Saturday, March 13, 2010

My favorite new gadget...

I won't even pretend that I am into cooking lately... I don't know what has gotten into me, I won't even go down that road as to how many challenges I am having just getting a simple dinner on the table for my family... but I did find something that I am loving and it seems to be easing the pain of cooking (a little).
I need new pans desperately, they are scratched up beat up and everything sticks them, they have been burnt up, nearly on fire and honestly they are just barely functional at this point... but since I haven't been much into cooking, I have been justify why I don't need to buy new ones. I hate spending money on stuff to use on chores! I love cooking stores, but I hate spending money on those kinds of things. It really is a love/hate relationship.
As picky as my strong silent mysterious man is about his eggs, I look like an even bigger loser at getting them right with my skillet in the condition it is in.
So instead of purchasing an entire set of pans, I went looking for just one pan I could use to get by. It was painful, there are soooo many different brands and styles, Paula's or Rachel's... Italian, or French... and even just one pan is soooo expensive!!
So I finally found this two burner grill and thought I might give it a try.

It is a flat griddle on one side, and a grill on the other... Teflon so I don't have to use allot of oil to cook with, and it is big enough to fit over two burners... so I don't have to squish the grilled cheese sammies to fit them into one pan. And all the food can come out at that same time, instead of the boys eating while theirs is hot and then I am left in the kitchen fixing mine and then I end up eating by myself.

I am loving it... it is super easy to clean, just wipes off basically with hot water. And it fits in the drawer under my stove on top of my baking sheet, doesn't take up much room at all.

I have made tortillas, grilled cheese, grilled chicken, french dip sammies (the flat grill was great to heat up the slivered roast beef too), and this morning I cooked up the hash browns on it.

It was the best $19.99 I have spent in a really long time! I am just waiting for when I reach down and grab the edge of it with my bare hand... that is an accident waiting to happen. But so far so good.

I love my new kitchen gadget!


Megan said...

I have been wanting one of these for so long! I haven't seen anyone use one except for on the food network though. You really could use this for anything! I might just have to copy you and go get one myself!

Beth said...

I love it, I found it at Walmart.

Kristi M. said...

That looks so handy. We finally broke down last fall when I found an entire set of regularly $220 pans for $80 on clearance because they were the last set. I was so excited. We had pans as you described from a wedding gift and it was time to upgrade. I felt like we were always eating a part of the pan when I cooked. The funny part is that the kitchen is cleaner after meals because we keep them super clean and never put them in the dishwasher to last longer.

PaD said...

I was wishing I had one last night to cook my hamburgers and hashbrowns on. Smart girl!! Love ya, mom D

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