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What did Santa bring you?

Fairly low tech for me but needed and fun:

Reidel Vinium Burgandy Glasses

new spatulas and a lemon squeezer!

What did you get?

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  1. a 5qt Lodge cast iron Dutch oven
    _From Asparagus to Zucchini_ (A guide to cooking farm fresh seasonal produce) cookbook
    1lb Minnesota wild rice
    Italian herb seed kit for my Aerogarden

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    1. re: justen_m

      I got the Lodge 6 qt dutch oven. Love it!!!!!

      1. re: justen_m

        I am a very lucky girl! I received an All Clad 6 qt saute pan, an OXO flexible spatula, an OXO V-slicer mandoline, a Sodastream and several silicone potholders!

        (oops, posted in the wrong spot - sorry)

      2. Fish spatula
        Emile Henry ruffled pie plate in caramel
        Martha Stewart's Cookies book
        4.5 qt copper sauce pan

        Thank you Santa!

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        1. re: ziggylu

          I received the Emile Henry ruffled pie plate in nougat for my birthday. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but I just love it anyway.

          1. re: ziggylu

            I can vouch for the cookies cookbook. Big fan of the Earl Grey Tea Cookies.

            1. re: ziggylu

              A fish spatula is superb for poached eggs.

            2. Keurig coffee maker....absolutely awesome!

              1. A portable induction cooktop. One burner; 1800 watts (13,000 btu).

                1. I got a lot of nice kitchen swag! New pots and pans (favorite: nonstick griddle pan, the kind without ridges), lots of utensils (favorite: offset icing spatula), and bakeware (favorite: cake pans).

                  1. Magimix 4200XL food processor. wow. we made potato and celeriac au gratin, and it sliced them so thin, in such a short time i was amazed. i did not even have to use the plunger to push them into the blade...they kind of sliced under their own weight!

                    thanks for the recs.


                    1. Four cookbooks

                      8" SS French whip

                      A new diamond steel (thank heavens; needed it)

                      Set of three glass liquid measuring cups (glad to get rid of the plastic stuff that was in vogue last time I bought liquid and dry measuring sets)

                      Also, a couple of goody baskets with gourmet bean mixes and artisanal bread mixes, etc.

                      1. Only a couple of kitchen gadgets: a muddler (MOJITOS! Hurry up, summer!) and a probe thermometer. Used the thermometer already to make a pork roast--husband said it was the best pork roast we ever made since it didn't get overcooked.

                        1. The Mario Batali enameled cast iron lasagna pan, touted here
                          The Splendid Table cookbook (which I'd somehow missed owning till now)
                          Copper River smoked salmon from Seabear
                          Tupelo and sourwood honey, from the Savannah Bee Company
                          a #10 Griswold Tite Top dutch oven!!!

                          1. A medium-sized LC French oven, a smallish LC pan, 2 old-skool cloth oven mitts (because we hate the silicon one, so cumbersome), and _Lydia's_Italy_. And a pair of bunny salt-n-pepper grinders from my ds. Clearly, I was a very good girl! ;-)

                            1. A glass bottomed spring form pan, a bundt pan, and a cutting board!

                              1. A collapsible silicone over-the-sink colander
                                Flex-It silicone measuring cup and mixing bowl (easier to add to the stand mixer)
                                Tovolo popsicle molds (to make green popsicles w/ the VitaMix)
                                A new Microplane zester
                                A lemon/lime squeezer
                                A pot clip spoon rest
                                A hand crank sifter
                                MIU stainless dry measure cups
                                A 2-3/4qt LC round oven

                                Feeling the love from my family!

                                1. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, new spatulas and wooden spoons, lots of different horseradish, etc.

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                                  1. re: lominator

                                    Oh Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking? :) Are you going to do another Julie and Julia thing? :P

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                      No. Just the thought of tomato aspic makes me want to gag. Watching the movie was good enough for me. Interesting book to read though and her Beef Bourguignon is the best IMO.

                                      1. re: lominator

                                        You know I was teasing you, right? :P I didn't know about the book until the movie came out. The reason I said I teased you is that, Julia Child actually disliked Julie Powell' project.

                                        I have never read Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I guess learning French Cooking is not on the top of my list.

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          I know you were just teasing - so am I. I know Julia didn't like Julie and after watching the movie I can understand why - LOL.
                                          Wouldn't cook everything in the book, but there are some things that look wonderful. As said, try the BB - it's very good - lick the plate when no one is looking good.
                                          Didn't get too much cooking stuff for Christmas - my kitchen can't hold anymore.

                                          1. re: lominator

                                            Just an FYI, here: I really didn't like Julie Powell's book. Who is this whiny, self-centered, foul-mouthed immature brat? I LOVED the movie, because Julia was in it.

                                            Okay, so, this fall, I found Julie's old blog (it's still on Salon.com, in its entirety) and started reading it, and my opinion of Julie improved immensely. Yes, she's still foul-mouthed (so am I ;-), but in the blog she comes across as more of a strong, adventuresome, determined woman, plodding on through incredible obstacles to really, truly "MASTER" the Art of French Cooking. She's ballsy. She's disciplined. (every single recipe? That took guts) She's funny as hell.

                                            I ended up not only liking her, but admiring her. Amazing. A lot of this was lost in the book, and almost all of it was lost in the movie.

                                            1. re: Beckyleach

                                              I have the completely opposite experience.

                                              I first watched the movie and I really liked the Julie Powell in the movie and I did not understand why Julia Child was not more supported. Then, I read a few blogs of Julie Powell and found them to be average. Then I read Judith Jones' explanation of Julia Child disapproval and now it makes sense to me.

