2013 Holiday Staff Picks – Part 2

Fante's Chef KidsLast week we asked our staff what is the perfect item they would give or want to receive this holiday season, no price limit. From beautiful ceramic tagines to jam preserving pans, these gifts are sure to make an impression. If you missed this article, you can still find it on our Toque Tips blog.

This week, for part 2 of our Holiday Gift Staff Picks, we asked what our staff would choose if they only had $50 to spend. Read what they said:

Gifts under $50

Alice's PickAlice, Buyer:

5-Minute Stackable Appetizer Maker

This is a terrific gift for anyone who entertains, and is always looking for something new and fun. It makes the most amazing appetizers and snacks!

Annie's PickAnnie, Office Manager:

Cousin Elisa’s Cavatelli Maker

Very simple to use, especially for someone who hasn’t made much homemade pasta. It’s easy to clean, the recipes provided are simple, and a it’s a nice change from your everyday pasta!

Ashley's PickAshley, Sales Associate:

OXO Flip & Fold Omelet Turner

A smart tool with a great shape for turning omelettes! If you, or someone you know craves eggs in the morning, this is a perfect gift.

Barb's PickBarb, Sales Associate & Gift Registry:

LeKue Set of 2 Citrus Sprayers

I never thought I would love such a simple tool. It’s perfect for when you need a “spritz” of citrus, whether it’s on a salad, veggie, or fish. Just screw the sprayer into your lemon or lime, and you have fresh lemon or lime spray. It’s that simple!

Caroline's PickCaroline, Sales Associate:

Aire Gourmet 14”x16” Anodized Aluminum Cookie Sheet

What I like the most about the Aire Gourmet baking sheet is that I know my baked goods will always bake evenly and won’t ever burn on the bottom. It’s definitely a lifesaver when baking cookies!

Dennis' PickDennis, Sales Associate:

Assorted Items
Charles Viancin Silicone Lids

How about something completely different and new: Silicone lids! Available in a variety of sizes for glasses, bowls and baking dishes, from $7.99 for two drink covers, to $16.99 for casserole covers. There’s a design to suit every person’s taste from lily pads to sunflowers to hibiscus flowers and even banana leaves.

Lauren's PickLauren, Warehouse:

Roul’Pat Nonstick Workstation
$44.99 (reg. $46.99)

What I like about the Roul’Pat is that it’s a nonstick mat that’s perfect for almost all tasks of either a home or professional baker. You can roll out dough and fondant, or use it to work with chocolate. The best thing overall is that the Roul’Pat is reusable and easy to clean!

Liana's PickLiana, Manager:

Kitchen Aid 5 Qt. Bowl Liners, Set of Two with Lids

What a great gift for someone who loves to bake and can’t live without their Kitchen Aid stand mixer! You can make your cake batter, a batch of frosting and then cookie dough without having to stop and wash your bowl in-between. Perfect for holiday baking time when all our mixers are working in over-drive and there are never enough hours in the day!

Mandie's PickMandie, Web Department:

The Perfect Pickler

I love pickles, this most everyone knows. I make quick fridge pickles in the summer, and have once or twice attempted to make water bath canned pickles. I have yet to try making fresh brine or fermented pickles. I’ve had The Perfect Pickler on my wish list for a while. What better way to try this technique than by doing it one mason jar at a time?

Mariella's PickMariella, President:

PiZZa Ball

New and unique for 2013! An innovative design to roll out your pizza dough. Created by a teenager, this stainless steel pizza ball provides an alternative to the traditional rolling pin and allows you to roll out your dough directly in your pan for that perfect pizza shape. Instead of ordering in, DIY – it’s so much fun to use with your kids on pizza night!

Nadia's PickNadia, Buyer:

Pomegranate Pitter
$14.99 (original price $19.99)

I love pomegranates, however they can create quite a mess when trying to remove all those pomegranate seeds. This ART (Arils Removal Tool) makes it easy. Just place half a pomegranate on the grid, cover it with the dome top, and hit with a heavy spoon. The seeds fall neatly into the base in minutes.

Neomie's PickNeomie, Sales Associate:

9-Cavity Midi Buche Silicone Mold

I always think of delicious mousse recipes I can use this mold for, and silicone is so versatile that you can really do anything with it. And you can’t beat the easy removal of the product!

Nina Rose's PickNina Rose, Buyer:

Cucina Pro Cordless Crepe Maker

I love both sweet and savory crepes, but they’ve always been intimidating to me. This cordless crepe maker is so easy, even a novice can do it. Dipping the iron into your batter and letting it cook on the base is really simple because there’s no need to spread the batter with a special tool. My crepes come out perfect every time now!

Rick's PickRicky, Warehouse:

Cusinart 4-7 Cup Electric Rice Cooker
$49.99 (reg. $90.00)

I’ve tried to cook rice in a pot, but it never comes out right… It’s always too dry, or too wet. This rice cooker solves all my problems!

Vanessa's PickVanessa, Assistant Bakeware Manager:

Nordicware Platinum Collection Jubilee Bundt Pan

I got this pan as a gift a few months ago, and instantly fell in love. It’s a beautiful pan and bakes wonderfully!

Zach's PickZach, Sales Associate:

#23786 11.8”x16” Silpat Baking Mat $23.99 (reg. $24.99)

A silpat is excellent for its reusable and non-stick properties. It can be used in the freezer or oven and can be used for a variety of things. Whether you’re a baker or cook (or both), it’s a handy tool to have in the kitchen because you can turn your cookie sheet or jelly roll pan into a non-stick surface without greasing or using parchment paper. You can use it to bake cookies, scones, biscuits and other delicious treats! It’s surely a great gift to give anybody for the holidays!

We look forward to seeing you in the store soon.
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