...but it ended up being something I embrace every time I use it, which is fairly often. I'm talking about a non-stick electric griddle my kids gave me a few years ago. The only griddle I'd ever had before was one that was an insert on my old Jennair cook top, and it never cooked evenly. It was also a pain in the neck to remove the cooking cartridge, plug in the electric element, put in the griddle, and then have to reverse it all because if I left it in, I'd be left with only two burners to cook on. Who needs a griddle anyway, I thought.
Then I got the gift. I just used this griddle again this morning. It can handle 7-8 slices of French toast or 6 pancakes at one time, it heats quickly and it's easy to clean. I admit I never would have thought of buying one for myself, but I'm glad the kids got it for me.
Have you received any kitchen-related gifts that ended up surprising you with their usefulness?