Many of you have already finished your holiday shopping and if so, big time domestic goddess points for you! But for those of us who will be doing most of our gift hunting with our pajamas on, here are ten great ideas for the food-lover who has everything (I’ll bet they don’t have these!)…
1) Executive Pen Salt and Pepper Grinders by Grind — $60.00
This sleek set is attractive enough to be put on display in your kitchen or on your dining table. There are so many salt and pepper shakers out there, but only a few grind both the salt and pepper of your choice…and these require the use of only one hand. You decide what to do with the other hand!
2) Silicone baking sheets — $19.74 to $26.95 on Amazon.com; $14.95 to $19.95 on Surlatable.com
These were also number 2 on the list of My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets. The dishwasher-safe, silicone version of parchment paper is what I reach for when making Brussels Sprout Chips, roasting vegetables, and baking cookies. You’ll never have to scrub your baking sheets again. Available at Amazon and Sur la Table.
3) Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer — $21.45 on Amazon.com.
For your friends who love to show off their slicing finesse, this handy cheat is the best deal around. It comes with four blades that do everything from perfect potato slices to zucchini noodles to fancy carrot ribbons.
4) Best DVDs to drool over: Julie and Julia, Heartburn, Sabrina, Ratatouille, Mostly Martha, The Big Night, Chocolat, Who’s Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?, Heartburn. All available on Amazon.com.
5)Nespresso CitiZ Automatic Espresso Maker and Milk Frother $349 at Amazon.com
This compact, retro-chic machine is my new favorite toy. With the touch of one button, it makes a perfect, creamy cup of espresso. Press the button on the milk frother and you will have hot, frothy milk ready at the same time. I love that you can froth any kind of milk you like — soy, coconut, almond, even nonfat. It’s like having a private branch of Starbucks right in your own kitchen.
6) A subscription to Cook’s Illustrated $26.95 for one year
Now that Gourmet has gone to magazine heaven (let’s hope it’s just temporary), Cook’s Illustrated is by far my favorite cooking magazine. Informative, full of fun tips from readers, and illustrated with charming drawings, it’s my monthly treat. Eager to try the classic if somewhat campy dishes, I always end up tearing out most of the pages. The reliable recipes have been tested every which way, with explanations on the why’s and how’s. Christopher Kimball’s eloquently-written Editor’s Letter is worth the cost of the whole issue.
7) Personalized Kitchen Labels from Felix Doolittle — from $25.
Ever since I discovered a breathtaking holiday card set in New York’s Central Park, I continue to be captivated by the whimsical illustrations of Felix Doolittle. Now he offers personalized labels to put on your kitchen creations, from jams and butters to sauces and baked goods. Have a set made for a favorite cook, or put them on your own confections for an elegant, heartfelt gift.
8) Spice Collections from Dean and Deluca — $55 for 9 spices
Anyone who loves to cook will appreciate some new spices to play with, especially when they are packaged beautifully from one of New York’s most renowned gourmet food stores. Choose from an Indian, Spanish, or Chinese assortment. These are at the top of my own holiday wish list!
9) Cuisinart Stainless Steel Fondue Maker — on sale for $49.99 at macys.com.
This time of year, there’s nothing cozier than fondue, especially for someone who loves cheese or chocolate. I like this model because it is electrified, so there’s no messy and dangerous flame, and it has a temperature control to prevent scorching. Wrap it together with my recipe for Chocolate Coconut Fondue.
10) The Summertime Anytime Cookbook: Recipes from Shutters on the Beach
— $23.00 at Amazon.com.
Why not give an autographed cookbook that your favorite peeps will have forever? Send a case to me and I will happily personalize one for each of your foodie friends.