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Foodie Gifts this holiday season - what are you asking for or giving?

I've asked for a larger knife block - the 30-something slot one - because I have too many knives to fit the current one.

I got DH the Igrill thermometer gizmo - with both probes. I think he'll be pleased.
I'm giving my Halloween-obsessed bestie a Ginger-dead-Man cookie cutter, along with my grandmother's recipes for gingerbread and sugar cookies.
My sister is getting the OCD cutting board - it fits her food quirks. :)
DBIL is getting wawa K cups.
DSIL asked for my DH to make her a batch of ABTs, which he may depending on the weather.

Is there some special tool or treat you are hoping to find under the tree this Christmas?

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  1. My parents live in a small town without great access to specialized ingredients, so a big sack of high-end cheeses and specialty spices, etc., is always part of their gift. I also got my DH an Aeropress for his desk at work, since he is a coffee addict. I asked for a stockpot, myself, and I found out through my sister that my mother bought it for me, so I am looking forward to some high-capacity cooking in 2013!

    1. For the first time in years I haven't asked for anything food related for Christmas. Running out of storage space. But I'm sure that I will get some goodies in my stocking.

      I do plan to give many food related gifts. My father a air popper, popcorn kernels, and a jar of my apple pie jam. My mom is getting a selection of artisan chocolate bars, jam, lemon flavored honey, and Kind bars. All my brother wants for Christmas is a couple jars of pickled string beans that I made this summer from my CSA bounty. I'm feeling generous so I threw in a jar of my strawberry jam and apple pie jam.

      My parents plan to give my siamese a few bags of a treat that he is addict to.

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      1. re: viperlush

        Would you please post your recipe for apple pie jam on the Home Cooking board. Sounds great. I have a bunch of pears that are totally ripe, and I bet I could sub them. Thank you.

          1. re: viperlush

            Thank you, Viperlush. I'm going to try the pear sub. It looks like it will work. Best holidays.

        1. re: viperlush

          To add to my list, BF will be getting a bag of roasted (not in peanut oil) cashews, all natural maraschino cherries, and a bottle of the Harpoon 100 barrel series. My mother will also be getting a box marzipan.

        2. At the top of my list is a mandoline, a misto, the sausage stuffer attachment kit for my kitchen-aid mixer, a pizza stone, and a large pastry mat.

          I also have about a gazillion cookbooks on my list. I keep a running Amazon wishlist throughout the year where I add things that look interesting.

          Oh, and I would really like this funny pepper mill :) http://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-Babu...

          I got my mom 2 silicone pastry mats and a microplane. She used mine when I was temporarily living with her and was sad when I took them. She bought herself a Kitchen Aid pro mixer... better than the one I took with me!

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          1. re: juliejulez

            that pepper mill is great!

            I was looking for a good carving board to put on my list, one with nice deep grooves. my current carving board is cracked and the meat juices leak onto the counter.

            this is the gingerdead man cookie cutter: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e9de...

            1. re: juliejulez

              I love both the peppermill and the gingerdead man!

              I bought my mom a chocolate liquor locker on Amazon: cool as all get out! 64 assorted chocolate bottles filled with cranberry vodka, Galliano, CC, Cointreau and some others from Anthon Berg.

              A few lucky recipients will enjoy a marzipan pig with their gift.
              http://www.ehow.com/about_5091135_mar...

            2. Ooh, a bigger knife block. I should have added that to my list!

              I asked for an immersion blender, a new food scale, and a cast iron skillet.

              I've already got my list started for next year, but I think I'm going to have to take some stuff to Goodwill to make room!

              BF asked for a meat grinder. His parents gave it to him early and we've already used it once. Fresh ground venison is so fluffy!

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                1. re: jujuthomas

                  Oh gosh! Did you get it? I'd have to get some more knives to fill up that baby!

                  1. re: Kontxesi

                    no one bought it for me, so I ordered it for myself. it.is.HUGE.
                    all the knives I own are now housed together (YAY), and I have room to grow my collection!

              1. I giving seasoned salts-porcini/Parmesan and lemon/rosemary. I also giving picked jalapeƱos that someone posted on here. This is in addition to my usual Bloody Mary vodka.

                Technically I didn't ask for anything but I am redoing the kitchen this spring so that's my gift. Woot!

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                1. re: foodieX2

                  woohoo foodiex2!!! i SOOOOo want to redo my kitchen!!!