What Santa Brought the Chowhounds for Christmas...
- Non Cognomina Dec 26, 2006 06:01 AM
A follow up to this post:
What did you get for Chritmas--food related, of course...
1. A set of Wusthoff Classic steak knives (these are wicked babies)
2. A Calphalon One sauce pot and lid.
3. A Calphalon One large saute pan.
The Christmas eve dinner and Christmas morning breakfasts that I prepared for the family were a wise investment on my part, it reinforced how productive I can be, when provided with the proper tools. ;-)
A packet of home-made quince paste (to accompany the christmas goose) and a 750 ml house blend blottle of Stonehouse olive oil (from the boutique in the Ferry Building, sf)
I got a kitchen aid immersion blender.
2 henkel knives.
A magnetic strip to hang the knives in the kitchen.
Santa finished the dumbwaiter from the garage to the kitchen so that his elf doesn't have to lug numerous bags of groceries upstairs. He also gave me the digital kitchen scale I requested.
My husband chided me when I bought myself a KA last year as a congratulatory gift for a work promotion. He thought that it was a lot of money to spend on a kichen ornament. I proved him wrong by using it at least weekly for all kinds of baked goods, including bread.
He must have seen the light -- I got the food grinder and pasta roller attachments from him for Christmas! He will be getting from-scratch bolognese for New Years as a thank you!
Mwaaahh haaa haaa haaaaaa!
Also a nice burr coffee grinder, a new coffee maker (ours died), some pastry brushes and a second muffin tin. And a bar!
Dear husband replaced my grungy old aluminum pasta pot with an All Clad multi cooker. He even measured carefully to be sure it would fit in the designated spot on my baker's rack.
And, he managed to find a bottle of "Soter Beacon Hill Brut Rosé
Yamhill County Sparkling Wine", for our New Year Celebration. I think I'll buy a bottle of "Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Réserve" and do a tasting of my two favorites!
Joy of Cooking, new edition- best gift of all cooking for days for friends visiting from Brazil and making them very happy- lots of compliments on lots of food. Nothing like good friends eating at your home for days!
We both received some great food gifts: cookbooks, Bar B Q crock pot, Kitchen Aid ice cream maker; but the best was the Old fashioned kettle popcorn maker. It is a table topper, no room for the bigger ones. It looks just like the popcorn maker from the movie theaters of the 50's. We made popcorn all day.
Hmmm...got a lot of food-related gifts this year.
A new food processor! Cuisinart Prep 11 Plus
A big basket of Italian imported cheeses, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pannetone, chocolate, olives, coffee, etc. from Igourmet
Silicon roasting rack and silicon pastry brush
Mini crock pot for dips
An onion chopper that also measures
Two books - Amy Sedaris' "Entertaining under the Influence", and the huge "Silver Spoon"
Some Lindt chocolate bars
and Jumbo stone crab claws for Christmas Eve
Yes indeed, it is the cuisinart one. We did have a problem with the first one we got - it died for three or four days, then came back to life. But this one came from Crate & Barrel and they were, as usual, perfectly wonderful about swapping them out. We had a new one immediately, and it has worked beautifully. I love it!
I got several food gifts!
A few cookbooks -- The new JOY, The Spanish Table, and a couple Rachael Rays.
A gorgeous cobalt blue tagine, a sturdy dutch oven, and an 8-person raclette with grill.
Some little odds and ends -- small strainers (we cut ours up as a quick fix for a drain!), sprinkling cans w/ 3 hole sizes, an oil spout bottle, popover tin, jam, etc.
And -- GET THIS! -- A full ounce of good-quality saffron. Evidently, it was quite the deal, as in 1/7 of the normal price. So. Off in search of saffron recipes!
Very excited to get using this stuff! I've been poking through JOY today, and am thinking agout making some of that no-knead bread in the dutch oven.
An apron, a wine thermometer, and some books: Heat (Bill Buford), Best Food Writing of 2006, Sound Bite: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand, United States of Arugula, A Gentleman Entertains.
