Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Gifts For Foodies

Oh I get it. When it comes to kitchen stuff, you just can’t resist.Well, I’ve definitely got the same problem so here are some things that I'll put on our long and growing Christmas list.

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Tilt your iPhone or iPad so you can read the next step while you cook. iStand in Orange, $5;

Oven-to-table stoneware in four festive colors: Caribbean (shown), cherry, kiwi, cobalt. Microwave and dishwasher safe, 8 inches, $30.

These ceramic spoons make eating wonton soup seem like a grand event. At 65 cents each, you can invite the entire office over for Chinese takeout.
Chair Wreaths
Simple and elegant, these naturally preserved boxwood wreaths make perfect decorations for hanging on chair backs and throughout the house including your bed. They come in a set of two.
I bought them and wanted at least 20 more. The perfect size in 7” diameter. $39.95
Turkey Wishbone
This ornament is a good luck keepsake for every chef out there that twinkles with the holiday spirit and cooks up a storm during the season. $15.00
Imperia Pasta Machine
Homemade pasta is easy to prepare with this old-fashioned Italian pasta machine, which is the same kind used in kitchens throughout Italy. $50.00

The Food Pod

This funny looking silicone cup is remarkably useful.

I listed the food pod last year as a must buy gift for your favorite foodie for Christmas. This entire line is amazing and offers such fun products as the CrackPot and the PoachPod above. Why didn’t I think of these?

Definitely on my short list of things to buy this year and the price point is right. Most under $12.00 at 

Super Bowls

This cleverly designed stack serves olives, pistachios, cherries and other tricky bites without the pitfalls of clutter. An ingenious solution devised by twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph, its design offers a serving bowl inside a larger bowl with open chutes for ditching seeds, pits and shells. $18.00

Water Jug

An elegant glass and stainless steel water jug from Blomus holds a liter and will work for cocktails as well as water. $49.95 at Lekker Home


I cook way too much Mexican to not own a Comal. In Mexican kitchens a Comal is an essential for baking tortillas or reheating commercial ones. But it's also a must for blistering chilies, toasting tomatillos and cooking tomatoes for salsa. $6.95 at

Tortilla Press

This traditional tool makes it easy and presses a ball of dough into a tortilla. When you see how perfect they are you’ll wonder why you did it by hand all those years. Cast Iron Tortilla Press, $20;



Cooking terms defined—a captivating gift for the absentminded foodie. Chef's pencil set, $11;

Kitchen Scale

Kitchen scales are not just for professional chefs. With user friendly touch sensitive controls, this line of kitchen scales ensures recipes are consistent time and time again. Comes in a lot of fun colors. $50.00

Urban Shopper

I saw a ton of these at the Farmers Market in San Francisco. The "Hook and Go" Urban Shopper unfolds 8 hooks that are like a coat rack to carry bags that weigh up to 70 pounds, helped along with rubber wheels and a rubber front foot to keep it upright. It folds up for easier carrying to the store. $59.95.


The low end: A Crosley Radio

Music coming from this – not just any radio- will bring on random conversation and a few spontaneous dances with or without Ellen on TV. It’s a real keeper at Crosley. CR3005 Duet Radio, $150;

The high end: Pastry Classes – The French Pastry School Chicago

With continuing education classes, you can learn anything from the Fundamentals of Artisan French Breads and Savory Treats to the Basics of the French Classics.

Definitely a splurge experience but you’ll learn from the Masters starting at $595.00