Feasting at Home : Gift Ideas for Your Chef

December 10, 2011

Gift Ideas for Your Chef

Sometimes it can be challenging to find the perfect gift for the cook who has everything...
here are a few ideas to get you started.  Sometimes the best things are not always bright, shiny and new.  When I look around my kitchen, the things I love most are well used, worn in, handmade and handed down. 

 Vintage Cutting Boards

There are so many different styles...ultra modern to vintage.
Not only are they handy for cutting,
but make great platters for cheeses and cured meats.
Here are some of my favorites right now.

 Salt Boxes and Salt Bowls

vintage or new...

Great vintage salt boxes are a little hard to find...but if you are patient you can find them 
on Etsy, Ebay and sometimes at our local antique stores.

I just saw a couple at Pink yesterday behind the counter...they won't be there long.

new ones are great too.

Vintage Corkscrews

For the best vintage finds in Spokane visit....
Visit Pink (154 S. Madison),  Roost ( Main and Division) or Tossed and Found ( N. Monroe)

Finishing Salts

Last year my friend, Alison Collins, gave me a beautiful set of finishing salts that 
she put in old spice jars with handmade labels. Aren't they cute? 
Alison also makes incredible cakes and cupcakes. 
My favorite cupcakes are her vegan double chocolate chunk. 
These would make a nice gift too. 
To order her baked goods ....visit Boots Bakery .

The Kitchen Engine has a great salt bar with lots of selections ....as well as Rosauers and Super one. 

Salt sampler from terrrain

Salt from terrrain

 Wood bowls

I don't think I will ever have enough....
You do. Brian says.
He is reading over my shoulder.

I do have quite a few, I'll admit...but they are all so different.

A good friend Cheri and I are learning to carve wood bowls on a lathe.
It's super fun and very scary at the same time. Exhilarating.
I highly recommend it.

Dutch Ovens

 from The Kitchen Engine or Williams Sonoma

and retro Dutch Ovens from Etsy
Tres cool.

Mortar and Pestel...

used to grind seeds and spices and coarse salt.

Festive oven mittens and pot holders

Weck Canning Jars

The perfect way to preserve....
available at Crate and Barrel


Kitchen Chalkboards

 Planted Herbs 

It always nice to have something alive this time of year.

Our very own Traders Joe's has some potted Rosemary.

La Cloche Bread Baker

If your chef bakes bread......consider this.
 It makes bread crust, crusty. Available here.

and this Bread Book is amazing....

Treat your chef to a great bottle of wine every month.

Sign them up for the Wine of the month club at Vino!

A set of Spices from Dean and Deluca

Modern dishware and textiles from the Finnish Designers of  Marimekko

Marimekko Aprons

Kitchen timers

Kitchen Gadgets

Look around Williams Sonoma or the Kitchen Engine for the latest in kitchen gadgetry.


 dish towels from anthropologie

Cookbooks from Aunties Book Store

Caldrea counter spray,  hand soap, dish soap in my farovite....

Mandarin Vetiver
available at Lolo

Stylish French Press Covers from Coffee Coat Co.  

(I must confess, this is my little side business....)

 You could make a neat coffee basket with Doma Coffee from Lindamins.

Serving Pieces from CB2

Music to cook with

Here are a couple of my favorites right now...

Hope your holiday season is warm and sweet.


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