Happy New Year + {Giveaway}

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Congratulations Amy (@laprochaine)! You are the winner of How To: Simplify's $50 Visa gift card giveaway! I e-mailed you with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway! I had so much fun learning about your favorite cooking gadgets! I hope you enjoy following How To: Simplify and all of the tips, tricks and recipes that are shared to help simplify life in the kitchen!


Can you believe it's 2010 already? I hope all of you had an amazing time ringing in the New Year. To continue the celebration of the New Year, I would like to start 2010off on the right foot by offering a special giveaway!

Inspired by the awesome KitchenAid Stand Mixer that my husband gave me for Christmas, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite cooking gadget is for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! It's that simple!


Rule:
  1. Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST January 6, 2010 telling me what your favorite cooking gadget is for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!
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To recap: In addition to leaving a comment on this post, you also have four bonus entries, giving you a total of five possible entries. Please remember to leave me a separate comment for each additional action you take (shared on Twitter, shared on Facebook, shared on blog, subscribed via email or RSS feed).
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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST January 6, 2010. One winner will randomly be selected on January 7, 2010.


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Holly Bone said...

Definitely my food chopper! It makes for great chopped nuts, chopped lettuce, chopped corn flakes for breading, and chopped candy for "Flurries" in ice cream! I'd be lost without it!

Shannon Dauphin said...

I'm sharing the love via twitter:

http://twitter.com/shannondauphin

What a great giveaway!

Shannon Dauphin said...

I have so many kitchen gadgets, it's hard to decide which one I love the most. I use my mini-chopper quite a bit, and I really love my big, heavy Cuisinart whisk.

But I think my favorite kitchen gadget is a huge old wooden spoon that my grandmother gave me. I use it for everything, and the sentimental value makes all the food taste even better. :)

@debralu said...

I love my Pampered Chef Garlic Press. I use it almost daily... I love garlic!

@debralu said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/debralu/status/7280772354

@debralu said...

I'm a Fan (debraluj) and posted a comment on your wall.

@debralu said...

I'm a new Google Follower of your blog.

@debralu said...

I'm a new email subscriber!

Keshe said...

I've had my kitchenaid for about a year and it is most definitely my favorite kitchen appliance. I use it frequently, and it's pink!

fencerbrad said...

KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Useful for all kinds of things and even just sitting there helps with kitchen decor.

Keshe said...

Oh, I also subscribed via email! Thanks and I look forward to reading more!

fencerbrad said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/BBSweeps

fencerbrad said...

Became a fan

quiltingreader said...

My slow cooker is my favorite.

quiltingreader said...

http://twitter.com/13rubberduckies/status/7303895464

mar said...

My favorite cooking gadget is my cheese grater. It grates to fine, medium and large.

Katherine M said...

My favorite is my apple corer. I love apples.

Michelle M said...

I love my immersion blender!

Michelle M said...

I am a new email subscriber. Thank you!

Michelle M said...

I am a fan on Facebook and I have shared the link with my friends!

Michelle M said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/pinkblush99/status/7305406509

Amber said...

A whisk is my favorite kitchen tool!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

olympicgirl said...

I have many favorite tools, but I really like the microplanes for grating lemon zest and parmesan cheese.

5webs said...

My favorite cooking gadget is my automatic egg cooker. I can't boil an egg to save my life, but with this egg cooker, I can make perfect soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs every time. I also love my egg slicer, which makes making egg salad a snap.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

susitravl said...

Couldn't live without my food processor.

NL6369 said...

I have a dual timer that I got last year, I love it. I can time something on the stove and something in the oven at the same time.

luckymomx4 said...

I have to say - my favorite gadget is my KitchenAid Mixer - I had it almost 3 years now and I love, love, love it! Now I want to get attachments for it - especially the pasta maker!

luckymomx4@gmail.com

peg42 said...

I would have to say a stand mixer. I don't own one but borrow my Mom's quite often. I really as in love with the Stand mixer.
Thanks so much.

peg42 said...

Following on twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/peg42/status/7307231002

peg42 said...

I subscribed.
Thanks again.

Aisling said...

My wisk is probably my favorite gadget. I use it a lot!

LittleEagle said...

The double boiler my husband gave me. We use it almost everyday.

kathyluman said...

George Forman Grill. I love the thing and I use it everyday.
kathyluman at gmail dot com

kathyluman said...

I'm following you on twitter and I tweeted:http://twitter.com/kathyluman/status/7308412929
kathyluman at gmail dot com

kathyluman said...

I'm a facebook fan and I posted the link on my wall for all my friends to see.
kathyluman at gmail dot com

kathyluman said...

