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5 Best Gifts For a New Cook
Gift Suggestions for Someone You Love
I love to cook and come up with my own recipes. Creating new and delicious meals is one of my passions. Not every recipe I make turns out the way I'd like, and when this happens I usually tweak it and improve on it.
When I first got married I had the basic kitchen appliances, tools, dish and cookware. Over the years I've had a lot time to use, buy, and talk to people about what some of the best products are.
I'd like to share with you what I feel are the top five best gifts that you can give to a new cook. Keep in mind that these gifts could be given as a housewarming gift, for a bridal or wedding shower, Christmas or birthday gift, or even a "Honey I Love Your Cooking" gift.
Gift Ideas For The Cook In Your Life - Gifts I wish I'd had when I first started cooking
Gifts I wish I'd had when I first started cooking.
I'm a big fan of Cuisinart, and this stand mixer has been such a blessing to have in my kitchen. Included with this mixer comes a chef's whisk, flat mixing paddle, dough hook, and splash-guard. I've had mine for seven years now and have never had any problems with it whatsoever. The amount of time and energy you will save by using a stand mixer is amazing. When it comes to making bread and shortbread, your hands will thank you.
Stainless Steel Cookware
This set of pots and pans make a great starter gift for anyone who cooks. The aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. Handles stay cool while using to cook on the stove. Because they are rated for use up to 500°F, you can use them on your stove top, in your oven, and under the broiler.
Let's Get Wok-ing
Stir Fry cooking is a breeze with a good quality wok such as this one. You can't beat the lifetime warranty it comes with.
Bake Ware Sets
For all the bakers in your life
Buying bake-ware individually can become quite costly. If you know someone that loves to bake this is the perfect gift for them. This set includes; large cookie sheet, half sheet, 9 x 13 jellyroll / sheet, 8-inch square, small loaf, and a 12 cup muffin pan.
Every cook need a good set of knives
Every cook and chef's dream is to have a set of the best quality knives. A set such as this one can be quite expensive but it will last a lifetime. They are the sharpest knives on the block.
Your Favorite Gift Idea
Which one of the five gifts listed above is your favorite?
The Gift That Keeps on Giving - My Cuisinart Stand Mixer
I always thought that someday it would be nice to have a stand mixer but never really gave it much thought other than that. One year for my birthday my husband hands me this huge box that was pretty heavy. When I opened it I was really surprised as this was the last thing I expected to get as a gift. I asked him where he'd come up with the idea of buying this for me, and his reply was he remembered me saying one day years ago that I would love to have a stand mixer. This makes me smile to know that he does listen to some of the things I say to him.
Shortbread Cookies are a Breeze with a Stand Mixer
Every Christmas I make three different types of shortbread cookies. I've loved them so much since I was a child, when my grandmother would make authentic Scottish Shortbread.
She would knead and knead and knead the dough until her hands ached. I followed suit and continued doing so for many years. The year I got my Cuisinart stand mixer I adapted the recipe and have never looked back once.
Are you serious, these gift suggestions are too expensive!
I know that many people today cannot afford to purchase big expensive gifts. Below you will find a few suggestions that I hope will be helpful to you.
- For shower gifts go in together with one or more people. This will considerably cut the cost of the gift or gifts that you want to give. This works great especially for large groups of people such as co-workers.
- At Christmas time a great way to save money is by rather than giving everyone on your list a gift, draw names. Set a price limit and try to stick to it as close as possible.
- For birthday gifts have the entire family chip in on the one special gift you want to give.