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DealDash Recipes: Baked Potato Chips

Who doesn’t love potato chips? Salty, crispy, potato-y goodness abounds! Unfortunately, traditional potato chips are full of fat, oils, and calories. Here’s a recipe for baked potato chips that is much lighter than the original.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven – 400 degrees is just right
  • Scrub the potatoes completely, rinse, and pat dry. Using an extremely sharp knife, Slice the potatoes very thin (about 1/8″ or thinner.)
  • Place potato slices in a large bowl and toss well until coated with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Arrange the seasoned potato slices in a single layer on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet to allow even cooking on both sides of the potato slices. If you don’t have a cooling rack, then line your baking pan with parchment paper, and flip them after 10 minutes. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes until the potato slices are browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. They are best served soon after.
  • You may season them again with salt and pepper while they are cooling.

If you would like to try different flavors, here are a few ideas:

Salt and Vinegar – After thinly slicing the potatoes, place them in a large bowl filled with vinegar, and set aside for a least 2 hours. Please note, the longer they soak, the more vinegary the flavor. Drain potato slices and toss with oil and salt.

BBQ – BBQ chips are easy! Just substitute 2 Tbs of BBQ seasoning in place of the pepper when you are seasoning the chips.

These chips are delicious to eat, and fun to make! If you were feeling very industrious, it would be easy to double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to make a large amount of chips for a party.

This recipe calls for a very sharp knife. If your knives are less than sharp lately, why not get a new knife on DealDash? DealDash has all of the latest knives and cooking accessories. Just check out the Kitchen and Dining category at this link right here and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding!

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DealDash Saves on Entertainment

If you’re like a lot of families you are probably spending too much money on entertainment. Let DealDash help reduce your expenses.

One of the biggest expenses that can go under the “entertainment” category is going out to restaurants for dinner. Most items that you get from a restaurant you can easily make at home for significantly less money, you can make them healthier, and cooking with your family can be considered a form of entertainment as well. If you need some new kitchen items be sure to check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining category.

Another big entertainment expense for families is video games. New video games can cost upwards of $40, $50, or even $60. Add the big price tag to the fact that once you have beaten said game you will probably never play it again, it’s a big expense. You can cut the costs of video games for your family in a few different ways. You can only buy used or older games, you can use one of the game rental services, or of course you can bid on video games on DealDash! Just check out this link right here to be taken to the video games on DealDash.

If you have kids, especially school-aged kids, you’re probably going to hear a chorus of “I’m borredddd, I’m borreeddd, why are things different???!” The thing that you’re going to have to do to counteract that is to pack their schedules full of activities. These activities don’t have to be expensive, or cost any money at all. You can consider doing some good for your community while entertaining your kids by volunteering. As someone who used to volunteer at an animal shelter, I can attest to the fact that people can (and do) bring their school-aged kids in to volunteer. There are plenty of things that older kids can do to volunteer at an animal shelter such as brushing dogs, feeding and watering the animals, and taking the dogs for walks.

Another fun thing to do with the kids that my family loves to do is going to pick fresh fruit at the local orchards and farms. While it does cost money it’s money that you would be spending at the supermarket anyway, and you get the added benefit of entertaining your family.

In case you didn’t know, DealDash is commonly referred to as “Entertainment Shopping,” meaning that you are buying things online but you are getting the benefit of having fun while you are shopping. DealDash can be called entertainment shopping because even if you don’t win the auction you can always BIN (Buy It Now) the item for retail value and get all of your bids back as well as free shipping. Go entertain yourself now on DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Cooks: Slow BBQ Chicken

Originally hailing from the South, I love BBQ! If it’s too hot in your kitchen this summer to cook, just use the slow cooker.

When you say Southern BBQ most people automatically think about pork. However, chicken can also make an awesomely delicious BBQ sandwich. The slow cooker is perfect for cooking BBQ, as the key cooking phrase of anyone versed in BBQ is “Low and Slow”, which is exactly what the slow cooker does.

Here is the recipe for cooking delicious slow cooker BBQ chicken, and also some dessert ideas.

