Good morning, Misery Loves Cookery readers! It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I hope you are well-rested after a holiday-meal food coma.
I’m sure some of you have already left the house to jump on holiday sales, but I have to make a confession: I don’t like to shop. I’ll go on a shopping trip with friends every once in awhile to socialize, but I find looking at endless items and asking questions like, “The red one, or the blue one?” tedious. As soon as my feet are sore, which is usually a few hours in, I want to escape.
This is why I love shopping online so much. Research, point, click, deliver. What could be better?
So for all you who, like me, tend to spend this day in pajamas, eating leftovers and watching holiday movies, I would like to offer you my gift guide for anyone who loves to cook or bake.
The items featured here are five of my essentials; I use them all the time, and I think you might, too. A few of them are OUTSTANDING Black Friday deals today. Don’t miss them!
As I am a member of the Amazon Associates Affiliate program, should you click through on any of the links provided and make a purchase, I may receive a percentage of the profits from that sale.
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt Stand Mixer Affiliate Link
Unbeatable, unstoppable, there is nothing like a KitchenAid Mixer. I have had my original mixer since my wedding in 1999, and it is still going strong. Make batters and doughs, whip cream or eggs—you can even use the paddle attachment to pull pork or shred chicken in seconds. With a variety of accessories—the pasta roller and meat grinder are your favorites—the time savings that comes with this device cannot be matched.
If I were forced to choose only one electric gadget to keep in my kitchen, this would be it.
Instant Pot Affiliate Link
If you read my post about artichokes, you’ve already heard me wax poetic about the Instant Pot we purchased during Amazon Prime Day this spring. This baby pressure cooks, slow cooks, makes yogurt, cooks rice, browns and sautés (prior to pressure of slow cooking, if you’d like)—in short, it is a powerhouse.
Just being able to pour dry beans in and have a deliciously cooked beans in less than 30 minutes makes it worth it to me, but the fact that it is such a strong multi-tasker makes it great for anyone hoping to pare down their appliances. Deeply discounted just today, I may buy several for family and friends as holiday presents. It is just…that…awesome.
You might be the kind of cook who likes to have a big knife block full of cutting tools. Personally, I survive with four main knives and a couple of good sets of shears and poultry cutters. My bread knife, pairing knife, and boning knife all work well when I need them for their specific tasks, but this seven-inch santoku does 90% of my chopping/cutting/prepping work.
The weight is perfect, the slight curve of the blade works well, and the way I can grip it with my hand makes me feel secure. It has stayed very sharp without much maintenance, at all. If you don’t have a knife you love, do yourself a favor, and give yourself that gift this holiday season.
I was very skeptical of any coffee device that uses pods prior to our purchase of this Inissia last year. We are French press, pour over, cold brew coffee snobs in this house—yes, snobs—and I didn’t think that it was worth it to invest in a single serve-type machine given how easy it was to make delicious coffee, already.
I wanted an espresso machine, though, and I found that our options (within our price range) were limited. When this bundle came on sale, I figured it was worth a try. If nothing else, I’d get a hot/cold milk frother out of the deal.
Wow, am I glad I made the leap. While we still make pots of regular coffee at our home, I use this espresso maker every single day, multiple times a day. My favorite feature: the decaf is just as delicious as the regular, which means I can make up my protein-drink lattes (unflavored whey protein powder, milk, espresso) all day long.
Breville Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle Affiliate Link
This kettle was a present to my tea-drinking (and coffee-drinking, he’s an equal opportunity hot beverage drinker) husband, on the completion of his PhD. Thinking back, it would have been much kinder had I purchased it during all those late nights earning his PhD. Next time.
With temperature settings for green, oolong, black, and white tea, along with French press coffee, this kettle quickly brings water up to the exact temperature you need to have a perfect beverage. It also helps me jump-start any dish where I need boiling water, as it heats up so quickly. My husband gives it two thumbs up, and if you love hot beverages, I think you might, too.
Finally, as a bonus, I’d love to share five links to cookbooks I use all the time. Try out some new recipes this holiday season, or share some great resources with family and friends as gifts. (All of these are affiliate links.)