Happy New Year + {Giveaway}

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!


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  1. 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!

  2. 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. :)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!


  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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


  14. 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!

  15. 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.
    gandtiques at (hotmail) dot com

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

    denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

  17. 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.

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

    jillrh1 [at] comcast [dot] net

  19. My slow cooker, especially during the winter months. It warms the house with the smell of simmering dinner, and its so easy :) Thanks!
    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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

    its.a.hit at gmail dot com

  21. 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

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

    shel704 at aol dot com

  23. 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!!

  24. 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

  25. 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 :)

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. I'll admit that I'm pretty partial to our Magic Bullet. That gets a lot more use than I thought it would when it was first brought home.

    paschott [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. My current favorite is my mandolin slicer! It saved me this summer when I had tons of tomatoes from the garden and wanted to make sundried tomatoes! Slice, slice, slice …DONE! Second would probably be a tie between microwave and dishwasher.

  32. After my stand mixer it'd have to be my rice cooker. While it doesn't save time, I can leave it alone to do its job and I know I'll have awesome rice.

  33. This is a hard one, I love how time my mushroom brush saves me, but I really love my vita-mix blender. You can do so many things with it.

    apeak AT hotmail DOt com

  34. Well, since I do not cook and the hubby does, since he loves to and he does such a good job at it. He doesn't have a kitchen aid mixer, but I do know that if he had one it would be his favorite. He does like the food processor and uses it a lot.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. My favorite kitchen gadget is my crockpot! I love it for great meals and especially in the summer b/c I don't have to heat up the kitchen cooking in the oven.

  36. I don't know if you consider this a gadget, but my favorite item is my convection toaster oven/broiler….you can cook everything in it.

  37. I have a bright red Kitchenaid Artisan mixer and I would not be with out it! I love to bake and it is so much easier to mix in butter with a mixer!

    amysweepstake at yahoo.com

  38. I love my meat masher (I don't know the technical name) for when I'm browning meat.

    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

  39. I wish I could say my kitchenaide unfortunately I still do not have one… some day though!!! I don't really have alot of gadgets since I am just starting out, guess my favorite would be my vegetable peeler?

  40. I love my meat masher (I don't know the technical name) for when I'm browning meat.

    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

  41. Although I don't own one, I recently discovered the beauty of the standing mixer when I visited my mom for the holidays. She's promised me one in the near future and I can't wait!

  42. My favorite cooking gadget is a toaster oven b/c you can do so much with it. Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (at) gmail.com

  43. I guess i am very simple because I love my large kitchen knife. I have two small kids and food needs to be cut up small, very small for the 9-month old. So this is the kitchen tool that I use the most. I love my nice sharp knife.

  44. I have a sandwich maker and I love it. It makes grilled cheese or egg sandwiches. So easy and hardly any mess. Great kitchen gadet.

    tmh29141 at hotmail dot com

  45. I got a pressure cooker for Christmas and I love it. It lets me cook so much faster. I like it even better than I thought I would.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  46. My slow cooker is my favorite. I can make a wonderfully healthy meal for the whole family with a minimum of effort in the morning. At the end of the day when I least feel like cooking it is all ready.

  47. I love my blender – it gives me smoothies in the mornings, helps me make baby food, and produces smooth apple butter and pesto in the summer. :)


  48. i got a new black and decker food processor for christmas and it's my new fave gadget! i can shred a pound of cheese in seconds. it used to take forever by hand!

  49. I'm not sure if a blender qualifies as a gadget, but I love mine more than anything else in the kitchen. It's heavy-duty and I use it to make so many things!

  50. Mine would have to be my Pampered Chef Mix 'N Chop (a $10 tool… that does it all… amazing…). If that doesn't count as a gaget – I'd go for my large electric skillet with removable plate…

  51. The Tasty Baker is my new favorite because it allows my tween to get engaged in the cooking and have fun doing it. I love it just for that reason, but the little pancakes it makes are tasty too.


  52. My Pampered Chef food chopper!! LOVE that thing. Also my Pampered Chef stone (and no I don't sell it, I just buy it enthusiastically!!)

    Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

  53. My favorite cooking gadget is also my Kitchen Aid mixer, that my grandmother gave me years ago when I bought my first home. It never fails me.

  54. Mine is really simple but honestly I couldn't live without my wooden cooking spoon. It was passed down to me from my mom and it is my go to cooking gadget. It stirs great, doesn't scrape my pots and pans and the kids love pretending that it is a drum stick.

  55. My favorite gadget is my blender. I make smoothies all the time. In the summertime I blend up fresh fruit and juice to make popsicles for the kiddos and sneak in a little extra nutrition.

  56. My favorite cooking gadget is my KitchenAid stand mixer. I love that thing!! I even make my own bread, now that the mixer does the kneading for me!

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  57. Does a small appliance qualify as a gadget? I love my bread machine! Small gadget-wise, I also love my 4oz measuring cup that's like a little juice glass. Great for measuring medicine as well as ingredients.

  58. A few years ago, my mother purchased a little pan with spatula so that I could cook little round eggs for my kids and I and I'll admit, I use it several times a week to make my special "egg mcmuffin" from home!
    pauline15_01 at hotmail dot com

  59. My favorite gadget is an electric food chopper ( a small food processor) I use it almost every day. Great for chopping onions,garlic, cabbage for slaw and carrots.If it broke I would have to buy another one,I love it so much!

  60. I have to agree with you. I couldn't live without my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Although the past month or so I have been using my blender a ton too to make baby food.

  61. My favorite kitchen gadget is my egg slicer as it slices eggs perfectly for egg salad which is one of my favorite foods and is an easy lunch to bring to work.

  62. This is an easy one…
    My favorite kitchen gadget is my Rice Cooker from Cuisinart. I couldn't live without it!
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

  63. I love lots of my kitchen gadgets but I guess I would have to say my KitchenAid stand mixer! I LOVE it and wouldn't trade it for anything!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!


  64. I cannot live without silicone spatulas. Not a gadget itself, but oh so useful. I also like the silicone muffin "tins". In Winter I use the slow cooker a lot.

  65. I'm not sure it would qualify as a gadget but the thing I use most is my George Foreman grill. In fact, I used it the other night for steaks…great since it was 19 degrees out!

    tamlynn at morfius dot com

  66. My favorite gadget is my blender. I even use it as a mixer when I'm too lazy to pull out the real one! to clean it, I just put a little dish soap and water in the glass part and run it again! What could be better for a lazy gal?
    wandapanda at live dot com

  67. The electric can opener is my favorite kitchen gadget.
    Actually I can't do without a can opener of any kind. I take a manual can opener sailing.
    phyllisskoglund AT go DOT com

  68. It's so hard to pick just one! I love my KitchenAid stand mixer, too – although mine is nearly 10 years old, and I wish it were bigger (it's only 4 1/2 quarts, I should've registered for the 5 or 6 quart one!). For small things, nothing beats a microplane. Thank you for the giveaway!

  69. Thanks for the giveaway…My favorite cooking gadget is a Swedish stainless steel vegetable peeler which gets used almost every day.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com