Not-too-expensive gifts for cooks
I just got an early Christmas present: A potential Top 10 from frequent commenter Mary Roby.
"I was looking at cooking websites for gifts for people who like to cook," she said, "and came up with the following list of things I have that work well or are things I'd like to have."
Unfortunately, I'm already putting together tomorrow's Top 10 (the gourmet food Web sites), and next Tuesday would be too late for her idea. The solution is to give you a bonus Top 10 now, her list of not-too-expensive gifts for cooks.
Here's Mary's list for Santa: ...
* Progressive Grate-and-Store (assorted cheese grater discs and storage bowl with cover) $15
* Instant Read Thermometer $10
* Cuisinart SmartStick Immersion Blender $29.95
* Wüsthof Classic Chef’s Knife, 6" (on sale for $49.96 at Sur la Table, usually $90)
* Microplane Zester Grater, $12.95 (These are great; you won't dread making dishes that call for lemon zest.)
* Whisks (metal, not silicone, which doesn't work for a gumbo roux) $10-$15
* Hot Chocolate Pot $29.95 (This comes with its own frother -- sounded like fun.)
* Message-in-a-Cookie cookie cutters $19.95
* Green Herb Snips $12
* Kuhn Rikon Serrated Paring Knife (comes in cool colors) $12 (These are great for keeping in the car since they have their own cover -- perfect when you come across an apple stand.)
(Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma Web site)