Happy Monday! December is flying by and Christmas Day is sneaking up so quickly! For those of you who celebrate the holiday and might be in need of some inexpensive last minute gift ideas for the foodie in your life (or even just looking for some stocking stuffer ideas), here are some of the things I love in my own kitchen.
1.) Handheld Kyocera mandoline slicer (around $19)
This great little tool makes paper-thin slices of things like cucumber, celery, potato, beets, etc. And because it’s a ceramic blade it is crazy sharp and will last for a really, really, really long time without needing to be sharpened.
Look at how thin it slices!
2.) Microplane Grater/Zester (around $14)
Cory got this for me for Christmas one year, and I think we use it almost every day. I use it most to add citrus zest to things or to grate a superfine dusting of goat cheddar onto things. I also love to grate dark chocolate garnish onto desserts. It’s a great tool to have around and once you start using one, you’ll find it indispensable.
3.) Grapefruit knife (around $4 to $12 depending on the brand)
Mine is from Pampered Chef and I’ve had it for years now. Yes, it looks like a torture tool of some sort! But it makes easy work of eating grapefruit halves without all of the pulp-y membranes between each segment.
This is my favorite way to eat grapefruit. Cut into two halves, using the grapefruit knife to loosen the segments. Then I drizzle just a hint of raw honey and sprinkle with freshly ground flaxseeds.
4.) Silpat Silicone baking liner (around $15)
This is the latest addition to my kitchen and eliminates the need for parchment paper. It makes cleanup a breeze because nothing sticks to it and now I don’t have to feel wasteful throwing away sheet after sheet of used parchment.
5.) Eating Well magazine subscription ($9.99)
Eating Well is one of my favorite recipe magazines – I go to their website often for ideas. Who wouldn’t love to get a magazine in their mailbox 6 times over the next year? They’ll think of you each time one arrives. I love magazines as gifts.
6.) Specialty spices and/or recipes (as little or as much as you want)
Find a delicious recipe, print it onto a recipe card and purchase one of the items from the ingredient list to wrap up. For example, here is a recipe from Eating Well for a Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette and you could put that with a bottle of the smoked paprika.
Or specialty vinegars, like champagne vinegar or white balsamic. Or a specialty salt like fleur de sel or Hawaiian black sea salt.
Have a great day, blog buds!
– Shari B. =)