Rice cooker given to us as a wedding present.
This has to be one of my new favorite kitchen gadgets. For the past year we could never get our rice to cook properly. Yes, I was following the directions on the bag, but no matter what I did it always ended up over cooked and mushy. But thanks to our new rice cooker, we may never have to endure another bowl of mushy rice again. However, it has burnt our quinoa twice. I think we just need to turn it off a little sooner than the directions say. Other than that, it's been nice being able to focus on cooking the rest of our dinner instead of worrying about the rice on the stove.
To add a little pizzaz to your whole grains, try substituting up to 1/2 of the liquid with salsa, diced tomatoes, or pizza/pasta sauce. Other nice additions after cooking include, lemon juice, minced garlic, and any freshly chopped herbs.