Hello, I’m Barbara Hobart
While I’ve spent most of my career as a television writer/producer, I’ve also created and manufactured products for a variety of businesses and companies around the world.
On a personal note, I love to cook and entertain which led to my creating a new line of products geared toward the home chef and Instant Pot enthusiast. Yeah, I’m an Instant Pot addict — this amazing appliance changed my life both personally and professionally.
First off, the products were created out of necessity… I made so many dishes, I kept running out of storage containers and was sick of nudging/stalking my friends to return “The Pyrex.” So, I created Instant PotLuck™ and launched a brand of must-have accessories including a line of decorative food storage containers to share my culinary creations.
Make It & Take It Containers™ are available in reusable plastic and disposable paper. Best part? You can write your name on the removable labels allowing you to create your own “private label” brand. After all, you made it, your name should be on the label, right? (All of the products in the Instant PotLuck™ collection were created with you — the home chef, in mind. Until now, some of the products were only available to professionals, chefs, caterers, and restaurants… but now, you can have the same amazing items they use so you can present your homemade deliciousness to your friends and family.)
“Blowing Off Steam” is the Instant PotLuck™ blog and my take on navigating my way around the kitchen and life. There are some fun stories about people I meet, places I visit, and How My Life Changed in an Instant.
Coming next? My new cookbook: “Eat this, you’ll die!” available in 2019.
Stay tuned and thanks for visiting.
P.S. If you want to know more, below is a bit of my backstory.
The Early Years
I love creating things. From television series to product lines.
Back in 1994, I was a Los Angeles-based TV comedy writer/producer who started making decorative light switch plates as a hobby. Weird, right? What can I say? In 2003, while visiting friends in London, I offered to make them a switch plate to replace their plain, boring, white switch. I was told: “You can’t. UK switches are wired into the wall and are not removable.” Really? Well, “can’t” isn’t a word in my vocabulary. And so, a challenge became an opportunity –- and my company, HomePlates Worldwide was born.
In 2004, I invented and introduced the first injection molded decorative light switch cover to the UK — which required no rewiring. A few years later, wanting to leave no continent undecorated, in 2008, HomePlates Switch Covers were introduced to the Australian and New Zealand marketplace. In 2010, taking the design process one step further, I had another brainstorm and introduced a new product to the collection, replacing the original HomePlates Switch Covers: Artitude by HomePlates: the first acrylic switch cover with no visible screws… all proudly Made in the USA. Here’s an interesting article about the evolution of HomePlates from Women Talking.
Over the years, a variety of decorative accessories and products geared to the home interiors, home improvement, and gift market were added to the collection, and today HomePlates has expanded and is pleased to also create a variety of custom products for businesses and companies including those in the hospitality, restaurant, food service, and special events industries.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with great people and companies. Some of our clients include Laura Ashley, British Home Stores, John Lewis Department Store, Aspace, BBC America, Live Nation, House of Blues, Kroger, The Coca-Cola Company, Dark Matter Coffee, Gifford’s Ice Cream, House of Blues, Opry Entertainment, Blake Shelton’s `Ole Red Restaurant, The Campbell’s Soup Company, and many others.
In 2016, I was saying “fuck it” — more than usual. So, I launched a new brand of products geared toward those with a sense of humor and especially those who weren’t finding things particularly funny and needed a laugh. If you’re easily offended, don’t check out F_ck-it Notes.
In 2018, my love of cooking and entertaining led to my creating a new line of products geared toward the home chef and Instant Pot enthusiast. The products were created out of necessity… I made so many dishes, I kept running out of storage containers and was sick of nudging/stalking my friends to return “The Pyrex.” So, I created Instant PotLuck™ and launched a brand of must-have accessories including the awesome decorative food storage containers to share my homemade culinary creations. Make It & Take It Containers™ are available in two sizes and several designs. Best part? You can write your name on the removable lid inserts and create your own “private label” brand. While I was at it, I added several other new products to the line, so check them out.
If you have a company and want to learn about creating your own custom line of products, here’s a link for more information on how I can help elevate your brand.
Thanks for visiting.
P.S. And yes, I still write for a variety of media: television, stage, and print.