                                  2. Santa, by way of my incredibly generous parents, brought us a Weber Genesis grill. It is UH.MAZ.ING.

                                    1. Santa was going to buy Mrs. Santa a new bunch of knives for Christmas but he bought a fancy knife sharpener from Chef's Catalog instead. It was a good move.

                                      Santa also added to Mrs. Santa's all-clad collection.

                                      1. Cooking-wise, I got a magnetic spice rack, and a pair of minature salt/pepper pigs which are impossible to get anything out of. I could put saffron in there and let you all take a pinch, and I'd still have most of it left.

                                        Oh, and I got myself a proper heavy-duty roasting tray :) That thing is epic. And 2 pestle and mortar pinch pots, but they're not amazing. Oh, and an olive oil drizzler which was reduced to £5

                                        *edit* Oh, and a Jamie Oliver cookbook. It's quite good actually.

                                        1. A new KA Accolade mixer - tremendous. I love it already. Plus a B&D B2300 Breadmaker, I'm impressed with the bread but I think that the build quality is going to let this one down badly. The post-Christmas sales saw a new arrival - a set of 18/10 stainless steel pans to replace the 28 year-old Le Creuset set we were given as a wedding present.

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                                          1. re: chris100

                                            Don't throw the LC out yet!
                                            Was something wrong with the LC in the first place?

                                          2. Waring Pro Health Juicer (beets cooked in beet juice!)
                                            Ball whisk (the kind with independent tines)
                                            Pampered Chef Wooden Spoons (don't like PC, but I needed wooden spoons, so score)
                                            15" x 21" Oxo Poly Cutting Board (to replace my 8" x 11", woo!)
                                            "A Return to Cooking" - Eric Ripert
                                            "Sauces" - James Peterson

                                            And in case I ever do a Hawaiian themed meal... a Ukulele!

                                            1. Fancy muffin papers!

                                              Yeah, didn't want to make a new thread, so I'm "regifting" an old one :-)

                                              1. A culinary trip to Italy in May (YAY!)!!!
                                                Eight culinary books and a medieval history book.

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                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                  Where did you find that husband or yours?????

                                                  1. re: shaebones

                                                    I know, I know. He really spoils me. He is very generous in all he does and loves to give. He sent his Mom to Italy last year, too, and she adored it. And she adores her son as I do! :-D

                                                    Both of us love Italy so much!

                                                2. My MIL is terrified of using aluminum so she bought me a 14" Scanpan Ceramic Titanium (I'll start a new thread asking about it later)

                                                  DH got me the 15pc All-Clad d5 but it's still in transit (I'm out of the country)

                                                  Lots of cosmetics ...

                                                  1. All-Clad SS d5 French Skillet set which nicely replaces/fills a void in my cookware.
                                                    Bon Appetit Cookbook.
                                                    Both dvd volumes of The French Chef. Wishing for a release of complete seasons.

                                                    1. My wife got me some really cool stuff, one of my favorites is a salt pig that is not quite so traditional looking. picture attached. I am terribly fond of this gift and immediately put it on the counter. (btw, i didn't take the pictures attached. found them online from the guy that makes them)

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                                                      1. re: cannibal

                                                        forgot to attach the pictures because i'm a dunce.

                                                        1. re: cannibal

                                                          Now there's a word I haven't heard used in awhile. That salt pig is spot on for your screen name and looks capable of scaring away little critters.

                                                          1. re: SanityRemoved

                                                            I think it fits me, my wife knows me well.
                                                            That's pictures of the actual one i have sitting on my counter. "demon salt cellar" i think sums it up. It's probably my favorite kitchen item now. It looks much better in person, and adds a lot of personality to the kitchen. I think I'm just now starting to realize I might be a little weird :P

                                                            1. re: cannibal

                                                              Awesome toy! Too many turks though. Boars should have two turks and they use them for good use, like this:


                                                              That said, the opening of your saltpig is at the back, so won't the pretty face just be facing the wall most of the time?

                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                It's a demon salt pig so the extra tusks are fitting ;D

                                                                I am using it for garlic rather than salt, since i prefer a covered salt cellar. If i used this for salt then it would probably end up facing the wall

                                                                I might contact the maker to see if he/she will make one with a cover that might complement the salt pig.

                                                                1. re: cannibal

                                                                  I see. It is a little demon, not an actual pig. So you will have a demon salt pig and a demon garlic pig :)

                                                      2. I'm a recently-graduated young professional, so I'm still in the process of growing my kitchen collection. This year, Santa was very good to me!

                                                        A Shun santoku -- my first nice knife, besides the 4" Henckles I found hidden in the kitchen section at TJ Maxx for something like $10. Can't wait to use the santoku!

                                                        A Cuisinart 14-cup food processor!

                                                        And a collection of yummy homemade jarred goods from a local gourmet shop -- red pepper pesto, Meyer lemon spread, and a savory salt blend that I'm still not sure what to do with -- it's Tuscan rose & pink peppercorn. Suggestions?!

                                                        1. EXO Super Peel Pizza Peel ... used it last night -- takes all the drama out of getting a pizza in the oven!

                                                          On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee .. assumed it would be a good reference, but finding myself reading the whole thing!

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                                                          1. re: firecooked

                                                            That is an *excellent* book, i found myself reading it from cover to cover as well. I don't think any other book has influenced the way I cook more than On Food and Cooking.

                                                            1. re: firecooked

                                                              Is this just as good in a kindle/electronic version (which favors text- as opposed to picture-heavy books), or are there graphics, photos, etc. that are best viewed in the print version?

