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May 21, 2012 11:42 am 
Updated: May 21, 2012 11:47 am
By Nan and Janwww.kitchengadgetgals.comCurious which tools food pros treasure the most in their gadget pantries? Jan and I are posing that question to food celebrities around the country and are reporting back in this and future GadgetGals blogs.They are known as the BBQ Queens. And for good… MORE
BBQ Queens Judith Fertig and Karen Adler
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OscarWare Wok Topper
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Gardener & Grill cookbook cover
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Nov. 25, 2011 6:04 am 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 5:12 pm
By JanLast year Doug Mathews, an All Recipes blogger, wrote that we should put more thanks back in Thanksgiving. We agree. Nan and I look to this holiday when family and friends gather--many for the long weekend—as a way to create new bonds and memories. We jump-start for the busy December… MORE
Oct. 7, 2011 7:00 am 
Updated: Oct. 15, 2011 12:19 pm
by Nan Last Saturday night, our neighbors Shirley and Larry came for one of our irregular get-togethers where we share in planning and prepping a dinner menu. This time I did the entrée—a pork shoulder braised in a mole-like sauce (had cocoa in it) and the dessert (an upside-down pear… MORE
Messermeister Pro-Touch Serrated Peeler
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Sep. 19, 2011 8:14 am 
Updated: Oct. 7, 2011 6:46 am
by Nan It's been a happy and prolific fresh herb summer harvest both from my "garden" pots and from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). There's nothing I enjoy more than topping a summer salad with a mixture of just-picked herbs or slipping some basil into a sandwich filling or adding… MORE
Herb Mill by Microplane
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Sep. 8, 2011 5:53 pm 
Updated: Sep. 12, 2011 11:40 am
by JanThis is canning season. Or as the old saying goes, “putting up’ season. With the bounty of produce in the market, it is time to preserve or put up all the field-ripened goodness for the cold winter months ahead. My putting up is of a sweet note: jams. I am fortunate to have blackberry… MORE
Orka Plus Silicone Mitt
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Aug. 16, 2011 12:20 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 6:33 am
by Jan We returned the first of August from renting a cabin for a week in Maine. Thankfully, we had rented the same place last year, so I knew the pluses and minus of this VERY simple cabin.  I went prepared this year so I was able to fill in the blanks, so to speak, of what we would need to… MORE
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May 6, 2011 8:57 am 
Updated: May 7, 2011 4:03 am
By Jan With the season of farmer’s markets, CSAs, and fresh garden produce upon us, I’m already hankering for a locally grown dead-ripe tomato or a cool, sweet slice of juicy watermelon. Slicing and cutting them calls for a good knife. For tomatoes, you want to slice easily through the… MORE
Wusthof Classic Tomato Knife
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Kuhn Rikon Melon Knife
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Dec. 21, 2010 1:53 am 
Updated: Dec. 21, 2010 8:50 am
Plan on serving a meat roast, ham, or turkey for your holiday dinner? Do your own cookware inventory and make sure you have these tools at hand. Included are some of GadgetGals favorite brands; they are all available on 1. Roasting pan with rack One of the best investments… MORE
Dec. 20, 2010 3:50 am 
Updated: Dec. 23, 2010 10:55 am
A good cookie press helps you make showy Spritz cookies in no time. Jan and I agree that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without making and enjoying buttery Spritz Cookies. It’s been a tradition with us since we were kids. As toddlers, our Moms took charge of using the cookie press and we got… MORE
Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press
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Dec. 2, 2010 3:00 pm 
Updated: Dec. 2, 2010 8:17 pm
Thanksgiving dinner is over for 2010, but not any talk about the best way to roast the favorite bird. Those serving turkey for the jolly holidays, listen up! Maybe you’ve already chimed in on the “Bag or Tent” debate held on Reynolds Wraps Facebook page. Last I heard, it was a close race:… MORE
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About Me
We are GadgetGals-tm, a team of two women who love food and write about kitchen gadgets at allrecipes and at our own website The website provides news, reviews, and know-how about all kinds of kitchenware and small appliances. We have been writing about kitchenware since 2003. Nancy lives on a farm in Iowa and Jan lives in an apartment in New York City. Nancy is left handed and Jan is right handed. Good for testing the comfort of many gadgets. We love to help any and all with food questions gadget advice and concerns related to food prep.
My favorite things to cook
We both like to bake. Nancy lives on an apple farm, so she is more of the expert for all things apple related. Since we both have families, fast daily cooking is a concern to both GadgetGals-tm. Jan loves to entertain and tries out new menu ideas on her guests. Nancy never knows who will drop in at her farm, so she always has a cup of coffee ready to serve with a "treat."
My favorite family cooking traditions
We both celebrate the holidays, through the year, from New Years to Fourth of July to Christmas. We both try to add a new idea or recipe to the menus of the traditional foods the family expects. Jan loves to grill. Nan always holds a Christmas cookie baking day with cousins Cathy and Ann and sometimes Cathy's grandkids.
My cooking triumphs
That we can be reached for cooking and kitchen equipment questions by two means. All Recipes and
My cooking tragedies
Nancy trying many times to bake a two layer pie of pumpkin and pecan pie with the nuts on top. Never got it to separate into layers though it tasted good! For Jan, sprinkling salt on Bosc pears, thinking it was sugar then baking them. What a taste surprise everyone had at dessert time!
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