A Rice Cooker Love Story(Giveaway)

Once upon a time(a little under 2 months ago), I moved into the place where I now live. I didn’t know what would be there waiting for me, and after finding my bearings I was left with a stove, an oven, and a frying pan. For a wannabe chef, this simply wasn’t enough; something was missing. At the same time, I remembered having a CSN stores gift certificate I won to spend on anything from wardrobes, to yoga mats, to—you guessed it—rice cookers.

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After a conversation with some good friends, I decided that this was the missing piece of my puzzle. I looked at design after design and knew I was going to need something powerful(read: expensive). Luckily, after sales and my coupon I got this model rice cooker at over 50% off.

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After making this big purchase, my biggest worry was how would I like it? Would I even use the darn thing? In short, it was everything I could have asked for. I never thought I needed a rice cooker; I don’t even eat rice all that often. But since the purchase I’ve used this almost every day cooking quinoa and adding in leftover protein and produce. It makes a mean savory pumpkin quinoa in 20 minutes flat and has to me to class on time. And I can tell this machine will last through the years.

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I’m happy to have the opportunity to pay it forward and offer one reader their own gift certificate worth $45 to get whatever’s missing from their life. There are 2 ways to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each mode of entry.

  1. Tell me what you might get with your gift certificate. If you’re in the market for a rice cooker, I can surely recommend one 😉
  2. “Like” the new The Wannabe Chef page on Facebook

And, though this isn’t a mode of entry, if you subscribe through some sort of reader please remember to switchover to the new feed since the old one will stop working in 20 days. Good luck and I’ll pick a winner next Monday, Nov. 1st.

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99 Responses to A Rice Cooker Love Story(Giveaway)
  1. Matt
    October 27, 2010 | 9:14 am

    I am in the market for a new roasting pan. Mine has seen better days… I think I just use it too much 😉

  2. Matt
    October 27, 2010 | 9:14 am

    Already liked the new page!

  3. A. B.
    October 27, 2010 | 9:20 am

    Cool giveaway! I’ve been blender shopping lately, and this would be a fantastic way to get one! 😀

  4. Kathi
    October 27, 2010 | 9:20 am

    I “LIKE” the wannabe chef on facebook. What do I want? The possibilities are endless. a rice cooker is one possiblity or how about a mandoline or spiralizer? The possibilities are endless.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  5. Andrea P
    October 27, 2010 | 9:28 am

    I’ve really been wanting a crock-pot!

  6. Yum Yucky
    October 27, 2010 | 9:30 am

    I totally like you on Facebook now. And it’s NOT just because you’re giving something away. sha-POW!

  7. Yum Yucky
    October 27, 2010 | 9:31 am

    I will be your twine-clone and say I’d also get a rice cooker. I’m actually jealous of you right now that you have one and I don’t. So, uh, you can totally make it up to me with a win.

  8. lisa @ early morning run
    October 27, 2010 | 9:40 am

    This is a hard question because there are so many things we need for our kitchen – big and small. But, I think I’d go for a slow cooker or a roasting pan.
    Great giveaway!

  9. Emily H
    October 27, 2010 | 9:45 am

    I, too, am missing a rice cooker 🙁

    That’s definitely what I’d buy!

  10. Kasey
    October 27, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Right now I’m lusting for a nice food processor.

    I just went and “liked” The Wannabe Chef on Facebook 🙂


  11. Elizabeth
    October 27, 2010 | 9:57 am

    I liked the new facebook page!

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 27, 2010 | 10:00 am

    i am TOTALLY in the market for a rice cooker! and i love that it works with other grains too…perfect for my crazy busy life 🙂

  13. Sarah
    October 27, 2010 | 10:01 am

    My love of soups and hatred for cleaning my blender has me in the market for a quality immersion blender! I would love to win the gift certificate!

  14. Elizabeth
    October 27, 2010 | 10:01 am

    Rice cookers are amazing to have in the kitchen. My friend has been using ours to try out rice cooker cakes. Unfortunately, my boyfriend has had this rice cooker since he was a freshman in college – about 8 years, and its age is beginning to show. It worked once in “cooking the cakes”! I’d definitely go for an upgrade in the rice cooker department.

  15. Heather
    October 27, 2010 | 10:10 am

    I would love a new breadmaker – a rice maker would be good too to make oatmeal!

  16. Kristen
    October 27, 2010 | 10:12 am

    I am in the market for a rice cooker because it can cook up any grains and my life is always on the go… it’s good for a quick meal prepared in so little time, I would love to win this giveaway!!!