                                                              1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                                I think the pictures make a difference. McGee does a good job of describing things, but visualizing a protein lattice trapping fat globules (yogurt) and seeing a picture of it really makes a difference, to me at least since i'm a visual type of learner.

                                                                1. re: cannibal

                                                                  super helpful, thanks. ironically, the kindle edition costs more on amazon - i'm just trying to save on small-apartment real estate (just gave away 500+ books to free up some space).

                                                                  But hard copy it'll be.

                                                                2. re: iyc_nyc

                                                                  I think it would be OK on the iPad, but not a Kindle... and happy that I opted for the print version!

                                                                  1. re: firecooked

                                                                    Thanks - have ordered the print. :-)

                                                              2. Santa didn't bring me anything, nor did Hanukkah Harry. but i got myself the Cuisinart Die-Cast Elite 16-cup food processor. haven't played with it yet, but i'm looking forward to it! i also bought myself the Breville Smart Oven and returned it because i thought it was too big, but i think i have to go back & get it again...

                                                                1. Resourceful Santa brought me a larding needle.

                                                                  Surprisingly hard for me to find in stores.

                                                                  1. Sitram "Catering" series 9.5" saucier (curved sauté pan)
                                                                    2 cookbooks
                                                                    3 stainless steel mixing bowls
                                                                    china cap

                                                                    1. I received a new Roaster Oven and I'm looking forward to cooking that New Year's turkey. I probably will only use it a couple of times a year, but it will free up my oven for all the other goodies, so I'm very grateful. I also received two lovely new potholders, time to throw out some of the old ones that are old and stained. I'm looking into buying a Kindle type of ereader just for the same reason mentioned before. I have no space for any more cookbooks. I've checked into the resolution on the new ones 3G and it's great for any photos. Hopeing the prices will come down in the next few weeks.

                                                                      1. I've been obsessing about whether or not to return the Krups deep fryer I received. I really want it and I understand it was he last one Santa had. The box had some minor damage and the elf that was working said she checked it out and everything was fine. Well, when I opened it 2 ltiny little plastic pieces were in the bottom of the box. It took we awhile to figure out that they had broken off from the ridge just under the pan. As far as I can see the only impact is that the lid does quite close evenly so I'm leaning towards keeping it. Just can't stand the thought of the return lines and then not being able to get another one. I also got a very nice Emile Henry ruffled pie plate, so I'm happy.

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                                                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                          Update; my deep fryer came through for me with flying colors. I know i won't use it all that often but I am so happy to have one. Tonight I made clam fritters for the very first time. With memories of my grandmother's fritters from many, many years ago; I found myself anxious. The batter seemed thin, I wasn't sure, but in the end my grandmother would have been proud. Perfectly cooked fritters, filled with clams, crisp and golden on the outside, tender and delicious inside. I love my new deep fryer!

                                                                          1. re: Pegmeister

                                                                            They sound delicious! Care to share the recipe?

                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                              It's really basic; 1 cup clams; 1 beaten egg; 1 1/2 cups flour; heaping teaspoon of baking powder and a cup of liquid. I used 1/2 cup of clam juice with 1/2 cup milk and pepper to taste. Blend all ingredients and let rest for 30 minutes. Drop by heaping tablespoon into 375 degree penut oil. Just as an FYI, I used razor clams that I had ordered from LaTienda as I feel they have more flavor. I'm sure you can just use chopped clams. For dipping I made a quick tartar sauce with diced onion; mayo; sweet relish; pepper and then spiced it up with a teaspoon of chipotle mustard and some chipotle hot sauce.

                                                                        2. Santa and son brought Mrs. h. a blender, a hand mixer, 40 pounds worth of Thomas Keller books, some knives, a copy of Fannie's Last Supper and a snuggie. Santa also collaborated with Mrs. h. on the design of a new kitchen. Work (demolition/construction) starts in January and should finish late February. Santa shakes his head sadly and wishes he was sailing the EC when the banging starts.

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                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                            Wow - Mrs. h is a very lucky girl!

                                                                            1. re: chefathome

                                                                              Santa will share the excruciating details of the renovation after the fact. For all of Santa's good deeds, the elves tell me that the bathrooms are next on the stack.

                                                                              No rest for the jolly.

                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                Does Mr. h have a birthday coming up where he gets to be spoiled? :)

                                                                                Cannot wait to hear reno details. I would love to have one, myself...

                                                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                                                  Santa's capacity for self-indulgence knows no limits. :-)

                                                                          2. Lodge cast iron wok. Love, love, love it! Where have you been all of my life?

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                                                                            1. re: pikawicca

                                                                              Pikawicca, what do you like about it and what are you using it for? I thought woks were supposed to be on the light side and this one is heavy!


                                                                              1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                                                It stays hot, hot hot! The only home wok I've ever had that does. No heat loss when the food goes in equals great sear, rather than steaming. (This is on a gas stove -- don't know if it would be so great on electric.)

                                                                            2. A drill! (Did you know drills do not automatically come with bits?)
                                                                              Drill bits.

                                                                              Oh, and an 11 cup Cuisinart food processor.

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                                                                              1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                you use your drill in the kitchen? is that how they get the filling into chocolates? consider my curiosity piqued! :D

                                                                                1. re: cannibal

                                                                                  No, the drill was for around the house. Tho I'm sure Alton Brown has come up with some culinary uses for his drill.

                                                                                  1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                    I kinda remember seeing someone on TV using a drill to empty out the seeds from a chili.

                                                                                    1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                      i was mostly poking fun, i figured it was for around the house :)

                                                                                      i've only ever used a drill once for food. i have a cement mixing attachment and (after a very good cleaning) used it for mixing about 7 gallons of cake batter.