My sister-in-law gave me a T-Fal deep fryer. It is huge. I regret now asking for a deep fryer for X-mas. Who knew that they make such huge, oil guzzling fryers. I do great deep frying with my wok. But since there is no returning this gift I am seriously thinking of carting it up to our roof in Hells Kitchen this summer and having one huge fish fry.
1) A five quart dutch oven, made of pre-seasoned cast iron, by Lodge. Good thing Amazon has free shipping; it must weight 10 lbs.
2) "Flat Breads & Flavors", by Alford and Duguid, http://www.amazon.com/Flatbreads-Flav....
I already have their book on South-East Asian food and another on Rice; these are probably used more than my copy of Joy. This new book looks like a wonderful edition. I may not cook all of the flatbreads, but the related recipes will be useful. And I think my new heavy iron pan may come in handy.
3) "The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook" by Gloria Bley Miller. I had forgotten this was on my wish-list. It is a bit thick and unwieldy as an introduction to Chinese cooking, but the sheer number and of recipes is impressive. It seems to have most of the recipes that could have been found in San Francisco's Chinatown back in the 1960's; Hong Kong and Beijing are heavily represented.
A set of 4 Williams-Sonoma kitchen towels that are HUGE...a W-S oven mitt, and a copy of the new America's Test Kitchen cookbook.
The Zuni Cafe, and Slow Mediterranean cookbooks. So I think I'm all set for January (and maybe February?) cookbook of the month threads.
AND I got a whisk shaped like a squid!! The plastic handle is the body of the squid, with big bulging eyes, and the tentacles are the wire whisker-things. It's the coolest.
1. Cuisinart 11 cup food processor
2. Pasta machine (hand cranked, not one of those Ronco things)
3. Remote meat thermometer
4. Kitchen scale (which I'm returning for a digital one - don't tell Santa!)
5. Small bottle of white truffle oil
I must have been a good girl this year!
I'm left-handed, so I received a left-handed can opener and a left-handed spatula. I always burn myself when I take things out of the oven, so I also received some oven gloves that are rated to something like 450 degrees. Also got a new temperature probe/timer (the old one mysteriously stopped working...). Good stuff!
It is scooped and has a rounded edge on one side and a squared-off edge on the other, supposedly for scraping out the last bits of remaining residue from a container. So, when you hold it in your left hand, the scooped side is up and the squared-off edge is in the correct orientation for use. I've probably made this sound really confusing, I bet!
A week at a beach house in Mendocino CA devoted to making soup & bread when not walking on the sand -- hurrah! Santa knows what this girl loves! He even promised to make food-related stops on the way as well as cart the knives, LC etc that he knows I'll tote along.
a gift card to john andrews restaurant in egremont, ma and a gift card to restaurant moosilauke in kent, ct. cant wait :)
A nice rubber-handled steel cooking spoon in my stocking. A book called "The Chicken and Fowl Bible", one of an originally German series of which I also have the "Vegetable Bible", very informative and well-designed. A jar of a ginger spread, and one of chestnuts. And, finally, a grownup crock pot that did NOT come from a yard sale! This is a 6-quart oval job from Hamilton Beach with a lid you can clamp on for transporting, along with a zip-on insulated jacket to keep things warm. I'm looking forward to using it to make my New Year's choucroute garni, which always in past years pretty much hogged the oven all day long.
I got a Calphalon roasting pan, a Salter scale, an Oxo salad spinner and a gravy separater with a built-in strainer.
Next year I'm hoping for a set of knives.
The new Best Recipe from Cook's Illustrated.
Some wonderful cheeses.
New oven mitts which come halfway up the forearm (I burn myself regularly).
A flat silicon-coated whisk.
A set of biscuit cutters.
A brioche mold.
Two sets of ramekins.
Some stocking stuffers - lemon oil, a ravioli stamp, probably other things I'm forgetting right now.
A ceramic crock from a ceramics line I fell in love with last weekend at a local kitchen shop- husband really does pay attention! :-)
A really cool long wooden spatula that I have no idea what it's used for, but I love it!
A gnocchi board
A pyrex dish with carrying case and heat pack
A $100 Barnes and Noble gift certificate, most of which I'm sure will go to cookbooks!
Really nice kitchen shears- my husband was tired of seeing me use my kindergarten scissors in the kitchen!
