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As a Chowhound, what do you want for Christmas?

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  1. My kitchen and cupboard is so well stocked that I can't think of anything. I did recently purchase some dark napkins for our greasy/sloppy friends.

    However...my 11 year old nephew has really gotten into cooking. For his birthday I bought him lots of essentials including a good knife.

    His chrismas list includes a bread knife and "food, to cook" which I though was really charming.

    1. I want restaurant gift certificates, because I have a harder time dropping a decent amount of dough on a nice meal out than I do on say, a nice pan.

      Ooh, and I also want sheets of parchemnt paper (in case Santa is listening) http://www.amazon.com/The-Bakers-Cata... I just can't bring myself to pay for them for some reason!

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      1. re: Katie Nell

        If Santa doesn't bring them...just order those half sheets yourself because they are worth every penny....I think I've been buying those half sheets for about five years...

      2. A good mandoline. I still have one of those "saw it on TV" plastic jobs.

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        1. re: mnosyne

          Be careful what you wish for; I have one of the high end stainless steel Mandoline, made in France, and I have to say its a pain to use. Better than that, consider a set of Kyocera Japanese made ceramic style cutters; get both the Julienne slicer and the two sided mandoline -- but watch your fingers. Link to both here; they come in lots of colors:

          http://www.amazon.com/Kyocera-Ceramic...

          1. re: bengoshi

            Oh, I have craved a ceramic knife since the first time I used one belonging to a friend. Good thing they are a not in most stores. Those slicers are certainly reasonable. Hmmm....

            1. re: bengoshi

              Thanks for the post, I thought I was the only idiot who put my $150+ mandoline away after 1) slicing off the end of my finger (2 emergency room visits) and 2) finding it too complicated. I bought on of the simpler ones too! As an aside I have a few of the ceramic knives - they are great for fruit and soft vegetables, but contrary to what I read - they do get dull and they chip if you are not very careful with what you cut. For tomatoes and they like you can't beat them, but I'm not sure they were worth the price tag. Mine are the Kyocera ones.

              1. re: bengoshi

                I agree - I bought my mother an expensive Mandoline a couple of years ago. Because of the straight blade, it took a lot of work to make it cut anything, and eventually, I just took it back. (Used my W-S store credit to buy a waffle iron, two silpats and some pans.)

                She much prefers the cheap plastic slicers with V-blades in them for ease of use. They're not as sturdy as the nice metal mandolines, but they work better and if you break them, at $20 you can buy a new one.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  A Ceramic Knife is a MUST HAVE. Although they will break; the tips all come off. I travel to Japan frequently and will buy one every time. I give them as gifts, and boy are they appreciated.

                  Buy a Ceramic knife and it will be your go to knife for many tasks. I would not think of slicing mushrooms without mine.

                2. re: bengoshi

                  I completely agree with bengoshi - I too have a high end mandoline and I practically never use it. I think it's a PTA. I seem to be able to do everything I need to do with my V-slicer, food processor and my good knives. (That Kyocera julienne slicer looks good to me too.)

              2. I'm giving my chowish brother some interesting different salts and peppers and a set of mills to go with them.

                I'm sort of secretly hoping to get a blender from my parents, but probably won't because it'll be hard to get home from their place on the plane.

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