Holiday Gift Guide For The Cook

Here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for the Cook or Chef in your life. Any one of these gifts would be sure to please that special person.

Here's my Holiday Gift Guide for the Cook or Chef in your life. Any one of these gifts would be sure to please that special person.

Choosing gifts for that special person who lives in the kitchen and loves to cook shouldn’t be challenging, but yet, sometimes it is. I’m here to help! Here’s my Holiday Gift Guide For The Cook; any one of these gifts will be sure to please the recipient. Yes, there are some big ticket items on the list (hey – it’s the holidays!) but also a few well-chosen smaller, handy items as well.

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All of these items can be found on Amazon and most are Amazon Prime items, so you should be able to order and receive them quickly if you’re a Prime subscriber.

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer  |  Stainless Steel Measuring Cups & Spoons Set  |  Immersion Blender  |  Vitamix Blender  |  Wustof Knife Set  |  Jacobsen Salt Set Lodge Cast Iron Skillet French Press Coffee & Tea Maker  |  Double Steamer Cookware  |  Gourmet Balsamic Vinegar of Modena  |  Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill  |  Crock-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker

My Top 3 Picks

Vitamix Blender – I use my Vitamix Blender twice a day, and sometimes more. We’re a frozen smoothie family and this blender will do it’s job on anything frozen: fruit, ice, you name it. It will work equally well making soups, such as broccoli or cauliflower. It will even pulverize almonds to give you almond meal. Is it worth the cost? Yes! This is an industry-standard powerhouse of an appliance that has a superior track record. Vitamix blenders are made in the USA.  Check it out.

Stainless Steel Oven Safe Double Steamer Cookware – I love my steamer set! I steam veggies all the time: spinach, green beans, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower…you name it, you can probably steam it. Recently, we’ve been enjoying using it to steam frozen tamales. I even use the top portion as a colander, and of course, the bottom section can be used as a regular pot when not needing to use it as a steamer. This set is made in the USA. You will use this cookware more than you think!

French Press Coffee & Tea Maker – Whether it’s coffee or tea that you prefer, this item has you covered. The carafe is made of  double German glass which means it will never crack when you’re using super hot water. If you love a steaming cup of coffee, this is for you! You can use it as a tea press if coffee isn’t your thing. It also comes with several filters to help you get the perfect press depending on your coffee or tea grind. This product is made in Germany. Check it out.

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Sweet Kitchen Treats For Valentine’s Day

Consider treating yourself with a few sweet kitchen essentials for Valentine’s Day ~ guaranteed 100% fat free! Gift yourself some Sweet Kitchen Treats For Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Kitchen Treats for Valentine's Day

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So Christmas is over and you didn’t get that kitchen gadget you were hoping for, or maybe you’ve just decided that it’s time to treat yourself to a little something for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a short list of some sweet treats, just for you!

I don’t know about you, but I can get pretty messy while cooking. Seriously, when was the last time you used flour and didn’t get it all over some surface, including yourself? 😉 Enter the handy apron, a kitchen staple that’s now fashionable. Here’s an adorable apron perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.




This heart-shaped non-stick silicon cake pan would be the perfect inexpensive sweet treat for baking up your favorite cake or brownie mix




I love my spiralizer! This gadget is so handy, especially in the spring when it seems cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini are in abundance. My favorite use for it is to make veggie pasta. So simple, so healthy. The uses for a spiralizer seem endless. If you have a vegetable, you can probably spiralize it. You get an assortment of blades so you can create different types of spiral slices for your veggies. It’s dishwasher-safe and is made from BPA-free plastic. Plus, it’s just plain fun! 😉



If you don’t yet have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, consider this beauty in gorgeous Raspberry Ice. If that color doesn’t work for you, there’s a drool-worthy palette to choose from here. Wondering if the investment in a stand mixer is worth it? I wondered that, too. My experience is that I use it for so many more things than I thought I would, plus, it’s an incredible time-saver in the kitchen, and who doesn’t need that? I’ve never heard of anyone who has regretted having one!


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Is it time to ditch those dollar store champagne flutes and upgrade to some sparkling crystal ones? Here’s a gorgeous set that you’ll enjoy for years. I love the substantial feel of this flute, plus, it’s elegant and sparkly, especially when you add the bubbly to it. Looking for a more economical set? Try these.





I love the ease of using my tablet in the kitchen, especially when I need to refer to a recipe online. Read, watch, listen and play with this handy device. Already have one? These make great gifts! 😉






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Pour Over Coffee Maker

Are you a coffee lover? If so, you should try the pour over coffee method. Pour over coffee gives you great control over the strength and amount of coffee that you make. Here’s how I make it:

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker Carafe

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I use the Chemex glass handle pour over coffee maker and I love it.  Most people are familiar with the iconic wood collar Chemex pour over glass coffee carafe, which is equally lovely. If you love coffee and are particular about the bean, grind, flavor, and strength of your coffee, consider giving pour over coffee a try.

Tip: Using a gooseneck kettle like this one makes the whole pour over method a breeze and it’s much safer than trying to pour from a wide spout tea kettle or even a small pan.  I eventually invested in one once I became serious about pour over coffee.

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker

Yes, it takes just a little longer than a drip coffee maker or a single serve machine, but the end results are totally worth it for superior coffee made just the way you like it. It really has become a morning ritual for me.

How To Make Pour Over Coffee

It’s really easy:

  1. Boil your water. I use a gooseneck kettle like this one for easy pouring; it’s the best for pour over coffee.
  2. While your water is coming to a boil, grind your beans, unless you’re using pre-ground. The suggested ratio is 3 Tablespoons of coffee for every 1 cup of water. However, you know what you like, so play around with this ratio until you get it just right for you!
  3. Take your water off the boil and let sit for 30-45 seconds.
  4. Add the filter to the Chemex carafe. Do not add the coffee grounds yet. I use the Chemex pre-folder filters which just tuck right down in the top of the carafe. I’ve tried other brands and types of filters, but the Chemex filters are a special weight of paper that seems to filter with a precision that produces the best taste, in my opinion.
  5. Very slowly pour just a little water in and around the filter to wet it. That helps the filter stay put and adhere to the top section of the carafe. Trust me, you want to do this. A dry filter will tend to move around with the grounds in it and any splash of boiling water jumping the filter is not a good thing. So wet the filter just a bit.
  6. You can discard the water in the bottom of the carafe.
  7. Now add the ground coffee to the filter.
  8. Very slowly pour the water over the grounds as it drips through the carafe. Avoid pouring too much water too quickly. If you do, just take a spoon and stir the grounds a little to make sure they’re not clumping. Continue pouring slowly until desired strength and amount of coffee is reached. (You will want to play around with the coffee to water ratio until you get it just right for you.)
  9. After coffee has fully dripped, carefully remove the filter and grounds and discard.
  10. Pour your coffee into your cup and enjoy!

So if you have some extra time in the morning or even on the weekends, give the pour over method a try. You may never go back!

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Carafe And Filters


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