all these different meals with just one appliance?”

It’s not the best informercial, in my opinion.  It’s low on energy, it doesn’t have a studio audience to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ every time a cooked meal is revealed, and they don’t feature customer testimonials from people that have actually used the product – just people who have seen it used during a demo at a kitchen store.

You can learn more about the Big Boss Grill on its website.  It’s definitely piqued my interest.  I’m all for versatility in a countertop cooking appliance, and the prospect of using one single machine for all those different applications is very appealing.  It seems like it’s about the same size as my RediSetGo, although rectangular instead of circular.  And its price – 3 easy payments of $19.95 plus S&H – seems to be on par with informercial pricing.  I do have concerns, though:

  • The cooking plates are non-stick, but if anything oozes beyond the plates (which happens all the time with these sorts of machines if you use batters, cheeses, or meats that release fats and juices), it seems like it’d be a pain to clean.
  • Plus, those oozed substances could build up and make inserting and swapping the plates difficult.
  • And, since the have to latch the machine shut, everything inside is going to get pressed, so everything will ooze.
  • Furthermore, it doesn’t seem very deep, which means ooze has nowhere to go except seep beyond the border of the non-stick plates.  The RediSetGo’s depth is one of its best features – you really can fit a lot of food in it.

So – I open the floor to my readers:  Does anyone own a Big Boss Grill?  Has anyone been intrigued by the informercial?  What are your thoughts?  Should I get one and check it out for myself?  Should I but another RediSetGo? Sound off in the comments section!

Keep it up, David!

UPDATE:  A few minutes after publishing, I realized that this post is MY 200th POST! HOLY COW!  Definitely KEEP IT UP, DAVID!


What’s in the RediSetGo?

September 26, 2010

I love my Xpress RediSetGo cooker.  I saw the informercial a bunch of times over the course of about 6 months, and when my birthday rolled around last March, I set an email out to my family saying, ‘Hey, if anyone is looking to get me a present, I want a RediSetGo!’  No one responded, so, naturally, I thought they all got in cahoots (started cahooting?) and ordered me one.  When I talked to renowned architect Laura Garcia (aka my sister) shortly thereafter, I learned no one took me seriously.  Hmph.  Until a RediSetGo showed up at my door!  Laura came through!

The RediSetGo is a countertop cooking device that can bake, grill, sear, and roast in a matter of minutes!  I’ll leave the particulars to the actual infomercial.  Hope you like Cathy Mitchell!

The timer crapped out on my RediSetGo after about a month, but I don’t care.  I still use it a couple times a weeks on average.  Burgers are a snap in it, and I love roasting butternut squash and sweet potatoes in it.  It’s not a huge machine, but that’s fine, because I live alone and most of the time I’m only cooking for one anyway.

Today, I busted out the RediSetGo for breakfast.  What’s in the RediSetGo?

An EGG SCRAMBLE is in the RediSetGo!

It’s not necessarily a feast for the yes, but it was tasty:  2 egg whites, a shallot, 1/2 green pepper, some herbs, and about a tablespoon of lite cream cheese.

The unphotographed part of my breakfast (let’s call it brunch, because I ate it at 11:30am) included a Honeycrisp apple (Thanks for the suggestion, Heather!) and about a cup of blueberries.  Oh, and I juiced 1 orange.

Today is Day 2 of a weekend all about the arts.  Last night I attended the first concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra‘s new season, and went with a really dear friend from high school, Emily, who was in town this weekend, and whom I hadn’t seen in about 4 years  (I’m also an occasional blogger for LACO – you can read my post about last night’s concert here).  Today I’m seeing two different plays in two different counties.  First up is the matinee performance of “In the Next Room” by Sarah Ruhl at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa (in Orange County), and tonight I’m seeing one of my favorite plays, “The Glass Menagerie,” at Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles (oddly enough, in Los Angeles County).

Because I won’t be home from about 12:30pm – 11pm, I’ll need to eat out today.  And I’m planning on eating fast food…  Subway!  It’s cheap (to balance out the money going into my gas tank) and quick and healthy, and I haven’t had it in about a month or so.   I have some celery sticks I’ll grab to munch on in the car, too.

Keep it up, David!


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