Friday, December 14, 2012

Gift Guide: The Cook

Via What Katie Ate
Whether a simple salad or a six-hour stew. Time in the kitchen is her joy. Gift her with indulgent ingredients and useful tools with a minimalist manner that allows her concoctions and creations to shine.

A dash of deliciousness to sprinkle on everything. Bourbon Smoked Sugar from New York Mouth.

A classic crock, whether put to its original purpose (pickling) or for corralling spoons and spatulas. From Sadie & Emma Pottery Co.

A small and special workhorse kitchen knife. Carbon steel blade, handmade in Spain. Pallares from Quitokeeto.

A sweet-smelling beeswax salve. To keep wooden utensils and cutting boards looking their best. From Herriott Grace.

A mini-measure for little liquid amounts. From Amazon.

Instead of another bottle of olive oil, why not adopt an olive tree. For around $50 a quarter you get your own olive tree enjoying life in sunny Italy plus all of the oil it produces for a year. Now if only you could go live with your olive tree. Nudo.

Blueprint place mats for getting dinner parties just right. Cake from West Elm Market.

Skip the scoop and try this ice cream 'stacker' or more like, ice core creator. Cuisipro Ice Cream Scoop and Stack on Amazon.

A beautiful butter dish. From Pigeon Toe Ceramics.

Ridiculously delicious goats milk caramel sauce. Fat Toad Farm from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Post-dishwashing hand cream. In geranium. Aesop from Mill Mercantile.

A clean classic apron. From Valerie Rice.

Basic bakers in a variety of sizes and muted hues. From Anthropologie.

Chef's pencils. From Amelia Presents.

No longer just a cook, now a cheese-maker (monger). Make your own cheese kit from Belle Chevre.

And for keeping the cheese. Who knew these were a thing.  Cheese Bags from Terrain.

A dual-purpose serving tray, for dishes hot & cold. From A+R Store.

A perfectly balanced spoon, for tasting and basting. From Michael Ruhlmann on Open Sky.

Simple and stunning cutting and serving boards, handmade in Pennsylvania. Lostine from Anthropologie.

A cool caribou tea towel. From Gingiber on Etsy.

My two most coveted cookbooks of 2012. Smitten Kitchen and What Katie Ate.

A sleek winter cooking essential, for all of those stews and braises. Korbenstyle dutch oven from Crate and Barrel.

A goat cheese baker. What could be more delicious? From Williams Sonoma Agrarian.

Salt. For everything. From Anthropologie.

Some crazy amazing jam. Tomato-raspberry, Blackberry peach, Strawberry-tarragon. From Chez Pim.

Finally the ultimate foodie fantasy (at least mine). A gorgeous chicken coop complete