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A Very Foodie Christmas, Part Two

December 9, 2009

Foodie Christmas gifts, continued…

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of some cool tools – some essential, some whimsical, some probably ridiculous.  But they will no doubt make your foodie smile!

  • If money is no object: your foodie NEEDS a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  No self-respecting foodie should go without this essential tool.  It can be used for everything: kneading bread, mixing cookie dough, combining meat loaf mix, whipping cream.  And, if your foodie already has a stand mixer, you can always get them an attachment or two: meat grinder, sausage stuffer, grain mill, citrus juicer, pasta roller, ravioli maker, slicer/shredder, ice cream maker….

    Onion Goggles

    Onion Goggles

  • A powerful blender.  My pick is the KitchenAid 4-Speed Blender.  It REALLY crushes ice!  About $99, available in four colors.
  • Onion Goggles (available at ThinkGeek for $24.95, at other places for various prices).  Tears no more!  These nifty little goggles prevent the noxious sulfur compounds from reaching your eyeballs, so you can finally chop onions without crying a river.

    The Beverage CADDi

  • Nutmeg Grater (under $20).  My fave is this one by Cuisipro.  I no longer buy ground nutmeg, following a harrowing incident with a moldycontainer bought in the grocery store.  I now buy whole nutmegs from Penzey’s, and grate them as needed using the grater.
  • OXO Electronic Kitchen Scale (around $50, available at kitchen stores and at  Every kitchen needs an accurate food scale that can measure in pounds and kilograms.  This one is great  – measures up to 11 pounds.

    The Happy Man Bottle Stopper. He sure is happy!

  • The Beverage CADDi – it allows you to hang on to your coffee with one finger!  Price: $5.50 (“the cost of your last spilled latte,” according to the Beverage CADDi website).  I haven’t seen it in stores, but it’s available online.
  • The Happy Man Bottle Stopper.  I think the picture says it all.

Other Foodie Gift Ideas

  • Cooking classes – many local kitchen supply stores offer cooking classes, teaching a wide range of topics.  Here are a few:
  • Wine Course from Wine Spectator School.  The Wine Spectator, a recognized name in wine culture, offers online wine education courses, on a variety of topics.  I’ve taken a few of these courses, and I think they’re great.  Courses last about 6 weeks, students set their own pace, there are guided tastings, and after passing the course exam, the student receives a certificate and a cool graduation gift (I got a mousepad last time)!  Cost varies, from $39 up to about $149.
  • Gift Certificate to Penzey’s, the only place to buy spices.  I will never ever buy grocery-store spices again.  Penzey’s is the best quality, ships fast, and they’re inexpensive.  Plus they’ve got awesome gift collections, if you’d rather buy a pre-boxed set.  They also have cool catalogs, which arrive *very* frequently.
  • Foodie DVD’s – Julie & Julia, Chocolat, Sideways, SuperSize Me, Food Inc., Eating Alaska.  And those are just the ones I saw.  There are many more – check out this list for other suggestions.
  • Omaha Steaks – Bob and I are big fans of ordering meat online.  Their beef is outstanding, pork is great, chicken is okay, desserts you shouldn’t bother ordering (except the Caramel Apple Tartlets – delicious!).

Well, that’s it for now.  If I think of anything else, I’ll let you know.  Deck the Halls, and all that jazz.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2009 3:20 pm

    I love my meat grinder attachment for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It gets used for everything from grinding beef, to making gnocchi, and most recently a fresh cranberry sauce.

    As far as movies go, I was pleasantly surprised with Bottle Shock. A fun wine movie that isn’t obnoxious like Sideways or a chick flick like Julie & Juila.

    I too will vouch for Penzey’s – great product, great service. There must be better ways of getting meat through the mail than Omaha Steaks though.

    Maybe I’ll look into it.

    • wendalicious permalink
      December 10, 2009 11:56 pm

      @Daniel- I’d love to hear what you discover about mail-order meat. I guess on some level I knew there were other options, but my husband doesn’t always like to think outside the box when it comes to food. He’s very much a creature of habit, and he likes Omaha steaks. Their flat-irons are top-notch, and their prime rib roasts are excellent – not too fatty, with a really nice flavor. Like I said, though, I’m not a big fan of the chicken or pork selections.

      I also think someone needs to tell my mom about my blog, because I have dropped a ton of hints in these last two posts, and my birthday is less than two months away.

  2. Alisa Costa permalink
    December 27, 2009 9:00 pm

    I never got to respond to this, though I meant to. If you didn’t get onion goggles as a gift, there is a simple solution to dealing with the noxious fumes from chopping and slicing onions. Have you ever tried chewing gum while you chop? In particular, mint works really well. I forget where I learned this, but it works pretty well.

    Happy Holidays Wendalicious!

  3. wendalicious permalink
    December 27, 2009 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Alisa! I have never tried that, but I definitely will give it a shot next time I’m chopping onions…

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