Thursday, May 20, 2010

Apple Slicer Nirvana

A fellow blogger who goes by the name of Daffy is going through a family crisis right now. You can read about it by clicking her name. If you are the praying type, please pray for her family. Let her feel the love. 

I'm not much for cooking gadgets. I believe that a good knife can do pretty much anything, except perhaps flip pancakes. Not that I haven't tried.

However, I amend this opinion when it comes to the apple slicer-corer.
Look at that thing of beauty. 

I avoided buying one of these for awhile because they cost a whole TWELVE dollars and I was feeding a whole colony of moths in my wallet. Also, I have this thing about knives being the only tool you need in a kitchen. Did I mention that? 

I know that good mothers don't let the annoying tedium of washing apples, peeling the stickers off of apples, cutting up apples into wedges, then finally cutting out the seeds out of the wedges prevent them from offering their beloved children a healthy snack. 

Good mothers don't look at the bowl of apples bought precisely for healthy snacking needs and give their children Goldfish crackers or fruit snacks instead. 

I would never be so lazy. 

Except that I totally am. 

So, this wonderful kitchen gadget has been my redemption. Here's a bonus. It kinda looks like a hat. 

Imagine! Kids could dress fruits and vegetables to create characters. They could play with these characters! Maybe call it Mr. Applehead or something. 

Tell me this idea will make my fortune. 

With my super-duper gadget, I can slice enough apples for an army, which I did this morning. I say army, but what I meant was Owen's Preschool Class. They battle vigilantly against hunger and Swiper. 

That damn sneaky fox. 

This is what success looks like: 

Since I'm supposed to be sharing a grilling recipe here today, here's a recipe for grilled apples. 

Note that you don't even need to slice them, in the event you have yet to achieve Apple Slicer Nirvana. 

This is a healthful dessert that is a win for kids and adults. 

Grilled Apples

4 baking apples
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. sugar
aluminum foil sheets
Preheat grill. Wash, dry and core apples. In small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Place each apple on center of aluminum foil sheet; spoon t tablespoon cinnamon/sugar mixture into core, and wrap apple in foil. Place foil-wrapped apples in small foil pie tins on the grill, and cook until apples are tender. Unwrap, discard foil and serve.

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Tracie said...

I have one of those and I lurve it. I didn't know you could grill apples?? Here in the south, we fry apples. Yum-yum!

Kori said...

What the hell? I have been peeling and coring all those apples for 48 quarts of applesauce all with a paring knife? Who knew htis thing existed? Clearly not me.

adrienzgirl said...

I love my apple thing-a-ma-bob too! It's awesome. I have not grilled apples. doing this. I love grilled fruit! Thanks for sharing!

Traci said...

I MUST HAVE ONE!!! How fabulous. Not that it would change anything. Not that my children think that apples comes sliced in bags or that bowls of goldfish appear magically whenever the dreaded words, "I'm hungry" come along. No that never happens in my house. Never!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I use my apple cutter all the time but I've never tried grilling the apples. YUM! I'm checking that out.

Ms. Moon said...

See- I look at that and go- wow! my chickens would love to eat all the cores!

The Blue Zoo said...

I totally love my apple slicer too! I think that recipe would be awesome for camping. I think I'll try it this summer for sure!

Minivan Lover said...

Grilled Apples?! I'm in love

michelle said...

I was the same way about my apple slicer. I absolutely refused to buy one for DECADES, thinking it too indulgent. Silly me. Now apple pies are easy peasy

FabuLeslie said...

Sounds delicious and oh so simple! And it will remind me of my mom and her love of baked apples. Although, I have to say the apple corer slicer did not work so well for me. I finally went back to a knife and just cut each of the 4 sides off the core. A lot more waste that way, but the corer/slicer would never cut very well. Maybe I just needed a better one...

noisycolorfullively said...

I so need to buy an apple slicer. I remember as soon as I get home, but somehow it vanishes completely from my mind when I'm at the store or making my list.

Also, I want to slice Swiper. I hate Dora too, come to think of it. I banned them and their acid reeling cartoon brain washing my kid from the house. Except in the car, when one of them is falling asleep only minutes from the house, thereby ruining any chance of a nap (and an hour of rest for me) I sing loud and scream "Sleeper no sleeping, sleeper no sleeping..." Over and over again.

Sometimes it works.

dek said...

Slicer, no slicing!

June said...

The apple slicer is one of the greatest inventions EVER!!

Never thought of grilling them, gonna have to give this a try!

Buffee said...

I've never even thought about grilling apples! How awesome! I'm so stealing this and calling it my own! (They'll never know)! hehe! Thanks for sharing!

*LLUVIA* said...

I want an apple slicer, now!!

Erin said...

Ohhh those are the BEST!!! I have TWO! And it's a good thing both my boys love apples....and I am so trying that grilled apples!!

Frau said...

We have one like that well ours is more like the Hyundai of apple slicers yours looks like the Cadillac! Have a great weekend.

Salt said...

Anything that can double as a hat should get mega bonus points. You need to get on patenting that idea. You will make millions!

I can see that you have an awesome sense of humor and that I will love your blog. :)

ModernMom said...

Now I must have one of those!

Unknown Mami said...

I want you to record yourself doing an infomercial for this wonder gadget and share it with us on your blog. Do it!

4 Lettre Words said...

Daffy's situation breaks my heart.

Love the recipe, tho!

Melani said...

hahah I love Unknown Mami's comment!

I have one of those wonderful slicers, one of the things I got at a Pamperd Chef, years ago and it still works like a charm!