This month welcome Sara Bir. Sara Bir is the author of two cookbooks, Tasting Ohio and the IACP award-winning The Fruit Forager’s Companion. She also moderates and replies to your comments here on Simply Recipes. Follow her @sausagetarian.

I love my gadgets and think they earn their keep. Or do they? I have a high-speed blender, a food processor, two Instant Pots, a portable induction burner, a waffle iron, a stand mixer, a sous vide circulator, a food dehydrator, an immersion blender, and…hmm. That’s a lot.

When was the last time I pureed food in a blender? Or grilled a panini? Okay, so maybe I don’t fire these up daily, but I like having them. It’s always inspiring to spy a cool recipe that reminds me to play with my toys.

This meal plan gives you a nudge to dust off a few of those nifty appliances you may be neglecting. And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, (or a…

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