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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/12 22:23:48 (permalink)
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You've never heard the expression "turning Japanese"?

No. What's that? Am I gonna get in trouble here?? About that Japanese weenie playing comment? I'm in enough trouble already, Grampy, BUT.......please.......do tell!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/12 22:34:12 (permalink)
Hmm. Let us be historical here to save face. It was an army term in the second world war for self indulgence.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/12 22:41:34 (permalink)
Grampy, that was more info about weenies than I needed......but.......thanks!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/13 00:53:24 (permalink)
Grampy, I had no idea that was an old term! I honestly never heard of it until there was a pop song in the eighties called 'I'm Turning Japanese (I Really Think So)'. I had never heard of it before.

This place is truly educational.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/13 03:05:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by tiki

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Originally posted by Helen Maxwell

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Originally posted by yumbo

I'd have to say the Octodog is just about the most useless food invention yet: http://www.octodog.net.


And on the note of strange things people do with hotdogs, I present this: http://www.sub.nipponham.co.jp/winny/kazari/

I'm somewhere between impressed and terrified.

--Helen


Now THATS scary!!!



Wow. Wow. If someone presented me with those hot dog reindeer I think I would just collapse in fits of ecstacy! And I had thought the "salmon" made out of mousse and cucumbers in my Olde English cookbook was impressive. The hotdog reindeer SHAMES the food of kings!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/13 03:24:29 (permalink)
I bought Ginsu knives about 20 years ago, and still use them, probably more than my fancy-pants German ones. I lost the amazing inside-the-egg scrambler (a Ron Popeil special), which I bought as a joke, but actually wound up using ... to save a mixing bowl when making scrambled eggs. On the other hand, I never was tempted by Mr. Dentist TV ads to start doing my own dental work. " />
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/15 08:47:19 (permalink)
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Actually, I'm pretty sure that the (L.A.-based?) Busboys preceded the Akron, Ohio-based Waitresses by about a year (1980 vs. 1981). Now, if you just tell me where Wall of Voodoo is now, you win a Romeo Void album (yes, album).


In Tijuana. Eating barbecued iguana.

And the Bus Boys played my one of my brother's frat parties around 1978...I'll ask him the exact year if you want.

RubyRose: I use my mushroom brush all the time!!!

My most useful gadget: my weird whisk from IKEA



Least useful: MY brother's friend make Eggzact egg timers...they are heat-sensitive and tell you how done your egg is by the color. Similar to mood rings for eggs.


ET:

It would surprise me if it was the same Bus Boys in 1978 but who knows? Regarding Wall of Voodoo, however, is there a more distinguishable 1980's voice more than Stan Ridgway's. Perhaps the late Country Dick Montana's from the Beat Farmers? God rest his soul.


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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/15 09:43:26 (permalink)
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The Beat Farmers? Whoa.

That one's a little out of my wheel house.

Clothier- heading back to the 70's.


No "California Kid," clothier? BTW, I just e-mailed you this morning. More importantly, rock-on.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/25 12:01:53 (permalink)
Oh no! The Vogt family now owns a Bacon Wave. I just used it...it's not bad. And I would rather fight than give up my precious Pocket Fisherman. Long live Ron Popeil!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/25 18:19:51 (permalink)
And what has everyone gotten this year......
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/25 22:53:16 (permalink)
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white belt (auotgraphed by Herb Tarlek)
I have my doubts that anyone not from Cincinnati would know who Herb Tarlek is/was.

I suppose he is an iconic figure for anyone in sales......:-)
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/26 02:21:12 (permalink)
Isn't he the guy from WKRP???

The only kitchen gadget I got this year was a cocktail strainer in my stocking. But I did get a set of drill bits and a nice Swiss Army knife. I can't help but wonder if that is why the Swiss decided to be neutral. Maybe their hand-to-hand-combat tactics were just useless with a 3-inch blade. Oh, and I got a corian cutting board inexplicably in the shape of a teapot.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/26 02:58:46 (permalink)
I'm blessed with hardwood cutting boards, all made by Appalachian craftsmen. But the cutting boards I use most these days are those sheets of thick, smooth surface plastic that can be washed germ-free in the sink or dishwasher. They're perfect when working with meat, and they're large enough that cut-up vegetables stay on the sheet for easy handling.