A mini food processor to replace my dulled one
Sam Cooke's Greatest Hits, to listen to while I'm cookin'! Cookin' with Cooke! :-)
Madhur Jaffrey's memoir- this was a surprise gift from my dad, he heard her interview on NPR, I'm excited to read this one!
Chai mix from a local coffee shop
Misc. fruits, chocolates, hot chocolates, etc. in my stocking
One of those pumps that takes the air out of your wine with extra stoppers
Silicone hot pads and new flour sack towels
I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting! It was a good Christmas!
Yep. Grandma reluctantly gave me a chef's knife several years ago, but gave it to me with a penny and explained the practice.
What if you buy a knife with a gift certificate?? Should you go back and give a nickel? Or does the bad-luck-transfer end with the gift of currency, being free of knife associations?
75th Anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking
Appetizer plates with vintage cocktail recipes on them (hmm, is my family trying to tell me something?)
Chocolove chocolate bar with crystallized ginger in dark chocolate (65% cocoa)
Mini bundt plans and other baking forms (so that I can bake things for a friend (and her husband) who cooks but does not bake)
Homemade coffee cake
Mrs Roberts chocolates
"Lydia's Family Table" - my pollyanna gift from a co-worker.
New electric percolator (for our boat).
A new whisk, parchment paper, chef's knife.
Florida oranges & grapefruits from dear friends who moved to Florida.
And a free bag of goodies from TJ's that I won in their monthly raffle!
I got about 15 new and used cookbooks (mostly baking and cake making books.) Hubby had some help in picking them out! I had to do a massive cookbook clean out last month knowing that these were coming. My local library hit the jackpot. Plus I got a pan to make my own hot dog buns.
1. Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer (no room in my tiny kitchen for the real deal...But hey, at least I can whip egg whites!)
2. HUGE 9-qt Oval Le Creuset
We buy our house gifts. I know that sounds odd but it might be something we both will use and it is rather impersonal. So our kitchen has received an electric kettle and the Food Saver I have been wanting for a long time. Merry Christmas kitchen!
- Henckels Four Star 8" chef's knife
- Strauss Le Cuivre 28cm copper saute pan
- buncha Mario Batali cooking accessories in Persimmon (love orange ;)
- mortar and pestle
- a few cookbooks (won't even name them because I probably won't use them but it is the thought that counts, right?)
- a chouriceiro pig; I love this thing! You throw high proof alcohol into it, light it on fire, then cook some chourico (or whatever) on it. Indoor BBQ baby. Picture: http://www.portuguesefood.com/acatalo...
HEAT - the book
Ina Garten's - Barefoot Contessa at Home - signed by INA
Max Brennan Hot Chocolate
Frozen Mini Croissants - Williams Sonoma
Battery operated pepper grinder
Gift Certificate to Williams Sonoma
New set of silverware and water glasses
hmm, a very chowy xmas for the two of us!
-his and hers aprons
-instant read digital thermometer on a lanyard
-cast iron enameled grill pan by napa style in orange/yellow
-jamie's italy cookbook by jamie oliver
-the nyt passover cookbook
-cover and bake cookbook from cook's illustrated
-small tierra negra casserole from crate & barrel
-the silver spoon cookbook
can't wait to get started on all those cookbooks!
I got lots of chowy stuff for Christmas this year. But I have read everyone's lists and am adding to my own wish list right now!
My haul included:
Two gift cards for Sur la Table cooking classes
‘The Cake Book’ by Tish Boyle
Southern Living Christmas Book 2006
Moet & Chandon Champagne
8 Lion’s Head bowls
Fondue Pot and plates
Pink Le Creuset rectangular baking dish
2 Tramontina sauté pans – 8” & 10” w/ removable rubber handle
‘The Seasoning of a Chef’ by Doug Psaltis
Entire set of Hallmark ‘Merry Bakers’ ornaments
Gift basket w/ crackers, preserves, cookies, chocolates and
Pampered Chef silicon pan for baking little shaped cakes
Happy New Year, everyone! kim
My brother sent me a box from D'Artagnon full of wonderful stuff including 8 whole duck legs confit and a most delicious terrine called, appropriately, Duck Terrine Mousquetaire.
