So…yes again it is that time of year already! As much as I love this time of year, due to the overindulgence of food and gatherings, I find it can be stressful when it comes to selecting the perfect gift for that perfect someone. Over the years, I have tried to select gifts that are more personal and useful than gifts that will be stuffed in a closet (remember those silly lounger robes that were all the rage…) or gifts that will be re-gifted due to lack of need (a signing fish that hangs on the wall…sorry to who ever I re-gifted that to!)As I may not be able to assist with all of your shopping needs this holiday season, one category I can assist with is shopping for the Home Chef in your life. I can honestly say that I own EVERY item on this list and that I am NOT a gadget person. These ideas are not only personal to the Home Chef but are in fact practical and necessary to some extent in the kitchen. I have categorized them in groups of estimated cost.  I hope this list helps ease some of the anguish so many of us experience during this time of year.

Gift Ideas for the Home Chef in Your Life.  Cheers!!

Wooden spoons (assorted)
Microplane / rasp zester
Flour sacks
Sheet pans (jelly roll)
Bench scraper (aka bench knife)
Fine mesh strainer
Vegetable peeler
Salt crock
Salad spinner (a must!)
Kitchen twine
Rolling pin
Good Olive Oil (I use Olio Santo)
Tellicherry Peppercorns (I like Penzeys)

Cutting boars (ones that can go right into the dishwasher)
Chefs knife 8″ (bigger is not better here…high carbon steel, make sure its returnable)
Digital thermometer
Pepper Grinder (I like Peugeot brand with metal components)
Stainless mixing bowls of graduating sizes
Cast iron skillet (12″)
Stock pot
Digital kitchen scale
Mortar and Pestle
Food Lovers Companion Book (Barron’s)

All Clad pans – or similar construction
Cuisinart Food Processor (4 cup / 12 cup capacity)
Immersion blender
High Quality Dutch Oven – enamel
Whiteware dishes






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