Looking for stocking stuffer inspiration? Here are some small gifts we'd love to find in our stockings. A microplane zester, grapefruit spoon, fancy salt, and more picks from the SE crew!
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These are books for the kitchen nerd in all of us. The ones who want to know the hows and whys of cooking. The ones who lie restlessly at night, unconsciously kicking their bed mate and thinking, why was my roast chicken dry? What's wrong with beating my batter? And for the love of god and cupcakes, why couldn't I just add all the eggs at once?!?
Whether you know someone who wants to get into food photography or you want to help someone upgrade their equipment, we've got plenty of recommendations including point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, lighting equipment, books, and more.
Surely everyone out there knows a cereal fanatic. Growing up, I got to choose one full-size box of sugary cereal for Christmas morning, which was all the cereal gifts I needed. But these days, now that I can buy my own boxes any day of the week, one of these gifts would fit the bill for the holidays.
Any great cook can tell you that all you need to make great food is a fire and a cooking surface. Any surface will do. But let's face it, there are some things that just make cooking more fun. Easier, prettier, more foolproof. Your giftee doesn't need a $300 Dutch oven, but if they've been extra good this year, you might consider spoiling them. Every item on this list is something I use in my own kitchen at least once a week, if not every single day, and most I've had for years and plan on using for the rest of my life.
Our last challenge for Weekend Cook and Tell was for all of you to share your favorite food gifting recipes. We called this Holiday Food Gifting. Visions of mochi, secret dipping sauce, and coquito danced through our heads. (we'd prefer our belles - SE holiday food gift trade?) Thank you for sharing. We hope this list finds you and your giftees well.
If you've got cheese lovers on your list, we're here to help. Cheese folk are easy to pick gifts for; a quick trip to your local cheese shop for a gift certificate or a nice wedge of Époisses is always met with happy faces. There's no shortage of awesome cheese books out there or cheese accessories (cheese cuff links!). Check out these gift ideas.