Chef Tse joined us today with great last-minute gift ideas for the cook on your list:
This is one of the most used tools in my kitchen. It makes quick work of lemon or lime zest, grates ginger, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, and makes delicate chocolate shavings.
Bamboo Cutting Board
To keep your knife sharper longer, use a soft wood cutting board made from bamboo. Not only is it beautiful but it’s a renewable resource. Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties so it’s safe for fruits and vegetables and raw chicken. Just wash it with hot soapy water and let it dry overnight. There are even some bamboo cutting boards that are dishwasher safe.
Scotts Zwiesel Wine Glasses
I love beautiful wine glasses but the problem is I’m a klutz. And then I discovered Scotts Zwiesel wine glasses and fell in love. Instead of lead, they’re made with titanium so they’re much stronger, are dishwasher safe and about half the price of other brands.
My go to pan in the kitchen is a 12-inch All-Clad skillet. Not only is it durable and made in the US, but it heats evenly and cooks food perfectly. If you’re going to give someone a stainless steel pan, I highly recommend buying a $3 can of Barkeeper’s Friend. It keeps your stainless steel pans looking like new.
Gifts Cooks Love
Gifts Cooks Love is a fantastic book by local writer Diane Morgan. It’s full of great ideas for people who love to give gifts from the kitchen. I strongly recommend giving this book early so perhaps you can be a recipient of the treats inside!
Make your own vinaigrette gift basket with a good quality olive oil, a nice bottle of white wine or flavored vinegar, some Dijon mustard from France, a squeeze bottle and a hand printed recipe card. Wrap everything up in a basket and you have the perfect hostess gift.
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