                                                                                      1. re: cannibal

                                                                                        Excellent use of drill+cement mixer attachment. What kind of container did you mix the 7 gallons in?

                                                                                        1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                          10 gallon (i think) stock pot i use for brewing beer. I didn't think about that until the last minute, we almost ended up cleaning out a fish tank but neither of us liked that idea and were hemming and hawing on breaking it down into 2 five-gallon plastic buckets before a secondary fermenter caught my eye and I remembered about the stock pot.

                                                                                          1. re: cannibal

                                                                                            Good thing you found the stock pot. 1. It saved you from having to clean out the fish tank and 2. I'd worry that the mixer would harm its glass sides.

                                                                                            How many cakes did that make? What size?

                                                                                            1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                              it was a fish tank that had gone a few years without use and i think eventually got thrown away or it's still sitting in her garage.

                                                                                              to answer your questions...
                                                                                              how many: 1
                                                                                              what size: huge

                                                                                              it was a few sheets cut up to be a model of the titanic. i think she had been watching too much "ace of cakes". it turned out pretty cool, i'll bug her for pictures

                                                                                        2. re: cannibal

                                                                                          In my younger days, I worked at a fast food Mexican place. We used a drill to mash huge pots of beans (in which a huge melted block of lard was added) for refries!

                                                                                  2. - 3.5 Quart LC braiser
                                                                                    - 11.75" LC skillet
                                                                                    I asked for them, but didn't expect to get them. Unfortunately, I'm now waiting for the snow to clear so I can get out and get a couple more (non-metal) utensils that are more gentle on the finish.

                                                                                    1. 2 different sized spatulas/flippers and I couldn't be happier!!! Made by Calphalon for non-stick pans, they're sturdy yet have some flexibility and the !*best*! part is they have a sharp edge rather than a blunt edge found on most nylon(?) spatulas. The smaller of the two is slotted, the larger one is solid. (There's a wider one for pancake flipping) They were from Santa, but I was alongside at BB&B.

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                                                                                      1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                        Isn't it great how something so simple can make such a great and well received gift?

                                                                                        1. re: cannibal

                                                                                          Agreed. My husband says he is very lucky as I would be thrilled with something as simple as a beautiful artisan salt or cheese! It is a blessing to appreciate the small things as well as the big things.

                                                                                          1. re: cannibal

                                                                                            What made it so wonderful was I've been searching for "it" for several years now. :)

                                                                                            1. re: CocoaNut

                                                                                              that makes it all the better! I have had a few times that i've found "it". there are a few of us here that are quite particular and don't rest until the exact niche need has been filled, even if it takes years. the hardest is when you find 'it' and your significant other says "why do you need that? you have 50 just like it at home" "...but this is the one!! it has/doesn't have (fill in the blank) and is perfect in every way!"

                                                                                              i think it's time to go post in the cookware junkie thread, my denial can only carry me so far :(

                                                                                              1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                >>> "...but this is the one!! it has/doesn't have (fill in the blank) and is perfect in every way!"

                                                                                                More hallowed words could not be spoken!!! Fortunately for me, my SO was as happy as me, long ago having tired of my incessant grumbling on the matter!!! (Now where is this "cookware junkie" thread of which you speak???!) lol

                                                                                        2. Shun Bob Kramer 8" chef's knife (the Sur la Table one)
                                                                                          $50 gift card to Sur a Table also

                                                                                          Question: Do presents that we bought ourselves (Self-Santa'ing ;) ) also count? :D

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                                                                                          1. re: dessert_diva

                                                                                            "Do presents that we bought ourselves (Self-Santa'ing ;) ) also count?"

                                                                                            Gets my vote!! And with that, I will add that self-santa-ing brought me Bobby Flay's Throwdown, a wonderful decanter that sort of looks like a lab flask & a whole bunch of mini martini glasses from Crate and Barrel that I'm planning on using for all kinds of things like mini desserts and cocktail tastings.

                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                              Ah, okay, in that case... via self-Santa'ing I also got (anything bought between Dec 1st and Jan 1st qualifies, btw!):

                                                                                              Shun Bob Kramer 5" utility knife
                                                                                              new knife block
                                                                                              end grain maple cutting board from The Boardsmith (haven't got that yet, but it's paid for)
                                                                                              "Mastering Knife Skills" book/dvd combo
                                                                                              Kuhn-Rikon dual speed frother (for making vinaigrettes in small portions)
                                                                                              Henckels Classic Clad 3/4-qt warmer/saucepan, and 10" frypan

                                                                                            2. re: dessert_diva

                                                                                              Question: Do presents that we bought ourselves (Self-Santa'ing ;) ) also count?
                                                                                              heck yes! Hanukkah Harry hasn't brought me anything for nearly 20 years, so i'm *all* about the self-gifting. the best part is that i rarely get it wrong ;)

                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                I'm all about the self-gifting too. We don't exchange much between the adults in my family for Christmas (or Hanukkah) & I think my husband is too intimidated to buy me anything food related (books, equipment etc.) because he knows I have a lot already, has no idea what I want or need and, well, he knows I'm kind of picky as well. Self-gifting works for me because, as you said, I rarely get it wrong, and since we don't have money to burn, I'm much happier just buying what I know I'll love and use.. But my husband DID buy me a gift certificate for an hour long massage, which is totally awesome. :)

                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                  the massage gift certificate is one that my wife is always happy to receive :)
                                                                                                  It's nice knowing that i always have a fall-back gift in my back pocket that i know she will always love.

