Happy Black Friday!
In my next life I wanna come back as a personal shopper. I love to
spend money shop and what better way to shop than at someone else’s expense? For years I got up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving to work “Black Friday”. I didn’t mind the grueling hours or the blisters because the commission check a week later was usually double, just enough to support my own shopping habit. Nowadays I rarely set foot in a mall. I am queen of the online shopping experience. Although this year is one of the leaner ones it doesn’t stop me from pouring through catalogs and browsing virtual widows looking for that perfect gift.
For the next week I am going to share with you some of my favorite gift ideas. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and spending hours in the kitchen TODAY’S gifts are for the favorite cook or foodie in your life.
Crate& Barrel Herb Keeper $20
Keeps your herbs or asparagus crisp longer. I have given this gift before along with a pair of herb scissors. A kitchen can never have enough scissors in my book. You could wrap in butcher paper, twine and attach a pack of herb seeds like basil.
Monthly membership to Top Chef University $25
With the gift of membership you have access online to over 60 hours of online cooking instruction from Top Chef contestants! For the Top Chef fans in your life there are also TC oven mits, aprons and cookbooks!
Simply pour the ingredients into the carafe, push down to activate the battery powered salad chef and watch as the ingredients quickly become a tasty salad dressing. There are four recipes printed on the carafe and an interactive recipe book with additional recipes. Includes an airtight stopper to retain dressing freshness. Never buy dressing again!
Whirly-Pop Popper Bed Bath Beyond $20
I love the oil infused taste of this stovetop popper. It actually uses very minimal oil while you crank the handle. The aluminum popper holds up to 6 qt. of popped corn. Great family gift.
It can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge-simply attach it to any traditional wine bottle, push the button, and it takes care of the rest. Stores on a recharging base. This also makes a great hostess gift.
From Seattle’s famous roving airstream kitchen SEATTLE SKILLET this spread is the perfect savory topping. They recommend it on burgers or grilled cheese and serve slightly chilled. Check out foodzie.com for more unique culinary specialties.
Ok, this is actually on MY list. I have heard so many great things about this popcicle maker I might have to drop Santa some hints. There are over 200 rave reviews on Williams Sonoma. Popcicles in minutes? including fudgecicles? Yep… Santa start saving up.
Williams Sonoma tools & techniques $34
The book covers both classic and contemporary equipment in the kitchen and explains more than 300 important cooking techniques Even the most seasoned chef can always use some brushing up on their kitchen skills.
Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate Pot Set $40
I was given one of these sets a few years ago and whenever the weather turns cold my kids love getting this out. Pour in hot milk, chocolate shavings and depress the top to start the electric frother. This is not your cafeteria hot cocoa.
One of my favorite sources for unique gifts Blue Q these cotton dish towels are hysterical and they are actually GREAT towels, 20″ x 28″ all cotton towel, hand-woven in India by Fabindia and screenprinted with water-based, non-toxic inks.
My favorite cooking magazine. I also highly recommend COOKS ILLUSTRATED.
My family discovered this jam almost two decades ago and it is still my favorite spread. Easily ordered online and delivered to your door. It tastes like pure ripe red berries and nothing else. Soooooo good! Located in New Mexico this ranch is rich in history and it also has a u-pick raspberry field (my idea of heaven).
Master pastry chef Jean-Yves Charon prepares the croissants in the traditional French style by hand. I have given the chocolate croissants as well as my family favorite Morning Buns. They come frozen and you leave them out overnight to thaw and rise. Your home smells like a boulangerie patisserie in the morning. heaven.