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Part of the fun in any cook's life is the moment when you get a new tool, use it, love it, and then wonder — how did I ever live without this?! Sometimes the awesomeness of those items isn't apparent upfront, like the budget-friendly wok that turned out to be super versatile, or the pretty little pot that you just started keeping on your stove because you used it so much.
So, with that in mind, here are 10 of our favorite must-have (but not necessarily obvious) items for the kitchen — all classic, wise and worthwhile gifts for the serious cook.
Q: Do your readers have any suggestions for thoughtful and creative (yet rather inexpensive) DIY gifts for the holiday season? I'm thinking of infusing sea salt with lavender and rosemary and giving it away in little jars — and I'm looking for more ideas like this!
Planning on giving homemade goodies as gifts this year? While you can package your goods in pastry boxes or wrap them furoshiki-style, the easiest (and cheapest) way is just using a plain ol' brown paper lunch bag. But that's not very festive, you say. True — which is why you'll want to spruce it up with one of these five ideas!
The holidays are here, which means the stores are flooded with a dizzying array of cooking tools, cookbooks and fancy ingredients meant to tempt home cooks. What's the discerning shopper to do? We decided to talk to some of our favorite professional chefs — the people who spend serious time in their kitchens — to find out what can't-live-without-it cooking tools and appliances are on their holiday wish lists this year.
Today pastry chef and renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres shares the cooking gadgets he is asking for this year, as well his very smart suggestion for the gift every cook will appreciate.
Q: I'm giving some delicious chocolate sauce as a gift for Christmas. I have always let it cool and then refrigerated it. Is there a way to seal it in jars without canning or changing the characteristics of the sauce?
This right here is what I like to call my "snacking granola." We're talking about big chunky clusters of lightly-sweet granola studded with pistachios and dried cherries. A handful of this makes all other afternoon snacks look puny by comparison — and a whole bag of it makes the ultimate gift for everyone from the friends in your book group to the babysitter.
It doesn't matter what you call them, whether its Seven Layer Bars, Magic Bars, or Hello Dolly's, these nostalgic delights are always reason enough to celebrate. To make these classic bars gift-worthy — and even more amazing — I shrunk them down into irresistible chocolate truffle form.
While we publicly disdain unitaskers and frivolous gadgets in the kitchen, we each have a secret love for the tools that make our cooking lives a little easier. There are plenty of gadgets and little tools that are very useful in the kitchen; it just comes down to how you cook. If you love it and use it, it's good for your kitchen! What is that gadget for you? Your garlic press? A strawberry huller?
May we suggest ten more little gadgets, from an offbeat peeler to a yogurt maker, that just might find a place on your gift list. And yes, there's an egg separator. How could we not?
Q: My boyfriend's mother loves those little mint nonpareils. You know, the pink green and yellow ones with the tiny white sprinkles. Is it possible to make them yourself? A DIY version would really wow her.