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Cooking Gear for All Year

Julie Hartigan
Cooking Gear for All Year

If you’re hosting for the holidays we have a great idea for you: Why not give yourself a gift this year? It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a long-coveted kitchen appliance—after all, it will help speed your party prep. And if you’re afraid that your new toy will be relegated to the top shelf of an oft-forgotten cabinet until next year, fear not. We’ve got ideas based on your cooking profile that will make your life easier during the holidays—and the rest of the year, too.

If you’re hosting for the holidays we have a great idea for you: Why not give yourself a gift this year?  It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a long-coveted kitchen appliance—after all, it will help speed your party prep.

 

And if you’re afraid that your new toy will be relegated to the top shelf of an oft-forgotten cabinet until next year, fear not. We’ve got ideas based on your cooking profile that will make your life easier during the holidays—and the rest of the year, too.

 

If you’re the resident baker, give yourself: A stand mixer
It’s a lifesaver for mixing up all manner of holiday doughs and batters. Use it now to make and gift our Cranberry Sweet Potato Quick Bread.

 

And later use it for: Let’s think outside the sweet shop – these workhorses are also great for making meatloaf or meatball mix, beating egg whites, and kneading bread dough. Handy attachments enable you to indulge your inner artisanal chef to make homemade pasta or ice cream, puree and strain tomatoes for marinara sauce or canning, custom-grind hamburgers, even make your own sausage. Some come in such gorgeous colors that you’ll want to leave them on your counter – inspiring you to use them all through the year.

 

If you’ll be cooking for a crowd, give yourself: A food processor
They’re fabulous for all manner of speedy ingredient work—chopping, shredding, mincing, slicing, and more. You could use it now to make Bourbon Sweet Potato Gratins.

 

And later use it for:
These bad boys make prep so simple you may find yourself even cooking more once you have one. Use yours to chop veggies to start soups and stir-fries, pulse ingredients to make salsas, puree cooked veggies, and to make nut butters and homemade hummus. Many also include a dough blade to let you give bread-baking or homemade pizza-making a whirl.

 

If you’re a healthy cooking enthusiast, give yourself: A Vitamix
These easy-cleanup wonders can help you to make healthier versions of some of your favorite holiday dishes—like this Gingered Butternut Squash Bisque.

 

And later use it for: Everything from winter soups and spring pestos to juices, smoothies, and frozen summer cocktails! They cross over into food processor territory too and are versatile enough to chop and grind ingredients.

 

If you’re short on time and space, give yourself: A Ninja!
Part blender and part food processor, it’s strong but portable and offers a mix of functions with a minimal storage footprint (perfect for apartment living). This Thanksgiving, you could quickly chop the walnuts, sage, onions, and celery for a Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing.

 

And later use it for: You’ll use your Ninja to prep for holiday meals and then constantly call on it for repeat performances. They can be used to chop, grind, puree, crush ice, knead dough (and the list goes on).

 

So go ahead and give yourself the proverbial “Gift that Keeps on Giving.” It will make hosting for the holidays more enjoyable and quite possibly inspire you to cook and bake more all year.

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