Wish I could remember what they're called. The ones I have were a gift back around '96. For a long time I couldn't find them anywhere around here. Then last summer I saw 3 different brands in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It appears they've caught on.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/26 11:13:12 (permalink)
I got a gadget from my Mom. Judging by the package it's a cross between a whisk and a pair of tongs. I'm dubious! Anyone ever used one of these?
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/26 11:43:17 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Grampy

quote:
Originally posted by Helen Maxwell

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Originally posted by yumbo

I'd have to say the Octodog is just about the most useless food invention yet: http://www.octodog.net.


And on the note of strange things people do with hotdogs, I present this: http://www.sub.nipponham.co.jp/winny/kazari/

I'm somewhere between impressed and terrified.

--Helen

Be sure to look at the frankfurter spectacular
http://www.candyboots.com/wwcards.html


Are the colors faded out on those 1970s recipe cards or is the food...*supposed* to look like that?
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/26 11:57:56 (permalink)
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Originally posted by clothier

Clothier- checking inventory

Pet Rock
Mood Ring
Chia Pet (still in the box)
Ginsu (still sharp, but tip broken from whacked it inot the tree)
Incense (nope, makes me sneeze)
8 tracks
leisure suit
bell bottoms
white belt (auotgraphed by Herb Tarlek)

did I forget anything?


Why, the white shoes that go with the white belt, of course! (I still remember the White Shoes and Belt conspiracy of the '70s...)
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/27 03:42:20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Vince Macek

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Originally posted by Grampy

quote:
Originally posted by Helen Maxwell

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Originally posted by yumbo

I'd have to say the Octodog is just about the most useless food invention yet: http://www.octodog.net.


And on the note of strange things people do with hotdogs, I present this: http://www.sub.nipponham.co.jp/winny/kazari/

I'm somewhere between impressed and terrified.

--Helen

Be sure to look at the frankfurter spectacular
http://www.candyboots.com/wwcards.html


Are the colors faded out on those 1970s recipe cards or is the food...*supposed* to look like that?


Food photography has come a long way! I have a collection of unappetizing old food photographs that seem to be intentionally encouraging one to diet. Orange meat, lime green veggies, with whole raw onions and the like as garnishes. My favorites are foods fashioned to look like something else. My absolute fave is a cheese ball "pineapple" with a real pineapple leaf top decorated with sliced olives. Mmmmmm.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/27 16:37:10 (permalink)
Fortunately, I was spared useless food gadgets this year (unless you include the ballpoint pen with a radio in it that you can listen to Car Talk while writing out your grocery list). On the positive side, I was given a Wüsthof Japanese slicing knife. Most of my knives are 20-year-old Sabatier carbon steel, but this dandy, with a razor-sharp edge and perfect balance, has earned a place right next to them.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/27 19:03:52 (permalink)
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I'm blessed with hardwood cutting boards, all made by Appalachian craftsmen. But the cutting boards I use most these days are those sheets of thick, smooth surface plastic that can be washed germ-free in the sink or dishwasher. They're perfect when working with meat, and they're large enough that cut-up vegetables stay on the sheet for easy handling.

Wish I could remember what they're called. The ones I have were a gift back around '96. For a long time I couldn't find them anywhere around here. Then last summer I saw 3 different brands in Bed, Bath and Beyond. It appears they've caught on.


I used to insist on beautiful wooden cutting boards, too, but the idea of germs, no matter what I did (and somehow bleaching them seemed wrong, so I didn't)...

Anyway if the white cutting boards you're referring to from Bed, Bath & Beyond are the same ones I picked up there last year, I got a "buy one, get a slightly smaller one" deal from there! I like 'em!

