Whether you are chopping, grinding or cooking this holiday season, here's a look at some kitchen essentials that will make your life and that of the foodie on your holiday list that much easier.
The holidays are all about entertaining so the foodie on your list will want to impress them with a cup of fresh home brewed espresso. Earlier this year, KRUPS introduced the EA81 model, one of the easiest ways to become a barista at home. It is so simple to use. Just place the beans in the machine and press the button. While it may look a bit intimidating, the unit does all of the work for you, frothing drinks to a creamy perfection.
With football season in full swing, it's time to also think about some good eating after the holidays. Thankfully, we found the family-size T-fal FR390051 triple-basket deep fryer that holds up to four liters of oil. This model comes complete with three stainless-steel frying baskets, including one large basket for making an enormous batch of wings or two smaller baskets for creating two different styles of food (think fries and wings). You can even get creative making your favorite donuts, fried dough and onion rings, by simply selecting the perfect cooking temperature.
If you know someone who is cooking for a crowd this holiday season or may just be looking to add a must-have pan to their kitchen collection, be sure to check out the 10-inch Red Copper Square Pan. This might be the easiest way to reduce the number of pots and pans in your home. The multi-use pan can be used to broil, roast, fry, deep fry, bake, steam, saute and braise. It is also oven safe to 500 degrees so you can bake omelets in the non-stick coated unit or fry up some chicken wings, covering it with the tempered glass lid so you can easily keep an eye on it. Gone are the days when you had to add unhealthy ingredients like saturated oils and fatty butter to make a pan nonstick. It also comes with a recipe guide so you can get started quickly and easily with 20 different recipes.
Isn't the winter the best time of year to start dreaming about the summer? We thought so. For the foodie who loves to grill year round, be sure to check out Cuisinart's All Foods Gas Grill. The compact CGG-200 model is ideal for smaller yards and patios and can even be easily packed up for a day at the beach. There is a 240 square inch cooking surface so it is large enough to prepare simply grilled meals for the family. It even features folding stainless steel side shelves and two large carry handles making it even easier to transport to the tailgate party or the beach.
One of the best ways to say happy holidays is with a sense of humor. For anyone on your list this season who loves a good laugh and a fun way to raise a toast, be sure to check out Read Between the Lines wine bag. The funny sayings like this one come on a cotton canvas bag with drawstring and are designed to hold everything from wine and champagne to liquor bottles.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.