It’s a no-brainer to gift a cooking enthusiast with something for the kitchen, but the chances are they already have the basic things. We’ve found gifts for the gourmet, the home-maker, or the reluctant cook that has to “eat to live” that they probably don’t have. All of these make cooking much more enjoyable. We’ve also included a few gourmet gifts to sweeten the holidays!
And all of these are, amazingly, under $20!
Rachael Ray® Cucina Stoneware EVOO Bottle
If you watch cooking shows, you’ve heard celebrity cooking star Rachel Ray say “EVOO” (that’s “extra virgin olive oil’) a gazillion times! She also has some seriously nice gourmet kitchenware, including this Rachel Ray Stoneware EVOO Dispensing Bottle ($16) . The graceful, 24-oz. pitcher-shaped bottle designed with an easy to grip handle is glazed in bright colors holds a full bottle of oil or vinegar and looks so much better on your kitchen counter than the regular olive oil bottle! Use it while you cook, bring it to the table. The stopper is tight so it won’t leak! These are available in mass market retailers such as Walmart, but for more information visit the Rachel Ray Store online: http://www.rachaelraystore.com/
BonJour Salad Chef Carafe with Mixer
Circulon 6-Quart Collapsible Steamer Insert
How many times have you gone searching for your steamer pot or strainer, only to pull virtually everything in the cabinet, drawer or shelf and still not find it? The Circulon ® 6-Quart Collapsible Steamer Insert ($19.99) folds flat for super-easy storage, In red, it’s easy to spot in that mess of pots and pans, too. The Steamer Basket fits neatly inside a 6-quart round pot and the built-in silicone handles are bendable to provide plenty of space for a snug, full-lid seal. A solid stainless steel ring inside the rim and the ingeniously-designed basket ribs enable the steamer to stand upright when empty. It pops up in seconds, stores flat for storage, and takes up no more space than a large trivet! You can use it to steam pasta, veggies etc. But you can also use it to strain as long as the items aren’t so small they fall between the holes, A steamer might not automatically appeal to you as a gift, but trust us, it’s going to be the godsend for the busy cook. ou can even throw the heat-resistant heat steamer (up to 450 degrees F) in the dishwasher, or put it in the freezer or refrigerator. *avoid using metal utensils with this as it might tear the silicone. You can get this in a variety of retailers, but we suggest you visiit the Circulon website https://shop.circulon.com/ for more information.
Café Latte Frother with Stand
T-Fal Ingenio Multi-Grater
How many times have you grated a sticky cheese to find it dropping everywhere and you just can’t get the grater clean, either? The T-Fal Ingenio Multi Grater ($14.99) not only lets you grate in both directions, the design lets you grate directly onto food or fill the unit and dispense from it. A safety cover protects hands and is easy to grip. With a traditional grater and it’s almost impossible to grate and grip firmly at the same time. You can even stand this one up firmly, no it doesn’t wobble over a plate. Pull the grater out and you’ll find the back has a smaller grating grid of fine grating while the front is for larger sized pieces. When you are finished , just pull off the back and separate the blades to clean the entire unit. You can even put it in the dishwasher —yes the whole thing! How cool is this? Definitely “genius! this is a gift every chef, beginner to gourmet, will love. For more information visit the T-Fal website
Stress Less Potato Masher from Trudeau
Making mashed potatoes fluffy and smooth from a full potato takes work. Not so much when you have the Stress Less Potato Masher ($14.99). This substantial beauty is definitely not your grandma’s masher! The solid steel body has an ergonomic rubberized blacl and gray handle plus “scrapers” on either side to help make your “monster mashing chore” easier. It also pops right into the dishwasher, . Should you want to mash those spuds right in the pot, the tall masher is designed to fit right in a deep one. *Cooking tips: Be sure your potatoes are cooked thoroughly. Press and twist the masher as you mash, adding a little milk or cream as well. If you like skins in your mashed, this works beautifully, or skin the potatoes, first. first as well. For more information visit https://www.trudeaucorp.com/
Gourmet Gifts That Make Holidays, Merrier!
The spice of life often comes from well…spices! Nonni’s Biscotti (srp. under $3.00) has some new, limited edition seasonal flavors (available in August) that include pumpkin, an all-around seasonal favorite. “Nonni” in Italian means “grandmother” and Nonni’s bakes their biscottis in small batches with real ingredients(e.g. Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are made with real pumpkin, spices and a drizzle of sugar cinnamon icing and the Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Version has deep dark chocolate drizzled on the top). We hear that there’s also Milk chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti and Gingerbread. These are individually wrapped (100 calories each per pumpkin biscotti), and nicely boxed with colorful graphics. They’re soft enough to eat, but also fun to dip into hot drinks. (we also liked Nonni’s THINaddictives which are delicious, low-calorie snack wafers). You can buy Nonni’s products in a wide variety of retail outlets, but for more information visit the Nonni’s Website
Here is a chance to save help save honeybees, and give an elegant sweet chocolate treat to your favorite people. The newest Harbor Sweets® small batch chocolate line, When you purchase the flight of six flavors from Gather ($12.50 6-piece box and $18.50 12-piece box) you get a beautifully embossed chocolate in caramelized Honey, Pomegranate Molasses, Sour Cherry, Sesame Crunch, Coconut Cluster, and Cashew Caramel — each flavored with a note of local wildflower honey). But the main thing is that a portion of sales will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership, a 501(c)3 non-profit that educates and advocates best beekeeping practices for honeybee protection. Made in Salem Massachusetts, you can taste the caring that goes into these chocolates from a company founded in Marblehead Mass 42 years ago! The gold honeycomb-shaped package is distinctive. We tested these (lucky us)! and can’t tell you wich one is best, as we found the chocolate silky and delicious, the fillings, lovely. Visit http://www.harborsweets.com/