Gadget Tree: Breakfast of Champions


We can all agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…. Yes?

But how many times do you skip it… or worse, feed your kids something less than healthy and send them off to school?

My good friends at Lékué have solved your problem with a couple of products that I know will become part of your early morning repertoire.

These three items are made with 100% pure platinum silicone (the same thing used to make baby bottle nipples) and are completely dishwasher safe (always a plus in my book). You can find them at Sur la Table.


Get your protein fix with the Ovo egg cooker (now in fun shapes like the heart in the image above). What’s great about this cooking gadget is that you can make eggs in the microwave or cooked in a pot on top of the stove. Rub the inside of the egg cooker with a little butter or olive oil, beat the eggs, throw in some cheese, a little seasoning or leftover veggies and in few minutes you’ve got breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. This is a terrific way to get kids to eat eggs!


Here’s another egg-making idea: a non-stick omelet maker that you pop into the microwave. Just three easy steps and in five minutes you’ll have a beautiful, fat-free fluffy omelet that looks like an omelet not scrambled eggs. This little handy-dandy device is something the older kids will want to use to whip up a quick after-school snack.


Making waffles is usually relegated to the weekends… or you’re forced to settle for eating those cardboard-tasting frozen waffles. Forget it. With these oven waffle molds, you can prepare eight waffles in the oven so you don’t have to drag out your electric waffle maker.

Hey, here’s an idea! Why not make a waffle egg-sandwich? Now THAT’s a breakfast of champions!


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Gadget Tree: Something Steamy


Mama saw this at the Housewares Show last month and she fell in love.

Lékué Steam Case with Tray


Without knowing what it was, or what it was used for, I liked it for its color, sleek design and how it felt in my hands. Talk about insatiable acquisitiveness!

Some people get all weird like this about cars. I’m weird like this about kitchen gadgets.

The Spanish company, Lékuémakes this “Steam Case with Tray for 3 to 4 people” that is as functional as it is beautifully designed. It’s made with medical-grade silicone, so it’s lightweight and, as you can see from the image and video, it’s easy to use. It’s dishwasher safe and also comes in some other eye-popping colors.

I steam my vegetables in the microwave, so that’s where I tested it first… but it also works in the oven (maximum temperature 425°F). You can’t use it under the broiler, on the grill or on top of the stove.

I will admit I had a little trepidation about putting it in the oven, but it performed perfectly when I steamed a piece of sea bass on the middle rack.

The downside: when you open the lid after cooking, collected water from the steam sometimes drips off where the lid is hinged. Not a big deal at all, but something to be aware of.

Right now you can get the Steam Case at the Pro Kitchen Gear Store in Greenville, Delaware and online at Amazon and Sears. And by the way, Lékué makes a whole slew of other uber-cool products, so check out their website.

Sometimes you just gotta have it… whatever it is. Glad this one worked out so well!




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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: