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Gift ideas for gourmands

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Here are some suggestions for the cook, foodie or gourmand in your life.
by Dave Cathey Published: December 7, 2011
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4. Honing steel: If the cook on your list has knives they care about, honing steel is essential. I use mine so many times a day, it's beyond counting. Replace steels with worn down grooves.

5. Instant-read thermometer: Once upon a time, food thermometers were expensive and hard to find. Digital instant-reads are accurate, quick and versatile. No kitchen should be without one.

6. Strainers: Notice the 's' on the end of that word. A chef with assorted sizes of strainers is a happy one. I have one large enough to contain a whole package of cooked pasta and one small enough to sift a half cup of flour. If you're gifting a strainer, don't worry about the fineness of the mesh, just buy a set.

7. Prep bowls: One of the biggest challenges for home cooks is mise en place, which is the practice of organizing all needed ingredients for a recipe before a burner is clicked on. Prep bowls are the perfect receptacle for small amounts of measured ingredients. How many should you buy? As many as you can afford.

8. Mixing bowls: Good mixing bowls come into play practically every day. This is another tool that you can't overstock in the kitchen. A variety of sizes is ideal for the foodie who believes in using the right tool for the right job.

— Dave Cathey

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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