Kitchen Appliance Obsession

I love small kitchen appliances. They fascinate me. They inspire me. They make cooking and baking easy and fun. The picture above shows a few of my appliances: KitchenAid stand mixer, KitchenAid food processor, Cuisinart toaster oven, Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother, my brand new Instant Pot (!), and SodaStream. Oh, I shouldn’t forget my coffee corner with the Nespresso and Keurig:

 

Or, my Christmas present obsession the Power AirFryer XL:

 

Hidden away I also have an air popcorn popper, a FoodSaver, and a Ninja Blender System.

For the past 2-3 weeks I’ve been feeling a bit blah about my weight loss journey. Not discouraged, but disconnected. I’d been thinking about buying an Instant Pot for a couple of months and this past week I placed the order. It arrived the very next day – even though I didn’t request any special shipping service. Was that a sign?

Did I need the Instant Pot? No. Did I want it? That’s a big old YES.

When it arrived I immediately unpacked it and read the manual from cover-to-cover. I was a bit nervous about how the whole electric pressure cooker worked exactly, but I was ready to explore what I’d been hearing and reading about this “amazing machine.” A friend of mine, Michele G., received one as Christmas gift. She’s quite an amazingly creative and talented person in many areas, one of them happens to be with food. I took her suggestion that I begin with hard-boiled eggs. They. Were. Amazing! I was so excited that I even gave one of them to another friend as a gift. My next Instant Pot adventure was steel cut oatmeal. Once again, amazing! Everything is so easy and tastes delicious.

I searched the internet for healthy Instant Pot recipes and stumbled upon a whole section in Skinnytaste.com (http://www.skinnytaste.com/recipes/pressure-cooker/). Score! I love her recipes.

I’m feeling much more engaged with my weight loss journey. Go figure. I’m going to go plan my next Instant Pot adventure.

What are your favorite small kitchen appliances?