Geek in the Kitchen

Not sure whether you’ve noticed, but we’ve slowly but surely been adding to our kitchen gadgetry here in the GPD household. 

Ben and I live very simply and don’t consider ourselves to be big consumers, but there have been a few things that I’ve been anxiously awaiting for our home for a while now.  We place a huge emphasis on our health, and since we eat at home most of the time we don’t mind investing in a few good kitchen gadgets [the food itself as well as what we need to prepare it].  Since we aren’t big purchasers, we want to be sure to get high quality kitchen stuff whenever we can so that we can have high quality results and so that we won’t need to worry about replacing them over the years.

Ben is much more logical and analytical than I am, so usually what happens around here is that I make an impulsive, emotion-filled argument along the lines of:

Our lives would be so much easier if we got a ___! [bunch of chickens, crock pot, jacuzzi, etc.]” 

And Ben responds with something like:

“Hmm, okay… do we really need it?”

If we can agree on good reasons to purchase something, Ben will take the time to do his research, finding out which product is the best and why, where we can get it, and when a good time to buy it would be. 

It’s amazing.  And yes, I recognize just how lucky I am. 

Over the seven or so years that Ben and I have been together, we’ve accumulated some stuff [even though we always donate whenever we get anything new].  Lately, the kitchen gadgets have been my greatest obsessions as I use them on a daily basis and they make cooking so much fun!  I am such a kitchen geek it’s ridiculous. 

First of all, our invaluable Champion juicer rocks my socks. 


We bought one a few years back after years of debating whether it was something we needed, and I’ve never regretted the purchase.  It is incredible at making healthy juices as well as nut butters [you can also make sorbets and ice cream with it!]… and I think we’ll be utilizing it a lot for baby food once the baby’s at that age, too. 

This past fall I went 30 days without sugar and Ben surprised me with the most amazing kettle in the universe:


I literally use this bad boy every single day.  Of course I use it for tea, but it also boils water for pasta/oatmeal/recipes in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove.

My beloved Crock Pot joined our family just a few months ago


I didn’t realize just how simple it would be to boil my own dried beans [canned food is extra expensive in Hawai`i!] or prepare meals [with leftovers] in minutes!  At the beginning of each week, we usually cook a few chicken breasts [they’re always super tender and juicy].  The chicken is an easy and quick protein for casseroles, salads, and veggies.  This was actually one of our cheapest ‘kitchen geekery gadgets’ and it’s already invaluable to me! 

A few recipes I’m looking forward to trying soon: Kathy’s homemade evaporated milk, Stephanie’s turkey + wild rice soup, and Suzy’s spicy chicken, black bean + corn soup

And, last but certainly not least, the newest addition to our kitchen, the Blendtec high-speed blender! 


I’ve wanted a high-speed blender for years and after hearing personal stories about both the VitaMix and the Blendtec, it seemed like the Blendtec barely fit my wants more [it’s got a wider base making it easier to clean, is a bit more compact, and doesn’t have a tamper to fiddle with… I actually did MY research this time!].  So when Mom and saw the Blendtec reps at Costco one day, we decided to make the investment [after about an hour of watching in awe and taste-testing all the incredible samples they blended up right there, of course].

I use this thing every day already.  To make my own flours [buckwheat, oat, etc.], for green smoothies, to make dressings, chia seed pudding… for hummus! 


I know, it’s kind of incredible how excited I get over my kitchen gadgets, but I love being in the kitchen to begin with, so having these tools at my disposal makes me that much more giddy!  Smile

What’s your favorite – or most used – kitchen appliance? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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8 thoughts on “Geek in the Kitchen

  1. tryingtoheal says:

    I’m definitely a kitchen utensil snob so I always get the best stuff I can get! For instance, I got the best wok I could find even though it would cost me $$$$$ but I make stir fry ALL THE TIME! Same goes for blenders…although I have yet to purchase a vitamix since I can’t take it with all the work travel I do. One day…I’ll make my boy get it for me. lol!

  2. Danielle says:

    we use our vitamix daily for smoothies; in fact, when we moved to vietnam, we had to buy a converter in order to be able to use the vitamix out here. It was much more feasible to purchase and haul a converter out, because a vitamix or blendtec out here in Asia is around $900!!

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Holy GEEZ… $900?!?? I thought they were expensive in the states! I’m counting my blessings for sure =). I feel like, if you’re using something on a daily basis, it makes total sense to bring it with you while you’re out there.

      PS: I’m still so giddy about you two being in Vietnam!!!

  3. missdarque says:

    I get super excited too! I also have a Blendtec, and it’s pretty darn awesome. I’ve been trying to use it’s “Whole Juice” setting to make juices since we don’t really want to get a juicer to add to the kitchen implements. There are a couple of small things I’ve been thinking of getting though. A mandolin, new whisk (mine is getting a bit weak), and a stove top waffle iron. We always do research online to make sure we get the best we can. We want to make sure it will really hold up for years to come. We don’t want it to cost too much for its quality either. Sometimes the most expensive isn’t the best.

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Ooh, I’ve been looking at mandolins for a while too now! I’ve been using the Blendtec for juices/smoothies lots also, as it’s so much easier to clean than the juicer, and way less bulky. If you have any great Blendtec recipes, I’d love to try more! =)

  4. Alison says:

    I totally agree with you that by saving money by not going out all the time you can afford to spend a little more on kitchen stuff that will aid you in making your meals at home that much better! I LOVE my crockpot (use it to cook dried beans all the time!). The two things I REALLY want are a rice cooker (in order to save time on dinner prep) as well as a fantastic blender. I’m curious about the Blendtec – can it make nutbutters? I’d really like my blender to do all the things you suggested but I also want to make nutbutters at home so that’s something for me to consider. Anyway, thanks for sharing the kitchen gadgets you love!

    • Haley Rabago says:

      I totally hear you Alison! I love my rice cooker too [being from Hawai’i, cooking rice was my first chore, and I can’t imagine life without one!]. I’m actually making my fourth batch of almond butter in the blendtec today, hehe… I used to make it in my food processor, but it’s SO easy and comes out so much smoother in the blendtec… I’m totally impressed!

  5. DIana says:

    I love my vitamix, just took it with us on our travels to South America. We also had to run a converter to use it, but it was totally worth it to have it there for smoothies and soups. Mandolins are great too! I really love the porcelain bladed ones, they are super sharp.

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