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5 Gift Ideas for the Cook in Your Life
I love spending time in my kitchen. If you know nothing else about me from reading this blog you know that. Reading and cooking/baking are where most of my fun time energy is spent. I’ve recently shared some great gift ideas for cooks like the Sous Vide Stick – which I just love! – and a crepe pan. The former was a brand new way of cooking to me, the latter an old way but now I had the proper kitchen tool. Today I’d like to share some others starting with my favorite thing – books. Cookbooks to be exact. Both of these books will show up again later on the blog with recipes so be sure to stay tuned.
Cookbook Gift Ideas
About Buddha Bowls:
Beautiful and inspiring one-dish meals in a bowl!
Buddha bowls, occasionally called “bliss bowls,” “nourish bowls,” or “power bowls,” are the ultimate in one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes. Then you layer on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables. Finally, you top the veggies with a boost of protein and then a dressing, sauce, or broth. Buddha bowls are an easy, healthy meal that can be ready in minutes and that you can have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—or, if you like, all three!
The Buddha bowl concept is loosely based on guidance from Chinese medicine: a meal should have vegetables, protein, and grain. Typically, in a Buddha bowl there is a high ratio of ingredients to broth or sauce and the ingredients are left whole or in large pieces, and not blended, minced, or pureed. Although it is Asian in inspiration, a Buddha bowl can be made with a variety of ingredients from just about anywhere on the planet.
Kelli Foster, who writes about food for the popular website The Kitchn, serves up in these pages an amazing variety of Buddha bowl ideas, each one vibrant with color, alive with flavor, andoh-so-comforting to eat. Can you think of a heartier way to start the day than with a Blackberry Millet Breakfast Bowl, a Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, or a Chai-Spiced Multigrain Porridge Bowl, just three among many breakfast bowl ideas?
Later in the day, for cozy meals with loved ones, how about Warm Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Bowls, Sesame Tuna Bowls, or Lamb Kebab Bowls? For company, Lentil and Smoked Salmon Nicoise Bowls or Miso Noodle Bowls with Stir-Fried Beef will delight your guests. There are many vegan recipes, too, from Cauliflower Falafel Power Bowls to Spicy Sesame Tofu and Rice Bowls and beyond. A special chapter on fruit bowls has ideas for power-snacking, as well as for meals.
Buddha bowls are elegant in appearance and flavor, but surprisingly easy to make—a perfect marriage of convenience and good taste. If you haven’t tried them yet, now you have a great reason!
About the Author:
Kelli Foster is a staff writer and editor for The Kitchn, one of the most widely read online destinations in the world for recipes and kitchen wisdom. A triathlete and a devoted fan of healthy eating, she is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and lives in New York City.
About 30 Minute Cooking for Two:
30-Minute Cooking for Two offers the fastest, perfectly portioned recipes to make homemade meals every day of the week.
Imagine if cooking for two cut prep and cook times in half, too. 30-Minute Cooking for Two offers perfectly portioned, time-saving recipes to make whipping up meals for just the two of you, easy to do.
Table-ready in 30-minutes or less, these recipes offer fast solutions for meals any day of the week, from a quick breakfast sandwich to a proper date-night steak. Using no more than 8 staple ingredients per recipe, 30-Minute Cooking for Two gives you fewer leftovers, less processed food, and more time to spend between your twosome.
Whether you’re a newlywed, an empty nester, or just plain tired of giant portions and days of leftovers, this cookbook is for you. Inside you’ll find:
- Tips for kitchen prep that include shopping lists for pantry staples and essential cooking equipment to stock your kitchen with.
- 30-minute recipes for breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner, and dessert, with quick-reference labels super-fast recipes (20-minutes or less) and one pot meals.
- 8 ingredients per recipe that are easy-to-find all year around, and make every meal fresh and healthy.
Every twosome has a special thing that they do together. With the quick and easy recipes in 30-Minute Cooking for Two, cooking can be your thing, too.
About the Author:
Taylor Ellingson is a self-taught baker and home cook who loves creating healthy meals and decadent desserts. Even more, she loves introducing people to cooking and showing them how accessible and easy it can be. She is the founder of the food blog greens & chocolate (www.greensnchocolate.com), where she blogs mostly about her recipe creations and occasionally about her family and their travel adventures. When she’s not cooking and eating, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking, travel, patio happy hours, and spending time with her family. She was born and raised in Iowa and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Marc, and their two boys, Lars and Soren.
Every cook has a wish list of tools they would like to have in their kitchen. I am sharing a few here that I love and use all.the.time in my kitchen. With the exception of the nutmeg mill which I just received – but always wanted – I have used the other items for years and swear by them.
Global Kitchen Knives
Any time you see a photo I have posted with knives present they are Global Knives. The hubby bought me my first one about 15 years ago. We shopped very carefully for my kitchen knives because they are a tool that a cook uses very often so it has to fit the hand and work well for the user. I found these knives to be very comfortable and light. They are all stainless and made in one piece. I have 8 of them now – each for a different purpose. I would not trade them for anything.
Emile Henry Pizza Stone
We have homemade pizza at least twice a month. I swear by cooking on a pizza stone in a hot (450°) oven. The Emile Henry Pizza Stone has been my go/to stone for 8 years now and I love it. I did receive it originally for review on the blog but that does not change the fact that I LOVE it. It has been used steadily since I received it all those years ago. The pizza it makes is delicious with crisp crust and the stone cleans up like a dream. If anything were to happen to it I would turn around and buy another one in a heartbeat. (Bonus item – I swear by this ironwood pizza peel)
Peugot Nutmeg Mill
A nutmeg mill has been on my wishlist for a long time so I will thrilled when Puegot sent me their Goa Mill. I truly prefer freshly ground nutmeg when I am cooking. Prior to its receipt I had been using my citrus grater but now I have the correct tool for the job! This mill is just beautiful! It has such sleek lines. I will note that the grating blade had been installed upside down so the hubby had to fix that. Fortunately he is clever that way ’cause I was all “what am I doing wrong?” with trying to get it to work.
Once he figured it out it now works beautifully; grating the nutmeg smoothly and evenly. It will be showing a recipe in a later post. I have been craving rice pudding so I am currently testing recipes. Despite much searching I haven’t found the one I want yet. I’ve been playing with variations but so far – no luck. I know what I want but so far haven’t been able to produce it. There is no giving up so stay tuned.
If you have someone that loves nutmeg this would be a wonderful gift for them. It came with three whole nutmegs included. The Goa Mill is acrylic, retails for $40 and is available at from Peugot
I hope you find these suggestions for gifts for cooks helpful in your holiday planning. It doesn’t hurt to start early so you have all of the shopping done early so you can relax and actually enjoy the holiday.