    And oh, btw I made your chocolate fudge the other day and oh my is all I have to say, even my fiance was in love with it… I enjoy cooking more than baking… perhaps I’m getting better at it! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Caroline
    October 27, 2010 | 10:16 am

    I have been drooling over some Le Creuset stoneware.

  18. Robin
    October 27, 2010 | 10:16 am

    I could do with kitchen knives… I’m a college soph who moved into an apartment just this year, and somehow among my 2 roommates and I, we only ended up with 1 knife and it’s the kind that can handle carrots at best. How I have been surviving thus far with that piece of drek? No clue. Bottom line is, we’re all too cheap/lazy (well, really we don’t have time) to go get knives… 🙁

  19. emilie
    October 27, 2010 | 10:17 am

    i’m on the hunt for an exercise stability ball to keep at my desk, since i spend far too much time at it anyway…this would be the perfect opportunity to get one!

  20. Caroline
    October 27, 2010 | 10:17 am

    I liked The Wannabe Chef’s facebook page! 🙂

  21. Brittney
    October 27, 2010 | 10:21 am

    I’ve been wanting an immersion hand blender for a while, but you have kind of sold me on the idea of the rice cooker… Might need one!

  22. claudia
    October 27, 2010 | 10:40 am

    I’d definitely love to get an ice cream maker or dumbbells

  23. claudia
    October 27, 2010 | 10:40 am

    i liked the new facebook page

  24. Benjamin
    October 27, 2010 | 10:41 am

    I’d go with the rice cooker. I’m always looking for a new way to cook “one-dish” meals, and you can only do stir-fry so often.

  25. Benjamin
    October 27, 2010 | 10:41 am

    also, I toootally liked the facebook page!

  26. Nicole W.
    October 27, 2010 | 10:53 am

    I’ve actually been making a list “what’s been missing in my life”

    Food Processor
    Knives (you’d think that would be a staple, right?)
    Coffee pot (mine is ghetto)
    Tea Kettle (rusted?!)

  27. Ryan
    October 27, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Wow I need a rice cooker! Or maybe a crockpot!

  28. Emily
    October 27, 2010 | 11:08 am

    I’d love a new food processor!

  29. runRedrun
    October 27, 2010 | 11:15 am

    It’d be nice to have a magic bullet to make dressing and smoothies, etc without having to bust out a huge blender.

  30. Jacob's Kitchen
    October 27, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    Recently I have been dreaming of a new set of baking pans with square sides. =) Mine are getting old and warped, after about three years of constant use.

    Great giveaway! Thanks for sharing! Love the new look. =)

  31. Jacob's Kitchen
    October 27, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    Oh, and I also liked you on FB! =)

  32. Kelly Edm
    October 27, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Oh, great giveaway. I’d love to get a smaller food processor or maybe just go for something winter-y and fun like a crock pot. A rice cooker is handy, though, and I would like to try all the “different” things you can do with one.

  33. Michelle
    October 27, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    I “liked” The Wannabe Chef!

    I am dying for a new knife! I am a vegetarian who has been living with a Walmart knife for YEARS! I need to be able to chop my veggies with vigor!

  34. Mary
    October 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    I’ve never used a rice cooker – the pumpkin quinoa looks delicious! I cook from scratch daily for my family and I’d love a new, quality chef’s knife. My 8″ broke so I’m using a so-so 6″ but the bigger was so much better for cutting the big stuff like a 3 pound butternut or a massive hubbard 🙂
    I’ve also always wanted a mandoline…I put it on my wish list every Christmas but always cross it off as too extravagant!

  35. Susi
    October 27, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    I’ve been debating if I would have use for a rice cooker but yours looks pretty awesome! I think I’ll have to add this to my wish list :o)

  36. Corey @ the runner's cookie
    October 27, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    I have a rice cooker (and love it!) but am missing a good coffee pot!

  37. Corey @ the runner's cookie
    October 27, 2010 | 12:14 pm

    I just “liked” the FB page 🙂

  38. jc
    October 27, 2010 | 12:26 pm

    i would get some nice water boiler~

  39. Kristina @ spabettie
    October 27, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    I *SO* badly need a new set of dishes… and would use this towards that! although a rice cooker sounds awesome too…

  40. JBW
    October 27, 2010 | 1:23 pm

    Cool giveaway! I would like a new blender!

