I'm firmly with Alton Brown in the anti-uni-tasker camp. Okay, that's not really true - I'm easily seduced by kitchen gadgets. But I try!! I try to avoid buying things that only perform 1 function. Back in the days of Ichiban's online store I got a cute little gyoza crimper. I used it once for gyoza and it's been in a drawer ever since. I found out I prefer actually folding the gyoza instead of just making it look like I folded it!
Then I saw someone with "faux-za". I was meandering through flickr for inspiration and saw sandwiches sealed with a gyoza crimper. Such simple genius!
For Monstro's Friday lunch I wanted something a little cuter than what lunches have been for a bit. I made smiling dumpling sammies! They're just turkey inside a piece of bread smashed with the crimper. Then I used a punch to make the faces from nori and stuck them on with tiny dabs of honey. I cut some carrot bears and layered them over 1/2 of a lemon cucumber from our garden (probably the last with the chill that's been coming on) and snugged everything up with broccoli and yellow and red peppers. He was being extra cute in the morning so I gave him a little treat too. We have small cups of coconut and peach gel from Saraga (my favorite Asian market here). You just peel off the lid and squeeze it into your mouth so they're really good for lunch desserts.
This box is a find I am really happy with. They had them at Marsh during Back To School a few years ago for $1.50/ea. It has a clear lid with a smiley face that clicks on with the latches. "Clicky lid" boxes are my fave!