Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies 2016

    It’s time for another Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies. I made one of these last year and it was a huge hit, so I’ve put together another one for you this year. You can check out last year’s guide on this post http://ketchumkitchen.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-foodies/. If you aren’t a foodie yourself, it’s difficult to know what to buy for one. My sister and I have a lot in common, for example we both love to eat. However, she wouldn’t know what to do with a spiralizer if her life depended on it. I am not sure how we could grow up in the same home and I ended up as a food blogger and she knows what specials every fast food restaurant has on a daily basis, but we did! I love to relax watching the Food Network and I think she’d rather poke herself in the eye. I sure do love her though!

    This holiday gift guide for foodies is to help those of you like my sister who have a foodie in their life and have no idea what to get them. And, if you’re a foodie yourself, maybe you can get some good ideas of things you “need” in your kitchen that you don’t have already.

    Le Creuset Heritage Rectangular Casserole

    If you have never cooked with stoneware, you are missing out and it’s time for you to venture out and pick up a piece and try it. Cast iron and stoneware are my favorite cookware materials. They bring out the maximum flavor of the ingredients and are worth the extra expense. As important as the quality of your ingredients is the quality of your cookware.

    If you have a foodie in your life and you don’t know what to get them, you cannot go wrong with a Le Creuset piece and I highly recommend this heritage stoneware covered casserole. A good casserole dish is a must-have in the kitchen of every foodie and one with a lid makes for easy transport and helps keep the contents warm until you’re ready to serve.  It’s oven-safe and beautiful as well, which makes it a nice serving piece.

    Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

    KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus

    This attachment for the KitchenAid mixer comes with seven blades for slicing, peeling and spiralizing, including two blades for creating delicate angel hair noodles. You can use the spiralizer to make “noodles” out of zucchini or squash, to core apples or to make beautiful ribbons of fresh veggies or fruit for a beautiful presentation (not to mention even cooking.)

    • This spiralizer is compatible with all KitchenAid stand mixers.
    • It includes three spiralizing blades, three slicing blades and a peeling blade.
    • The blades create everything from thick curls to long, flat ribbons to fine angel hair noodles.
    • Peeling blade can be used independently or in combination with other blades.
    • Fruit and vegetable skewer holds food securely in place.

    Holiday Gift Guide for foodies

    Kitchen Torch

    Not every kitchen needs a torch, but foodies love them. I have this one that I purchased from Williams Sonoma and it’s really well made and is extremely useful. You can see how pretty the toasted marshmallows turned out in my S’Mores Pie recipe.

    A kitchen torch can be used not only for toasting marshmallows, but for cooking sugar on creme brulee, melting cheese, or roasting the skins of vegetables such as peppers or tomatoes. They also passes the “cool factor” test, because how cool is it to break out a torch on your food? It’s also therapeutic. Don’t ask me how I know this.

    holiday gift guide for foodies

    Stone Bar Pan

    My large bar pan from Pampered Chef is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It’s well seasoned and is no longer beautiful, but a good stone pan that is well seasoned is a must have in the kitchen. I use mine to roast veggies or potatoes, to cook chicken or pork loin, for baking, re-heating pizza (which keeps the crust nice and crisp!) – you name it! It retains heat really well and is one of the most useful pans in my kitchen. This pan is a necessity in the kitchen for every foodie!

    holiday gift guide for foodies

    Cheese Board

    Foodies love cheese and every proper get together welcomes guests with a beautiful cheese presentation on a cheese board. What is lovelier than a board loaded with a variety of cheeses, olives, grapes, crackers and fresh herbs? You can find a plethora of great ideas for cheese boards on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/search/?q=cheese+boards. A beautiful cheese board like this one from Crate & Barrel combined with a cheese knife would make a wonderful gift for your favorite foodie. You really should offer to do some taste testing for them……it’s the right thing to do.

    holiday gift guide for foodies

    Digital Meat Thermometer

    No kitchen is complete without a good quality meat thermometer. This one from Amazon has excellent reviews and comes at an affordable price point. Meat thermometers are also perfect for fryers, bread, candy, coffee, and homebrews. They also make a great stocking stuffer!

    holiday gift guide for foodies

    Pressure Cooker

    This Instant Pot is a  programmable cooker with the functions of pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker & warmer. it has 14 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize & Jiu Niang) so you can cook your favorite dishes with the press of a button.

    A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you serve it. Instant Pot generates almost no noise and leaks no steam. It traps all the aromas in the food without heating up the kitchen.

    Cooking in a pressure cooker saves time, cuts down on the guesswork and is a great way to cook healthy meals without the added fat of oil or butter.

    holiday gift guide for foodies

    Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays

    No gift guide for foodies is complete without at least one cookbook. I’m a huge fan of Ree Drummond’s. I just know that if I am able to meet her one day, we will become great friends. She’s talented and relatable and I’m so happy for her success. It’s really nice when good things happen to good people. I have made many of her recipes over the years and they are all winners. This book is definitely one that every cook needs in the kitchen. If Santa leaves one under my tree I will be every so grateful.

    Holiday gift guide for foodies

    That’s a wrap for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies. I hope you enjoy this glorious holiday season and take time to savor conversations with friends and loved ones. It’s easy to get stressed out over our “to do” lists and rush around like the world is going to end if we don’t get Christmas cards out this year. Take a deep breathe, sit and stair at the pretty lights, sing along to your favorite carols and give yourself a break if you don’t have it all together. I will let you in on a little secret – no one does!

    Merry Christmas foodies! Thank you for being a part of my world, where everything is made from the ♥

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