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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

While I love to plan, I am always slow on the gifts each year. I tend to rely on Amazon Prime and other online shopping so I can go for just what I want, and have it shipped straight to me. If I go shopping at a store, I end up buying all sorts of things that I, or the gift recipients, don't really need. And of course, I wait until the last minute.

If you are like me (a gift procrastinator), and you have some Food Lovers in your life, here are a few of my favorite things.

The Big Gifts:

The Instant Pot is a last-minute planner's dream. While I am great at planning food for others, I sometimes forget to plan my own. With the Instant Pot, I can cook chicken straight from the freezer, then sauce it and place it in a hot oven to crisp the skin. Plus, I have some quick chicken stock leftover to boot!

I use my vita-mix for everything, from sauces to pestos to smoothies. While I know there was life before Vita-Mix, I don't know how I did a good portion of my kitchen tasks. It is likely my favorite tool in the house.

I probably broke 4 or 5 pizza stones before I discovered the pizza steel. Just add some pre-made dough from Safeway or Trader Joe's and homemade pizza is just a few minutes away.

Stocking Stuffers:

This little ceramic gem is, and stays sharp, comes with a perfectly fitting sheath, and is handy to have for every little task in the kitchen. I often keep mine in the pocket of my apron or the pocket of my chef's coat (sheathed, of course!), to have handy at all times.

The "fish spat" is commonplace in many chefs' knife roll. This flat, flexible, slotted spatula works equally well on pancakes and removing pizza from the oven as it does for removing a crispy fish fillet from the saute pan.

How do you know when the chicken is done? Or if the refrigerator is acting up? My favorite, most accurate (and available in so many colors!) digital thermometer is the best thing to have on hand to answer those questions and more.

Some of my dreams include clouds of fluffy parmesan and the only way to achieve those parmesan dreams is with a microplane. Originally from the woodshop, chefs of all kind use it for zesting citrus, grating garlic and ginger, or making those fluffy clouds of parmesan.

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