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The perfect last minute gift for family chef or host

Written By | Dec 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2015 — Do you have one last gift you have give? One thing most people have is a kitchen, and every kitchen general will appreciate new kitchen items to make cooking fun, easier and help those recipes pop.

A thoughtful last minute gift filled with good cheer for the family chef, holiday hostess, or new homeowners having their first holiday fete is a gorgeous new baking dish filled with colorful kitchen items they might not necessarily buy for themselves.

Start with one of the nicest additions to any kitchen, the Imusa 24 Centimeter Ceramic Caldero pot with silicon rimmed lid. The Caldero is a versatile piece that is traditionally used in Latin cooking. It makes cooking stews, Mexican Paella, steaming vegetables or making extra fluffy rice a snap thanks to the nice, tight fit of the silicone-rimmed lid. (Target $19.99)

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The tight-fitting silicon lid keeps flavors and steam in, evenly cooking the dish. It will quickly become a favorite, go-to, stove-top and oven ready dish that will make a great addition to any kitchen.

The Imusa 24 Centimeter Ceramic Caldero with Lid has a cherry red finish that goes from stove to table top for festive holiday feasting.

COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Baking Sheets in holiday red and green are perfect for holiday cookies, cakes and pies! Silicone provides a reusable alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper. When placed on a cooking sheet or baking stone, these sheets remove the need for added oils or scrubbing as they simply rinse off with warm water and mild suds.

These sheets are 100 percent non-stick, PFOA free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size. They are available for $12.99 at or locally at Walmart

Add some oils and spice to your chef’s basket, but don’t get the run-of-the-mill. A true home chef knows that Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder is a must-have ingredient for a variety of hot and spicy dishes from chili to BBQ ribs and a must have for deviled eggs and potato salads. The adventurous chef will use it to add a kick to unexpected dishes like cakes and cocktails.

Colman’s Mustard will elevate your culinary creations from tailgating season through grilling season. Available at supermarkets nationwide $4.99-$6.99

The olive oil drizzled on salads, soups, vegetables and more needs to be chosen with care because the quality of your olive oil makes a huge taste difference. What you use for cooking is not what you want drizzled on your favorite recipe!

Gaea’s Extra Virgin Olive Oils are traced back to groves in Greece where the history of the trees goes back more than 4000 years.

The olive oils we normally buy off the supermarket shelf are often blends, or they have been in storage so long that the taste has deteriorated. Gaea Fresh is an award winning oil that brings that winning quality and taste to your recipe’s finishing touch.

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Gaea Fresh is the freshest EVOO around and is the first extra-virgin olive oil in the world that guarantees that the olives are pressed within three hours of harvest. A “vintage” harvest date declaration (as with fine wines) and numbered bottles are provided for each harvest year.

Gaea also makes aromatic Extra Virgin Olive Oils with basil, lemon and garlic. These are wonderful for drizzling over salad or dipping bread. They are available at major supermarkets and specialty stores, including Whole Foods and Fairway ($8.99 – $18.99)

Perfect for that one-cup coffee drinker and coffee enthusiasts is the IMUSA Stove Top Espresso Maker ($9.99 Target). This espresso maker yields a rich, full-bodied flavor in just minutes, as it brews under a mild pressure, forcing hot water up from the base through ground coffee then into the top carafe.

This stovetop method creates the bold, robust flavor popular in Europe and Latin America.

The espresso maker’s stainless steel material diffuses heat perfectly to create the perfect cup of espresso, while the cool-touch handle and lid knobs ensure user safety.

Finish your gift with a bag of quality coffee beans to ensure bright mornings going into the New Year.


Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award-winning writer and wanderer. She turns her thoughts to an eclectic mix of stories - from politics to sports. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie mostly shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.