This is the time of year when I get a lot of requests for recommendations on smart purchases of quality kitchen items. Most people are looking for gifts and some just want to take advantage of Black Friday and other holiday sales, but everyone has questions about knives, pot sets, gadgets and the like.
Below I link to a few gift guides I put together last year that still hold plenty of weight now at the end of 2011. Hopefully these lists will inspire you to stock your kitchen (or someone else’s if you are gifting) with a few key quality items that will prove themselves to be invaluable for cooking and will last a long, long time.
Then, I’ll be hanging out in the comments today to take your questions on kitchen items, should you have any. Opinions expressed are entirely my own of course, but I am drawing on my experience from culinary school, professional kitchen employment, and daily life cooking in my own kitchen.
So read on, make a wish list for yourself, or bookmark a gift item for that budding chef on your Christmas list.
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Aimee’s Top Ten ‘Big Ticket’ Kitchen Items
Okay, so some of these aren’t so ‘big ticket’, a colander, a pepper mill…but they are tools and equipment I reach for nearly every single day in my kitchen. For that reason, it is essential that they be functional, durable, and easy to clean.
From the Holiday 2010 post…
“I’ve rummaged through the tool kit of many a professional chef. I’ve taken detailed inventory of a restaurant kitchen’s supplies. I’d rather shop for spatulas than shoes and I’ve probably cooked every day for the last twenty years.
I’ve seen what lasts (my mother’s Le Creuset she received as a wedding present 35 years ago), I’ve seen what breaks (cheap espresso makers) and I’m ready to share my recommendations.
Whether you are writing your own holiday wish list, or are looking for the perfect gift for the cook in the family, let this list of items inspired from my personal kitchen be your guide.”
Head here to read my Top Ten ‘Big Ticket’ Kitchen Items.
Aimee’s Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for the Kitchen
Here I’ve listed some smaller tools I utilize every day while cooking and baking. They are absolutely essential for all that I do in the kitchen and making the task of preparing three meals a day much simpler.
Head here to read my Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for the Kitchen.
Home for the Holidays
Next Friday we’ll look at my top ten favorite cookbooks of the year. And get ready, because our Home for the Holidays giveaway week is back at the end of the month! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about my giveaway items before – they are beautiful, top-quality, and a pure pleasure to use in my kitchen.
Stay tuned! The fun begins November 28 on all five Simple Living Media channels.
What are your essential kitchen items? What would you like to add to your ‘toolbox’? Any questions?