SEATTLE, December 23, 2015 —We get it, time is short. Christmas is less than 48 hours away and you still have no clue what you’re going to get for those who love to cook. Relax, we have you covered and you should be able to easily find most, if not all, of these items at your local retailer. Below are items which are a sure-fire bet to please even the most discriminating home cook or simply those who love to entertain.
Le Creuset Dutch Oven Frying Set ($300):
Of course it’s spendy but so are Cadillacs and fine German sedans. Le Creuset is pretty much the industry standard for enamel-coated cast iron cookware. This 5.5 quart dutch oven with included fry basket will lend itself to countless hours of entertaining guests with amazing fried foods and slow-cooked, braised foods as well.
Additionally, because its cast iron, it holds the heat better than any other material and its enamel coat inside make clean-up a snap. The other benefit of the enamel coating is that it also deglazes well for any kind of “pan-sauce” you may want to make.
Le Creuset Mini Cocottes ($75 for three):
Okay, so the person you’re buying for doesn’t need a dutch oven – how about a mini dutch oven? These great little cocottes are also made from super resilient stoneware. While they might be small, they’re the perfect companion for things like personal-sized cornbread, chocolate molten lava cake or even soups and pot pie.
They’re completely oven / microwave safe for as hot as you’d like to take things to and safe for use in a dishwasher as well. There are a variety of colors to choose from and come with a lifetime warranty.
Dreamfarm Levoon ($14.95):
The perfect stocking-stuffer are these measuring spoons called Levoons. They get their name from the built-in scraper that lets you easily level off the measuring spoon with the flick of your thumb.
No more fiddling with trying to level things off with a finger – nope, the Levoons help you do what with ease. Completely dishwasher safe, these spoons are also available in a choice of colors and come with a set of four popular sizes.
Swissmar Four Piece Slim-Line Stainless Cheese Knife Set ($25):
We have an addiction that we’re not afraid to admit to. Yes, that “we” includes you as well – remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. In this case, however, screw recover and bring on the cheese! We love it and can’t seem to ever get enough of it. Swissmar has a very attractive and functional stainless cheese knife set that also makes a great stocking-stuffer as well! In this set are a cheese plane, spreader, cleaver and a soft cheese knife.
Nuance Black Rubber Cocktail Shaker ($50):
Who doesn’t have a little bit of a love for mixed drinks? Even us die-hard wine lovers appreciate a well-made drink like a dirty martini (the dirtier, the better). This great-looking, extremely functional stainless shaker has a rubber outer surface which makes it very easy to grip.
Nuance 4-Piece Bar Accessory Set ($50):
Finally, what good is just having a cocktail shaker without a good supporting case? This gorgeous stainless set, also from Nuance, is nearly pro-quality for the home user. In this set you get a bar spoon, muddle, strainer and zester.
Here’s a great Christmas martini to try out:
Not-So-Naughty Coconut Biscotti Martini
- 1.5 oz Kahlua
- 4 oz unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 oz water
- 1/2 scoop Devotion Nutrition’s Angel Food Cake Protein Powder
- 1 Coconut Biscotti Flex Flavor (sugar-free, calorie-free and gluten-free food flavors – think Crystal Light, but for food)
In shaker, mix protein with water and coconut milk until smooth and creamy. Add Kahlua and flex flavor and continue shaking to mix. Pour on the rocks or serve straight up. Garnish rim with sugar, if you wish.