MENU
 

Dr. Tim Says...

Chicken skin: to eat, or not to eat 06/19/17
Change is here 06/12/17
Medical technology 03/27/17
The science behind the DASH diet, an overview: Part Two 08/01/16
The science behind the DASH diet, an overview: Part One 07/25/16
How the Standard American Diet (SAD) affects the brain (Part Two) 05/26/16
How the Standard American Diet (SAD) affects the brain 05/23/16
All "Dr. Tim Says..." Columns

Chef Tim Says...

Deviled Eggs 04/24/17
Roasting Fruit 04/03/17
Papadum 03/20/17
Capers make it better 02/06/17
Mustards: The Christmas Basket Challenge, Part 5 01/26/17
Canned Tuna from Spain: The Christmas Basket Challenge, Part 4 01/16/17
Ginger and Rice Noodles: The Christmas Basket Challenge, Part 3 01/12/17
All "Chef Tim Says..." Columns


 

Chef Tim Says....



Holiday Gift Guide, Part Three

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

I love the holidays. I like giving gifts and try to find the right present for the right person each year. This doesn't have to be expensive and in the last few weeks I have written about some of my favorite kitchen gifts (especially for making pizza!).

It's getting close to the time we should all be about done, but there's always that stocking stuffer or party gift that you need to pick up. Here are some of my favorite little gadgets for you to put on your shopping list.

Lemon SqueezerLemon squeezer. This little guy makes it really easy to squeeze lemons and get every bit of juice but not the seeds. I have had a few of these and some have actually broken.   The ones that are painted enamel over aluminum I have found to have the paint peel.  

Finally I found the OXO lemon squeezer. Most of their products I like, but this one is especially good and generally the most reasonably priced.

Truffle oil. A bit more expensive, but this is the king of stocking stuffers (next to the queen: balsamic vinegar). Even a little bottle can be as much as $20.00, but it is the gift that the really special person on your list will love you for.

For the most adventurous cook on your list, you might give them a membership to the Italian Cooking and Living Olive Oil Club. Think of this as the Olive Oil of the Month Club where the folks at IF&L will send a selection of fine oils out on a regular basis.

Balsamic VinegarSpeaking of balsamic vinegar, that cook on your list would love a bottle of aged vinegar. The older it is, the pricier it will be, but just like fine aged wine there's no substitute for having a great vinegar on hand for that special occasion.

The Palm Peeler made by the Chef'n company is a wonderful gadget. I have not found many peelers that I thought were all that great, and for the most part I prefer simply using a knife. This little guy makes short work of peeling though and is the best peeler I have come across.

Palm PeelerAs you can see from the picture it is a piece of contoured plastic with a soft rubber grip that slips around your finger. It is comfortable and really easy to use, and at only $4.99, it's a good bargain as I have used a lot of peelers that don't work at all and cost two and three times as much.

Food LoopThe Food Loop. This is a package of six silicone loops that work like a noose and can be used to truss anything. Because they are heat resistant to 675°F / 357°C you can use them for trussing and roasting almost anything. And they fit in a stocking perfectly…

Potato RicerA potato ricer fits great in a stocking (well, maybe a big stocking) and makes a great gift. This tool is essential for making gnocchi but also for making great fluffy mashed potatoes and yams. I have the plastic version of this Cuisipro and it is a great product.

Kitchen ShearsEven an extra pair of kitchen shears will be appreciated by that cook on your list. Less than $20.00 for great quality shears and they make a great stocking stuffer. I have owned many types but do love these Henckels.

Happy holidays! Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet
December 10, 2007