Affordable stocking stuffers for foodies
A handful of holiday gift ideas starting at $10, for the cook and food lover.
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Gifts for the foodies on your list:
Oxo gadgets (from $10 at retail stores)
Oxo has everything you can think of (and a few things you would never think of) that make perfect stocking stuffers. Anyone would love the Pro Swivel Peeler ($12.95), my pick for the perfect peeler. I also love the Chef’s Mandoline Slicer with the thin and thick julienne blades ($69.95). Straight and wavy blades can be set to any slice thickness and are ideal for making cucumber salad, potato chips, onion rings and citrus slices. The thin and thick julienne blades are great for making French fries, carrot sticks and garnishes.
McEvoy Ranch products: olive oil and much more ($10 and up at www.mcevoyranch.com)
McEvoy Ranch is famous for its award-winning olive oil. Now they have expanded to include such delectable food products as Pink Pearl Apple Marmalade, organic Apple and Lavender Jelly and organic Meyer lemon Marmalade. I am particularly fond of the body-care line, called 80 Acres. The scents are dreamy, and the hand and body wash and body balms are addictive. Select from the Verde, Blood Orange or Lavender scents. You can’t go wrong giving any of these products to those you love.
Colorful appliances from Cuisinart ($35 to $50 at various retail at stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond)
Colors have taken over the kitchen, no matter what appliance you choose for a gift. Cuisinart has gone color crazy with immersion blenders, hand mixers and mini-prep food processors. Think purple, green, blue and orange. A fun and useful gift that spruces up the kitchen for any level cook.
Seattle Chocolates (from $10 at the Southcenter retail store, Bartell Drugs, QFC and seattlechocolates.com)
The chocolatiers at this local company have the holidays down pat. The Candy Cane Crunch Bar and box of truffles are simply out of this world. Inventive flavors like Mom’s Hot Cocoa Bar and Christmas Cookie Bar make perfect stocking stuffers.
Classic Double Serrated Bread Knife by Wustof ($100-$110 from various online sellers)
It’s a splurge for a stocking stuffer, but a fine serrated knife will bring ease to any cook’s chores — this one works beautifully to slice tomatoes. No more ragged tomato or bread edges with this beauty. I frankly can’t live without mine.
Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking. She is the author of 20 cookbooks, including most recently “Seriously Simple Parties” (Chronicle Books, 2012), and also a James Beard award-winning radio show host. You can contact her at www.seriouslysimple.com.
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