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2013 Holiday Staff Picks

We had so much fun choosing our most favorite gift items for last year’s Holiday Staff Picks, that we’ve broken up our picks for this year into two entries. Santa Joe with Gina and AnnieStay tuned next week for our Under $50 Favorites.

This week, we asked our staff members to choose from our wide selection what they would give (or want to receive) this holiday. Some went all out, and some focused on the smaller things in life; here is what they said:
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PiZZa Ball – The Round Rolling Pin

The PiZZa Ball is a strikingly beautiful stainless steel ball that works like a rolling pin.

PiZZa Ball - The Round Rolling Pin

PiZZa Ball Base Roller

You simply place it on your dough and roll it around in a circular motion with the palm of your hand, adjusting pressure accordingly. It will leave you with a perfect circular base, at the thickness you require.

Serafina using the PiZZa Ball

It’s so easy that even my 7½ year-old daughter could roll out the dough without any trouble at all

You can use the PiZZa Ball with the dough already on the pan or oven stone. And it’s also suitable for pastry and other doughs.

The PiZZa Ball dough roller was invented by Dan Bailey-Taylor, a young UK entrepreneur, and we are proud to introduce it you in the USA.

NadiaI found rolling the dough with the PiZZa Ball to be efficient and remarkably easy to use. It’s much lighter than a traditional rolling pin, and takes up so little storage space in my kitchen.

To go along with the PiZZa Ball experience, here is an easy way I like to make delicious pizza, using my Old Stone Oven baking stone.

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Melissa’s Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes

MelissaVegan Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes that are just as good as the “real” thing! Some people are afraid of trying to bake vegan or just don’t know where to begin. Melissa's Vegan CupcakeWell, with this simple recipe you’ll be a vegan baker in no time. I have been vegan for four years and this is a tried and true recipe that I always go to when baking chocolate cupcakes. The hardest part is trying not to eat them all in one sitting!

The chocolate cupcakes are moist and dense and topped with a fluffy Fante’s Hazelnut flavored icing which adds a burst of extra flavor to the palate. These cupcakes also pair well with coffee, so pull out some soy creamer and have yourself a vegan cupcake party!
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