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless/skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (18 Ounce) bottle of BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray’s or Stubbs, personally)
  • 1/4 Cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (if desired)

Directions

  • Whisk BBQ sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves
  • Put chicken breast halves in a slow cooker.
  • Pour sauce mixture over the chicken.
  • Cook on Low for approximately 6 hours.
  • Shred the chicken breasts with 2 forks
  • Serve on buns

As for dessert my family always liked to pair an ambrosia with BBQ. Here is a quick and easy Pink Ambrosia recipe:

Ingredients

Directions

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, whipped topping, and vanilla extract together in a bowl
  • Fold cherry pie filling, pineapple, fruit cocktail, coconut, walnuts, and mini-marshmallows into the condensed milk mixture
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight
  • Mix very well before serving

If you are in need of a new slow cooker to make BBQ chicken (or anything else, for that matter!) then head on over to DealDash. DealDash has a large selection of slow cookers at this link right here. DealDash also has just about anything else that you might need to make your recipes a success. Head on over to DealDash and check out the Kitchen and Dining category, which you can find right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Picks the Right Knives

Sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly which knife that you should use for the job. Here is a handy guide to help sort things out.

  • Chef’s Knife – This knife is your everyday “go-to” knife. You use the Chef’s Knife for all of your basic preparation such as chopping, slicing and dicing, and mincing.
  • Utility Knife – The Utility Knife is very similar to the Chef’s Knife, but the blade is a bit slimmer. This is a very useful knife to have around for everyday jobs such as slicing the meat off of a rotisserie chicken.
  • Paring Knife – This little fella is a huge help in the kitchen with peeling off the skin of veggies, trimming, and slicing veggies up for a snack.
  • Bread Knife – I’m pretty sure you can guess what this one is for! It’s also great for slicing tomatoes without bruising them.
  • Santoku Knife – This knife is a hybrid between a Chef’s Knife and a meat cleaver. This knife is great for those difficult cuts of meat, slicing, and chopping.
  • Carving Knife – This knife’s main job is to carve large cuts of meat such as your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.
  • Steak Knife – Again, I’m pretty sure you can guess how these are used.

There are other types of knives, of course, but these are the most common ones, and the ones that you are most likely to find in a knife set. There are also usually a pair of kitchen scissors and a honing blade to sharpen your knives, as well as a butcher’s block to keep the knives in.

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If you are looking for a whole new set of knives, or maybe to just replace one of yours you should check out DealDash. DealDash has some great full sets of knives as well as some singles available for bidding. You can check out DealDash’s knives at this link right here. DealDash also has a lot of other great kitchen items in their Kitchen and Dining category, which can be found right here.

I hope that you found this article helpful in choosing which knife is right for the job! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

DealDash Cooks: With Kids

When looking for recipes you probably don’t take into account how easy they would be for kids to make. However, kids love to cook. Here are a couple easy recipes to start.

My two older kids are 4 and 8, and they both love to help in the kitchen. I think that making Christmas cookies was one of the highlights of their Christmas season. Sometimes cooking with kids can be a lot more work than cooking by yourself, but when you have some extra time why not let the little ones have some fun?

Peanut Noodles with Chicken – This is an Asian-inspired recipe that reminds me of a simple version of Vietnamese Fresh Summer Rolls, but without the wrapper. I can attest that kids love the combination of peanut butter, noodles, and chicken! If your kids are too little to be able to use the vegetable peeler by themselves put them to work shredding the chicken with a fork.

Ingredients:

  • 18-ounce package thin rice noodles or sticks
  • 2 to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken
  • carrot
  • seedless (English) cucumber
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Directions:

  • Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let soak until soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain with a colander or large strainer.
  • While the noodles are soaking, shred the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of carrot and cucumber.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and 6 tablespoons water until smooth. If you are having trouble with the consistency of the peanut butter you can put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get it a little softer.
  • Divide the noodles, chicken, carrot, and cucumber among 4 bowls. Drizzle with the dressing.

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Sour Cream – I am personally not a fan of broccoli, but every kid (and most adults) that I know love it. In this recipe, my kid’s favorite part is poking the potatoes with the fork. Just make sure that they are extra careful not to poke themselves!

Ingredients:

  • medium russet potatoes
  • 16-ounce package frozen broccoli
  • tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Prick the potatoes several times with a fork. Microwave on high until tender and a fork easily slides into the center, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and cover with a piece of aluminum foil to keep them warm.
  • In a medium microwave-proof bowl, combine the broccoli, butter, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir once, then microwave until hot, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • Split the potatoes (be careful of the steam). Top with the broccoli mixture and sour cream and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon pepper.

I hope this article has inspired you to do a little cooking with your kids or grandkids. If you need any items for around the kitchen be sure to check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining section located right here. DealDash has many wonderful useful and decorative items available for bid 24/7. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!