My Favorite Kitchen Sidekick

Wanna meet him? He's right here:

This is possibly the best $20 I've ever spent for my kitchen. I use this little guy ALL. THE. TIME! Here are some of my favorite ways:

Mexican buffet night: Seasoned beef + seasoned chicken + beans makes a perfect foundation for a Mexican food bar.

Variety appetizers: Put sausage or meatballs in all 3 containers and add a different sauce to each one.

Leftovers: When you only have a serving or two of three different soups or stews, just dump each one into a separate compartment an hour before dinner time, and let everyone serve themselves their favorite.

Side dishes for big meals: When you're preparing a huge meal that requires lots of oven time for multiple dishes, prepare your sides ahead of time and keep them warm here. This keeps the oven free for your main dish(es).

Stocking the fridge or freezer: Cook up a big batch of quinoa, caramelized onions and roasted garlic to keep on hand and throw into recipes throughout the week.

Hot tea: If you are hosting a large tea party, prepare 3 kinds of tea ahead of time and have them ready to go. You can still put the kettle on and have other varieties available, but this will give your guests a ready option in case one kettle of hot water isn't enough to serve them all at once.

These are just a few ideas, but I'm sure there are 1000 more that are just as good or even better. And just to prove to you that you really can get one of these for only around $20, here is a link:

West Bend Triple Slow Cooker

That one is a little different from mine, but it would serve the exact same purpose. I'm sure you could spend ten times more than that for something similar, but that would be completely unnecessary. Mine was only $20. I've had it for years, and it works beautifully.

So no recipe today. Just a suggestion as to how to make lots of recipes easier to prepare and present. Enjoy!