Favorite Gifts for Cooks and Eaters

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Happy Holidays friends, hope you’re staying warm and enjoying every moment in the kitchen. Our holidays are simple and we stopped giving gifts because we wanted to simplify our lives and free up time to enjoy more quality holiday moments with family and friends. But you know what that means? A little extra budget to spoil and treat ourselves to all the awesome gadgets that we’ve always wanted to have!

Our kitchens are loaded with favorite tools and gadgets that are stand-by older favorites or fun new tools. Maybe you’ll enjoy them just as much as we do and treat yourself because Santa said it’s totally ok.

KitchenAid Cast Iron Casserole Cookware – This is brilliant: a heavy duty casserole pot, dutch oven and grill-top on the lid. It’s an all-in-one pot that we can do so much cooking in: braising, stews, soups, oven-casseroles, grilled cheese sandwiches and so much more. The fact that the lid doubles as a grill pan is awesome!

Atlas Copper Pepper Grinder – When it comes to ground pepper, this grinder has been our kitchen favorite for years. Beautiful and makes grinding up a ton of pepper quick and easy. We love how the patina has aged over time.

Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse recipe on @whiteonrice
Ceramic Cookware guide on @whiteonrice
Weck Jars: All the great shapes, sizes and styles keep our pickling and all around food-storage unique looking and stylish. We’ve amassed a ridiculous collection that should be shameful. Therapy is on the agenda. But until then, our favorite shapes are:

1/5 liter Jelly Jars and Mold Jars – perfect for smaller servings of  jams, preserves, jellies or decadent salted caramel chocolate mousse.
1 liter Tulip Jar – we love pickling in these.
1/2 liter Tulip Jars
2.5 liter Tulip Jars 
Large Juice Jars– perfect for orange juice

Green Pan Ceramic Cookware: We shared our love of these pans Green Pans brand in our post here. We weren’t expecting too much from these Green Pans, now can’t live without them in the kitchen because we can cook scrambled eggs, sautéed vegetables and fish with less oil and less sticking. Best of all, they’re easy to wash.

Vegetable Spiralizer Tool for Zucchini Noodle Recipes and Zoodles | @whiteonrice

Spiralizers – they are awesome! Vegetable noodles, zucchini noodles and more: We’re addicted to our Vegetable Spiralizer, bought two and talked about it here and shared an awesome zucchini noodle pad thai recipe.

Vegetable Spiralizer Tool for Zucchini Noodle Recipes and Zoodles | @whiteonrice



Cocktail Goodies & Barware: We are obsessed with sexy barware and cocktail supplies. A great bar setup doesn’t need a lot of supplies, but having a few quality tools adds that a classiness and bit of swagger to that evening cocktail. Choose your favorite style and create a set around them. Here’s are a some of our favorites:

Glass Cocktail Shaker
Hawthorne Strainer
Wooden Muddler
Mixing Glass
Japanese Ice Pick

Graduated Beakers and Flasks: We use them to hold juices, sauces and cocktail ingredients. They make great conversations pieces because they’re different from the traditional measuring cups. We shared a post about them here.

Brussels Sprouts Pizza Recipe on @whiteonrice
KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Pasta Attachment makes great homemade pasta on @whiteonrice

Emile Henry Pizza Stones: We love our pizza and our Emile Henry pizza stones create such a fabulous crispy crust. This brussels sprouts pizza is one of the reasons why we can’t live without them. In fact, all of Emile Henry’s cookware and stone ware is fabulous.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Pasta Attachment: When we crave pasta, it’s so easy to make it homemade with our KitchenAid pasta attachment. Seriously, it’s one of the best tools out there to help simplify the process of making pasta with consistent thickness, cuts and shape.

OXO kitchen scale on @whiteonrice

OXO Kitchen Scale: If you don’t have a kitchen scale, you need to treat yourself to this one. It’s easily our favorite scale to use and is a must for accurate dessert making. The pull-out display is pure brilliance when it comes to weighing out ingredients in a large bowl.

OXO POP Storage Containers are stackable, airtight and incredibly space efficient. Even in our tightest cabinets, we can stack these things without wasting any space.

La Pavoni Manual Press Espresso Machine  – This is only worth the cost for the the truly coffee obsessed but is also our absolute favorite kitchen countertop appliance. Once dialed in with a good grinder it makes the best espresso and to start nearly every day with amazing coffee and a relaxing ritual makes it well worth the cost for us. And can you say sexy. Most beautiful thing on our counters.

KitchenAid’s Burr Coffee Grinder and Digital Scale Jar Accessory – When it comes to our grinders, we like ’em with style and more importantly, great functionality.  Measure exactly how much ground coffee you want and have it dialed in to the perfect fine-ness.  It is fits the bill for all of our varied coffee needs, from espresso to pour over and beyond. For our dedicated espresso grinder we also love this Breville Smart Grinder so much we have two, one for home and one for the studio. It can also be used for other coffee needs, but we love it so much for espresso that has become it’s sole purpose for us.


P-Touch Labeler: Yes, we’re a little obsessive-compulsive and like to have a very organized pantry with everything labeled. If you roam through our house and kitchen studios you’ll be able to identify almost everything because guaranteed, there’s a label on it! Sometimes two (one for the top and one for the side). The Brother pc connectable labeler in particular is a our favorite. You can plug it into your computer (mac or pc) and through their free software type up and label you like with any font on your computer. Awesome!

Last but not least, our very own baby: Bountiful  Cookbook! It’s loaded with fruit and vegetable focused recipes inspired from our garden.

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Happy Holidays everyone. Hope you all have been a good, and a bit naughty.

Todd & Diane

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Jennifer

    Well I got the Spiral Slicer today.. and I LOVE IT.. It’s a GODSEND for a diabetic like me. The zucchini noodles taste just like pasta and/or chow mein noodles! But no carbs.. low calorie love!

    Here is a quick photo I snapped of the Zucchini & Meatballs I cooked for dinner just a bit ago:

    http://oi61.tinypic.com/eg1l5k.jpg

  2. Crista

    Great post! If anyone is asking what I want for Xmas, I’ll refer them to this post. ha!

  3. Lizthechef

    You saved my favorite for last! Happy Holidays and hope our paths cross in 2015 xo.

  4. Renia Carsillo

    This is a great list! I’m particularly in love with my Kitchenaid pasta attachments!

  5. Jennifer

    My boyfriend purchased me the vegetable spiral thingy for Christmas. Thanks so much for this page! I want the Weck jars as well.

    A tip for awesome waterproof custom labels: compose it on the computer, print out on label sheet, laminate the label with clear packing tape (cheap yet beautiful & waterproof), cut out the label with paper cutter, then apply to bottle. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am going to print to regular paper, laminate with packing tape, cut out with paper cutter then apply with Avery permanent glue stick.

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