I subscribed via email.
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browneyedgirl said...

My panini press....there are so many possibilities! So long to boring sandwiches!

abfantom said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my silicon oven mitts

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EDRing said...

Years ago I bought one of Ron Popeils food choppers. I use it all the time & it still works great.

Ellen
eering99@hotmail.com

ohstac said...

My absolute favorite, can't live without it gadget is my kitchen aid mixer. Have had it for about 15 years and it still runs great.

ohstac said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ohstac/status/7309592184

TX_Jen34 said...

The magic bullet express is my favorite.

Mami2jcn said...

My favorite gadget used to be my slow cooker. My husband just bought a breadmaker recently and now that's my favorite. The bread comes out delicious!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Amanda S. said...

I love my pampered chef chopper and use it all the time!

Night Owls Perch said...

My favorite cooking gadget is my crockpot. I can make just about anything in it

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Night Owls Perch said...

following and tweeted

http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/statuses/7310491012

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Night Owls Perch said...

fanned you on facebook and wrote about this giveaway on my wall

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Night Owls Perch said...

subscribe by email

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paula michele said...

I love my Cuisinart Bread Machine. It's simple to use and makes a good loaf of bread. It makes the house smell so good.

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paula michele said...

I tweeted- http://twitter.com/ksh123/status/7310675536

Mom of 2 CARs said...

Since the twins were born the crockpot has been the fave. I dont get to cook very often so this way I still feel like I am.

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Mom of 2 CARs said...

Follow on twitter & rt
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Mom of 2 CARs said...

FB fan and shared

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PatZ said...

My favorite gadget is my single cup coffee maker.

PatZ said...

I'm a follower.

Mom of 2 CARs said...

I subscribe

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Kristen G. said...

My fave kitchen gadget is my slow cooker. I have made some great meals using it!

krissygrl84@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love my Cuisinart food processor.

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h. said...

I love my coffee grinder-- it makes coffee in the morning much fresher and tastier.

saphyress said...

My chopper is my favorite, makes quick work of any type of nuts

saphyress said...

following you on twitter
http://twitter.com/saphyress/status/7312279050

Callina said...

I have a small food processor that has proved very helpful in my kitchen. I love to bake and this gadget grinds my walnuts and almonds so fast that I can finish my cookie fillings in less than ten minutes.

colo08 said...

follow on google! thxs

Sellswifey said...

My favorite gadget would be my griddle. I use it for so many things!

colo08 said...

I use my cutting board all the time.. Love it keeps things very clean..

llinda29 said...

I use my electric mincer all the time

Anonymous said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM ... MY FAVORITE KITCHEN ITEM WOULD HAVE TO BE MY BLENDER

Darcie said...

I love my Pampered Chef food chopper.
dmkayes@gmail.com

Vanessa said...

My favorite gadget is my grill top for my stove. We can barbecue all year long!
lostinthemission@yahoo.com

juedy said...

I'm on my second George Foreman Grill. I even use it to make toast.

Pat said...

I got a sandwich maker for Christmas that also acts as a waffle maker and a grill - love it!

Heather W said...

I love my crockpot-fix it and forget it works great when you are a busy mom.

hkropog[at]yahoo[dot]com

Heather W said...

Following you on Twitter and tweeted-
http://twitter.com/hkropog/statuses/7315929071

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Leslie said...

I'm not a big fan of kitchen gadgets- I guess my coffeemaker would be it!

Leslie said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/lprice79/status/7316128981

Heather W said...

Following you on Facebook and posted-Heather Kropog Wallace
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madreblair said...

I love my coffee bean grinder

madreblair said...

http://twitter.com/madreblair/status/7316762926

madreblair said...

new subscriber

Kim said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my KitchenAid stand mixer in bright red. I have never baked so much in my life until I had this nifty gadget!

Kim
turtles8861(at)gmail(dot)com

JANNET81888 said...

My favorite is the KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer-White.

scooter7018 said...

pampered chef baking stone scooter7018@aol.com

Lim said...

The mandolin slicer. Flatter and easier to clean than the old box one Mom had, and it has a thing to hold the food while you slice!

Aleksandra said...

I could not live without my Wosthof knives.

Michelle S. said...

I have a small Rachel Ray spatula that I use all the time.

Aleksandra said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/aleksnearing/status/7318563523

Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I don't really have any favorites (yet) but, I'd love a stand mixer! If I had to choose something I own, would an electric can opener count?

semtaylor said...

My favorite is my Kitchen Aid mixer but other than that I really like my grill pan...A heavy pan with groves in it. Great for grilling fish and chicken. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

semtaylor said...

