It’s a life-changing vegetable peeler

Linens ‘N Things is going out  of business. This is very sad because I figured when my current gig ended I’d be able to get a job at LNT. Plus, despite their poor punctuation, it’s my favorite of the big-box home stores.

Last weekend I stopped by a local Linens ‘N Things and bought an 8×8 pan (mine had gone missing) and a vegetable peeler.

That vegetable peeler — a Zyliss swivel peeler — is fantastic! I never thought I’d want to wax poetic about a kitchen utensil until now. The swivel blade makes peeling fruit and veggies easy. The ergonomic handle is comfortable and won’t slip out of your hand. And it has a metal tip to pop out the eyes on potatoes.

I got very excited about that vegetable peeler. Originally I was just going to make an apple crisp. But it was so much fun that I dived into the potatoes and made potato soup, too.

Apple Goodie

  • 3 cups sliced or diced apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 rounded tablespoon flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix well and pour into a greased 9×9 (or 8×8) pan.

  • 3/4 cup oatmeal (quick oats preferably)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter

Mix well and pour over apples. Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees. Very good “plain,” or top with ice cream.

Golden potato soup

  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed

Add water to potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, parsley flakes, seasoning and bouillon cube. Cover and cook until tender. Blend flour with a small amount of milk. Stir into vegetable mixture. Add remaining milk and cook until thickened. Add cheese; stir until melted.

I don’t keep bouillon on hand, so I leave that out. And I usually cook the vegetables in the microwave (that’s what the “potato” setting is for), so I leave the water out too. Really, you can’t go wrong with potatoes and carrots and celery and cheese.

And a great vegetable peeler.


  1. I may have to try this out, because there’s nothing I hate more than peeling veggies. And I’m responsible for much of Thanksgiving dinner this year.

    I always thought I could work at LNT too. I think when my job eventually gets eliminated I’m going to sell out to Starbucks.

  2. I always have bouillon. I may never have anything else. But just in case there is a storm or nuclear war, I will have chicken or beef (I have both) water. YUM!

    On the pluse, I bought cheesy potato soup from a food party thingy and all I have to do is add water. Needless to say, it wasn’t very good.

    Hey have you tried The Original Soupman yet? It is SO good. Love it! No need to make my own soup although potato is not one of their options. Odd….

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