2015 Holiday Staff Picks – Anything Goes

Gift BoxLast week, we brought you Part 1 of our two part Holiday Staff Picks. From silicone baking mat sets to personalized serving boards, we chose the must-have items that we think any cook or baker would absolutely love to receive this holiday season – all for under $50.

But for those who prefer to go all-out with their gifting, we’ve rounded up a list of our most coveted kitchen tools that are sure to wow that special person in your life.

Cuisinart Juice ExtractorAlice: #1753 Cuisinart Juice Extractor ($148.99 – regular price $270.00)

“Juicing is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet. Did you know that eating a whole piece of fruit can take about an hour to digest, while extracted juices take only 15 minutes? The Cuisinart Juice Extractor is a no-brainer for me, and it’s variable speed settings lets me yield the maximum amount of juice from every piece of fruit or vegetable I’m using.”

KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment KSM1APC

Antoine: #614832 KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment ($99.99)

“What if I could substitute pasta noodles from my favorite recipes, with sweet potatoes noodles or beautiful ribbons of squash? The new KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment has 4 quick-change blades and a peeling blade so I can really explore different textures with a variety of fruits and veggies. I also love that it runs on my KitchenAid stand mixer’s motor, so I can spiralize in seconds!”

Bottene Pasta Machine Torchio Bigolaro #6Ashley: #97501 Bottene Pasta Machine Torchio Bigolaro #6 ($299.99 – regular price $349.99), #613446 Bench for Bottene #6 Pasta Machine ($49.99 – regular price $69.99)

“For the true pasta enthusiast, the Bigolaro. A solid brass barrel pasta press with three brass die to make tagliatelle, spaghetti and rigatoni. And for the complete experience, the bench allows you to sit while extruding the pasta. I would buy this for someone very special, with the requirement that they keep me stocked year-round with fresh pasta!”

Fagor Lux Electric Multi-Cooker 6-QuartBarb: #614733 Fagor Lux Electric Multi-Cooker 6-Quart ($129.99 – regular price $169.99)

“This electric multi-cooker is one of my favorite cooking tools. I use the pressure cooker setting to save time for weeknight meals, and it doesn’t heat up my kitchen during the warmer weather months. I use the slow cooker setting for making all my favorite comfort foods in the cooler months. I get perfect rice and risotto every time, too! It even has a yogurt setting to make my own homemade yogurt. This all-in-one device can also brown, saute, and steam foods, which eliminates the use of a separate pan.”

Staub Cast Iron Round Tea Kettle 1-Quart GrenadineBrian: #614620 Staub Cast Iron Round Tea Kettle 1-Quart Grenadine ($164.99 – regular price $236.00)

“Many of us grew up with a kettle of water on the stove, ready to heat up at any time. The problem with this today, is that most modern kettles are made out of stainless steel, which can rust over time if not left to dry completely between uses. The solution: these classic looking kettles, which are made of enameled cast iron. Because these kettles are sealed, not only will they not rust, but you can use them to brew and serve tea without leaving any residual flavors behind.”

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch OvensDennis: Le Creuset 5.5 Quart Round Dutch Oven ($299.99 – regular price $429.99)

“This is my go-to piece of cookware that will instantly become your favorite, too! Braise, boil, saute, roast; the Le Creuset Dutch Oven will do it all. It’s so versatile, and I love that I can take it from stove top to oven to fridge. It’s made in France and carries a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, so it’s an heirloom piece of cookware that I can hand down to my children one day.”

Miyabi Red 600S Morimoto Edition 7 In Hollow Edge Rocking Santoku KnifeKaren: #615006 Miyabi Red 600S Morimoto Edition 7 Inch Hollow Edge Rocking Santoku Knife ($79.99 – regular price $125.00)

“I just bought this knife for myself and I love it! East meets west at its best; Zwilling German steel is shipped to Seki, Japan, and forged using traditional Japanese techniques and styles to create this special type of knife that feels great in the hand and makes chopping, slicing and dicing an absolute pleasure.”