  41. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    October 27, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    I liked you on FB right away 🙂

  42. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    October 27, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    you KNOW i am in the market for a new rice cooker…we talked about it!! omg so jealz of your Zoji! i would love to get it!

  43. Paj
    October 27, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    I could really use a mixer or a new set of knives.

  44. Sarah
    October 27, 2010 | 2:00 pm

    I would put the money toward getting a nice set of knives as a Christmas gift for my mom. She’s a great cook, but it’s literally been 30 years since anyone’s replaced a knife in our house. Since I was old enough to give my parents gifts I’ve slowly been stocking the kitchen with spatulas, spoons, scale, etc.

  45. Ellen
    October 27, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    i need so many things for my kitchen, it’s a bit sad. knives, food processor, sauce pan, and more. i guess that’s college for you!

  46. Ian
    October 27, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    I would TOTALLY buy a good food processor!!! And I have the same model of rice cooker 🙂 quite the workhorse!

  47. Gina
    October 27, 2010 | 3:07 pm

    Since I live in a dorm room, I know for sure I could use a blender. I miss my smoothies 🙁

  48. Danielle
    October 27, 2010 | 4:11 pm

    I would love to buy a new blender!

  49. Elizabeth
    October 27, 2010 | 4:46 pm

    Liked you on Facebook!

  50. Elizabeth
    October 27, 2010 | 4:49 pm

    And I really need some baking dishes… I love cooking in my dorm and not having baking dishes limits me a bit.

  51. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    October 27, 2010 | 4:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting a really nice chef’s nice…with all the slicing and dicing I do, it would be quite lovely!

  52. Kelly
    October 27, 2010 | 5:19 pm

    Awesome!!! I want a dehydrator so badly!!!

  53. Dan
    October 27, 2010 | 5:36 pm

    My Blender broke = ( I need to make some smooooooooooothies!

  54. Lin
    October 27, 2010 | 5:41 pm

    YOU GOT THE ZOJIRUSHI!!!!! Tell me, does it sing to you????

  55. Dana
    October 27, 2010 | 7:21 pm

    I cook almost every day, but I do not own a single baking tray. I found myself roasting eggplant slices in my muffin tin the other day. I would love to invest in some trays and pans of various sizes. As a college student, I can’t afford to just go buy trays, tins, glassware, loaf pans, etc. and I would certainly love to!

  56. radioactivegan
    October 27, 2010 | 8:13 pm

    I really want to get a new chef’s knife, although that rice cooker is pretty tempting 🙂

  57. Elana
    October 27, 2010 | 8:23 pm

    Oooh I have really wanted one of those amazing rice cookers for a couple years now…. but first and foremost, a food processor! I just killed my 15+ year old food processor which was passed down to me… I would love to be able to replace it!

  58. BroccoliHut
    October 27, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    I keep coming across awesome recipes for soups and stews these days, so I’m thinking I need a Crock Pot!

  59. Jordan
    October 27, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    I’d probably get some fun kitchen gadgets, like an avocado slicer or coffee grinder, or maybe some mixing bowls and rubber spatulas! Nothing too exciting, but stuff I’d love to have. 🙂

  60. Jordan
    October 27, 2010 | 9:18 pm

    Aaand I liked your new Facebook page!

  61. Ashlei
    October 27, 2010 | 9:48 pm

    It was perfect this is your giveaway because I’m definitely looking into getting a rice cooker. I usually walk away from the pot just long enough to cook some to the bottom…..one with a timer would be great.

  62. Tara
    October 27, 2010 | 9:55 pm

    I would get a dehydrator. I’ve always wanted one!

  63. Tara
    October 27, 2010 | 9:56 pm

    liked the facebook page!

  64. MarathonVal
    October 27, 2010 | 10:18 pm

    Tough call… I need another immersion blender (I caught mine on fire, long story lol) but I’m intrigued by the idea of a rice cooker too!

  65. MarathonVal
    October 27, 2010 | 10:19 pm

    And I “like” your Facebook page! 🙂

  66. Rachel (tea and chocolate)
    October 27, 2010 | 10:40 pm

    I’d love to try out a rice cooker! If only to make that pumpkin quinoa. Mmm.

  67. ClassicKitchenTwist
    October 27, 2010 | 11:21 pm

    I need some new everyday dishes so badly! I have resorted to breaking out some of the holiday dinner plates!

