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Stocking stuffers | Manolo's Food Blog

Stocking stuffers

Mr. Henry wants you to live well. Consequently, when rich, practical-minded, no-nonsense aunts ask you what you need for the home, he encourages you to choose from the list below:

Cuisinart 14-c. Premier Series Custom 14 Food Processor, Brushed Stainless
Cuisinart food processor
. The original.

KitchenAid 2-slice Toaster, Onyx Black
KitchenAid 2-slice toaster
. Simple and foolproof.

Bodum 12-c. Chambord Coffee Press
Bodum French press coffee pot.
The classic.

Cuisinart 14-c. Brew Central Programmable Coffee Maker, Black
Cuisinart drip coffee maker
. For big cup drinkers.

Microplane Grater, Fine, Microplane, Each, Stainless
Microplane spice grater.
Excellent for zesting.

Wusthof 2-pc. Classic Black Cutlery Set
Wusthof knives, 2.
The most basic set.

Aerolatte Milk Frother
Aerolatte milk frother
. Affectionally known around the kitchen as “the zip-zip.”

Palm Brush
The Chef’n palm brush
for scrubbing vegetables. Nifty finger-holding grip.

MinoSharp Knife Sharperner
The MinoSharp knife sharpener
. You won’t cut your fingers.

Zyliss Silicone Fry Spatula
The Zyliss stir fry silicone spatula
. For non-stick pans.

Zyliss Salad Spinner
Zyliss salad spinner
. Achieves escape velocity.

10 Responses to “Stocking stuffers”

  1. raincoaster December 11, 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    I just give those wee airline-size bottles of expensive booze. One size fits all.

    Okay, maybe not to the nieces and nephews.

  2. JaneC December 12, 2007 at 10:33 am #

    I have that Cuisinart drip coffee maker, and so do my parents. It’s fantastic.

    That milk frother looks pretty spiffy.

  3. Glinda December 12, 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    I so need a silicone spatula. I have all the baking ware in silicone, and I have become enamored of it.

  4. Carol December 13, 2007 at 6:43 am #

    “rich, practical-minded, no-nonsense aunts” – that’s me. When my nephew was in college I gave him a Waring professional blender with a 64 oz. Stainless steel carafe (roommate proof) for Christmas. He was already famous for his frozen Margaritas and salsa, but he told me his friends were awestruck when he got that monster out for parties.

  5. Mr. Henry December 13, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    WAY cool — a 64 oz. blender party courtesy of Aunt Carol!

    Today, of course, devices of such size and scope are monitored by Homeland Security.

  6. Judith in Umbria December 13, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    I agree with all the choices except the aerolatte! Bleaugh. Use the steamer. Howsomever, my socks aren’t really big enough for a biggo FP!

  7. K December 13, 2007 at 10:41 pm #

    I wholeheartedly second the French press; you can’t get better coffee, period, than with a French press. Drip? Pfft. I’ve seen the light, and the light is coming from a French press.

  8. Paul Beezley December 14, 2007 at 9:50 am #

    good grief, how big are all of y’all’s stockings?
    I inherited my mother’s cuisnart food processor – she got it in the mid-70’s. Its a heavy thing, but still runs like nobody’s business.

    Mr Henry, kind Sir, anything smaller gadgets that would actually fit in a stocking? beyond the aerator & veggie cleaner.

  9. Eilish December 14, 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    Just got my Cuisinart hand blender in the mail. Love it!

  10. Paula from Only Cookware December 19, 2007 at 4:04 am #

    Definitely the microplane for me. I think these are one of the best things ever invented.