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 — weird, but an appliance changed my life personally and professionally.
I created a line of products 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.
But not just any food storage containers…
Make It & Take It™ containers make food storage — PERSONAL. You can write your name on removable labels that snap into the underside of the lid allowing you to create your own “private label” brand. After all, you made it, who else’s name should be on the label?
All of the products in the Instant PotLuck collection were created with you, the home chef in mind. And some of the products in the collection were once only available to professional chefs, caterers, and restaurants. But now, you can have the same amazing tools they use so you can present your homemade deliciousness to friends and family and blow everyone away.
“Blowing Off Steam” is the Instant PotLuck blog and my take on navigating my way around the kitchen and life.
Coming next is my new cookbook: “Eat this, you’ll die!” filled with recipes from my childhood, advice, and some passive/aggressive cooking tips from my mother, Bernice.
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. If you have a company and want to learn about creating your own custom line of products, here’s a link to HomePlates for more information.
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.
That’s it for now.
P.S. And yes, I still write for a variety of media: television, stage, and print.