Holy December. Have you guys started your holiday shopping yet? I totally most definitely have not. I haven’t even written down my wishes for pretty plates and new measuring cups and a sous chef named Jacques.
I have, however, been very busy eyeballing other people’s gorgeous holiday guides. Here
. And Here
. Which made me think that it is time to make a little list of my own (or perhaps several) to help you get or gift all the goodies one needs for a great low-sodium diet this holiday season.
To start, let’s talk about that beginner cook in your life. The one who is eager to get into the kitchen, but doesn’t know the difference between a spatula and serving spoon. Or a yam and sweet potato. But let’s be real, no one knows the difference between a yam and a sweet potato.
For this lucky gift getter, you’ll want to focus on tools that make cooking and cleaning easy.
I personally think that smaller is always better. When it comes to appliances, that is, not boxes of chocolate. That’s why a small rice cooker (item 3), a trusty hand blender (item 4), a teeny cuisinart (item 9), and a KitchenAid mixer (item 8) will mean quick dinners, breads, and pie crusts without breaking a sweat. Or breaking your back when trying to haul it out of the cupboard. And the words “dishwasher safe” are always lovely to see.
Of course, basic cooking tools are also always a welcome treat too. Ceramic knives (item 1). Measuring cups and spoons (item 2). And cutting boards (item 7). You can’t go wrong here because you can never have too many of these in your kitchen.
And finally, to really encourage some confidence, it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few serving items. I’m talking pretty napkins, plates, and even a candlestick or too. And depending on your gift getter, I think the bolder and brighter the better. Because when you have trays and dishes that make you smile, you’ll want to use them. Which means you’ll want to cook. Which means I”m coming over for dinner. So choose colorful bowls (item 5), whimsical cups (item 11), playful silver wear (item 10), and the cadillac of the kitchen, a Le Creuset (item 6). Bling bling.
And that my friends should get the holiday gift ball rolling. Next week we’ll talk about the Adventurous Eater. But until then, tell me: what items do you think are perfect for the beginner cook?