Jewish Journal


by Annie Korzen

July 25, 2011 | 11:25 am

Waffle irons, microwaves and toaster-ovens are among the many appliances that can be picked up on the cheap at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.  I bought two George Foreman grills for two bucks each at a church rummage sale.  We then invited a gaggle of visiting Danish relatives over for a panini party.  Everyone selected their own combo of cold cuts, cheese, veggies, and dressings for a custom-made grilled sandwich.  They all loved it - especially the little kids, who got a big kick out of being in charge of their own creations.  And I fed a dozen people wihout doing any cooking – always a plus for my lazy-ass self.

On those rare occasions when I do some serious cooking, I use my food processor which was purchased at an estate sale for five dollars several years ago. 

I’m still on the lookout for an espresso machine for family visits.  My Danish relatives are caffeine fiends and require at least five cups of joe every day.

Our 1927 duplex is not insulated, so the rooms are cold and drafty.  If I turn on the central heating system, it reaches jungle temperature after ten minutes and as soon as I turn it off, it’s chilly again.  I solved this dilemma by picking up small space heaters for a few bucks at thrift shops.  They warm the room I’m in without blasting wasteful heat through the rest of the house.  Climate control is not an issue for my husband, Benni.  He has the interior thermostat of a lizard and never seems to need heat or air-conditioning.  Lucky guy!

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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