Christmas is almost here, folks. And if you are anything like me, you probably have no idea what to gift your loved ones. So, I’m putting together a few gift giving guides to help you out this holiday season! We’ll start with gifts for the friend who likes to spend some time in the kitchen.
1- Cuisinart Dutch Oven– I got this for Christmas last year, and it rocks. Like everyone else in the world, I’ve spent years drooling over Le Creuset dutch ovens, but the price tag turns me away. The Cuisinart version is affordable, and it makes cooking anything from a hearty soup to pork tenderloin a breeze. Plus, it’s pretty.
2- KitchenAid Stand Mixer– I don’t even know how I mixed anything before I got this. It’s perfect for everything from baked goods to pizza dough. And it’s way easier to clean than a hand-mixer, and much easier on your arm muscles.
3- Winco Fine Mesh Strainer– It appears the fine mesh strainer I have is no longer available, but this one is similar. I got one of these specifically for rinsing quinoa (as an alternative to using my big strainer lined with paper towels, which didn’t really work anyway). It’s awesome. And also good for rinsing berries and other small things.
4- Chef’n Palm Peeler– It slides over your finger and fits in your palm. A few minutes with this bad boy, and you’re on your way to sweet potato fries.
5- Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor– As a gal with very little storage space, this tiny food processor is pretty convenient. I’ve used it for making pie crust, sauces, dressings, peanut butter, and crumbs for cheesecake crust.
6- Flexible Nylon Spatula– Since the spatula is slender (and non-stick!), it slides easily under cookies, burgers, and eggs.
7- Prepara Garlic Crusher– I’ve broken a lot of garlic presses in my day, and this one holds up the best. Plus, you can stick a lot of garlic in there at once and avoid a lot of peeling and chopping.
9- Ninja Blender– This is the only thing on the list that I don’t own, but it’s on my wish list this year. I got to use a Ninja when we lived in the commune a few months ago, and man, does this thing have some power. And it has separate smaller cups that you can attach to blend smaller batches, like salad dressings or single serve smoothies.
Happy gift giving!
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