Before I say "thank you" and it will be a HUGE thank you to the Fairy Hobmother, I need to say an equally big SORRY! for not really believing. Perhaps it's because I personally have "been" the Tooth Fairy more times than I care to count. Perhaps because, although I don't celebrate Christmas, I have many friends who have dressed up as Santa, brought gifts down a nonexistent chimney and eaten many a cookie, all to bring some magic to a child the next morning. So I've come to the conclusion... there IS no real fairy!
Perhaps I've become cynical because of all those emails and phone calls telling me that "I'm already a winner", which in the best case scenario, they add me to a list and I'm bombarded with other equally nonexistent "prizes"... I use the term loosely. In fact, I've never won anything and no one has ever followed through with a promised gift.
But I love Joanne of Eats Well With Others and trust her, so when she said that she got a new food processor just by mentioning that in another friend's comment section, I (sheepishly) left a comment saying that my poor Griddler was gasping for breath. I didn't really expect anything. In fact, I didn't even mention it to my Honey... who is the real skeptic in the family. After all, it was just in a comment on a friend's blog, and I really didn't think anything would come of it.
To my surprise, the Fairy Hobmother contacted me. Still being cynical, I thought I'd wait until my nonexistent "gift" arrived before writing about it. To my immense surprise, within days I received my brand new Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler! So if you leave a comment about what appliance or item you most wish you had for your kitchen or home and why you need it, who knows, you may be receiving a visit from the Fairy Hobmother yourself in the near future!
Here are a few favorite recipes I'll be whipping up... (none of the old photos are worth sharing, but I'll be adding new ones soon enough.
Grilled Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce (no worries of the satays falling through the grill grates)
Grilled Haloumi on Rosemary Foccacia toasts (anything slathered on grilled foccacia basted with a little olive oil and a rub of garlic is amazing)
Grilled Tomato, Goat Cheese & Pesto Sandwiches (or any other "middle" you choose for your grilled cheese)
By the way, my younger daughter, who is a lot more open, asked for my gasping old Griddler and it's on the way to her too. I'm not quite as awesome as the Fairy Hobmother, but I still have my moments.