Having the right tools to do the job helps to make quick work of our everyday cooking tasks. It’s important to have quality, efficient tools that will be durable over the long-term and help us to create beautiful and delicious dishes without tying up too much of our time or our cash. That is never more of a priority than when we’re preparing for parties and gatherings for the holidays. I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths with the nice people from Crisp, while I was in Seattle this summer. I watched several demonstrations of their colorful and high-quality kitchen tools, in person, and couldn’t be more excited to share that they are the Week 4 sponsor for our Holiday Progressive Dinner Blog Hop series.
Crisp really sets themselves apart in the kitchen tools market. These are the exact mincers, slicers, dicers, etc. that I want in my kitchen tools drawer. Space is at a premium, there, and I can’t waste it on anything that doesn’t provide me the BEST performance. Crisp kitchen tools carry a 7 year warranty and when a company is that confident in the quality of their wares, those are the ones I want in my own kitchen. Life is too short to struggle with equipment that can’t do the job and then have to dig around, or run to the store, to find something to replace it. I have been delighted with the performance of Crisp kitchen tools. They are made from durable, high-quality materials. They are easy to clean with most being dishwasher safe. Anything with a blade has provided me with precision cutting power and the ultra-sharp blades all come with covers to protect them and to protect fingers reaching into a drawer to grab them. The colors are bold and attractive and most of Crisp’s tools solve unique kitchen problems in ways that other kitchen tool brands have not been able to.
Several of my new tools came in very handy when prepping the recipe I’m sharing with you, today.
Using five ultra sharp, stainless steel blades at once, means that mincing herbs is a quick job. My parsley was precisely cut, without bruising or crushing. The mincer’s shape was a perfect, comfortable fit for my hand and it comes with a blade cover for safety in storage. Another feature that I love about the Herb Mincer is that it is so easy to clean. Open it up, rinse it out and let it dry; then snap back together and you’re ready for the next recipe.
Of course the vegetable peeler was the natural choice to peel the cucumbers for this dish. And I decided the wavy knife was a perfect way to “dress up” my cucumber slices and create one more eye-appealing detail without spending any extra time. I loved the results!
The Crisp paring knife was the perfect tool for halving the cherry tomatoes. I love that it comes with it’s own cover. The cover slides on, just like a sleeve, and has a knife sharpener in the end. Be sure to check out the other fantastic Crisp kitchen tools on their website; and be sure to like them on Facebook. You’ll want to stay up-to-date on all the great tools, recipes and any new products that are added to the line.
I imagine you’ve already guessed that this week’s theme is Appetizers. All five of my friends have scrumptious surprises in store, so be sure to vist each of them, share a little love on their posts and collect all six appetizer recipes for your Thanksgiving and Christmas menu planning. My recipe is just below these links and once you have that, don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway. One lucky reader will win their choice of $75 in Crisp Kitchen Tools! What a great way to celebrate!
Busy-at-Home : Cucumber Tomato Bites with Herb and Parmesan Cream Cheese
Flour on My Face: Phyllo Apple Cranberry Bites
Adventures in All Things Food: Festive Avocado Cucumber Bites
Daily Dish Recipes: Baked Brie Bites with Olives and Roasted Garlic
Will Cook for Smiles: Hot Four Cheese Dip
The Gunny Sack: Spinach Artichoke Bites
- Combine cream cheese, sour cream, herbs and salt in a medium mixing bowl, stirring until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Stir in the Parmesan cheese and set the mixture in the fridge to let the flavors meld, while you prep the veggies.
- Peel and slice the cucumbers. The slices should be ⅜ to ½ inch thick, so they will be sturdy and easy to handle as finger food. I got 16 slices from each cucumber.
- Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, lengthwise.
- You can simply spread the cheese spread onto the cucumber slices and they will be just as delicious, but I wanted to make them a little more decorative for holiday entertaining. To do that, simply pack the cheese spread into a piping bag. Be sure the tip you select has a wide enough opening to keep from being plugged by the grated Parmesan.
- I piped Creamy Parmesan Herb Spread into rosettes on top of each cucumber slice.
- Center one cherry tomato half on top of each appetizer.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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