… is some marjoram.
Seriously, when a relative recently asked me what I wanted, I said “marjoram.” OK, I also said I wanted some cinnamon. Preferably from Penzey’s, my favorite spice company. I do think it was the Korintje Indonesian cinnamon from Penzey’s that put my pumpkin pie over the top on Thanksgiving. Fancy, fancy.
Ever year on the Fridge Magnet blog, we dream about the kitchen appliances, utensils, gourmet food products and other gastronomic gifts we’d like to find under the Christmas tree or around the Menorah or wherever gifts appear in your house. Think hard, because you never know who might be reading these comments (Santa reads this blog, just so ya know).
I don’t need much for the kitchen this year, other than some extra time to cook. I already have shelves in the basement stacked with appliances that won’t fit in my kitchen. Pressure cooker, turkey roaster, mandolin, electric griddle – that’s where they live. And I have my Kitchen Aid mixer, as well as a nice new food processor my hubby gave me last year.
So instead of listing more stuff that I need (besides marjoram), I’m going to list some of the most useful kitchen-related gifts I’ve received in the past. Maybe this’ll give you some idea of what to request or what to purchase for a foodie friend or family member.
* A 1/4-cup measuring cup. When I got this tiny measuring cup, I wondered what in the heck I would use it for. Turns out I use it all the time for small measurements, and it washes up in a jiffy.
* A really good pizza cutter. I’m talking about a huge Pampered Chef pizza cutter, not one of those junky little ones that wobbles when you try to roll it. I use it for quesadillas, too.
* An immersion blender. Yes, they really are all that. Perfect for pureeing soups, making sauces, making milkshakes and smoothies, you name it. Transferring hot soup to a blender is for the birds.
* A salad spinner. Hubby asked why I wanted something that takes up so much room in the cupboard. Now he knows, because I reach for it to wash and spin out lettuces, collard greens, kale, fresh herbs, etc. and it works like a charm.
* Glass storage containers. Just like plastic, except they won’t melt in the dishwasher and you won’t wonder what kind of chemicals are being infused into your food when you microwave it.
* A toaster oven. Everybody should have a toaster oven. Heats up leftover pizza, subs, sandwiches and the like to its original crusty glory. Doubles as a regular toaster. Actually revives cold french fries to a certain extent.
* A digital meat thermometer. You’re getting tired of hearing me talk about this, aren’t you?
* A cast-iron bacon press. Also great for making panini sandwiches and Cuban sandwiches. Plus, if it has a pig on it like mine, it doubles as kitchen decor!
* One of those automatic soap dispensers. I know it seems extravagant, but it’s great when your hands are covered in raw chicken juice and you don’t want to touch anything.
Those are just a few ideas. I will add more as they come to me.
Tell me, what food- and cooking-related items are on your holiday gift list? Is there a gift you’ve received in the past that you absolutely love?