Just subscribed, semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

erin m. said...

Living in a College dorm, i wouldn't be the same without my microwave!
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erin m. said...

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Rachael said...

I'm such a kitchen gadget novice! I have to say that when I used my moms food processor the other day it melted my mind with it's glory! I didn't realize what I had been missing out on!

kathy said...

I have a half circle pasta strainer that I use for ramen noodles and I love it.

jlmk said...

Oh, I'd LOVE a stand mixer. I broke down and got a salad spinner this year. I can't believe how much I love it. I use it all the time to clean fresh herbs and spin them dry.

singermagic1 said...

I have a little battery opperated hand mixer with 4 attachments that is great for small jobs, great for beating an egg or mixing hot chocolate

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rosannepm said...

Apple peeler corer slicer. Fun and functional
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tomservo56954 said...

I like my tuna fish strainer....I just put it in the can and the water drains away

Jennifer said...

My favorite gaget is the zester!

Brian D. said...

The electric can opener makes it much easier for those with carpal tunnel.

Rebecca Graham said...

I could not make it without my microwave.

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Rebecca Graham said...

Twitter follower: rhoneygee
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Terri said...

I love my Oxo can opener. I used to buy electric after electric until I wised up and purchased this handheld one. It opens cans like a charm!

Terri said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/Dahbou/status/7326054477

Terri said...

I subscribe to your blog via reader.

Anonymous said...

My very expensive WMF garlic press. It works like a dream. It was the sort of gift I'd never buy for myself, but I really love it.
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Retsbar2Go said...

I love my Crockpot!
Is that considered a Gadget??

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Retsbar2Go said...

Chirp Chirp Chirp ( means Tweeted)

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Retsbar2Go said...

I put it on my Facebook page, but do not how to copy the link?

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lsfish said...

My favorite gadget is my wire wisk, love to beat things up with it

Karen said...

Gotta be my kitchen aid stand mixer. I'm with you.

Darlene said...

food processor

elkaye said...

I love my blender. I use it nearly every day to make smoothies.


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elkaye said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/Elkaye/status/7331214251



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sue14625 said...

my Slow Cooker i use it so much i had to get a new one

cdabs said...

I can't live without my bright yellow KitchenAid stand mixer!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is also a kitchen aid stand mixer, but my favorite inexpensive one is my garliczoom XL.

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Anonymous said...

I follow and tweeted.

http://twitter.com/wiscmom24/status/7333102682

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Anonymous said...

I am a new subscriber via reader.

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Anonymous said...

Favorite cooking gadget: my garlic press!

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Anonymous said...

I follow on Twitter (cdziuba) and:

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/7330290637

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Anonymous said...

I am your Facebook fan and I posted/shared your giveaway on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#/profile.php?id=752204468&ref=nf

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Anonymous said...

I am a new email subscriber!

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stowelljg said...

I use my KitchenAid stand mixer all of the time. I especially like the shredder/slicer attachment that allows me to shred mounds of cheese, slice apples for fresh apple cakes, shred oranges and slice cranberries for fresh relish, and a host of other uses.

clynsg said...

My rice steamer

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Miss Manda said...

My favorite cooking gadget is my slow cooker!


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Miss Manda said...

following and tweeted

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Miss Manda said...

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Tracey said...

My favorite and most used kitchen gadget is a small whisk I use often.

Anonymous said...

My favorite gadget is my garlic press. We can have fresh garlic in our meals without my hands getting too smelly!

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Anonymous said...

Following you on twitter @jillyrh and tweeted about the contest!

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Anonymous said...

I just subscribed to your blog!

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Anonymous said...

I'm a google follower (JH)!

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Alice said...

a good frying pan

Amber said...

My slow cooker, especially during the winter months. It warms the house with the smell of simmering dinner, and its so easy :) Thanks!
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Amber said...

I RSS subscribe.
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Amber said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/7335949365
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Holly B said...

I too love my kichenaid mixer...I use it all the time!

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Corie said...

Honestly...it's my fryer. It's easy, fast and convenient.

sphinx63 said...

My favorite is my toaster oven. I love using it in the summer, so the oven doesn't heat up the house. Thanks!

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Starla said...

The Slap Chop is my favorite kitchen gadget! I love that thing; a definite must if you love to eat salads of different varieties.

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Starla said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/JennSweepsAlot/status/7337186588

Deborah said...

My favorite cooking gadget is my OXO peeler - it's so fast and it's so easy to control the width of the peel with a little pressure. asthenight at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

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Deborah said...

