Friday, November 30, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things: kitchen gadgets that make great gifts

After reading an article called “Hot Stuff for Real Cooks” which highlighted current kitchen trends and must-have products, it got me thinking…what are “a few of my favorite things” that make creating in the kitchen more enjoyable?

(Cue the Sound of Music Soundtrack):

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

(c’mon, sing along, you know the words):

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

(all together now):

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

(and the chorus):

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad”

Many of us have drawers full of kitchen utensils, some useful, some just taking up space. Here are some of my favorite go-to kitchen gadgets. And the best part: all three are under $20!

(If I were Oprah, this would be where my “helpers” would come out from behind the stage and hand each of you all of these items.)
Mandoline with ceramic adjustable blade- great for slicing potaotes super thin, radishes, onions, even hard cheeses. And the blade stays super sharp.

Kyocera Microplane- perfect for citrus zest, fresh nutmeg and cinnamon, shaved dark chocolate, or Parmesan.

Chef’n salad dressing mixer- pour in your favorite oils, vinegars, herbs and citrus juices to make a dynamite home-made salad dressing in a heartbeat.

Please know, I am not receiving any perks from the companies that make these kitchen gadgets. I just really love having each of these items on hand and appreciate the individuals that gave them to me as gifts.  

Question: What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
until next time... 


  1. Probably more of an appliance versus gadget but I am obsessed with my rice cooker and a small one meets your price range criteria. Shari

    1. If we talk fav kitchen appliance, Id have to choose my food processor- also was a gift and I use it all the time!

  2. For the under $20 set I have to suggest a flat whisk. LOVE them.

    1. Oh good one Laura! This would be a great stocking stuffer (hint hint family members!) :)


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