I bought a Le Creucet 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven years ago and have been in love with it ever since. It is my go-to soup pot and works perfect for braising roasts and chickens. I have had mine for 8 years and it is just like brand new! I have several other Le Creucet pieces on my wish list this year so if you have an in with Santa, send him to my Pinterest!!
Cookbooks to pair it with - Soup of the Day (Williams-Sonoma): 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year and All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
Cast Iron Skillet and Grill PanIf you told me years ago that I would be one of those people that said "I can't live without my cast iron skillet" I would have laughed. When I lived in the south everyone raved about them and cooked just about everything in them. I was a non-stick kinda girl then and thought they were all crazy. Now? Oh there really isn't anything that can compete with the sear you get in a cast iron skillet, or the perfection of grilling indoors on a cast iron grill pan!
Cuisinart Immersion BlenderJust like my Le Creuset pot, this Cuisinart immersion blender is a must have in my kitchen. I am a soup junkie and this terrific little tool makes blending creamy soups soooooo easy. No more burning my self, or making a huge mess transfering soup to a blender. Just grab the immersion blender and buzzzzzzzzz it to creamy goodness!!
Pair it with the Good Housekeeping Blend It!: 150 Sensational Recipes to Make in Your Blender cookbook.
Hamilton Beach Slow CookerThis year my slow cooker has already been getting quite the workout! I love nothing more that being able to set it and forget it. Then I am off to get a million other things done. Even though there is only two of us, I love making full recipes so I can freeze some for later meals. It makes using my slow cooker a win/win all the way around. We are getting this for one of our son's and his girlfriend for Christmas sshhhhh don't tell!
Pair it with the Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!
OXO Salad SpinnerWhat can I say about this salad spinner? It is a life saver!! I use so many greens and before I got this I had issues with wilting and *gag* sliminess even though I would wash and dry them as best I could. Once this salad spinner came into my life? I could give a relaxed sigh of relief because I was no longer wasting my herbs and greens!
Pair it with the Salad of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year and The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor.
Silpat Baking MatsNow that I have begun to bake a LOT more, I discovered Silpat baking mats and OhhhEmmmGeeee where have they been all of my life? No sticking, no mess.....aahhhh I can relax and bake. I love it...and them!! They are a must have if you do ANY baking!
Pair them with Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies and Better Homes and Gardens Baking: More than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques cookbooks.
Core Bamboo Cutting Boards
Cutting boards are such an essential piece of kitchen equipment and this 3 piece cutting board set is all I need. Several sizes to choose from, and the ability to have more than one cutting station as I cook? Makes my life so much easier. Plus these bad boys are super sturdy, the will last forever!
Wine Bottle StoppersDo you have a wine lover to buy for this Christmas? My kids know how much I love wine AND Christmas, so they bought me these Holiday Wine Bottle Stoppers. Soooo ding dang cute. I love them! Keeps any leftover wine from going bad. If you prefer a non-holiday style you can grab a set of these for your wino errrr wine lover.
OXO Mixing Bowl SetAnother thing I have had for several years, this set of mixing bowls. I love the rubber bottom because it keeps clumsy my from sliding the bowl all over the counter (or off the counter completely), plus they are dishwasher safe. 8 years later, they are still good as new!
Silicone Untensil SetAnother Le Creuset item that I absolutely adore is this Silicone 7-Piece Utensil Set. I can't tell you how many rubber spatulas I went through before I got this set. I am not a hand washing kinda girl, so they would dry out, crack, and break. Plus my sauce brush...well it was a hairy mess BLEK! Now that I have this set I am baking, BBQing, and scooping away! I ❤ it!
Well, I hope I have been helpful in your quest to find the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. I can guarantee they would be happy with any of these wonderful products. Oh, and remember to tell Santa to check out my wish list on Pinterest OK?
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