                                                                                                  1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                    Every year my husband & I go through this dance at Christmas - we agree that we are buying something big that we need for the house as a "gift" instead of exchanging presents (this year it was a snowblower, which we already used this past weekend here in NJ.)

                                                                                                    And every year, I know he is going to end up buying me something anyway because he just can't bring himself not to, which is sweet, but not if it means making me nuts because he bought something I really didn't need or want. And I am VERY hard to buy for because of the afore-mentioned pickiness, and lack of need for much.

                                                                                                    So over the years he's learned that stuff like GC for massages, mani/pedis etc. are very appreciated and will actually get used. (And yes, every year I end up getting HIM something too, because I'd feel terrible if I didn't have something for him when I know he got me something. It's insane.)

                                                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                      Strogly agreed. To me for cookware, when I find deals, it is for me a X'mas day. That is why I got my LC 6.75 qt wide round oven in September for $139. it is a good deal and we saved. What I got for X'mas from him was LC's stone ware cocotte ( 4 of the mini DO in stoneware) and a cocotte cookbook with it, and a spa gift card. I already have many french porcelain souffle dishes and the cocotte will be not used so often but he wanted to show his understanding for my LC addiction so it is very sweet.

                                                                                                      1. re: hobbybaker

                                                                                                        This is so funny. I was coming on here to post that I Santa'd myself just a little bit more. Sur la table is having a pretty good sale on their porcelain white ware and I bought some souffle dishes in 10 oz and 18 oz sizes, plus a few more soup bowls.

                                                                                                        But now I seriously have to say no to any more spending for a good long time and just concentrate on using what I have. No more cookbooks, no more cookware, that's it for me for a while.

                                                                                                        BTW, that IS very sweet of him, and those cocottes are SO darling. :)

                                                                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                          Flourgirl, yes it is! I also have enough thanks to HG/TJmaxx and WS outlet where so many attractive gifts I got myself! Luckily I don't have SLT locally :) Also, the WS outlet at Woodbury commons is closing soon, on 16th of this month. So significantly less inflows this year! BTW, I am in transition moving to Europe and just got all my stuff at my new apt in a small town. OMG, the huge 10 boxes just only for cookware and dishes etc. DH was just so amazed how much I accumulated and hid all of them. Now, I feel released because there are one Staub and one LC outlet a bit remotely , where he got the cocotte. Cookware etc cost generally much more in Europe; so No MORE major spending and just start to use what I imported from the US!

                                                                                                          1. re: hobbybaker

                                                                                                            Good luck with the move - that sounds so exciting!!

                                                                                                            1. re: hobbybaker

                                                                                                              All the really nice outlets are in Europe...de Buyer, mauvel, falk, etc ;)

                                                                                                              1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                                Oh, no! Don't tempt me! but only one I am still interested in is de Buyer carbon steel pan. Where is their outlet? In France?

                                                                                                                1. re: hobbybaker

                                                                                                                  yup yup it's in Vosges France. Really not all that far out of the way if you think about how close together the countries are. I hear they have lots of copper cookware there too for a very good price. Hope this isn't too tempting, muahaha

                                                                                                                  1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                                    Thanks, cannibal. Actually, I have none of copper cookware because I always feel taking care of copper is cumbersome. But, maybe a good chance to explore a bit! Thanks!

                                                                                                                    1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                                      Hummmm, my girlfriend and her family live in Menton France, how close is she I wonder? A visit to her might be in the offing, especially if I can find her a very special gift. She's a fabulous baker.
                                                                                                                      I'll ponder that, thanks for info.

                                                                                                                      Anyone with a KA mind mentioning the color of it? It'd be interesting to take a poll on the colors since many are newer to the KA mixer.

                                                                                                                      Mine= Ruby Red

                                                                                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                        Mine's white, as are almost all my appliances, except the range.

                                                                                                                      2. re: cannibal

                                                                                                                        So true.. traveling country to country there is like driving state to state here. It's not so bad. Hobby, I really hope you enjoy your experience living over there.
                                                                                                                        Will you be there permanently or do you have a timeline?

                                                                                                                        1. re: grnidkjun

                                                                                                                          At least three to four years but I am still kind of back and forth between both sides. I hope settling down this summer. I am now creating a new kitchen here and buying an induction range. (The old temporary electric stove made me nuts here!) I am so happy I got All-clad etc at good prices, which are all induction ready, thanks to this board and you, too! grnid. Otherwise, I would need to buy another cookware here for higher prices.

                                                                                                  2. I recieved a painting by artist Arnold Martinez called " Breakfast ". It depicts the normal breakfast served in a Latin home. Cuban bread w/butter, cuban coffee, a bag of ground coffee, a tall thin glass which the bread was dipped into, and last but not least a special coffee maker called a colador for making this very delicious coffee. the painting sit proudly above a granite side table in my kitchen which on top sits a, from left to right 1. Krup Stainless Steel Drip Coffeemaker 2. 4 Piece set Buchitto Cups & Saucers to drink Expresso 3. A 1950's Style Stove top Expresso Maker 4. Wooden Colador w/Manga 5. Modern Style Expresso Maker w/ Steam attachment. It was a very good Christmas.

                                                                                                    1. I got 3 Nigel Slater cookbooks - which is probably a bit OTT to be honest.
                                                                                                      I'm going to have to write a comprehensive list next year.

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                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                          Tender I and II, and Real Food.

                                                                                                          Was surprised to find out he hates beef.

