Recently, through My Blog Spark, I agreed to take Cascade Complete’s 24 Hour Challenge.
The challenge was to cook something especially messy, and then not do the dishes for 24 hours.
Mmmmm, I can totally do that.
I could go 48, or even 72 . . . and never break a sweat.
They sent me this pretty white casserole dish in the picture. Ha! A pretty white dish is no match for this slob.
The suggestion was to make a blueberry cobbler. But with the whole weight-loss-menu-planning thing I’ve been doing, I didn’t think that blueberry cobbler was the best choice.
So I chose to make Spaghetti Pie. And just so you know, anyone who compares the calories between Spaghetti Pie and Blueberry Cobbler and finds that I actually ate more calories this way . . . is officially not my friend.
Besides, the recipe called for zucchini, which means that it’s totally healthy.
I started by pouring spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the dish, which was NOT part of the recipe, but I thought would make the how-difficult-can-you-make-it-to-clean-this-dish thing more interesting.
The first layer is a mixture of spaghetti, one egg, and parmesan cheese. I then added the zucchini which I had grated and sauteed with garlic and olive oil. I topped that with more sauce and mozzarella (taking care to slosh a little up on the sides so that it would be harder to clean, hee hee).
Then we ate it.
It was delicious.
The challenge requested that I leave the dishes for 24 hours before washing them. Let me tell you, it was hard to sleep. I tossed and turned and saw visions of nail-ruining-scrubbing all night long.
Actually, I happily left the kitchen and didn’t think another thing about it. I even went the extra mile and left ALL of my dishes to sit unwashed.
24 hours, FINE, 36 hours later, I loaded up the dishwasher and used the Cascade Complete All-In-1 Action Pac they had sent me.
When the dishwasher was done, I got my camera ready and opened it up. I was rather disappointed to find this:
But then I saw that (as only rarely happens), the door on my detergent dispenser hadn’t opened, and much of the detergent hadn’t even dissolved:
When you consider that it didn’t even get a full-powered-washing, I think that the after pic looks pretty good. As I said, this does happen with my dishwasher on a rare occasion, so it was ultra-frustrating that it happened with this particular load.
In an effort to do my best on this challenge, I gave it one more go. Though I didn’t have anything baked to try, I did leave dishes from spaghetti and macaroni and cheese out for (at least) 24 hours. This time the door came open, the detergent fully dissolved, and these dirty dishes:
|(I did use the Fingernail Flick Method to remove the noodles before putting this in the dishwasher.)|
Became these clean dishes:
Except for the lone unflicked noodle:
Honestly, I thought these Cascade Complete All-in-1 Action Pacs worked great.
And I’m pretty sure I’m a worthy opponent for any cleaning product out there.
Bring ’em on.
I have some samples of these Cascade ActionPacs that I will send to the first four readers who email me their mailing address at aslobcomesclean @ gmail . com. With spaces removed, of course!
Giveaway Samples have all been claimed.
I was provided with the Cascade Complete All-In-1 ActionPacs, the casserole dish, a giftcard, and the additional samples by P&G through My Blog Spark. The faulty-at-the-worst-possible-time dishwasher, the experiences, the opinions, and the zucchini are all mine.
That's awesome Nony! I think I need to pick up some of those!
Shannon L says
This is the healthiest recipe you've posted! You have all of the food groups represented; fruit-tomato, dairy-cheese, meat-egg, bread-pasta and a little oil to balance all these "healthy" ingredients. 😉
All kidding aside, it does sound delicious.
Rhonda Henrich says
I've been using those packets for a while now. My dishwasher doesn't seem to be able to handle the powder anymore..it cakes up and stays in the dispenser. The trick is to NOT close the cover on the dispenser with these. When you put it in the UNLIDDED dispenser and close the door, it falls out and lays in the corner or side of the bottom of the dishwasher until the cycle gets going and the soap thingy melts and the whole business does what it's supposed to.
I'm thinking that by having it closed in, it didn't even have a chance to work on the dirty dishes until halfway through the cycle.
Blessings, Rhonda Henrich
I am convinced. I will be trying these out. I know I am less than happy with my current brand. Thanks for sharing the challenge.
Nobody is paying me to say this, but those blue-and-green Cascade thingies really do work better than other detergents I've tried. I usually forget which ones it is that I want when I'm standing in front of the array at the grocery store, but now I'll be able to think back on this post and it will come to me!
Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says
Looks like you have found the perfect product for a slob coming clean!
It has zucchini in it! It MUST be healthy. I knew you were my kind of girl.