Gift Guide for Your Favorite Cooks and Bakers

gift guide for cooking & baking

Onward with the gift guides!  Today’s features my go-to items for cooking and baking.  Let’s get to it!

{1} Calphalon 12″ Covered Omelette Pan (Calphalon Store).  I use this guy for pretty much everything except, ironically, omelettes (why don’t I make more omelettes?).  The size is large enough to be able to brown many things at once or even simmer a pasta sauce without needing a deep pot.  It cleans like a breeze, and at under $40, this is a steal for a Calphalon piece.

{2} Le Creuset 9″ Square Baking Dish (Bed Bath & Beyond).  I received this as a gift a few years back, and it’s one of the best gifts I ever got.  It’s small, but I find that I use it a lot: for a small batches of bar cookies, for dips, and for vegetables.  And, the best part?  Nothing sticks to this bad boy.

{3} Old Town Blood Orange Olive Oil (Old Town Oil).  Old Town Oil reminds me of the trip my sister and I took to Chicago.  This place was one of our stops on a fabulous walking food tour, and I have such fond memories of their shop and the flavors they shared with us.  The blood orange flavor would be great on fish, chicken, shrimp, vegetables…you name it.

{4} Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract (Williams-Sonoma).  Boy, as I’m listing all of these things, I’m realizing what terrific gift givers I have in my life.  This vanilla was a gift I received last Christmas (thanks, Jenn!), and it was such a fun idea.  I always buy pure vanilla extract, but I rarely splurge for the really good stuff.  This was something I’d use all the time, but it was something I’d really never buy for myself.  Perfect gift.  Plus, every time I used it, it reminded me of my girl, so I’d text her a picture of whatever I was making.

{5} Ice Milk Apron (Ice Milk Aprons).  Do you guys watch Next Food Network Star?  The concept is a fun one, but some of the things they put the contestants through are a little ridiculous.  But, this year’s winner, Damaris Phillips…I just love her.  She’s adorable and hilarious, and she offers so many cool ideas on her new show.  These Ice Milk Aprons are the ones that she wears.  I think they’re gorgeous.

{6} Calphalon 2.5 Quart Nonstick Sauce Pan (Calphalon Store).  It’s larger than it looks.  Perfect for gravy, rice, or even candy-making.  Plus, this one can go in the dishwasher.

{7} Le Creuset 7 1/4 Quart Round French Oven (Amazon).  So, I guess it’s safe to say I like Calphalon and Le Creuset products?  I normally wouldn’t put something this expensive in a gift guide, but I can’t overstate how much I love this dutch oven.  It’s heavy, it’s beautiful, it’s easy to clean, and it braises like a dream.  My tip on price is to find a Le Creuset outlet.  Trust me, it’s worth the trip.  Products there are a lot less expensive in general, and sometimes you accidentally trip over a miracle sale.

{8} “Barefoot Contessa at Home” by Ina Garten (Barnes & Noble).  It’s no secret how much I love Ina.  In my mind, she’s like a kitchen Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.  I own a handful of her cookbooks, and this one is my very favorite.  In between all the delicious recipes, she gives you glimpses of her house and some of her favorite haunts in the Hamptons.  Fun.

I hope this helps you finish up your holiday shopping list!  What are some of your favorite gift ideas for the kitchen?


  1. Lots of great ideas here. I think I better go revise my wish list!

  2. Sigh, that Le Crueset French oven is so dreamy!

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