The Cook, The Baker, and The Drink Maker

Every household has to have at least one of the three, right?

Christmas is approaching at breakneck speed, so here’s a few more inexpensive gift ideas to give you inspiration:

The Cook

Olive Oil Mister

I’ve mentioned my Olive Oil Mister a couple of times before, and it really has become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I use it when grilling veggies, oiling pans, misting the tops of breads, crusts, and anything with crumb toppings. Once you have one of these you’ll never buy another can of cooking spray again.

They can be purchased online here, or you can buy them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, which is where I got mine. Use one of those 20% off coupons they inundate the market with and it’s a steal for only $8!

The Baker

Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat

This is one item that I don’t own (it’s on my Christmas wish list!) but everyone I know that has one raves about it. Apparently for anyone that does much baking it’s a kitchen essential.

The experts can say it better than I, so here’s the scoop: “SILPAT can turn any pan into a non-stick surface. SILPAT is especially great for working with sticky materials such as gooey batter, taffy, caramel, or anything your imagination allows. Nothing sticks to SILPAT, so it will save you a lot of time cleaning as there is no more sticky mess on your pans!”

As much as I love to cook, I really, really despise the clean up, so anything that helps me out in that arena is a blessing. Click here to purchase or learn more.

The Drink Maker (i.e. The Bartender)

Spherical Ice Trays

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably saw my raves about the ice at Patterson House. If you didn’t, then you really must click here now and familiarize yourself with the topic and get the background story on this particular item.

These ice trays may be the best gift I’ve ever given the hubby. This past weekend when Ravi’s friend joined us for drinks I was once again reminded of the magic. Every home bar should have a set- not only do they work to help make better drinks (no watered down drinks since they melt at slow rate), but they also make for great conversation and are aesthetically pleasing. Much more interesting than regular old ice cubes!

Click here for more info or to purchase at the MoMA Store- the ONLY place you can get these!