LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS
I don’t know about any of you, but when Christmas comes around it sometimes feel like I’m scrambling to find gifts at the last possible minute. Almost as if Christmas just appears on my calendar out of the blue. I don’t know what that’s about but it could be that I shop all year long and I don’t need a designated day to shower myself, I mean, other people with gifts. So for all of those people, who like myself looks surprised at all the Christmas fever, I’ve compiled a helpful gift guide to help you on your way. Yes ANOTHER GIFT GUIDE. We do have 12 days to Christmas after all.
FOR THE PERSON IN YOUR LIFE WITH A TINY KITCHEN
The Foodi Ninja
Say what now? So all year long, it’s been Instant Pot this, Instant Pot that, so much so that I convinced myself that I had to have one. And then, after I purchased one, I saw a commercial for the Ninja Foodi: Pressure Cooker That Crisps. If you haven’t seen it, just know that it blew my mind. This pot not only cooks the food in less time (that is fall off the bone tenderness in 45 minutes) but it also CRISPS which is something the instant pot can’t do, because of the steam. And why is it perfect for small kitchens? Because it does everything, sears, slow cooks, steams, roasts, dehydrates, broils and on and on.
FOR YOUR FRIEND WHO WANTS TO START A WEED BUSINESS
As of now there are 10 states plus DC that have legalized recreational cannabis use. And with that, there are likely many people who are considering joining that booming industry. Some may want to grow and sell the buds and other paraphernalia, while others want to cook that ish then eat / sell that ish. Here is a great gift for someone getting their start in the business, HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis by Melissa Parks and Laurie Wolf. Once you know the basics, you’ll be making butters and sauces and of course brownies, with the best of them.
FOR THE PERSON WHO “JUST CAN’T” WITHOUT THEIR COFFEE
Honestly, I might get this for myself. I have become that person who drinks iced coffee all year round. I didn’t start out this way. Having to wake up early Monday-Friday started it, then the Vietnamese Iced Coffee at Bouchon Bakery really set me off. That coffee would be my morning or afternoon fix (depending on the day). But that can be costly so wouldn’t it be nice to save some coins and make your own cold brew at home? I am all about saving dollars and if I can make it myself, I do it. One of my fave sites, The Wirecutter, named the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker the best and it costs less than 50 bucks. You can do the math on how much you (or this person) will save by brewing at home. OR you can just buy some La Colombe off Amazon and call it a day.
FOR THE PERSON WHO WANTS TO SERVE SPAGHETTI OUT OF A BUCKET
There are very few petty things that get me irate on the internet. Sometimes I can let it go, other times, like now, I have to say something. I love memes and gifs. Some are very relatable, some have me convinced that we are all being trolled. I will not share the image here because I don’t want to get upset again. So this is for that person in your life (or person trying to be in your life) who doesn’t have PLATES! Here are some cute and CHEAP ones from good ol Tarjay for get this, less than one US DOLLAR. Sure they are plastic, but at least you (or that person) won’t miss the bucket too much.
FOR THE PERSON WHO HATES MICROWAVES…OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY
I am the latter. I just don’t have the space for a microwave. I haven’t had one for years and honestly I don’t really miss having one. Well, sometimes when I am too hungry to function. Short story, over the summer, my ride or die, ol’ faithful toaster oven just stopped working. There was no indication that it was on its last leg so I was surprised and sad. Then hungry because I was also trying to heat up dinner. Then the hangritude set in and in a rage, I went to my favorite site, QVC of course and ordered a new toaster oven. I didn’t think that my old one was out of date, but when I laid eyes on my new baby from Cuisinart, I knew that I had to have it. It was shiny and had all these bells and whistles plus an attached air fryer! The foodie in me was ecstatic. I’ve broiled steaks, fried lemon pepper wings and yes, I have made toast.
FOR THE PERSON WHO SAYS “IT’S WINE O’ CLOCK”
I found Love Cork Screw on instagram and was intrigued by the name, then was doubly excited when I found out it was BLACK OWNED! Chrishon Lampley started her company after another business failed, that’s what we call push through! She’s on my list of people to interview for my podcast so hopefully we can find out more about her wine and business in the near future. This is some serious #BLACKGIRLMAGIC. And don’t worry, she carries some of your favorites, Pinot Grigio aka Good Times, Good Friends and Cabernet Sauvignon aka We’re Movin’ On Up.
FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES TO TALK ABOUT WINE…YES YOU KNOW THAT PERSON
We’re going to keep that same energy for the wine drinkers. We all know that person, they want to taste the grapes, berries, oak, trash or whatever is in that glass of Chardonnay. Or they want a cork over twist off (I’ve had both and enjoyed). So how about help them be even more of a snob with this master guide from Wine Folly.
FOR YOUR BOUGIE FRIEND WHO LOVES TO ENTERTAIN
Raise your hand if you love cheese and you don’t need an excuse to eat it. Even when you are congested and know better? Just me? Cool. So while on my constant search for rose gold homeware, I came across this fancy cheese knife set. It’s just so grown-up and would look lovely on any cheese board.
FOR YOUR FOREVER MILLENNIAL FRIEND…WHO LOVES DIY PROJECTS
I feel like the summers of 2018 and 2017 were all about the rosé. I want to thank whoever started the craze. And so do my coworkers who’ve gotten to see my two step and a twirl at a party or three. Ahhh good times…now where was I? Yes rosé everyday, and yes it can be with a DIY Sparkling Rose kit of your own. This kit has everything you need to keep the party going on and on. And it’s less than 100 bucks. Maybe keep this one for yourself.
FOR YOUR FRIEND WHO ONLY NEEDS ONE…WAFFLE
I am one of those people who finds it hard to cook certain things for one. I understand proportions, but that understanding doesn’t show when I am actually cooking or baking. But in the mean time, check out this mini waffle maker to satisfy that taste for waffles. My friend had one and I loved it instantly and it’s less than 20 dollars. This would be good as a grab bag gift.
FOR YOUR FRIEND WHO WATCHES CHOPPED 24/7
We’ve all seen these funky contraptions from fancy food bloggers to top chefs, the Sous-Vide. So what does this even mean?Sous vide, means “under vacuum” in French and is the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. I’ve been on an off and on lookout for one even though I would only use it once or twice a year. I just like kitchen appliances. The machine itself doesn’t look like it takes up too much space and honestly every time I’ve seen someone use it, I’ve been very impressed. Check this one out that is less than 80 bucks!
FOR YOUR FRIEND WHO GRATES THEIR FINGERS ON GRATERS
I was strolling one evening in the holiday market and came across a cute little grater from the Gourmet Grater. You can use it for ginger, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg and cheese. It’s very unassuming so I didn’t know what to expect. The salesman did a mini-presentation and once he was done, I looked like one of those “amazed” audience members from any food infomercial. It was that impressive and came in handy as I fought a cold with freshly grated ginger. This will be going in a lot of stockings.