Confessions of a Bed, Bath & Beyond Shopper

mark grissom beaverdamusa.com

Some of my kitchen gadgets: FoodSaver, crock pot, etc.

Most men prefer to shop at Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports, Wal-Mart or possibly even Cabelas.

Personally, I could care less about any of those stores. I am not much of an outdoorsman. Although, I did try my hand at squirrel hunting last year. Shot one and killed it and I am still waiting a year later to get it back from North Georgia Taxidermist.

I should have just used my skills as an embalmer… and mounted the darn thing myself!

I literally hate shopping at Wal-Mart. I do not like crowds. I don’t care what time of day or night you go to Wal-Mart; there is always a ton of people there. Besides that, the store is way too big for me. I want to be able to buy a few items without walking a marathon in a department store.

My kind of store, believe this or not, is Bed, Bath and Beyond! Yes sir! (Or ma’am) Give me a good ole’ store with tons of kitchen gadgets and cooking appliances and this boy is in “Hog Heaven!”

Ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes, I have tried to be very careful of the foods that I eat. No more fast food restaurants. I had to quit eating fried foods, sweets, Cokes or anything with a number in front of it. (Combo meals to be exact!).Now, I make a trip at least once a week to the local grocery store and stock up on vegetables, chicken, meat, lettuce, eggs and peanut butter and sugar free jelly.

I have become quite proficient in the culinary arts over the past several months. I own lots of cooking utensils, pots, pans, electric indoor grills, a steamer and the item I use the most… a crockpot! I will buy some celery, carrots, onions and a nice big roast and throw them all in the crockpot and let that sucker cook for about 12 hours. Ummm Ummm! That food is so good, if you put it on top of your head your tongue will slap your brains out trying to get to it!

I have a T-fal electric griddle. I love it! I can fix steaks, chicken, hamburgers (no more buns) and a few other items.

I even have a Food Saver. Yep! You heard correct… a Food Saver! You can buy these special made bags and you put your leftovers in them and slide them in the front of this machine, hit the button, and it will suck every bit of air out of that bag and seal itself! Food lasts a lot longer that way.

Last, but not least, I own a Keurig Coffee Maker. I love coffee! I make anywhere from 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day. When I was a little younger, I could drink regular coffee all day and all evening and it never kept me awake. Now, that I am getting close to 50, I have to start drinking de-caffeinated coffee about 5 p.m., until bed time.

I have lots of different kinds of coffee mugs as well. I collect coffee mugs. I mostly have Chicago Cubs coffee mugs. I also have more than my share of Harley Davidson mugs as well. (Yes… I own a Harley)

I ordered a new Chicago Cubs Travel Mug yesterday. It should be here by the time this blog comes out. I expect I will be drinking my coffee this Wednesday and be reading all of the latest blogs on beaverdamusa.com.

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What’s for dinner tonight, you ask? Well, okay, I will tell you. A salad with tomato wedges and Italian dressing and grilled chicken. All made by yours truly!

Until next time…

Go Cubs!

Spaghetti with a Twist

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Using breakfast sausage instead of ground beef makes this a fun take on traditional spaghetti. If you use turkey sausage, it also makes it healthier. And don’t get hung up over the amounts on any of the ingredients. We don’t know what you like; we only know how we like it! Your taste may vary. The carrots add sweetness without using processed sugar. Have fun and create a great spaghetti with a twist!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage (or turkey breakfast sausage)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of mushrooms, pieces and stems
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Up to 1/4 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon basil preferably. If not, oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (we use a lot more)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Here’s what you do:

  • Saute the onions, peppers and carrots until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms and continue to cook over medium heat about 5 minutes.
  • Add the sausage and cook until done.
  • Add the tomatoes, sauce and paste.
  • Add basil (or oregano), chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve over (well, duh) spaghetti noodles.

 

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