My oldest son got me a copy of the Washoku cookbook that I bought for my brother a year ago (on Yukari Pratt's recommendation) and had wanted since, but never gotten around to buying for myself.
My wife bought me a large silicon brush - I think she expects that I will now throw away that old mop I keep around (which is admittedly, very hard to clean) - hmmm... I will have to use the silicon brush and see for myself.
My #2 son bought me a copy of MS Flight Sim X... relevant only in that it may affect my chowhounding time, never mind starting dinners late - only after I successfully land the PBY in Lake Geneva.
Fannie May Chocolate Caramels
A huge bottle of Ketel One Vodka
Some fun Santa swizzle sticks
Mini-casserole dishes (not ramekins)that are just begging me to make French Onion Soup
Artsy glass water pitcher
Salad Tongs and wine stoppers that parents brought back from Italy – Tuscan pottery (I think)
Ginger Grater (Please let this one work!)
Gift Certificates, Gift Certificates, Gift Certificates = Le Creuset Dutch Oven, A good 8 qt. stock pot and some items to be named later!
Gift certificate to Din Tai Fung (Arcadia, CA)
A new Canner
Various Indian spices from my friend (who gets them from her mom/sister in India - they grow and grind them themselves) BEST stuff in the world - I guard it with my life!
Various truffles and other chocolate
Happy New Year!!
1 bulb fennel trimmed, bottom part of core removed and shaved in 1/8 inch slices.
1 granny smith peeled, cored and also sliced to 1/8 inch.
To make the vinaigrette whisk 1/4 cup honey vinegar or cider vinegar with with 1 tbsp honey and 1/2 cup of a mild oil. Macadamian nut oil is perfect for this but canola or safflower will do (I've found olive oil too assertive), 2 tbsp fresh chopped parseley and some salt and pepper. Toss all together to coat and serve with additional blue cheese crumbled on top. It looks nice served on a bed of baby greens. This serves two generously.
I got a brown Mario Batali braising pan, to go with my persimmon panini pan. It is so heavy! I love. Also some Le Creuset ramiekins, some cookbooks, and a $50 giftC to Williams-Sonoma.
i bought my husband the Riedel Amadeo Lyra Decanter, however he said to me yesterday, "i asked santa for silpats and didn't get them". HELLO, THE DECANTER!!!!!! I had no idea silpats were more excited than a decanter.
A sushi cookbook and dinner to a lovely steak house in town, A big huge oval shaped stainless steel warming (chafing) dish for large parties. Beautimus!
Little oval casserole dishes for individual servings, say for canalloni...Happy Happy~
Multiple cookbooks: Barefoot Contessa at Home, The Working Cook, Biba's Italy, and a vintage cookbook titled, The Art of Cuisine. Gift certificates to Ramekins Cooking School in Sonoma, the Paragary's restaurant group and Williams-Sonoma. Flour sack towels, truffle oil, balsamic vinegar, and two food books: Red, White and Drunk All Over and Forks and Corks. A half-case of sparkling moscato and a bottle of BV Tapestry, and a wonderful "Christmas Cocktail" family recipe from a friend/co-worker. Oh, and new granite countertops, a Franke sink and a new faucet for my kitchen. Santa was very good to me this year.
Heh. Yeah, it's great, and too much fun! So far we've just had the traditional raclette, scraping the melty raclette cheese onto steamed new potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions, and meats and veggies we grilled on the top (shrimp, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions, ham).
There are lots of fun little recipes for side dishes in a booklet that came with it. Little mixtures topped with cheese and things like that.
We're figuring that we can do the same sort of thing we did, but with different cheeses and foodstuffs. Mexican style, Italian style, etc. And I think the grill will be handy, too! It gets pretty hot, and would be great for things like quesadillas, or just having a fun little grilled meal in the living room.
Oh, and on the flipside of the grill is....... a crepe maker! Two round divets for two perfect crepes. Too cute!
Some fabulous indulgences from Zingermans!
30-year old balsamic vinegar
cold pressed olive oil pressed in December
flor de sel
fixin's for their fabulous Reuben sandwiches