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Household Gadgets From The Past- Winners From Post 8/28

Winners and answer from my post on 8/28

I started a fun giveaway a few weeks ago and posted up a few pictures of a kitchen item, asking for anyone to name what it was or describe its overall function. The first correct answer posted in the comment section would win a small gift from me. In the first giveaway one of the first to respond was Tami C, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Tami was right in her answer, but I did not catch it right away. I also had two more responses that were back to back, Adrienne W. of Folsom, CA and Helen R. of Scottsdale, AZ each winner received a ten-dollar gift card for Starbucks! 

Congratulations to all three.

The rules are simple, as I plan to run these every three to four weeks.

I will post pictures of a household gadget from the past or a gadget that was a failure. The first person to answer correctly by posting the name of the gadget or description of what it does in the comment section will win a gift from me.

Remember the answer must be posted “here” on my site in the comment section.

The answer to the first giveaway was a “Indoor Griller/Stove top Grill”

The indoor stove top griller was introduced around the late 80’s to early 90’s as a way to enjoy a juicy steak or burger year round in any weather. The name of the indoor griller I am using is unknown as there is no visible markings nor is there a manufacturer names/logo’s anywhere. This lead me to believe that this model is fairly old.

vintage griller

In trying to find more information on the indoor griller/stove top griller I noticed the average price for an older used model were about ten dollars. I paid five for mine at Goodwill. I did come across newer models advertised as smokeless, that ranged in price from fifteen and up.


It does work and did produce a juicy burger, however the clean up was a complete mess with grease splatters everywhere. This griller also produced a lot of smoke and high flames from excessive grease that all my smoke detectors went off. Yet all doors and windows to my home were already opened.


The model I used in my opinion can be potentially unsafe from the amount of flames and smoke that it produced. Especially to a person who may not be experienced with grilling, or how to handle a grease fire. Now, It could be used for seafood or vegetables, as these foods do not produce high flames and smoke unless they are marinated in vats of grease. So I will most likely give this griller another try in the future.

One thing is for certain……





I am glad I own a fire extinguisher!!



Next round of  “Household Gadgets From the Past” I will post next week, so stay tuned!!!



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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.

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