Fan on Facebook; here's my post: http://www.facebook.com/HowToSimplify?v=wall#/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=248552042736&id=662760126&ref=nf asthenight at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

I'm a new email subscriber. asthenight at gmail dot com

Karen B said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my timer.

Tina12312 said...

I'm really loving my GarlicZoom right now! Thank you!

Tina12312 said...

I'm following you (Tina12312) and I tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/7338113807

Tina12312 said...

I subscribed to your feed. Thank you!

Claire said...

A 17-in-1 blender.. so awesome I haven't even done all 17 things yet!

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Alex K. said...

I got to say the microwave

PAIGE said...

I need my measuring spoons. I use them daily.

Jeanette Huston said...

My favorite cooking gadget it a crock pot.

Jeanette Huston
chewysum79@yahoo.com

Jeanette Huston said...

I tweeted this giveaway here

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Jeanette Huston said...

Posted on FB here

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Kristy Clayman said...

my favorite gadget is definitely my new food processor!

What a great contest - thanks for posting!

Joy said...

Convectional oven. I use it every day.
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Anonymous said...

My can opener. Can't live without it.
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jengd said...

Overall, probably my double oven- I love not having to heat up the full sized oven for every little job.

jengd said...

I just subscribed to your feed in Google Reader.

jmcharries said...

As weird as it might sound, it would be my beater/mixer. I used it on practically every recipe

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jmcharries said...

I follow you on twitter under the name JCHARRIES and tweeted this giveaway at http://twitter.com/JCHARRIES/status/7340956988

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jmcharries said...

I am a new e-mail subscriber

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adam said...

I love my Pampered Chef slap chopper! Great for peanuts on your sundae!
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raleahamanda said...

I love the standup mixer.
I hate having to beat everything with my hands.

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raleahamanda said...

I subsribed to your blog via email.

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Shel said...

We love our George Foreman grill. We use it frequently during the week for hamburgers and also kielbasa sandwiches.

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Shel said...

Twitter follower & I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/7341208336

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crystalf said...

I don't have a lot of kitchen gadgets but I guess my favorite would be the apple slicer thingy. lol It slices and cores the apple for my girls. thank you!!

Shel said...

Facebook fan and I linked the giveaway on my profile
http://www.facebook.com/AuntieThesis?ref=profile
(Michelle Hudak)

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raleahamanda said...

I became a fan on facebook.

screenname:raleahamanda
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Shel said...

New email subscriber
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Anonymous said...

My favorite gadget is my Chef's knife. I use that all the time.

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chlorinebrain said...

my favorite gadget is my KitchenAid Mixer - I've had it for 12 years & it's still going strong!

marcia goss said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my new toaster oven.
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marcia goss said...

I follow your feed on Google Reader.
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ilovemoney said...

Not really sure if you could count this as a gadget..but I love my dishwasher...prior to having a dishwasher I would dread cooking meals that involved intensive prep as I literally HATE doing the dishes but when I got a dishwasher...I cook my butt off and it saves me money from doing the dishes manually and from ordering or dining out as I always do not mind cooking now.

email - hhadry19114@aol.com

Jenn said...

There's tons I could choose from, but my favorite gadget today is my apple slicer. I've had lots of dental work that doesn't allow me to bite into an apple, so the slicer is a quick way to get my apple into a form I can eat :)

carolasar said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my garlic scraper-it is this little ceramic plate with raised notches in graduating circles-that when you rub a garlic clove across it makes the finest minced garlic ever.

carolasar said...

Following on twitter and tweeted-http://twitter.com/carolasar/status/7342912942

carolasar said...

subscribed to email

Brent said...

Rice Cooker/steamer

tesashel said...

My fave gadget is my Foreman grill. The whole family just loves it.

luckysunset said...

I'm hooked on my bread machine. I make almost all of the bread I eat. It's easy to use and the bread turns out great.

Hope said...

My favorite would be either my blender or our electric skillet...both of them make cooking/baking so much easier!
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Hope said...

Follow and tweet! (pilgrim86)
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sarah said...

my kitchen favorites are the kitchenaid stand mixer when I am baking, or else I love to crush garlic with the side of a large knife and then mince it. Don't know why I find that so fun, but I do.

pickledseeds said...

I love my waring blender!

mlminwilm said...

My favorite is my bundt pan for making breads and cakes.

The Queen Of Free said...

I love my crock pot!

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The Queen Of Free said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/JCausby/status/7352430111

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tattwo said...

My favorite gadget is this great peeler. I don't remember the brand but it is awesome. Does a great job peeling anything. Thanks for the giveaway.

The Queen Of Free said...

I became a fan on FB and posted a link to this giveaway on my status page!

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The Queen Of Free said...

I subscribe via email.

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