I have a lot of cooking to do each week with a big family, which a) I enjoy b) I've cut down on dinner prep with freezer cooking c) have a few kitchen gadgets I couldn't live without.
This first one is the Misto M100S Gourmet Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer (I got mine on amazon.com). I know this isn't a new concept, and I've had other types over the years, but this one rocks! It really does spray a fine mist which is what you want for coating cake pans, muffin tins when trying to cook with less fat. You have more control over how much fat goes in your meals, along with zero propellants (unlike Pam). When you use the Misto, you push the top down several times to add pressure in the base and then spray.
The second gadget I received as a gift: a pair of scissor salad choppers from Pampered Chef. This do-dad has become a great help when prepping salads, nuts, olives, really anything that needs chopping. You hold them vertically and put the food to be chopped in a bowl and then go to town making a scooping/chopping motion. We eat Greek salad several times a week with our dinner, and the time it saves me cutting up the feta, olives, and lettuce makes it a snap to get it on the table.
This is my all-time favorite gadget! My Vidalia Chop Wizard by Progressive (I purchased it at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon) has made my least favorite job in the kitchen almost fun! I'm not a perfectionist, but I do know that evenly cut onions cook evenly as well, and look a lot better in a dish. When setting out onions for our chili as garnish, I have this perfectly cut bowl of tiny-dice onions. I also use this to dice potatoes and carrots for soups and hash browns. So many uses! Apparently this is an 'As Seen On TV' product, which I have to be honest-I usually laugh at:) Just not this one;).