In the 70's, my mother frequently used a "groovy" kitchen gadget called an electric skillet. She prepared many meals in this thing-she fried, sauteed, braised, griddled... just about everything. And the top had an additional heating element that broiled (or really just browned) stuff. It was about 14''x14'' or so. And it wasn't expensive or high-tech. I think it was "non-stick".
I'd like to find this thing,but the ones I've seen in the stores don't have the top heating/broiling element, and they seem so much more "serious" and expensive then the one mom used. Anybody familiar w/what I'm talking about? Do you have a similar gadget that you like?