Our Handy Dandy Griddler

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It’s chilly out there this morning, but yesterday evening, it was warm enough for one last round of “HOSE!” on the deck.  I think this might’ve been our last hurrah.


We’ve gotten more use out of our newborn bathtub as a toy than as an actual tub!


While Henry was splashing, I was grilling. Like I said, gotta squeeze out every drop of those summer-ish activities while we still can.


Grilled zucchini, anyone?


We recently bought the coolest appliance – this Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. We actually bought it for tailgating (we hook it up to a battery with an inverter) but have used it at home nearly every day. And it’s replaced a bunch of other pans and appliances, leaving us with more cabinet and counter space.


So, the 5-in-1 part refers to the fact that it’s a panini press..


A George Foreman-style grill…


You can open it up and lay it flat; then it’s a contact grill that holds about 8 burgers.. 


You can also flip the plates over (they are dishwasher safe) and it becomes a griddle for pancakes or French toast…


The 5th option is half griddle-half grill.


Cool, huh?  We seriously love it. I Craigslisted our George Foreman, which took up so much space compared to this thing.  And it’s more versatile. 


Grilled veggies – inside or outside, no matter what the weather!


Yum. 🙂


What appliance is your favorite?   I can’t choose! Coffeemaker probably wins by default though. 🙂



  • Elle September 27, 2013, 8:12 am

    I hear the Thermomix is every woman’s dream! (mine at least hehehe)

  • Verna September 27, 2013, 8:30 am

    We have the same baby tub and have used it for all 3 kids! I love that thing! We’ll have to try it for a summer toy next year though.

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 27, 2013, 8:33 am

    Favorite appliance? Definitely my Kitchen Aid mixer.

  • Melissa September 27, 2013, 8:34 am

    Grilled zucchini sounds great! Always makes me wish I owned a grill, but perhaps someday. Choosing my favorite appliance is a difficult one, but I’d probably say my traditional coffee-maker. I own a Keurig machine, but there is something about a traditional coffeemaker that tugs at my heartstrings. Nothing like smelling a freshly-brewed pot of coffee!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 27, 2013, 8:47 am

    I have this same grill and love it so much! I would have used to say my coffee maker as well but my favorite appliance now would have to be the new blender that I bought!

  • Glenneth September 27, 2013, 8:48 am

    that griddler looks very cool. just added it to my wish list for christmas. favorite appliance – my blender!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 27, 2013, 8:51 am

    If we’re not counting coffee makers, then my Kitchen Aid mixer takes the prize — it makes baking so. much. easier.

    Happy Friday!

  • Laura September 27, 2013, 9:25 am

    We have the Cuisinart Griddler as well and love it so much! Grilled cheeses have never been better and clean up is a breeze! I also love my Vitamix-I think I would choose this over the Griddler if forced to choose.

  • Whitney @ Pancakes and Tulips September 27, 2013, 9:36 am

    Favorite appliance? Probably a tie between the coffee maker and the blender. I can’t live without coffee and smoothies!

  • Cait September 27, 2013, 10:12 am

    I got this as a wedding present and absolutely LOVE it. You can also buy waffle plates that snap right in there 🙂 http://www.crateandbarrel.com/set-of-2-cuisinart-griddler-waffle-plates/s110160

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 27, 2013, 10:16 am

    That dish looks delicious, how did you prepare the lentils? I bought a bunch in bulk from Whole Foods for a recipe for a potluck, but I know I’ll have plenty left over!

    • Caitlin September 27, 2013, 10:24 am

      It’s the premade ones from TJs!

      • Ashley September 27, 2013, 11:54 am

        I was about to ask this same question! They look delicious.

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 27, 2013, 10:31 am

    Love it! Those versatile appliances are the best. My favorite appliance is my coffee maker, hands down. It gets used at least once a day, and I wouldn’t survive without it. 😉

  • Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook September 27, 2013, 10:43 am

    Omg LOVE our griddler too! Apparently they sell a waffle iron attachment for it too… I so need one of those!

