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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Extra Helpings: What To Do With Leftover Baked Potatoes


Had a big shindig the other night and we had a few leftover baked potatoes.

Which got me to thinking… there’s a lot you can do with a leftover baked potato, besides reheat it and eat it as is.

Here are 7 ideas: 

1. Sautéed Skillet Potatoes: Cut into pieces and sauté in olive oil with garlic and chopped onion. Sprinkle cheese on top just before serving (great anytime of the day!).

2. Twice-Baked Potatoes: Halve, spoon out the inside, mash and mix with shredded cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Re-fill and bake until hot.

3. Make an Omelet: Remove potato skin and dice the potato, add ham/bacon (or not) cheese and any other leftover deliciousness you find in the fridge.

4. Top a Meatloaf: Remove the skin, mash; add some herbs, butter and cheese and heat. Spread on top of the meatloaf (like frosting) just before serving.

5. Use in a Salad: Cube peeled potatoes and use in a traditional potato salad, salad Niçoise, or chopped vegetable salad with Dijon vinaigrette.

6. Fill an Empanada: A little cooked chorizo, queso fresco and chopped potatoes. Make it easier and use won ton wrappers to make low-fat mini-empanadas.

7. Burritos or Tacos: Mix diced potatoes with seasoned and cooked ground beef , chopped chicken, or chorizo.

What do YOU do with leftover baked potatoes?


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: