Diana's Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

My new favorite kitchen gadget is a Spiralizer, available on Amazon or in the kitchen department of your favorite store for about $30. You will probably find lots of uses for it, but it is worth buying just to make “pasta” out of zucchini. It is so easy and I am amazed at how much it tastes and feels like pasta. You just stick the zucchini into the gadget, turn the crank and out comes the pasta. No motor and super-easy to clean. I plan to experiment with it and come up with more recipes. Thanks to reader Dave Roberts for introducing me to this nifty gadget

The Black & Decker counter-top steamer I have recommended for cooking whole grains is no longer available. I am looking for a replacement.

Use a hand blender to make all of my delicious creamy soup recipes such as Incredible Clam Chowder.

You should be able to find all of these appliances and gadgets at discount and kitchen stores, but if you'd rather order online, the links below will take you to Amazon.com.

**The Stovetop Smoker makes wonderful smoked fish, shrimp or vegetables. **Use the Ice Cream Maker for my sorbet and fruit ice recipes (throw out the recipe book that comes with it.) **The small Foreman Grill is convenient for seafood or grilled vegetables. **Air-popped popcorn is the healthiest of the munchy crunchy snacks -- it's a whole grain (and mostly air.) **Treat yourself to a pretty glass salad bowl for your whole-meal salads.

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