Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gifts for the Foodie or Chef

These are just beautiful!  A 13 piece cutlery set of stainless steel blades covered in rose Gold titanium by Forte, stored in a transparent display, makes a handsome gift for men and women alike. Available at, for $129.99 TIP: BUT --they are an Oprah pick, so you can get  20% off with the code OPRAH.

And for the uber-stylish, how about these pure black knives from Stelton? They are all one piece of steel so the handle melds into the blade without a hitch, FDA approved. They cut like any other quality knife - these just look beyond COOL. The above is the full line of two chef knives and a bread knife, that come on a magnetized strip. Available at starting at $89 for the small chefs knife, and they offer 10% off a set.  You can find these blades in other places… Just Google around.

Freshly Made Criossonuts! Doughnuts made from flaky, light, buttery croissant dough? YES PLEASE.

In fact, you can send 18 of these to anyone on your list for just $39.99 from William Sonoma. These arrive frozen. Sit them out the night before and in the morning pop into some soy oil in a deep pan for a few minutes each side, then fish out and sprinkle. PERFECT for New Years breakfast or Christmas morning. Their croissants are amazing too! Just take out at night, let rise while you sleep and bake in the morning. Like a trip to Paris!

Don't forget to order some for your self. One for you and one for me always makes the best gift.

TIP: 10%off your first order as of this date. 

Foodie Fight!!! Now I heard that this game, which is like Trivial Pursuit for Foodies, will actually educate the most informed Food-lover on a thing or two. So if the person on your list is into food fun, this might be just the thing.  On AMAZON for about $20.

This is unusual - baking steel - for rustic breads and pizzas, but also may be used stovetop griddle (though there is no rim to catch, say, bacon drippings, it would work for pancakes and such), an induction plate or freezes to be a cold plate (for caviar or oysters??) 16x14x 1/4 for $79 which includes a storage case. TIP: Custom sizes can be made as well.  Visit

Look at this - This is going to make my top picks for 2014! A shiny gray travel case that is solely for carrying wine (and 2 wine glasses!).  Protects up to a full case of wine and the  glasses and can weigh up to 49 lbs. when fully packed - just under the limit for baggage charges.

The hard outer shell and inner foam would make it awfully hard for any breakage to occur.

Foam cut for different shaped bottles like champagne and Rieisling. $229 at

Vanilla is part of so many recipes - and what cook would not want the real deal: direct from the vanilla planifolia andrews plant, grown in Madagascar. The rich taste puts the fake kind to shame.Once you give this, they'll never want to use the other stuff again. Buy through Dean and Delucas for $12
This wine cork lights up for those nights when the sun has set and the bottle still has some in it (or not!) and you don't want to leave yet. Makes a little lantern out of the bottle - pretty with green or clear. Find on, Sale Price as of this date is $11.99.

Looking to give a cookbook? There are zillions - and they probably already have all the classics, from the Silver Palate to Joy of Cooking Take it from Bon Appetite! Click HERE for their list of 8 best cookbooks for 2014. See the sample below:

Now THESE are cool and brand new, guaranteeing that the cook who has everything, doesn't have these! Grindable spice mixes from Whole Foods for $3.98 ea.  They'll enjoy finding what would work with the Edible flowers combination, and the Winter Baking with lemon, cinnamon and clover. There's the Cocoa Sugar for coffee and sweet drinks and baked goods. Definitely try the Smokey Caf- great for BBQ with coffee beans, smoked paprika, garlic etc. Not available online so call your local stores before you drive to see if they have them…

This caught my eye because I'd never seen anything like this before. The Mucubo cutting board, a 16" bamboo slab with three drawers can hold lemons, limes, olives for cocktail night, or can hold three different kinds of fruits while you continue cutting… Can also function as a cheese plate and the drawers can hold crackers, olives and nuts! Buy at for $39.99 - TIP: Look for a pop up comes on saying something about 50% off this weekend. 

And JUST as I claimed to not know the right books, I found this… Trust me - The photos are eye candy and the recipe is under each dish. Here's the blurb: "Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz are your guides to a dazzling display of culinary impressionism: For each year from 1901 to 2000, they invite a well-known chef or food connoisseur to translate the essence or idea of a historical event into a beautifully realized dish or cocktail. The result is an eclectic array of modern takes and memorable classics, featuring original recipes conjured by culinary notables."  Available at Barnes and Noble  for $25 (plus the discount with your membership card) or in you local bookstores or on Amazon for kindle. 

TIP: CLICK HERE to find more gifts for FOODIES from past posts!

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