Gift Guide

In small kitchens, I sometimes think useful gifts trump all other gifts.

For much of this year, I’ve been posting about the tools that are essential in my small kitchen, the (soon-to-be) complete collection of things you’ll need to cook great meals. There really aren’t that many–we’re talking about small kitchens, after all. But there are some pots, pans, utensils, and gadgets that will help make your kitchen a place you love, so why not give or get some of them this Christmas?

To spare you a slog through the archives, I’m reposting a dozen of my kitchen essentials, with brand recommendations and links pointing you to buy.

ROW #1: Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor | OXO Stainless Mixing Bowls | Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

ROW #2: Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie DishLodge Cast Iron Skillet | 5 1/2-Quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven

ROW #3: OXO Fine Mesh Strainer | Sturdy All-Clad Colander | OXO Pasta Spoon

ROW #4: OXO Good Grips Cutting Boards | Non-Stick Frying PanDeLonghi Kmix Kettle

P.S. Last year’s edible gift guide.

The small kitchen-dwelling food lover is a curious beast. We love to cook, so your inclination is to gift us great kitchen equipment or the newest cookbooks. But since we’re also short on space, we might not know where to store the latest gadget.

That’s why gourmet food gifts can be the best way to go! For one, you’re giving us the experience of dining on delicacies we might not ever buy for ourselves. And second, we don’t have to make permanent space in our cabinets or pantries for your lovely gifts. A win all around. Below, a round up of mouthwatering treats, from ham to coffee, for your favorite quarter-lifer.

Gift in a Jar: Poached Pears

Posted by on Thursday Dec 15th, 2011

Our first-ever BGSK gift guide highlights eight days of presents we know you want to give and receive. To cut through the cluttered shelves of kitchen-oriented goodies, we’re spending eight days showing you the best of the best of the kitchen goodies to wrap up for or unwrap on Hanukkah and Christmas.

Today is Day #8—Gifts in a Jar: Poached Pears.

In our world, the edible gift is an obvious choice in the roster of kitchen-y gifts. But you can’t gift the mundane; no soups, stews, or salads here. You can give a jar of hot fudge, fry up

Cookbooks for Everyone on Your List

Posted by on Wednesday Dec 14th, 2011

Our first-ever BGSK gift guide highlights eight days of presents we know you want to give and receive. To cut through the cluttered shelves of kitchen-oriented goodies, we’re spending eight days showing you the best of the best of the kitchen goodies to wrap up for or unwrap on Hanukkah and Christmas.

Today is Day #7–Cookbooks for Everyone on Your List.

We love cookbooks. Cookbooks represent constant inspiration, beautiful food pictures, and new and inviting ways of re-envisioning your favorite foods. Not to mention, they look great crammed onto your shelves–who needs interior design when you have books?

When you …

Our first-ever BGSK gift guide highlights eight days of presents we know you want to give and receive. To cut through the cluttered shelves of kitchen-oriented goodies, we’re spending eight days showing you the best of the best of the kitchen goodies to wrap up for or unwrap on Hanukkah and Christmas.

Today is Day #6–The 7 Best Giftable Food Activities.

There are food gifts like boxes of chocolate bark that can fit inside a stocking, and then there are those that are simply explained in a card. Who says the best presents have to be material things? For food …

How To: Make a Meal into a Gift

Posted by on Sunday Dec 11th, 2011

Caramelized Onion Pizzettes with Smoked Mozzarella and Arugula • Seared Radicchio Salad with Thyme-Honey Drizzle • Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Fennel and Cider Jus (from our book) • Chocolate Mousse with Gingerbread Cream • Elderflower Fizz

Our first-ever BGSK gift guide highlights eight days of presents we know you want to give and receive. To cut through the cluttered shelves of kitchen-oriented goodies, we’re spending eight days showing you the best of the best of the kitchen goodies to wrap up for or unwrap on Hanukkah and Christmas.

Today is Day #3–all about foodie stuff you can wear.

Now that we’ve been food blogging for three years and change, we’ve come to have almost as many frilly aprons hanging in our closet as we do party dresses. And who are we to complain? You really can …