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Household Gadgets From The Past

I recently moved into a home that is quite different on the inside. How different, well let’s just say that modern decor would clash as the inside is like stepping into the 70’s. Rather then clash modern with the crazy decade of the 70’s, I decided to just run with it. So I’ve been out and about scouring thrift stores looking for items I remember from my childhood  and I have gotten tons of ideas from Pinterest. 


Well I have found some items so unique I thought it would be cool to share with you all these unique finds, and test your memory. You don’t have to be a wiz in the kitchen, or an expert in antiques or household items past or present. But I’m sure some may recall an item or two, whether it was in your home, grandparent, relative.


If you have a kitchen or household gadget of your own, please feel free to share it. Just drop me an email with the photo, and description, if you bought it or if it was passed down and I’ll feature it with a link back to your site. 

I’ll start with this gem I found at the goodwill store for five dollars. 



The rules are simple, just post a comment and name what this is, or accurately describe what it does, or purpose. If no one can guess the item in a week I’ll post a new item and I’ll post another picture or video showing what exactly it does.  First correct answer will win a gift card, to a movie theatre, coffee-house, etc according to your demographics. 




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About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

5 responses »

  1. Helen Ellis-rakos

    it’s an antique burner,/hot plate .


  2. Helen Ellis-rakos

    I have emailed my home address to your Gmail. Thks


  3. Adrienne Winters

    Grill it smokless grill is the answer.


  4. It’s a stovetop grill for indoor grilling The fat and meat juices drip into the pan below the grated top.



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