Saturday, November 30, 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Kitchens and Cooks #holidaygiftguide #giftsforcooks #holidayshopping

Tomorrow, we flip the calendars to December! That means it's officially the 2019 holiday season. Is it just me...or has this year has just totally whooshed by at the speed of light?!?!? Today, I'm sharing the first part of my annual holiday gift guide for food lovers. I'm featuring gifts for all of the cooks and kitchen dwellers in your life. From an essential cookbook to handy gadgets -- to seasonings and a pair of unique beverage holders -- there's literally something in all budgets to gift the cooks on your shopping list! Let's get going...

(1) Yedi Housewares Total Package Pressure Cooker. This handy 15-cook function literally cooker does it ALL: pressure cooker, slow cooker, sautè, steamer, baker, yogurt maker, rice cooker...and more! This cooker is a 2019 Oprah's Favorite Things winner...and I love it too! I can make perfectly tender meat in minutes using the pressure function...and the slow cooker function makes delicious soups and stews. The Total Package comes with a locking lid, tempered glass lid, two egg racks/steaming trivets, ladle and rice paddle, cooking mitts, extra silicone sealing ring, steamer insert, stainless steel inner cooking port, and a handy measuring cup. This is an ideal gift for busy moms...because it saves a ton of cooking time on busy weekdays! The Yedi Total Package Pressure Cooker comes in both 6-quart ($99) and 8-quart ($129) capacities. It can be purchased via the Yedi website. They're even offering FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.!

(2) Dugout Mugs™ Personalized MLB Baseball Bat Wooden Mugs. Do you have a baseball fan on your holiday shopping list? If so, I've got a fun and unique gift suggestion for you: Dugout Mugs! Every mug is crafted from a hollowed out piece of a birch wood baseball bat barrel that's double sealed with a water-based sealant. That means you can pour 12 ounces of your favorite drink directly into and functional! No matter which team you root for -- we definitely love our Astros -- their official MLB logo is laser-engraved on the front! Each mug is $59.99. For an additional $10, you can have the mug customized with up to two lines of text! They also offer Wined Up baseball bat wine glasses, Knob Shot™ baseball bat handle shot glasses, and Season Opener™ baseball bat handle bottle openers. To order, simply visit the Dugout Mugs website. Keep in mind that it takes 1-3 business days to ship once you be sure to order soon so you score a holiday home run instead of a strikeout!

(3) From Scratch: 10 Meals, 150 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over. Cookbooks are an excellent gift for the cooks on your shopping list. That said...not every cookbook stands the test of time! My cookbook pick for this year is From Scratch by James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman. To say I love this cookbook is an belongs on every serious cook's bookshelf! From Scratch takes 10 favorite dishes -- including roast chicken, omelettes, and paella. Then, via 175 recipes, Ruhlman explores alternate paths for each master recipe. For example: lasagna can be ready in as little as an hour...or you can turn it into a kitchen project by making homemade sausage or fresh pasta. There are easy and complex versions for most of these master dishes -- vegetarian options, side dishes, and even strategies for leftovers. Ruhlman reflects on how cooking "from scratch" brings people together...and how it nourishes our bodies and souls. This cookbook is destined to become a classic. Trust me on this: buy a copy, inscribe it on the inside...and give it to someone you know loves to cook!

(4) Bear Paws Shredder Claws. If you're looking for a present for the BBQ pitmaster in your life...Bear Paws Shredder Claws are a fabulous choice! Bear Paws features handy grips and six tooth-like shredders. They're perfect for shredding smoked pork to make pulled pork sandwiches -- and they perfectly shred beef and chicken too. Bear Paws have been named Best BBQ Tool by the National BBQ Association. They're also great in the kitchen for transferring hot meat from the oven to a serving plate! Bear Paws are made in the U.S. from BPA-free nylon, they're FDA-approved, and they're heat-resistant up to 475℉.  To find Bear Paws at a retailer near you, check out the Where to Find feature at their website. Retail price is $12.99.

(5) Urban Cheesecraft Cheesemaking Kit. For the serious cheese lover on your holiday list..what better gift than a kit with everything needed to make homemade cheese in their own kitchen! Urban Cheesecraft offers DIY cheese making kits that have everything needed to create several batches of homemade cheese -- most in an hour or less. Talk about instant gratification! All your gift recipient needs to supply is fresh cow or goat milk. Kits come in several varieties, including Mozzarella & Ricotta, Mascarpone & Burrata, Goat Cheese, Mini Farmers Cheese, and a larger Deluxe Cheese kit. Kit prices range from $14 to $55, so there's something for all budgets. They even offer a Dairy Free kit for the vegan, gluten free, and paleo people on your shopping list! To purchase, visit Urban Cheesecraft's online shop.

(6) FreshJax® Organic Spice Blends. I'm always on the lookout for new and unique spices to use in my kitchen. My favorite recent discovery is FreshJax® Organic Spices! Their spices are made by hand in small batches using only organic spices, herbs, and salts. Each bottle contains 100% real food -- no fillers, anti-caking agents, MSG, dyes, chemicals, or anything artificial. This holiday season, FreshJax® is offering a fabulous Make Your Own 5 Spice Set ($29.99), which includes five 1.9-ounce bottles selected from 29 different spice blends. The set I created has Maple Cinnamon, Greek, Toasted Onion, Rosemary Lemon, and Citrus Pepper spices. They all taste amazing on everything from pasta to chicken breast...and the Maple Cinnamon is fabulous on oatmeal!! FreshJax® products can be purchased via the FreshJax® online store. They're also sold on Amazon.

(7) Personalized Shutterfly Wall Calendar. There's something extra special about a homemade gift. A photograph calendar from Shutterfly is perfect for the cooks and travelers on your shopping list! Pick from 50+ styles (and two sizes), then drop in your favorite photos. I created a calendar this week using photos from our travels this year: Los Angeles, Catalina Island, La Jolla, Seattle, Canada, Texas weekend getaways, Shreveport, and New Orleans. I rounded out my calendar with photos of a special memory at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown...and a Christmas photo of our cat Maggie. Calendars can be created at the Shutterfly website -- OR with their handy app on your smart phone. The process is very user friendly and really fun! Some calendar styles allow just one photo per month...but others have a variety of templates that allow you to drop up to four photos for each month's page. You can also add custom text to each page using a variety of fonts and colors The key is to have fun...and let your creativity shine! Calendars are typically priced between $29 and $39...but Shutterfly typically offers discounts on a regular basis. 

(8) Drinfinity® Enhanced Water System. The innovative Drinkfinity® enhanced water system is an ideal holiday gift for health-conscious friends and family. Each kit includes a 20-ounce BPA-free Vessel and a variety of flavor infusion Pods that taste great and help them meet specific health goals. The Vessel fits most standard car cup holders and includes a piercer that pops each single-serve beverage Pod. Pods include healthy ingredients like green coffee extract, electrolytes, guarana, chia seeds, oats and fiber, and Vitamins C&E. Prefer to pick your Pods by flavor profile? That works too! Each flavor Pod contains 35-80 calories. Drinkfinity® products can be found at major retailers nationwide via the online Store LocatorCustom Drinkfinity® bottle and Pod sets can also be designed and purchased from the company's online store

The manufacturers of the products featured in this holiday gift guide provided me with product samples to facilitate coverage. I only recommend items to my readers and social followers that I have personally tried and like.

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