But I'm so obsessive compulsive about certain things that I actually use those (please don't laugh at me) over another, larger (16 x 20) Corningware Counter Saver. I'm very funny about my custom-made work island that I've literally been schlepping around with me for 16 years, wherever I moved! The top and back of it is white and in pristine shape because of the TWO Counter Savers I have on it!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/27 19:06:04 (permalink)
After my last post, I realized I'm in the "hamburger" category, and I wanted to add that a very useful, albeit very cheapo, gadget that I have is an aluminum burger press. I think this cost me 99 cents at China Outlet (that place rocks).
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2003/12/30 15:07:46 (permalink)
Thanks, Clothier! I haven't taken it out of the package yet but maybe I'll try flipping French Toast with it this weekend.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/01/08 10:09:13 (permalink)
I actually own a Ronco food dehydrator that my mtoher ordered 5 of off the television and i cant live without it. I make dried herbs, raisins, and various other mummified foodstuffs in it. I also own one of those "egg mood rings" and find it very useful indeed. I used to own a rice cooker, but found that i make better rice in a nice old pot.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/04/06 10:08:31 (permalink)
I know this post is late but I have to tell my story.
My daughter bought me a "Pasta Pot" for Christmas. Well, I kept
forgetting to use it until one Sunday afternoon I was getting ready to make spaghetti and she reminded me about my pot. I had my sauce simmering and proceeded to cook my spaghetti. Well,when it came time to drain the spaghetti, it drained ok, but then I could not get the lid off of the pot. We ran cold water over it, and my husband, daughter and I all kept trying. Finally, my husband had to get a screw driver and wedge the lid off. By then , the spaghetti was rather soggy. I have not used the pot again. I'll just use my old faithful colander from now on.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/04/06 11:22:44 (permalink)
All right, everyone has seen the egg peeler on TV.

My wife is known for her deviled eggs and does large numbers of them at times.

We ended up with one of these peelers. We made several valiant efforts but we were unable to get 1 egg to peel. These were not difficult eggs to peel, we know about those.

Fess up people, I know someone else out there has one of these worthless devices.

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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/04/06 11:45:23 (permalink)
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I know this post is late but I have to tell my story.
My daughter bought me a "Pasta Pot" for Christmas. Well, I kept
forgetting to use it until one Sunday afternoon I was getting ready to make spaghetti and she reminded me about my pot. I had my sauce simmering and proceeded to cook my spaghetti. Well,when it came time to drain the spaghetti, it drained ok, but then I could not get the lid off of the pot. We ran cold water over it, and my husband, daughter and I all kept trying. Finally, my husband had to get a screw driver and wedge the lid off. By then , the spaghetti was rather soggy. I have not used the pot again. I'll just use my old faithful colander from now on.


I thought I mentioned it somewhere, but I have a great gadget that is shaped like a half-moon, with holes, that fits over the pot and allows you to strain directly from it. Amazon has one that is similar one, but mine is a little wider and has side handles:
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/07/08 18:32:42 (permalink)
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I recently saw a great big, $35 or something like that, devise manufactured under the Black and Decker name----It is made to take up valuable space on the counter and open jars. I don't remember opening enough jars in the last 20 years to spend $35 (+ or -). It is really a something no home should be without. Not !!!!
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/07/08 19:04:15 (permalink)
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Grampy
I recently saw a great big, $35 or something like that, devise manufactured under the Black and Decker name----It is made to take up valuable space on the counter and open jars. I don't remember opening enough jars in the last 20 years to spend $35 (+ or -). It is really a something no home should be without. Not !!!!


AM:

If you are talking abour the item above, it's a pasta strainer that costs only a few bucks. I still use my freebie rubber jar opener that works like a charm.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/07/08 19:10:26 (permalink)
I have and actually use (fairly often) a dumpling press. I got it for a buck at the dollar store. It opens into two half moon shapes and has crimps at the edge. I just put in a piece of wonton skin, a bit of filling and voila! Makes lovely wontons for soup with ruffled edges, and pretty good pierogis and raviolis.
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/07/09 08:24:13 (permalink)
Grampy,

I have the same type of jar opener you have, and $35 to spend on wine, women and song. I gotta admit you don't get much of any of them for $35 any more though. My jar opener is blue and says "Yankeegas, The Northeast Utilities System". Cost nothing and hides in a drawer when not in use, takes up no valuable counter space. By the way, I read your Martini post and all those who responded and am about to try one of each described. One at each of the Eye-tral-yon restaurants you reommended.

kdiammond---anything you got for a buck that works is a big plus. How did you fit the viola into the wanton skin ????
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RE: The Most Worthless/Useful Gadgets 2004/07/09 11:46:18 (permalink)
A cool gadget I have is a garlic peeler. It's a tube of some kind of plastic, about four inches long and an inch in diameter. Put garlic cloves in the tube, roll it between your hands a few times, and out pops perfectly peeled cloves. Even easier than the smash-with-a-knife technique.
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