Saturday, June 6, 2009

not so skinny dippin'

I am a certified cheese addict. When people ask, if you were stranded on a dessert island what one food would you have to have, I always answer cheese. I have never met a cheese I didn't like. Hard, soft, buttery, stinky, you name it, I eat it.

But, there is one thing better than cheese - melted cheese! I love cheese dip. For years I enjoyed going to Mexican restaurants and ordering the big bowl. So imagine my surprise, when I was registering for my wedding gifts a few years ago and came across a gadget that would let me have that same experience at home.

Let me introduce you to one of my all time favorite kitchen must haves - the heated chip and dip tray. This, my friends, is nothing short of genius. Now I can have all that gooey queso whenever I want (which is kinda dangerous when you think about it). This set contains a plastic chip tray, a ceramic bowl for the dip, and a heating element that goes right under the bowl that can be plugged into any outlet. Lucky for me I have an outlet right next to my stove that I can use while I am cooking and one next to the table we usually eat on at night so I can keep it warm throughout dinner too. You can use this for non-hot items too by just leaving the heating element off. So, its is multi-functional in theory, but I must tell you I only use it to heat up cheese dip.

I have put a similar one in my amazon store if you want to get your own. Or, it can make a great gift. We just got one for my sister-in-law along with a set of margarita glasses. She is now all set to have her own (cheese) fiesta. And, if you are registering for your own wedding - add this to your list. You will use it and enjoy it much more than that salad spinner or food steamer everyone insists you need - I promise!


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