Four Kitchen Gadgets Every Home Needs

Kitchen gadgets
We demand a lot from our kitchen gadgets on a daily basis. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Whether you need to cook for yourself or a crowd, you really need the right tools. Sure, you can get away with using the same gadgets your grandmother did, but these days there are better solutions on the market that simplify the cooking process and shorten your prep time. Here are some of our favorites!

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Zucchini and Ham Pie [RECIPE]

Zucchini and Ham Pie
Our Zucchini and Ham Pie comes together in about 30 minutes! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Every summer, zucchini always seems to grow plentifully. This is a fabulous way to transform that squash into a quick, easy, and delicious dish your family will love. Just serve with a tossed green salad for a complete meal or serve it as a yummy side that goes perfect with your favorite fish or grilled meats.

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Southwest Scramble [RECIPE]

Southwest Scramble

Our Southwest Scramble is a hearty, flavor-filled way to start the morning! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Are you tired of the same breakfast day after day? Try our Southwest Scramble! It’s chock full of fresh veggies, black beans for extra protein and fiber, and a touch of jalapeno for a bit of heat. Serve it in warmed tortillas, or forget the added carbs and plate it with a bit of sausage and fresh fruit. Your taste buds will love it, your partner will crave it, and your body will thank you for starting the day with a healthy choice.  Read more of this post

How Eating Your Favorite Foods Can Help Reduce Your Cholesterol


Shrimp is surprisingly good for you.
(Photo courtesy Phu Thinh Co, Flickr)

I wasn’t too thrilled when the doctor told me I need to keep an eye on my cholesterol levels. Before he could say more, I suddenly had visions of munching on nothing but rabbit food, taking expensive medications, and nixing all the yummy eats I love. Thankfully, my premonition was somewhat off the mark, and working on lowering my numbers hasn’t been nearly as tough as I had previously thought. If you’re in the same boat with me, then check out some of my favorite tips on how to bring down those digits.  Read more of this post

Italian Scramble

Italian Scramble

Infused with salty prosciutto, sautéed vegetables and served with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese, our Italian Scramble elevates simple scrambled eggs to a whole new level of deliciousness.

One of the best things about having a day off from work is that we have time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast as a family. Time spent together, whether reading the paper or chatting about the events in our lives, is always made more pleasurable by dishing up something a little extra special to eat. Our Italian Scramble fits the bill, elevating simple scrambled eggs to a whole new level with bright, savory flavors that make our taste buds dance with joy. Infused with bits of salty prosciutto, sautéed vegetables and served with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese, this dish is also a great addition to a brunch with friends. Serve with homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and fresh jam (our Pineapple Jam is shown here) to round out the meal.

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 slices prosciutto, diced
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a stainless-steel pan over medium-high heat, add oil. When oil shimmers, add onion and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, sauté for an additional 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic, as it should not cook until golden. Reduce heat to low and remove pan from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and pepper until light and frothy. Set aside.
  3. Place pan over low heat, add butter and swirl until melted. Pour egg mixture into the pan, and stir gently to mix vegetables. When eggs begin to congeal on bottom of pan, sprinkle prosciutto over top. Using a heat-resistant rubber spatula, slowly drag eggs toward center of pan until eggs cook through and all liquid is gone, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve eggs immediately. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top, as desired.

TIPS: For variety, add fresh rosemary and thyme to egg mixture when prosciutto is added. For a slightly stronger flavor, sprinkle grated Pecorino Romano cheese over instead of Parmesan.

YIELDS: 6 servings

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