Holy Moly...Black Friday is complete craziness. I saw people lined up on Monday outside of Best Buy ready to wait four days for deals. The grocery store was bad enough for me the day before Thanksgiving. I can't even imagine the pushing, shoving, yelling, and parking situation happening today. I saw two people almost brawl on Wednesday for the last spiral ham, imagine the lengths they may go to for a television or toy. I don't even want to think about it. However what I can get behind - Cyber Monday. Finding great deals from the comfort of my own home, coffee in hand, and no one ready to pounce if I grab the last one. That's much more my style. And in that spirit, here are some things I have my eye on for Monday.
And on a side note, if you want the adrenaline of Black Friday check out Amazon's lightning deals. I am a bit obsessed. They release a limited number of items at a certain time and you have to race to complete your purchase before they run out. All the adrenaline without all the rude people and weird smells.
1. Burr Coffee Grinder and Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker
Ever wonder why coffee shop coffee tastes so much better? Most of the time it is because they grind the beans right before making the coffee. If you have any friends who love coffee, a burr coffee grinder is a perfect gift. Grinding the beans fresh right before making your coffee makes a huge difference in the taste and it doubles as a spice grinder which is pretty exciting. I also wholeheartedly recommend these Bialetti Stovetop Espresso makers. For under $20 they make an incredible cup of coffee.
2. Beautiful Cookbook with a Homemade Treat
One of my favorite gifts to give to my friends who love to cook is a cookbook with a homemade recipe from the very same cookbook. Choosing one of the recipes from the cookbook to bring along with the book makes it feel extra special and gets them excited to start using it. It also shows them just how delicious the recipes are. Some of my favorite cookbooks these days are Joy the Baker, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and for those watching their waistlines Crazy Sexy Kitchen.
3. Better than a Bottle of Wine: Lillet Rose
If you have a friend who loves wine, and who doesn't, then introduce them to this amazing French apertif. It's a fortified wine that has orange and fruit undertones and is delicious on it's own or mixed into a cocktail. It also makes the perfect gift for someone at your office or a friend that's hard to buy for since it feels more special than a simple bottle of wine.
4. Journeys of Chefs in Print
One of my newest obsessions is reading personal stories of chefs and cooking. It all started after I read No White Jacket Required and since then I have been gobbling up novels based around food and cooking. If you have a friend who loves to read and cook, these books make the perfect gift. Some other good titles in this genre - Kitchen Confidential, Heat, and How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefs.
5. A Great Kitchen Knife
For any aspiring home cook, a great knife will change the way they cook and is essential for mincing, chopping, dicing, and everything in between. Honestly I never really bought into the whole knife talk until someone finally gave me a great one. It has saved me hours in the kitchen and honestly changed the way I cook.
What are you buying this year for the home cooks in your life?
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