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GadgetGals Gazette

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. 14, 2010 6:56 am 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2010 11:20 am
If you think people are opinionated about their politics, ask them about one of their favorite treats, brownies: Edges or middles, which is your pick? Husband-and-wife team Matt and Emily Griffin considered that question back in the 1990s and decided that edge-brownie lovers needed a way to get MORE
Baker's Edge Brownie Edge Pan
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Dec. 7, 2010 6:33 am 
Updated: Dec. 8, 2010 7:06 am
by Jan Life is humbling! I have worked with bread machines on and off throughout my food editor career, but I never owned one personally. I admired how this machine was a mixing bowl, baking pan and oven all in one, with an itty-bitty motor blade in the bottom of the canister. But I learned MORE
Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Bread Maker
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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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