Lemon Cheesecake Dip with KitchenIQ

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for KitchenIQ. I received promotional items to thank me for my participation #SharpenYourKitchenIQ #IC 

Who out there is a sucker for kitchen gadgets? 


SOOOO glad I am not alone in the need to have ALL THE GADGETS (queue hyperbole and a half image!).   

A few weeks ago, I hosted a get together at my sister's house with some friends.  It was a night of the girls catching up, making dinner, eating dessert and demonstrating the KitchenIQ tools.  I was able to show  The Edge Grip Knife Sharpener , their The Potato Tool , and the The Better Zester  

These tools are freaking incredible.  The Edge Grip Knife Sharpener has to find it's way in to everybody's homes.  My sister's knives are PITIFUL.  Just look below.  Ha.  They are dull and old.  You seriously couldn't slice a tomato with ANY of them. The sharpener has two stages of sharpening.  The coarse slot includes carbide blades that quickly sharpen dull or damaged knives with just a few pulls.  The fine slot's ceramic rods are for finishing and polishing the knife's edge.  The Edge Grip Bottom allows for stable sharpening on counter tops or the edge of a counter or table.  

I am kicking myself for not making a video demonstrating using the sharpener because it's absolutely incredible.  

I took the knife and sliced a lemon.  I had to do a LOT of sawing and had juice squirting EVERYWHERE.  It was THAT dull.  When I worked in beef processing as a meat cutter, sawing action cutting is BAD and having a SHARP knife is GOOD.  It saves your hands and shoulders. 

I took one her knife and ran it through the coarse sharpener side a few times and then through the fine twice.  

Then I sliced another lemon and it was LESS work.  It wasn't like a hot knife through butter BUT it cut easily.  That had to do with just barely sharpening it.  Once I sharpened it again, it was night and day!  Of course, you do have to be careful when handling knives to prevent injuries but I am in LOVE.  

I am not kidding when I say I went crazy sharpening all her knives.  My sister now has a drawer full of sharp knives.  Ha. 

Next up-  The Potato Tool.  This gadget is absolutely genius.  No, really, it is.  It has a brush on one side to scrub the potato (or in my case, a lemon), the peeler on the other side and in the handle?  A paring  knife stored safely inside.  Literally, ALL IN ONE! 

I used the paring knife on lemons (used to make the Lemon Cheesecake Dip) to test it out and it slid right through the lemon and allowed me to slice into nice, thin slices.

Last, the Better Zester.  This tool is flipping INCREDIBLE.  It has a SLIDING measuring "cup" on the back to catch all the zest.  Need a tablespoon of lemon zest? PIECE OF CAKE.  

The party, of course, was a success.  My guests went gaga over the tools.  

By the end, I decided that EVERYBODY in my family is going to get each of these gadgets.  They are THAT amazing.  

Now, each of my guests did get a surprise...

They EACH received a Better Zester.  

Sweet deal, right? 

I am pretty sure I am now popular.  #Score.

Since I am totally popular now...

How about that recipe for the Lemon Cheesecake Dip? It's zesty, lemony, sweet and creamy.  

Your wish... is my command!

Lemon Cheesecake Dip Recipe

Printable Version

12 ounce tub of cream cheese spread, softened to room temperate.
8 ounce container of whipped topping, thawed
1 packet of Lemon Jello
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest

1.  In a bowl, add one cup of boiling hot water and lemon jello mix.  
2.  Add lemon juice and zest.  
3.  Allow to cool until jello is thick and syrupy (but not jello)
4.  In a large mixing bowl,  mix with handheld mixer (or stand mixer) cream cheese until smooth.
5.  Fold in whipped topping.
6.  Fold in lemon syrup.
7.  Cool in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
8.  Garnish with lemons.
9.  Serve with graham crackers, fresh fruit, etc.


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