'Tis the season to put off shopping. So if you are stumped as to what to get that kitchen improviser in your life, might I suggest the following.
A holiday shopping hint: check out a restaurant supply store. You will be surprised how much cheaper this stuff is!
A handy dandy container that allows you easy access to that go to flavor enhancer while cooking. I have no idea how I survived without one.
Love this thing!
Cuisinart Mini Food Processor
This has been a staple in my kitchen for years. I use it to make pesto, vinaigrettes, and anything I need to whir up in a hurry. Love Love Love this.
Ever wonder how to make those waffle fries? Julienne veggies? Make waf-fer thin slices? Look no further! These things a fabulous, but they are a bit dangerous as the blades are super sharp. Best not get this for Little Timmy, unless Timmy is a bit more experienced in the kitchen.
Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl
This is my absolute favorite cookbook. Hands down. Ever. Period. Over a thousand recipes compiled by the culinary genius behind the now defunct Gourmet magazine. (I still miss it so.)
The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
This book by the Silver Palate ladies is an absolute classic. Try the Chicken Marbella. Who knew that prunes and olives could taste so good together?
And of course...
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
It doesn't get more classic than this.
Merry Merry and Happy Happy!