The Completely Delicious 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is only two weeks away. TWO WEEKS. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the baker or chef in your life, here’s a list of fifteen fabulous ideas. Some might be of the stocking stuffer type, while others could be more of a big deal. And I’ve tried to include gift ideas for all budgets. Some of these items I currently have in my kitchen and some are things that I have on my wish list.

 
White Scalloped Cake Stand
William Sonoma, $45.00

Every baker needs a nice way to display all of the lovely food they make. Cakes, muffins, and cookies will all look more delectable atop this beautiful cake stand.

Oxo Good Grips Angled Measuring Cups
Bed Bath and Beyond, $19.99

It drives me crazy when I’m measuring out liquid ingredients and I have to bend over to read the lines on the cup. These measuring cups will fix that problem!

Microplane Grater Zester
Crate and Barrel, $19.99

You’ll be surprised how handy this kitchen tool is. Not only is it great for zesting fruit, but it can also shave chocolate and grate parmesan cheese and do a whole lot more.

Red Sea Pot Holder
Anthropologie, $7.49

Aren’t these lovely? Pot holders don’t have to be purely functional, they can also be a beautiful accessory for any kitchen. Anthropologie has a wide variety of styles and all are affordable.

Fluted French Tart Pan
William Sonoma, $9.00

I love making tarts. You can do so much with them, you can make a tart to showcase the fresh fruit of the season or a savory quiche. And this pan has a removable bottom so that your pastry comes out effortlessly and looks great.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond
Amazon, $11.50

Ree is the author of a fantastic food blog and I use her recipes often. She just came out with this cookbook and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Her recipes include easy meals and yummy desserts.


KitchenAid 9 Cup Food Processor with 4 Cup Mini Bowl
Amazon, $149.99

A food processor is a must for every kitchen. It is quite an investment, but it makes such a difference when you’re cooking or baking. It can do everything. And with this particular food processor you have two bowls to choose from and won’t have to use (and wash) a bigger bowl than needed.

Organic Herb Garden Trio
Olive Barn, $26.00

Once you cook with fresh herbs, you’ll never go back to the dry stuff you find in the spice aisle. If you don’t have an outdoor garden, something like this kit is a great option. Plus, this way you can have fresh herbs all year long.




Tapered French Rolling Pin
William Sonoma, $14.00

While this rolling pin may take a bit to get used to at first, once you get the hang of it they actually do a much better job than regular rolling pins. The design encourages a more uniformly round and thin pastry dough.

Emile Henry Baking Ramekins, Set of 4
Sur La Table, $31.95

These ramekins have many uses. They can be used to hold various prepared ingredients while cooking, or to make dishes like creme brulee and individual fruit cobblers.

Bib Hostess Apron
Jessie Steele, $32.95

Who said you can’t have style while you’re in the kitchen? With Jessie Steele’s beautiful aprons your dinner guests will not only be impressed with your cooking, but with how you are able to look so great making it.

KitchenArt Adjust-a-Cup Pro Set
Amazon, $19.99

Instead of reaching into a cluttered drawer filled with various measuring spoons, grab the right one every time with these all-in-one measuring spoons.

Salter Stainless Steel Digital Kitchen Scale
Bed Bath and Beyond, $49.99

A digital scale is a necessary tool if you do a lot of baking. Baking requires exactness in ingredient measurements that can only be achieved by measuring by weight.

The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion by Sharon and Ron Herbst
Amazon, $19.79

This is the latest version of The Food Lover’s Companion. It’s not a cookbook, but instead is full of tips, information on basic techniques, and a glossary of terms. It’s very accessible and will be useful to chefs of all levels, novice to expert.

Le Creuset Carribean Blue Round French Ovens
Sur La Table, $184.95-$269.95

I have been coveting these french ovens for a very long time. They’re not cheap, but if that’s not a concern and you’re looking to give something that’s sure to wow and impress, this is it.

Happy shopping!