One thing we all need to do everyday is eat. It’s not very healthy to eat out all the time and cooking can be lots of fun if you have the right tools. I’ve always enjoyed baking and cooking and I’m becoming a pretty decent home cook.
I look forward to the day when I have a huge kitchen that can accommodate all of the newest and snazziest kitchen gadgets. Until then my cabinets and basement pantry are overflowing with practical tools that make everyday cooking easier.
It’s never easy to find the perfect gift for someone you love but if that person is a new or experienced home cook I’m pretty sure any of these gifts will get you a big smooch.
Gift Guide for the Home Cook
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I love this mixer! While it’s quite expensive, heavy and takes up a bunch of space, this mixer is so much fun to use. As a result, I use it for most of my baking and I always feel like such a pro when I use it. I always use this mixer whenever I bake my favourite chocolate chip cookies.
I have lots of fun using this spiralizer. I use it with zucchini to make pasta and then add a lovely tomato sauce or bolognese sauce. This tool is especially helpful if someone you know is gluten free or trying to increase the amount of veggies in their diet.
If you’re not ready to go completely pasta free you can combine the zucchini noodles along with the pasta so you’re eating fewer carbs and getting additional health benefits from the zucchini.
3. Soda Stream
My father in law recently bought us a Soda Stream. It’s one of my favourite new kitchen gadgets. I find it super fun to add in the bubbles (apparently I need to go out more) and we don’t have to buy bubbly water anymore!
Plus, it’s very environmentally friendly since we can just reuse the bottle that comes with the machine rather than constantly throwing out glass bottles of San Pallegrino or Perrier.
Since my parents bought me one of these pans when I was in law school, I’ve been using this brand for most of my cooking. In fact, I still have and use the pan my parents bought me all those years ago.
The quality is excellent, you only need to add a light mist of olive oil spray and they clean up easily. You can put them in the oven and in the dishwasher.
5. A cute set of mixing/serving bowls – like these Kate Spade ones
I find if I’m cooking or baking a lot I never have enough mixing bowls. Cute bowls add personality to your kitchen and are very practical.
6. A couple of new cookbooks
Some of my favourites include:
Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr – all healthy vegan recipes.
This is another one of those gifts that’s a classic present for a home cook. We can always use more serving dishes as long as they are practical and pretty! This one is by designer Sophie Conran. We have her dishes at home and they are excellent quality, simple and elegant. I think I might put this serving dish on my holiday wish list!
8. A unique set of measuring cups
How cute are these! Love the little owl faces. Like the mixing bowls, measuring cups can be a fun way to add personality to your kitchen and are necessary items for every home cook.
9. A classic cuisinart food processor
The cuisinart food processor is another one of those classic, must own gadgets for the serious home cook. It chops, it blends, it mixes – the only thing it can’t do is clean itself.
I use this gadget all the time making sauces, soups and other dishes. There’s also a great combo mini food processor/blender that I have as well. I use the blender every morning to make a smoothie and the mini food processor to chop nuts, make oat flour and other smaller jobs.
I have been known to make a huge mess of my cookbooks and use the iPad as my cookbook. I don’t get too concerned about making a mess of the cookbooks but getting almond milk, tamari sauce or maple syrup on the iPad isn’t as great an idea.
A cookbook holder would solve my problem pretty quickly and this one is inexpensive and simple.
What are your favourite kitchen gadgets and items? I’m always looking for new products to try!
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