Not sure what Christmas present to get for the resident foodie in your life? Here are my top five choices for gifts this year:
Vosges Red Fire Toffee: I LOVE THIS STUFF! This caramel toffee is like crack. Sweet, salty, and slightly spicy toffee spiked with ancho and chipotle chillis and cinnamon, drenched in dark chocolate and spicy chopped pecans. ($20)
Onion Goggles: Because crying in the kitchen isn't cute ... especially when you are cooking in front of guests. ($22)
Vietnamese Style Coffee Filter: Make your own Vietnamese coffee with this simple filter. Let the coffee drip over a few tablespoons of condensed milk, pour it all over ice, and you've got yourself a cheaper and better-than-Starbucks iced latte. ($3.25)
Pizza Stone: Don't have a brick oven in your house? Neither do I. But a heavy-duty pizza stone will cook your homemade (and frozen) pizzas to perfection with a nicely browned crust no more soggy pale crusts! ($42)
MU Kitchen MUbamboo Dish Towels: These towels have got it going on. They are lint free and streak free, super absorbent (7x its weight in liquid), and fast drying (the 10x faster drying time cuts down on the growth of bacteria.) They come in candy colors too to brighten up the kitchen. ($28.05)
"Hey Kim, what time is it?"
"Oh, it's half-past salmon."
I guess you couldn't really say that unless you had one of these ... a sushi clock.(FYI: The sushi isn't real; it's art, people!)
What a great way to add color to your kitchen ... and it's not a bad conversation starter, either. If it weren't for its price tag $312 US dollars I'd get one.
Of course, if the idea of raw fish makes you a little queasy, this might not be the timepiece you want to rely on.
To purchase one, visit Japan Trend Shop. (Side note: The battery is included but the manual is in Japanese. Oops).
A friend recently sent me a link to a site selling cupcake sleeves. What? Sleeves? Cupcakes don't have arms!
These Sophisti-Cakes Roundabout sleeves are basically just strips of paper that can be wrapped around the base of a cupcake, but I'm impressed with how creative you can be with them. Check out these pics:
They cost $8.99 for a dozen. Eh, a bit steep. I'm sure you could just print them out yourself with a home printer.
Love it! Use this dinosaur cakelette pan (made by Nordic Ware) to create mini cakes for a children's birthday party. How cute would a chocolate cake stegosaurous be?
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