Lagostina Heritage Collection La Risottiera Risotto Casserole Pan 4 QtLiana: #615173 Lagostina Heritage Collection La Risottiera Risotta Casserole Pan ($199.99 – regular price $299.99)

“Stunningly beautiful and crafted in Italy, this pot will inspire me to make risotto and dramatically serve it on my table using the wooden lid as a trivet. In addition, the 4 quart size is perfect for my everyday cooking needs.”

Nesco Porcelain Cookwell 18 Qt Electric Roaster Oven Special Edition Black and SilverMandie: #614996 Nesco Porcelain Cookwell 18 Quart Electric Roaster Oven, Special Edition Black ($69.99 – regular price $79.99)

“I would love to gift this fabulous roaster to my mother for Hanukkah this year. Her tiny apartment kitchen oven never seems to have enough space to roast a turkey, bake a pie, reheat the brussels sprouts… the list goes on. With this portable oven, preparing Thanksgiving dinner could be a breeze!”

Mucca Rigagnocchi Gnocchi Rolling MachineMariella: #614265 Mucca Rigagnocchi Gnocchi Rolling Machine ($49.99)

“Gnocchi has always been my favorite pasta, and for every celebration in my life, gnocchi were on the table. This cow-shaped (“mucca”) little gem is made in Italy, my birthplace. The machine gives the gnocchi perfectly deep ridges, which hold the sauce well.”

Cuisinart Elite Collection 12 Cup Food ProcessorNadia: #614564 Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor ($199.99 – regular price $364.99)

“Ideal for both the aspiring and seasoned cooks, this food processor makes prep a pleasure. I love having the versatility of two food processors in one; the 4-cup bowl is great for small batch chopping, and making homemade salad dressings, dips and hummus, while the 12-cup bowl has a tight sealing lid that allows you to fill it to full capacity for the big jobs. It has an adjustable slicing disk, a shredding disk and even a dough blade, so on pizza night, I can make everything from the pizza dough to shredding the cheese and slicing my family’s favorite toppings – all with this one machine!”

Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine, RedNeomie: #8839 Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Machine, Red ($99.99 – regular price $145.00)

“I’ve always wanted my own pasta machine. I feel it’s something that every household should have because making pasta is so easy and tastes 100 times better when it’s fresh. When Food Underground came to demonstrate unique ways to make pasta, they truly inspired me to have fun and be inventive. So, Mom, Dad… can I please have this for Hanukkah?”

Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte 7-Quart BasilNina Rose: #614600 Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte, 7-Quart Basil ($334.99 – regular price $479.00)

“Be prepared for jaws to drop when you present a beautiful meal for a crowd in this large, 7-quart cocotte from Staub. The basil-colored enamel is sure to appeal to the sophisticated eye, while its cast iron core cooks the food evenly with perfect heat distribution. The interior of the lid is designed with spikes that create a rainforest effect, resulting in maximum moisture in the food. If the 7-quart is just too big for you, there’s also a 4- and 5-quart available in the round shape at an attractive price!”

Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender, Brushed ChromePaulino: #5043 Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender Kit ($59.99 – regular price $110.00)

“I love using this fantastic hand blender for quickly pureeing soups and sauces, and this do-it-all kit comes with an additional whisk attachment for whipping cream and egg whites in a snap, a chopping/grinding attachment for chopping, mincing and grinding foods for meal prep, and a mixing beaker for blending all my favorite drinks and salad dressings in. Best of all, clean up is super easy, and I don’t have a lot of parts to clean since I can blend right in my pot.”

Innovative Sugarworks Turntable ExpanderVanessa: #614175 Innovative Sugarworks Turntable Expander ($39.99)

“Where has this turntable expander been all my life? I used to balance a heavy cake drum on my 12″ turntable and hope it wouldn’t slide off. Now I don’t have to take that chance when I’m decorating larger cakes. This is the perfect gift for the serious baker and cake decorator.”

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  1. Fresh ingredients or canned and frozen elements can be blended in a soup recipe to help recondition the palate between meal courses or after consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is always in people’s own favor that they practice a few simple cooking techniques and add some love to their food in order to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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