                                                                                                      1. A sous vide supreme! Can't wait to get home later today and try it out... I think I have a lot of learning to do!

                                                                                                        1. THERMAPEN - after multiple thermometer failures(after heavy use) I hope this greatly touted product will stand the test of my cooking fever

                                                                                                          Bacon cookbook - my heart ached when i opened it up from the wrapping

                                                                                                          cookbook featuring D.C. chefs - I live in LA so its a nice refreshing look at some east coast talent

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                                                                                                          1. re: blackbookali

                                                                                                            "Bacon cookbook - my heart ached when i opened it up from the wrapping"

                                                                                                            ahahahahahahahaha - was that from emotion or clogged arteries? ;)

                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                              small: snowflake cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma which I will return 'cuz they rusted overnight! And, no Hannukah Harry or Santa in my house so,(big) I went to Costco and bought myself the Keurig Platinum-say what you will but, I lOVE it!

                                                                                                          2. A digital instant read thermometer
                                                                                                            A glass 8 c measuring cup
                                                                                                            Batter bowls
                                                                                                            A new silicone spatula

                                                                                                            We just remodeled the kitchen so most of the gifts to my wife and me were kitchen related.

                                                                                                            1. Oxo V-Mandoline
                                                                                                              Oxo Food Mill
                                                                                                              Avec Eric cookbook,
                                                                                                              and I bought meself another Mauviel M'cook 10.? inch frying pan to double up on a workhorse.

                                                                                                              1. I was a good girl this year, and Santa only bought 9 stainless steel food dehydrator racks for my Farberware convection oven.

                                                                                                                I am trying to kick my addiction.

                                                                                                                1. I have wanted a KA mixer for 10 years. I still did Not get it.

                                                                                                                  Instead, I was given a frilly, excessive apron (that I returned).

                                                                                                                  (Worse yet: I am told by my family that I will not be given a KA mixer until I get married. I am in my early twenties with a BA and MA from ivy schools, can cook and clean, and I workout almost everyday BUT have no plans (or prospects) to get married... I will never get my mixer!!!)

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                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                    I think your situation warrants something drastic - you must spoil yourself and buy one. You are sure to love it to pieces! Man, I know that I technically could live without my Professional Series 600 KA but my life would not be the same. I practically get all teared up when I think about it and walk by it (well, and of course, use it). Sigh...

                                                                                                                    There are many others who feel the same way! :-D

                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                      Shame on your family! Buy it for yourself (and tell your insensitive kin to take a hike).

                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                        I agree with Chef and pika - no need to wait on others to forge your happiness - go for it all by yourself. (This is a very good example of EXACTLY why self-gifting is a perfectly acceptable institution...)

                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                          i agree with the others - do as i've done, and buy these things for yourself. however, i *will* break from the pack and suggest that you also consider the Cuisinart stand mixer - it's fantastic. i like mine better than the KA.

                                                                                                                          go for it either way. your family may be living in some bizarre 1950's time warp, but that doesn't mean you have to.

                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                              If you really want it, you should buy it. With a BA and a MA from ivy schools, I am sure you can afford it if you want to.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                I will be honest: I am a nerd, but I had a pre-mature "life-crisis" and decided I wanted to make a difference in the world, in a small way, daily. I did therefore become a high school English teacher after those 'glam-de-glam' degrees.

                                                                                                                                I live alone and support myself on my teaching salary. This is my first year: it is hard enough to pay bills (I also have debt from my degrees), and I find that I work continuously (grading and lesson planning because I know they will be making cuts next year--if I am not immaculate, then I will be cut), at all hours grading so I cannot afford to purchase a KA mixer (and I am thinking I cannot afford one in terms of time, because I would make more items, which would take time away from my students).

                                                                                                                                This is irrelevant, but unfortunately I am part of a generation where a degree (or several) gets you nothing. Many of my fellow graduates still do not have jobs; I work my [arse] off, but I am just grateful to have a job. Besides I read people's blogs and live vicariously through their baking adventures (yay!..).

                                                                                                                                1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                  Food and drinks on me if we're in the same city.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                                                                                    I have to be honest: I am not familiar with communicating with strangers via the internet, but the Chowhound seems safe (mayhaps), and I don't meet strangers for dinner and drinks regardless, so it seems safe to confess I live in Illinois.

                                                                                                                                    Thanks to all, who listened to my solo pity party.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear that. Regardless, I'm not in Illinois.

                                                                                                                                      Good luck with the teaching.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the thoughts! For my sake, definitely use your KA mixer to make the triple-layer chocolate peanut butter cake on Smitten Kitchen's blog.

                                                                                                                                        (If you don't like peanut butter, you can replace that frosting with the Cookie Dough frosting from Annie's Eats blog, or just eat the cake with the ganache. Regardless, it is worth the work.)

                                                                                                                                        Or the NYTimes cookie recipe. Make that and think of me because when I visit my parents, I use their KA mixer to make that cookie, and it's exceptional.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                          when i was a kid, we always gave gifts to my teachers - usually perfume, cologne, or a gift certificate. do they still do that? maybe next year you can have them skip all that and chip in toward your KA ;)

                                                                                                                                          but seriously, keep an eye out on Amazon - occasionally they have insane weekend or one-day discounts on these things. in fact, if you have an account, you can add the one you want to your "wish list" and i think there's a way to set it up so you receive an e-mail notification when the price changes.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                            Yes, when I was young, we always gave gifts to my teachers. Unfortunately, the economy is rough right now so I did not expect gifts. One student made me cookies (literally gone in 10 minutes--I was so grateful; I get up at 4:30..); one student brought me a scarf--which was very practical.

                                                                                                                                            Actually I wouldn't want them to chip in because they found out I do not have a television; it became an amusing joke for them. (Personally, I do not mind; podcasts and reading the internet&books are enough.)

