Lodge Cast Iron tops 10 best kitchen gifts for 2014


LOS ANGELES, Ca, December 19, 2014- It’s down to the wire! There is limited time to buy those last few gifts, so to help you decide here are our favorite kitchen gadgets and accessories for 2014.

All items have been tested and approved by Chef Mary and her test kitchen.

LeKue Baking Dish
LeKue Baking Dish

Silicone Mold by Lekue– Lekue prides themselves on being fun and yet practical and this 9-½ inch by 8 ½ inch silicone red baking dish offers a nonstick solution to bakers everywhere. It can be found on their website at lekueusa.com or at sur la table for $24.00.

Who doesn’t need a new baking dish? If you cook you know what we mean. Loved pans need to be replaced every couple of years, so instead of buying another metal pan try giving this bright festive baking dish.

Mauviel M’steel Round Frying Pan,

M'Steel pan by Mauviel
M’Steel pan by Mauviel

The company Mauviel was established by Mr. Ernest Mauviel in Normandy in 1830 and his company continues to create high quality chef products made available to the home cook such as this M’steel Round 14 inch frying pan.

This made it on our list because it’s a great heavy-duty pan and though it won’t work for everyone it will be a fabulous gift for serious cooks and chefs.

fotoDetalle1_500_797Piping bags by Lekue-. Yes you can use parchment or reusable, if neither of those are your style these are a great way to go. The sticky interior makes it really easy to load in the frosting. The LeKue piping bags can be purchased at Sur La Table, $12.00 for 20 bags. You can also purchase them on their website, Lekueusa.com.

This is really a two-part gift and should be added to other baking items like piping tips, cookie cutters, cake pans etc, or they’re great for stocking stuffers. Overall they are great piping bags and are multipurpose so they’re good for anyone

Kyocera Slicing Knife
Kyocera Slicing Knife

Kyocera ceramic knife Kyocera is known for their impeccable ceramic rust resistant knife blade and the particular knife we are testing is the 5” advanced ceramic. Kyocera’s Advanced ceramic knife is a great buy for the everyday cook and with the reasonable price point it can work for almost anyone. kyoceraadvancedceramics.com.

We choose to add this knife to our list because it’s a good everyday knife; it’s lightweight and very approachable for both non-cooks and the experienced chef.

Product Review: Primula 'Flavor Now' beverage system
Product Review: Primula ‘Flavor Now’ beverage system

Iced Coffee Maker by Primula -The Iced coffee maker, the cold brew glass carafe brewing system by Primula Products is a pitcher with a mesh core that allows you to infuse water with coffee grounds to make a professional cup of iced coffee. The 1.6-qt contemporary pitcher is ideal for serving or entertaining. $39.99 at Amazon, Macy’s or primulaproducts.

We choose this product because who doesn’t love iced coffee, even though we’re all freezing right now at the first sign of a heat wave this great ice coffee maker will be pulled down from the shelf.

Lovely Rolling Pin
Lovely Rolling Pin

Lovely Rolling Pin by J.K. Adams– The Lovely Rolling Pin is an innovative design with old world craftsmanship. The rolling pin has 3” cylindrical handles on each end, but instead of the center being bigger in circumference like typical rolling pins, the Lovely Rolling Pins’ cylindrical handles are bigger in circumference than the middle. Thus, it allows bakers to roll dough to a similar thickness every time. The Lovely Rolling Pin can be purchased at the Container Store, Sur la Table and on their website jkadams.com.

We loved this rolling pin for it’s unique look and useful design. It’s for people who love to bake and if you want to buy a great gift buy them a cutting board that can be used with this rolling pin.

Rösle Fine Mesh Strainer
Rösle Fine Mesh Strainer

Rösle Fine Mesh Strainer- Strainers are an important tool in the kitchen, someone who cooks could use it as many as five to ten times a day, and a good strainer is key to the success of good cooking. Rösle has made an industrial style stainless steel fine mesh strainer with small adjustments like a shorter handle and a smaller circumference to make it more user friendly for the at home cook.

The Rösle– strainer can be purchased http://www.rosleusa.com $45.00.

This is a great gift for the person who really loves to cook and appreciates well-made products.

Sora 8 inch Chef’s knife by Shun- Shun (pronounced Shoon) is known world wide for giving chef’s, cooks and food lovers a knife with the sharpest blade that’s been hand crafted with a design like nothing else on the market today. The 8-inch chef knife is sleek, old worldly and yet it has a modern look. The shiny knife blade is perfectly balanced with the stainless steel logo embossed in the lightweight easy to grip handle. : The 8 inch Shun chef knife can be purchased on their website at http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/knives for $100.

We picked this beautiful knife because it’s a work of art as well as being a great knife. It is for those who really love and want to cook like a professional chef.

Kyo Glaze Ceramic non-stick frying pan- Kyocera is known for their impeccable ceramic rust resistant knife blade and now they are using the same Kyo glaze to create an impeccable nonstick sauté pan. kyoceraadvancedceramics.com/ceramic-cookware.

We choose this as our runner up because honestly, who doesn’t need to throw out their non-stick pan, nobody! Non-stick pans take a lot of abuse and this is a great pan.

The Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Over Either a five quart or seven quart black seasoned dutch oven, perfect for slow cooking braised meats, stews or soups. It heats up quickly, browns evenly and endures the test of time. It’s inexpensive yet screams sophistication. It can be purchased online https://www.lodgemfg.com for between $60- 90, not including shipping.

This was our favorite product of the year, for a few reasons we love braising meats and we love to find great buys for a good price for our readers.

Happy holidays everyone! Please check in to Hail Mary Food of Grace in 2015 and if you’re interested in having your product reviewed by Chef Mary please reach out to her at [email protected] or tweet @chefmarypaynemoran.

Plus don’t forget to pick up the November December issue of Traditional Home to find some of her best holiday recipes including a crown roast of pork with wild mushroom stuffing and a chocolate ganache tart.

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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.