Q: Thanks to a bunch of you who have written already (and I'll still take more for the kitchen category) in response to my request for what you'd like as a gift in the electronics and kitchen categories. I'm writing two holiday gift guides (one is done - the one on electronics), and these will be published in different newspapers all over the country. Unfortunately, I don't know which newspapers! Darn it. ! If any of you see them in your papers, please get in touch with me, cut out the article, and I'll pay you the postage to mail it to me. The second category is kitchen appliances and gadgets. So far the most-requested gift is a breadmaker! :) Anyway, that one's not due for a couple of days, so if you'd like to write to me, feel free to tell me what you'd like for your kitchen. You won't be quoted: these are just generic articles :) Thanks again for all your help! Don't I wish. Talk about disappointed...I was supposed to have a feature story in a brand new travel magazine that's coming out at the end of October. I wrote it weeks ago, and the editors loved it. Now I'm told they have "new" editors, and I don't think it's going to be published. I really wanted that piece as a clip. It would have been my inroad to travel writing, which is my ultimate goal. Not to mention the $400 they promised me - first in June, then July and August, and finally Sept. Now I doubt if I'll see it, and I am really, really sad about it. Some day they'll all be knocking on my door. This could have been the start of that. Oh well..
A: In addition to the juicer, I see someone mentioned a bread machine. I will second that - didn't mention it earlier because I thought it was old hat. Do you find microwave popcorn expensive? I do. How about a microwave popcorn popper that uses regular (cheap) popcorn? I saw one at farmbid.com. (Don't buy there. I'm mad at them. lol) Crockpots are a great standby. If someone has a small crockpot, a large one might be welcomed for potlucks, picnics, etc. And visa versa. If a large family has a large crock pot, a small one might be welcomed to prepare a side dish. The original slow cooker is the cast iron Dutch oven. Virtually indestructible. My mom's Dutch oven is older than I am and I'm older than dirt! Use it in the oven. Take it camping and prop it up over an open fire. Power outage? Use your Dutch oven on your wood or pellet stove - if you have either - or suspend it in a regular fire place. Something a little unusual? How about a smoker? Can't use it in the kitchen - have to use it out doors - but smokers aren't just for hunters. Buy the cheapest cuts of meat you can find including bones; Smoke them; Add them to ingredients in the afore mentioned crockpot and you've got something *special*. Yum! 8P Bachelor on your list? A double boiler is a bachelor's best friend. It's hard to ruin a double boiler - believe me - I've come close but haven't succeeded yet. You don't hear much about them anymore, but pressure cookers are *great*. Gift basket? How about a gift casserole dish that contains the ingredients for your favorite casserole - along with the recipe of course. Ellie, did you get the free kitchen utensils including the Good Grips vegetable peeler and the Good Grips spatula? It has occurred to me that the Good Grips line would make a great gift for anyone with arthritis. Along the same line - a jar opener would be great for seniors. I gotta find one for mom this year. Also - don't know what you call them - they are "grabbers" on the end of a stick. You use them to retrieve something that is stored on a high shelf. Another great one for seniors.