I am an enormous sucker and can be persuaded to buy almost anything or this is why I'm not allowed to watch QVC or the Home Shopping Network Saturday night, we went to dinner at a friend's house. We had lasagna and baked bread that was so full of butter that when I blotted it on both sides, then squeezed it to see if there was more butter in it, there was. If I think about it too much, it makes me feel queasy. Again. David went off to a movie with Tom (of the godchildren Buntings) and Chrissy (of Tom and the godchildren Buntings) would just drop me off at home on her way home. All went well, and if I hadn't eaten a piece of cheesecake, I might have been fine after dinner. But I hadn't eaten that much lasagna or bread for that matter. So I had a small piece of cheesecake. Big mistake. So when I got home, I watched a Netflix movie, but went upstairs after that. Which basically means I went upstairs to lay in bed and watch TV. There's no DVR or digital cable up there, so I never know what I'm flipping past. That TV, therefore, is usually tuned to a. The Weather Channel or b. Nickelodeon. I think I was watching Nickelodeon. They showed a commercial for the Chop Wizard. It cuts onions! And dices tomatoes! And eggs! Carrots! Peppers! And pretty much anything else you'd ever want to cube. Those things get me every. single. time. I love gadgets, especially kitchen gadgets. I stared, probably unblinking, at the commercial and memorized the Web site. I said I would investigate in the morning. It's only $19.95! And you get the dicing blade and a slicing blade. Of course, I don't usually end up buying them. Which is the miracle of TV. Also, just looking at that Web site, it says allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. But I want to make my salsa NOW. Monday, I convinced David to go to the mall with me. We went to Crate & Barrel. I guess subconsciously, that commercial made me want a new kitcheny gadget. I guess it doesn't help that I'm reading the Julia Child memoir. (Yes, still.) While I was meandering the sections, I found this chopper. It's the same thing! And it was cheaper! And I didn't have to pay shipping. And I could make my salsa that very day! As I was making my salsa yesterday, Chrissy came by. I told her about the commercial and that they always rivet me to the television in some stupor I can't knock myself out of. She said she has the same problem and every time she sees the commercial for the Food Saver, she almost always orders it. (I told Chrissy I just so happen to know someone who has one of those and has never used it. So (ahem) Erin, if you want to sell it, I have a buyer for you.) Also yesterday, I saw a commercial for this. After being riveted to the TV until the end of the commercial, I was able to restrain myself. But only because one of the claims made us cackle with disbelief. It said "cats love it!" and showed them using one on a cat. The cat did not love it, like any cat parent worth his/her kibble should know. If you go to the site, they play the commercial for you. But if you're like me, BEWARE. You might be mesmerized. Now. Salsa anyone?


Blogger MountainSide ART said...

I looked at the link for the "Shed Ender" and it looks to be the same as the "FURMINATOR" which you can buy at PetsMart. The demonstration looks fabulous, but I read the fine print...and also one of my groomer friends warned me about this...the ultra fine teeth on this comb are actually very, very sharp blades and if you use it on your pet, you can actually cut into their skin with it. If they have any kind of a bump on their skin...i.e. wart, pimple, freckle, etc., that sticks up even the slightest bit, that blade is going to whack it off and cut your pet's skin open. It can irritate their sensitive skin because it cuts so close. Just so you know...I think its a neat gadget, but I'd never use it on my pets.
I do like the looks of the chopper, though! You'll have to let me know how you like it once you use it. Yep, I like kitchen gadgets too...that's why I have all those Pampered Chef cutters and slicers hanging on my pot rack. Now ask me how many times I've actually used them....

5/31/2006 01:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jasclo said...

OH MY GOD! Aww! :(

The chopper is awesome. I heart it.

5/31/2006 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Guinness_Girl said...

YIKES, mountainside! Thanks for telling us - as I was just tempted to buy the Shed Ender. HOrrible!

Paisley, I fall pray to infomercials, too. So many fascinating gadgets!

5/31/2006 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

My wife ordered 'The Chopper' after viewing the commercial four years ago in a fit of drunken impulse. I'll never let her live it down.

6/01/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Cricket ran screaming when I opened that last link . . . ;)

6/01/2006 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger Jasclo said...

But Keith, I bet she uses it ALL THE TIME, right? No? Well, I tried.

And Kris, I bet she did! Poor Crickles.

6/01/2006 10:48:00 PM  

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