As a working mother, I am always trying to streamline and work faster in the kitchen, while keeping food quality and taste a top priority. And to be honest, while I like to cook, I often find the joy of cooking lost during the work week.
To my delight, I acquired four new gadgets over the holidays that have brought the joy back into my kitchen! Perhaps one or more of my favorite cooking tools will bring you happiness and good food to your family too.
I love my morning coffee! And often I am a single-parent not wanting to go through the process of making a pot of coffee (at least not while I am waking children, making breakfast and packing lunches). This Bodum Chambord has been a quick and delicious alternative, allowing me to make one or two mugs of coffee at a time.
I was doubly-delighted when I figured out I could use my hot water spigot instead of boiling a tea kettle of water! Recently, my husband and I decided that our new french press made the best cup of coffee we’ve ever made at home. Starbucks ground coffee helps. Now who doesn’t want a good cup of coffee fast?
This was a gift to myself this year. I have always wanted a dutch oven (for many years), but was too intimidated by the high price. One day while passing through TJMaxx, I spotted this dutch oven, at a very reasonable price. I scooped it up, and haven’t looked back. My only regret is that I didn’t purchase one sooner.
I received this Christmas gift from a family member and frequent house-guest. He (my dad) was probably as frustrated with my old toaster as I was! To me, toasters are a tough purchase. I have bought many: they typically under-perform or they break.
This toaster, though, has been working great for our family. There are no levers to jam, and getting the right ‘toast’ is easy and accurate. Everyone has been pleased over and over by the performance of this toaster–and when the family is happy, I am happy.
Breville Smart Grill
Another holiday gift, this cooking gadget has truly made dinner faster and healthier. I am wowed by the ease and quality of this product. I have grilled fish, shrimp, beef, chicken, veggies and paninis in record time.
Adding to its efficiency, is the easy clean-up–the griddles can be removed and tossed into the dishwasher. I, like you, am interested in fast and convenient, and this product hits the nail on the head.
What products help you get through the week?
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: February 16, 2011
Updated on: May 11, 2019