Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Good Appetite Christmas List

Looking for some ideas for what to get the cooks on your list for Christmas? Here are a few favorite things from our kitchen as well as a few things that are on Christmas list.

Krups Electric Kettle - I learned the joys of an electric kettle while vacationing in northern England over New Years. The boiler went out in our rented house & the only hot water we had for anything including bathing came from our electric kettle. Believe me we can to appreciate how fast this kettle bring water to a boil! This works so much faster than a kettle on a stove.
Kyocera Wide Julienne Slicer - We got one of these for Christmas last year & absolutely love it. We do have a full on mandolin but find this so much easier to use & there is less to clean-up. It comes in so handy for those summer coleslaws.
Salt & Pepper Mill Ball Set - This is on my wish list this year. We have salt & pepper grinders but I really wanted a ones that could be used with just one hand. So often I'm trying to season a piece of raw meat & have to keep running back & forth to the sink to wash my hands. With these I can have one hand to flip the meat & another to grind the seasoning.
Crockpot 6-Quart Round Slow Cooker, White - I never thought I would use a slow cooker as much as we do. It's such a lifesaver on busy days.
Le Creuset Round French Oven - This is the most expensive item on this list but it is our go to pot. It's perfect for soups & stews on the stove but you can also use it to braise or bake in the oven.
Silpat Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat - Forget greasing your pans when you've got these pads! I use mine to move my bread from the counter to the baking stone since it can stand the heat. They also make clean up easier.

Next Saturday I'll tell you which cookbooks are on our wish lists.

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George Gaston said...

Kat & Matt... this is a great list of cooing items. I have use the Le Creuset Round French Oven for years and find it to be invaluable. I have not seen those awesome looking Salt & Pepper mills before, so I am going to keep my eyes out for them.

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

I have all these items except the slicer; will have to look into that one. I simply love my Le Cruset cookware and use it often this time of year. I have a pound of red beans in my slow cooker right now and use it a lot. It is nice to have a hot supper ready when I get in from work.

Alicia Foodycat said...

I've been thinking about a slow cooker - they seem to be invaluable! I love my le creuset. The one piece that I really really want is an oval dutch oven - I used to have a housemate who had one and a whole chicken pot roasted in it was so good!

billjac said...

I've got a couple warnings on these.

First, I've got that salt and pepper mill ball set and they grind very unevenly. There's big chunks and dust coming out at every setting. The convenience isn't worth the bad results.

Second, that plastic knob on top of the Creuset limits how hot an oven it can go in to to 375. You'll want to get the stainless steel replacement knob, too, for a fully functional dutch oven.

Other than that, good choices.

Kris said...

We have a one handed pepper grinder like this and my non-cook husband was just commenting over the holiday how nice it was to have a one handed device. We did agree though, as billjac mentioned, that it may grind somewhat unevenly and produce larger chunks of pepper. When I'm concerned about that I just use the regular pre-ground version.

Leslie said...

what a great list!

Anonymous said...

my mom has gone through 3 sets of those grinders! the handles break very easily and you pretty much can't use them after that.

Lori said...

Glad to see your comments on the baking mat. I've been tossing around the idea of getting one, but wasn't sure how much I'd use it. I've had that French Oven on my list for years and I'm getting closer and closer to making the investment. :)

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