  68. Rika
    October 28, 2010 | 1:39 am

    I sooo want a new food processor or a toaster oven! Life’s not the same without toast :<

  69. Stephen
    October 28, 2010 | 1:42 am

    I’d have a hard time deciding between a food processor and an ice cream maker. The ice cream maker would be oh so interesting, but the food processor would probably be more practical.

  70. kayla
    October 28, 2010 | 4:14 am

    i could totally use a food processor! i want to make my own tasty nut butters as i’ve been seeing on food blogs lately!

  71. Liz
    October 28, 2010 | 4:51 am

    i liked your new page on facebook.

    as for what i would purchase, it would definitely be a new chef’s knife. my current one is on the cheaper end and getting pretty dull. i might also consider a food processor so that i can make homemade larabars.

  72. vicky
    October 28, 2010 | 10:01 am

    That rice cooker looks hard-core! Definitiely one of those or a George Foreman indoor grill maybe.

  73. Michelle
    October 28, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    Great giveaway! I could totally use a new rice cooker myself right now!

  74. Michelle
    October 28, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    And I just liked you on Facebook!

  75. Kristina @ spabettie
    October 28, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    I like the new and improved on facebook !! 😀

  76. jen
    October 28, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    i hope i win! i would die for a rice cooker! or a cuisinart… hmmm!

  77. Meg
    October 28, 2010 | 6:10 pm

    I would totally get a rice cooker! I have been wanting one for years..but am to cheap to buy one.

  78. Brenda
    October 28, 2010 | 7:16 pm

    wow, so many choices. I think I would either put the cert towards a good dutch oven or a rice cooker, as I need one at home too. You should post more recipes using it for non rice dishes…

  79. Amanda @ Vegacious
    October 28, 2010 | 7:54 pm

    I would DEFINITELY pick out a rice cooker – I’ve had my eye on one for the past week! It’s the one thing missing in my life. 🙂

  80. Amanda @ Vegacious
    October 28, 2010 | 7:55 pm

    And now I ‘like’ you on fb. 🙂

  81. Brian
    October 28, 2010 | 7:58 pm

    I’d love to get a new stock pot!

  82. Kyle
    October 28, 2010 | 8:00 pm

    I actually DO want a rice cooker! My life would get 1000x better with one in my life.

  83. Kyle
    October 28, 2010 | 8:01 pm

    I “like” you on FB now 🙂

    I love the new blog motif!

  84. kelsey
    October 28, 2010 | 10:00 pm

    dang, that’s an intense rice cooker! puts my little one to shame :]
    i’m totally digging those yogurt makers….

  85. Jenna
    October 28, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    I Liked the facebook page!

  86. Jenna
    October 28, 2010 | 10:08 pm

    And, I think I’d buy a rice cooker, but the 10 cup. 🙂

  87. joy
    October 28, 2010 | 10:51 pm

    I have a list of three things I want
    A rice cooker
    A good blender (think blentec or vitamix)
    a waffle iron

  88. Yin
    October 29, 2010 | 12:36 am

    I would get a juicer 🙂

  89. Sarah
    October 29, 2010 | 10:37 am

    A spiralizer!!! Its been missing from my life ever since i read about them on a blog a while back. Oh how my life just isnt the same without spaghetti shaped zucchini and curly-q carrots!

  90. Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen
    October 29, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    I’d have to think long & hard about what to get. I’m horrible at making decisions sometimes 🙂 Maybe some cute placemats or something?

  91. Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen
    October 29, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    I’m a FB fan now, too 🙂

  92. Karen
    October 30, 2010 | 1:25 pm

    i would love a new roasting pan and salad spinner

  93. FoodCents
    October 30, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    I could use a new rice cooker. I love the simplicity of them, yet how versatile they can be. I especially love the ones that you can cook veggies in, while at the same time cooking rice or other grains.

  94. Gelsey
    October 30, 2010 | 6:50 pm

    I think I’d have to go with a crock pot!

  95. Jessie
    October 30, 2010 | 10:14 pm

    I’m in desperate need of some new nonstick cookie sheets! Mine is pretty grody. I have also needed a yoga mat for, oh, 4 years… so that’d have to happen, too. 🙂

  96. jvegegirl
    October 30, 2010 | 11:14 pm

    I would love a new food processor!

  97. Angela
    October 31, 2010 | 8:24 am

    I’m a college student too- I’d definitely invest in a rice cooker as well or an ice cream maker!

  98. Ann Straight
    November 18, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    I have always wanted a rice cooker. Rice is a favorite in my family and I think I will ask for one for the next holiday. I would really like a recommendation!