I'm a gadget gal. There... I admit it. I love a good kitchen thingamjiggy. My bread machine has to be the best birthday present my mom has ever given me. I keep it busy making dough for rolls and pizza weekly, and my Zojirushi has been going strong for about 6 years now. Love, love, love it.
And then there's the Cuisinart food processor I scored from Craigslist for $35. Yes, you heard that right. And it came with about 12 extra cutting blades. I'm not sure I need my onions to be shaving bits, but if I want them to be, they will be. That gadget has really sped up the prep time for making my soups and sauces.
And now there's another beloved gadget in my life. It appears that I'm unable to cook more than one cup of rice on the stove top without messing it up somehow. I've tried and failed far too often. And so my mom got me a little rice cooker. I love it. No stirring, no watching the rice to make sure its not boiling over or cooking too fast. But... it was getting a little bit small.
Enter my sweet sister-in-law Terri and her birthday gift to me. It's a big ol' rice cooker (not the one pictured, but similar).. with a steamer basket! I'm going to be using this thing just about every night of my life. I have been steaming veggies on a plate with a little water in the microwave for awhile now. But this does it so much better and more easily! Tonight we had rice, and I steamed Trader Joe's potstickers in the basket right on top of it. They were the best steamed dumplings I've ever had... so much tastier and healthier than following the package directions to make them. I'm in love...
Good thing I have lots of cabinet space in this house... =) Anybody out there got a kitchen gadget they just can't live without?