                                                                                                                                            Ha, I suppose I shall commit to this: if and when I earn a Golden Apple Teaching Award, I will buy myself a KA mixer.--I'll get back to you in 20 years, since it takes a very long time to become a 'master' at teaching.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                              What's your budget? People were getting the Professional 600 series for under $200 a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                                                                                                I probably shouldn't because I don't know if I will be employed or not after this school year (until March), but if it were the Professional series.. $200 would have been a steal. This Christmas I didn't bother much to look for one because of expenses and I never saw the P600 get quite that low; I see usually that around $400 (with shipping).

                                                                                                                                                Perhaps I should start a "Please post KA Mixer Bargain Alerts" for people to post when there's a good deal.

                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately my laptop is about to die (my cell phone is also dying)--which is essential for work, so saving for a laptop (phone, possibly a camera, an ipod would be nice) is probably more sensible than a KA mixer presently. ..Although I might start that thread--just in case (I get renewed and not riffed).

                                                                                                                                                NotJuliaChild--you are very generous with your thoughts and assistance!

                                                                                                                                      2. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                        I hope you can find a way to buy your mixer...EBay, perhaps? About 40 years ago, I dropped a very strong hint to my mother that that was what I wanted for Christmas. It works as well now as ever; I admit, I don't use it a lot but it's there when I need it. It's the only thing I leave on my counter.

                                                                                                                                        I'd love to buy the special edition metallic cherry red one with glass bowl but I can't justify buying it when my white one works perfectly.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: walker

                                                                                                                                          My KA was purchased off eBay - regular $700 and I got mine for $200 (plus $50 shipping to Canada). It was brand spanking new, not refurbished or anything. So there are definitely great deals to be had.

                                                                                                                                          Keep in mind that using a KA can be a huge stress release which may be exactly what you need in your job! :-D

                                                                                                                                          1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                            "Keep in mind that using a KA can be a huge stress releaser"

                                                                                                                                            So many people that have walkd in my kitchen have asked me, "Now really, how much do you use that thing?" or "Is that thing really worth whatever they cost?" or "If you had it to do over again, would you still want one knowing what you know now and using it as little or as much as you do?" The answer always, "oh yes!"

                                                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                              Same here. I've never regretted for a second buying my KA pro 600. I use it all the time.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                      You will able to afford it one day. Then you can buy it.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                        You know what Grace? I thank you for your tireless teaching, your efforts and support of the kids you teach and the hours you spend making sure your work is immaculate. My hat is off to you. You deserve a gosh darn KA.

                                                                                                                                        I wanted one for a hundred years myself and was fortunate when years ago, Santa got very generous. He bought me the color I'd hoped for and strength and ability I wanted also. But like you, I'd have not spent that amount of money on myself. It's so pretty on my counter and I love the thing. You state your age and you are very young so it's still in the offing for you I am quite sure.

                                                                                                                                        Our DIL works for a jeweler and another lady works there too. The other lady and our DIL are quite good friends and the lady was complaining about her idiot husband one day, that had left her, high and dry, out of the blue and was simply miserable. She knew our son loved to cook and had a huge kitchen so she asked our DIL if there was anything [that she'd mentioned that she wanted to give away] that she'd be interested in. Our DIL said "oh no thanks, but thanks for offering." The lady and DIL got together for lunch one day and she came into Sedona's restaurant carrying her KA with attachments. Told our DIL she couldn't bare to toss it or give it to GoodWilling or Sally Annie's and hoped she'd accept it. Our DIL is and was thrilled, didn't remember her mentioning giving 'it' away. It'd been a gift from the dipwad husband and all she saw when she viewed it on her counter was him.........she immediately went out and bought herself a copper one and LOVES it........

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                        Chem, degrees have nothing to do with personal finances...particularly in this current rotten economic climate.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                        In 2009, I requested money gift cards for all gift giving occasions, and finally bought myself a KitchenAid Artisan.

                                                                                                                                        In 2010, I did it again and got a FoodSaver vacuum food system, a bunch of bags/rolls, and a pair of shoes I wanted.

                                                                                                                                        It sure beats the heck out of all the tcotchkes.

                                                                                                                                      4. Hanukah Harry bought my mom a Cuisinart immersion blender, which when she opened it, I shrieked and grabbed it exclaiming, "How did you know? It's just what I wanted!" (Mom's response to opening it was, in a disdainful tone, "What in the world should I do with this?" So it all worked out.)

                                                                                                                                        HH bought me a cashmere sweater, which I cover with an apron while cooking, and boxes of chocolates. I Self-Santa'd (what's the Hanukah equivalent?) a Mauviel copper saute pan (not the best, unfortunately, the line with the brass handle) that was mis-marked at Marshalls down to $9.99.

                                                                                                                                        1. Imperial Pasta maker
                                                                                                                                          Vacuum Food Saver
                                                                                                                                          KitchenAide Meat grinder
                                                                                                                                          Zojirushi Rice cooker

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                                                                                                                                          1. French Laundry Cookbook
                                                                                                                                            Ad Hoc at Home
                                                                                                                                            Noma Cookbook
                                                                                                                                            OXO Mandoline

                                                                                                                                            Good haul. :)

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: BigE

                                                                                                                                              can I have your French Laundry Cookbook? oh puhhhhlleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese

                                                                                                                                              1. re: BigE

                                                                                                                                                I have Ad Hoc and FL and LOVE them, especially FL. Cannot wait to get my Noma - is it as wonderful as I've been hearing?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                  Visually, French Laundry and Noma are stunning. Absolutely beautiful. Functionally, I'm not sure how much I'll use them. Keller puts a nice note in the FL book, though. Something along the lines of "you don't have to try to cook every recipe straight through, but try using this sauce with any chicken or beef dish". That's something I've never really thought about, since I've never had a 'food porn' book before. From my first glances, the problem with Noma might well be ingredients. The book is not tailored toward American pallet or ingredient availability, I can assure you. Like I said though, both books are stunning and I hope to use them in some respect.

