Introducing… Golden Nugget Squash!

March 28, 2018

Earlier this week I rebooted “What’s In The Crockpot?” – a blog post that I used to do regularly. Guess what? Time for another reboot!

I have a whole archive of posts called “The Produce Aisle”, and each one is about a new-to-me fruit or veggie, that I brought home, researched, and cooked. It’s a way to expand my horizons and try new things, while still eating healthily, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!

My produce experiment this time around is… Read the rest of this entry »


April 14, 2011

A few months ago, I got a message, via Twitter, from a regular blog reader named Kelly.  She had noticed that, on a couple occasions (including here and here), I had mentioned how crappy my vegetable peeler was, and she wanted to send me a present – a new vegetable peeler that she loves and thought I’d love, too!  What a thoughtful and generous gesture!  I gave her an address, and she set out to get the peeler that she wanted to send me.  A few weeks later, she sent a message saying that it was harder to find the peeler than she had thought it would be, but she was working on it.

Then, in mid-March, a package arrived.  It was an envelope.  Inside the envelope was… another envelope.  Inside that envelope was… another envelope (this one was padded)!

Inside that third envelope, however, was…

…a new vegetable peeler!

There was also a very sweet card.  In it, Kelly mentioned that the peeler she actually wanted to buy me was, as she put it, “the world’s greatest,” but the company that sold it to her a few years ago no longer carries it, and she couldn’t find another online retailer.  So, in its place, she bought a peeler from The Pampered Chef and sent it my way, with the hope that it’s better than the crappy peeler I’m currently using.

I know the new peeler means business, because it comes with a blade guard for its serrated blade:

I wanted to try out my peeler, so I gathered five test subjects:

That’s Mr. Carrot, Mr. Apple, Mr. Sweet Potato, Mr. Delicata Squash, and Mr. Butternut Squash.  (Yep, all my produce is male.)

First up: Mr. Carrot, who was no match for my new peeler.  The peeler effortlessly removed carrot shavings without hesitation:

Same went for Mr. Apple – no contest:

This thing makes peeling a snap!  I hadn’t even gotten to the tough stuff yet, and I was already falling in love.  Mr. Sweet Potato required the slightest bit of elbow grease, but it was still a vast improvement over my old peeler:

Time to move on to a challenge: squash.  It was my difficulties with squash peeling that caught Kelly’s attention in the first place, so hopefully this new peeler would make things a whole lot easier.

The first squash I tackled was the delicata squash (read this to learn more about delicatas).  The delicata has a thin skin that you can eat and don’t need to peel off, but what’s the point of experimenting with a new peeler if you don’t peel stuff?

My new peeler barely batted an eye.  It slid through that delicata like it was butter:

But could it handle a butternut?  Butternut skins are tougher and thicker, but (and this was no surprise at this point) my peeler made removing the skin easy.  It did need more elbow grease than any of the other test subjects, but compared to my prior peeler, this new peeler was a miracle worker.  I probably had this butternut peeled in one quarter of the time it used to take me:

So there you have it.  This Pampered Chef peeler has a permanent home in my drawer, and my old peeler went straight down the trash chute.

A big thanks to Kelly for sending me such a lovely present, and going out of her way to find a quality peeler after not being able to find the one she really wanted to send me.  Rest assured this peeler will get a lot of use and will be a fixture in my kitchen!

Oh, and another great side effect of my peeler experiments?  Having two squashes ready to be de-seeded and cut up.  I’ve had squash as part of my lunch for the past three days, and that, to quote Martha Stewart, is a good thing.

Keep it up, David!

PS. If you’re inspired by this and want to send me something, then please go ahead!  You can email me at, and I’ll give you an address!