We are so excited to kick off the holiday season with our very first holiday guide. Covering our favorite finds for the foodie in your life, here is what we recommend this holiday season.
Home Cooking Favorites:
Kitchens can get messy, and we love to clean up those messes in style with the Danica Studio Prim & Proper Kitchen Tea Towel and Kauniste Zoo Kitchen Tea Towel from ArtsyModern.com and the Initials, Inc. Kitchen Towel Set from initials-inc.com.
For the home cook, we are excited to share some of our favorite finds from the year with the Tri-Stone Sharpener from WÜSTHOF. This includes cool features like sharpening stones with three different and precisely engineered grit surfaces for optimum sharpening and honing results. Designed for professional chefs and avid home cooks, the new Tri-Stone Sharpener is available now at retail nationwide for $49.99 suggested retail. We also love their new Classic 9-inch Sushi Knife that can slice all boneless fish, boneless meats, and a myriad of vegetables with precision.
Another staple every home cook will love is the ceramic cookware from The Cookware Company. The company uses a ceramic non-stick coating that is based on sol-gel technology; this is a technology in which materials are formed from small particles suspended in solution that gel together to form a matrix. Thermolon non-stick ceramic coating is manufactured without PFOA and contains no lead or cadmium. The Thermolon coating is healthy, safe and does not contain any toxic chemicals or persistent pollutants. GreenPan has a safety feature – Thermolon coating is heat resistant up to high temperatures. Meaning if you accidentally overheat your pan, even up to 450°C/850°F, no toxic fumes will be released and the coating itself will not blister or peel. Additionally, Thermolon is a better heat conductor than traditional coatings, resulting in superb searing and crispy frying.
Home cooks with love the Heavenly Cake Popsas they use their Easy Roller to roll up to 200 cake pops in just 30 minutes.
Do you know someone who is a budding mixologist, or do they simply love a high-quality cocktail? For that person, we recommend Hood River Distillers, the Northwest's oldest and largest importer, producer and bottler of distilled spirits located in Hood River, Oregon. This includes Pendleton Whisky, Yazi Ginger Vodka, SinFire Cinnamon Whisky, and Broker’s London Dry Gin – all of which will create memorable drinks this holiday season.
Another fun gift to store wine is the new insulated Wine Tote from Sailor Bags. These chic bags can hold two bottles of wine to take aboard, transport home, or carry along to a festive occasion. The tote includes a removable, insulated wine chiller that separates the two bottles and keeps them cool after opening.
To open beer, we love the chic RabLabs Quadrado Bottle Opener from RabLabs.com. Also serving as a spreader, this makes for a perfect host or hostess gift.
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Another fun way to give your favorite foodie a special gift is to mix and match some gourmet products. For the coffee lover, we suggestGrace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda with their delicious blends of dark roast to light, and chocolaty to citrus flavor notes.Inspired by the spirit of the Rwandan people, Grace Hightower (wife of Robert De Niro) has created these coffees as a way to celebrate and support the coffee farmers of Rwanda and create sustainable business that can be passed from one generation to the next.
For the chocolate fan, we love KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates and their Platinum line, a dual-layered filled-shell with brown sugar caramel and pecan praline. Other favorites include the Original Buttery Terrapins and the Garden Ganache, the faultless chocolate for that person who truly appreciates a beautiful piece of art. Inspired by garden varietals, the colors of these hand-painted milk chocolates hint at their unique flavors – each elegant, artistic and delicious. The Garden Ganache top-selling flavors include: Raspberry, Crème Fraiche, Hazelnut Coffee and Macadamia Nut.
If you need a delicious boost of caffeine, we suggest AWAKE Chocolate. Featuring as much caffeine goodness as a cup of coffee, these chocolates are a great way to get through the day with a little sweetness.
For the tea lover, we are big fans of Palais des Thés and their gorgeous tea sets, tea pots, decorative canisters, and signature tea blends, including a holiday chai hybrid. In particular we love Thé No 25. This take on a Christmas tea is available in black tea, green tea, white tea, red tea, and an innovative Christmas Chai variation – $21 for 100g in a reusable metal tin.
For a fan of spicy, we are big fans of Mina Harissa, a Moroccan pepper sauce made using only simple and natural ingredients like red chili pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt. Available harissa in traditional, mild and green, we love this on everything from fish to chicken as it transform any meal and adds life to your food.
For the beer fan, we suggest Bake-A-Brewski Beer Bread. This beer bread mix is unlike any other. Just add a 12 ounces of your favorite beer (we love it with Corona), bake for 30 minutes and you’ve got perfect homemade bread! Comes packaged in an all-natural, reusable burlap draw string bag. It's the perfect partner for holiday homemade beef stews and hearty soups.
Another interesting item for your foodie bundle is the Vino-Licious, a line of frozen wine mixers create a tasty “adult slushy” by mixing your favorite bottle of wine with the flavored mixers, stir, freeze or blend and serve! Flavors for red and white wines range from Sangria to Wine Ice. A flavor packed holiday concoction that’s affordable, too!
Foodie Subscription Kits:
Novice foodies to those with a gourmet palate will love Hatchery, a new curated food box where people can discover artisan ingredients and new flavors from local producers across the country. For only $20 per month, you can check out 5-6 hand selected artisan ingredients featuring items like spice rub, chile red pepper tapenade, rosemary salt and much more!
Home brewing is a big trend and for those that want to learn how to make their own, we suggest the Midwest Supplies and their range of kits for both beer and wine. Personally, we love the KickAss American Wheat All-Grain kit where you can learn how to make your own all grain beer at home using their one-galloon kit with everything you need to get started including burners, kettles, carboys, and kegs. This can also be a fun activity for couples where you can customize your own bottles using their label making supplies.
Juicing is a great way to start the day off on the right foot. For the holidays, we love HUROM® and their new Premium Slow Juicer/Smoothie Maker. This product allows you to make delicious meals and smoothies as well as amazing cocktails. Featuring a “Juice Outlet” and “Pulp Outlet” on all of Hurom’s® Slow Juicers, the latest product is unique as it contains a “Juice Cap” and “Pulp Control Lever” which are integral components of the smoothie making process. Consumers may close the “Juice Cap” to flawlessly mix multiple fruit and/or vegetable ingredients, and then open it to release a perfectly blended juice or smoothie. It costs $399.99 and is available for purchase online at http://www.originalslowjuicer.com/ or at national retailers such as Sur La Table.
Another way to get your day started is with coffee, and we are big fans of the Keurig K65, a special edition single-cup home-brewing system with a water filter kit. Not only for coffee, you can make tea, hot cocoa or an iced beverage in just under one minute! Other cool features include a backlit LCD display, the ability to adjust the water temperature, set the clock and three cup sizes so you make the perfect cup of coffee or tea every time.
Espresso fans will also love the cool Freud Stovetop Espresso Maker from ShopHORNE.com. This stainless steel espresso maker allows you to make amazing coffee as it seeps through this sleek system.
We love Mastrad, a culinary accessories company, that features some of our favorites for the season with Purefizz ($80) and Qwik Wisk ($20). The Purefizz can carbonate virtually anything including water, syrup, juices, cocktails, fruit and herbs! The Qwik Wisk creates and mixes delicious salad dressings and mayonnaise, and whisks egg whites, foams milk and makes whipped cream.
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