  • Emily @ The Good Era September 27, 2013, 11:02 am

    I’ve been wanting one of these and I think you just sold me on it! haha

    I’d have to say, I am still in love with my Kitchen Aid mixer. It was a shower gift from my mom and both grandma’s and I think of them all when I use it. Makes it that much more important to me 🙂

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie September 27, 2013, 11:17 am

    I’m loving the abundance of posts 🙂
    My favorite appliances are my mixer and my bread machine (a $5 find at the thrift store!)
    And sadly grilling season might be over here… Last night we had frost for the first time, it was -1C all night and we had snow at the top of the mountain…

  • SuperCutePetContest September 27, 2013, 11:18 am

    I totally need one of these! The fall seems like the perfect time for melty sandwiches! But really, when doesn’t it seem like the perfect time for a melty sandwich?

  • Sarah September 27, 2013, 12:49 pm

    My coffee maker is absolutely my favorite appliance! But my sister gave me one of these grills a few months ago and I’ve never used it, but man, that looks amazing! Time to bust it out!

  • Lauren @ La Dolce Pita September 27, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Definitely can’t live without my Vitamix, so that takes top prize. Coffee maker is a very, very close second.

  • CheekE September 27, 2013, 1:25 pm

    My immersion blender is my fav appliance! I think it’s an Oster and got it for under $30 at Sears. I used it for making babyfood and now I use it for fruit (kids) or protien (me post workout) smoothies! The clean up is SO much easier than stand blender! I love it!

  • Emily September 27, 2013, 1:32 pm

    That would be great for our little apartment. I miss grilling.

    My favorite appliance hands-down is our espresso maker. It gets used all day, every day!

  • ashlyn September 27, 2013, 1:54 pm

    loveeee the griddle! i’d love to get one, but i’m not sure that i’m comfortable with the teflon non-stick surface of the pans. i have concerns about the chemicals leaching into my family’s food. :/

  • Janelle September 27, 2013, 2:59 pm

    I’m spoiled because my hubby presses our coffee each morning (so, so good), so (without the need for a coffee maker), I think I’d say my favorite appliance is my slow-cooker. I love coming home from work to a hot dinner like soup or using it to make applesauce. I really should probably use it more often, though!

  • Daniella September 27, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Coffeemaker! We have one that makes coffee and hot water at the same time! So I can brew a pot while I heat hot water for my morning oatmeal. It’s so easy and ideal when I’m juggling my 2 month old! This is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CHW-12-Programmable-Coffeemaker-Stainless/dp/B003KYSLMC

  • Amber K September 27, 2013, 8:27 pm

    I use my food processor the most, but I would totally call that 5-in-1 grill my favorite appliance if I had one!

  • Kathy September 28, 2013, 12:28 am

    We have that same grill and use it to make pimped out grilled cheese and folded over tuna melts…so good! I also love my Cuisinart Compact Smoothie Blender…each cup comes with a solid lid for travel and one for drinking and it takes up less space than a full sized blender so I don’t mind leaving it out on the counter

  • Laurie September 28, 2013, 1:10 pm

    We have that griddler too. Favorite thing to make in it: a fresh mozzarella/spinach/pesto panini. I believe you can buy waffle maker plates for it too…if I ever find them, guess what my new favorite griddler dish will be?!

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed September 28, 2013, 1:32 pm

    The Griddler looks cool. Definitely get in as much grilling as you can while your weather holds! Today is the first day of seriously rainy, windy fall weather here in Seattle and I don’t know whether we will be able to get in any more grilling in between the raindrops. Favorite appliance? Has to be the Vitamix, though the rice cooker is up there, too.

  • Diane T. Your Auntie. September 29, 2013, 2:08 pm

    My favorite is the Ninja It is great for smoothies, making soups crushing ice andgrinding up veg. Its in beteen a blender and food prosesssor,easi to clean, and fast. Its basically a pitcher with aturbo motor that is placed on top, has a rothhas very sharp blades on it. Breaks down to 3 piees to wash, takes less than aminute to do the job. I use mine at least 2x aday and love it!

  • Kris September 29, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I love, love, love my food processor! It’s a cheap old (30 yrs.) Hamilton Beach that’s on its last legs. I need to get serious about buying a new one, but really don’t know what to buy.

  • John @ Fat Loss Diets That Work October 1, 2013, 2:09 am

    My fave is the George Foreman, before I got it I hated cooking meat. Frying didn’t go well for me and baking took too long. I actually think the Cuisinart looks a lot better than the grill I have though.

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