Spent my birthday evening mowing the lawn and running the dishwasher, and had good all-beef hot dogs for dinner.
Every single one of them made easier by electricity. The quiet little lawnmower runs batteries and is so quiet that it's not unneighborly to run right through 'til you run out of twilight. Having grown up doing the dishes with my siblings most night, a modern dishwasher remains one of the great wonders of the kitchen to me. And the hot dogs....
There's a little toaster-like gadget that holds two frankfurters and two buns. Drop 'em in, push the lever and in a few minutes, there's dinner! In practice, you're better off setting it so the dogs can run about half as long as needed, and then add the buns at the halfway point, but even at that, it's quite the countertop marvel. I had my dogs with horseradish, ketchup, a little pickled ginger and long, skinny, medium-heat Spanish pickled peppers, a combination that's not for everyone but it was better than you might think.
Oh, these modern wonders! I think we take them too much for granted.
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