                                                                                                                                                  If nothing else, they provide great coffee table books. My 70 year old aunt, who has no desire to try new and exotic food, was enamored with Noma when she was at my parent's house for Christmas.

                                                                                                                                                  Ad Hoc, on the other hand, is a much more approachable book and I plan to use it often.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BigE

                                                                                                                                                    I use FL because I love challenging techniques and sourcing hard-to-find ingredients. Many of my books are similar to that. The most challenging would be "Alinea" and "The Fat Duck Cookbook" which are OTT and just wonderful! Having traveled to many countries and experiences tons of wonderful cultures my palate is incredibly adventurous.

                                                                                                                                                    It sounds like Noma will be the perfect book for a food science geek like me! :-D

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                      There's no doubt I will cook out of FL, just not on a regular basis. I hope to incorporate some of the techniques and various sides, sauces, etc. with other meals.

                                                                                                                                                      Noma is intense. Some of the smallest bites consist of a dozen or more ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BigE

                                                                                                                                                        Awesome - I love intense. Sometimes I use over 30 ingredients in recipes with many components. Now I am more excited than ever!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                                                          Deb made the Ad Hoc fried chicken two nights ago. The results were stunning. Leftovers heated up well in an aluminum foil tent (opened after 20 minutes) and maybe 2-3 minutes in the 350 oven each on both sides.

                                                                                                                                                          The 40-pound Keller book duo is a keeper for the chicken alone. It wasn't hard. I'll get back with more Keller stuff down the road.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                              The fried chicken recipe is near the top of my list...can't wait to try it.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                I have the Ad Hoc book and think it's beautiful but those big heavy books are so awkward; I've been goggling to try to get the recipes and print them off from the internet so that I can cook from them more easily.

                                                                                                                                                  2. A Moritaka 360 Sujihiki knife & a Big Steel Keg!!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Zydecopapa

                                                                                                                                                      Nice! How's the Moritaka treating you?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cannibal

                                                                                                                                                        It is my third Moritaka - I got this one specifically to cut smokes brisket. I LOVE this knife!!!!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Zydecopapa

                                                                                                                                                        Wow, two very nice gifts. Well, BIg Steel Keg is definitely good. The Henckels Moritaka is probably good too, right?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                          The Moritaka is not the Henckels Japanese line - made by the Moritaka familly who have worked the forges since 1293 and been doing kitchen knives for 5 generations. Awesome knives!!! The Keg is light-years better that my Char-Griller Pro. What a great wife I have.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Zydecopapa

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry. I got confused for a moment with Morimoto. Thanks for the correction. I think I know which one you are talking about. I thought about getting a Moritaka Nakiri awhile back. I chickend out because I heard some wavy edge thing, but it seems that may only be true for the lower end of the Moritaka.

                                                                                                                                                            Your wife is awesome. :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                              I was lucky enough that I was able to choose my Nikiri from 5 examples.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Zydecopapa

                                                                                                                                                                ??? Choose your nakiri from 5 examples? But I thought you said you go a Sujihiki. :) Either way, I am very happy for you (and a bit jealous).

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                                                                  I have 3 Morataka's: 1 160 Nikiri, 1 each 240 & 360 Sujihiki. I also have 4 Akafusa knives and a Santoku made by Kato-san. My name is Zydecopapa and I have a problem...

                                                                                                                                                      3. Racked up on some great kitchen ware. My favorite is the Ninja Food processor. We got the deluxe pack with a small bowl for salsas and dips. I will be doing alot of Red Pepper Hummus.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I got some great gifts this Christmas:

                                                                                                                                                          Vitamix 5200
                                                                                                                                                          Ad Hoc at home
                                                                                                                                                          The Complete Keller (The French Laundry and Bouchon cookbooks)

                                                                                                                                                          1. Oh yeah! I got a case of rootbeer too :D I'm very happy, obviously, but I have to resist ploughing through the whole lot, I'll just miss it when it's gone.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Soop

                                                                                                                                                              You're the first non-North American I've ever heard of who likes it.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                I love the stuff, it used to be in McDonalds when I was a kid, it's just hyper rare in this country now. Some friends like it, Donna doesn't.

                                                                                                                                                                I'd love to have a regular (but not prohibitively expensive) supply.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Mine was low tech, but very thoughtful. I told a friend a needed a pasta spoon when she asked if I needed house warming gift. I usually don't ask for gifts, but I always forget to buy one when I am out and about and figured she'd remember better than I would. Well for Christmas she gave me a pasta spoon along with spoons and spatulas for cooking. I am not sure of the brand and don't care. I am just pleased as punch to have extras on hand while I am cooking and I love my pasta spoon.

                                                                                                                                                              1. From family I got a :

                                                                                                                                                                Kitchenaid pro 600 mix master
                                                                                                                                                                Fagor pressure cooker

                                                                                                                                                                Gifts to myself haha just moved couldnt resist:

                                                                                                                                                                ISI gourmet whip 1 pint nitrous siphon
                                                                                                                                                                and a Therma-pen

                                                                                                                                                                1. I received a copy of Tom Keller's "Bouchon" cookbook. Fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                  I just wish the publisher had used less reflective paper, and NOT used the small, grey-ink, unreadable typeface in some sections. This, along with the size and layout, make it a challenge to cook directly from this book.