Yes, it’s true–36 days–just a little more than a month to finish all your holiday chores. Fortunately, I’m here to help out with a few gift suggestions for your food-obsessed friends & relatives.
For the coffee geek: If you have coffee-geek friends, chances are they already own top-notch brewing equipment, source their beans from a local roaster, and have “favorite” espresso demitasse cups. So try one of these options…
How about a turned-wood tamper, handcrafted by Susan Spicer’s husband Chip. Orleans Coffee Exchange has a limited number of his tampers, available in various sizes, priced around $40. Don’t know what size to buy? You know every coffee geek is dying to tell you about his/her espresso machine and certainly knows the diameter, in millimeters, of said machine’s portafilter. Just pretend you’re in the market for an espresso machine and ask a few questions about larger diameter vs. smaller, or double-walled vs. single portafilters. You’ll find out what you need to know.
Or go for a half-dozen sterling silver demitasse spoons, readily available at local antique and silver shops. Try As You Like It (3033 Magazine) or online at eBay for a nice selection. This isn’t as expensive as you might imagine–“estate” silver (aka used) is affordable, especially with odd, multi-letter monograms or in less popular (but still beautiful) patterns. Plus, pre-owned silver is a very green, recycled gift. Demitasse spoon prices vary widely according to condition and pattern, but expect to pay around $60 for 6 spoons, depending on condition and weight.
For the adventurous cook: several pounds of Bomba paella rice, some dry spanish chorizo, and a paella pan. Check out The Spanish Table for a wide selection of pans and ingredients;the pans start at around $10, rice at $5. Fra Mani brand Spanish style chorizo is available locally (Whole Foods and St. James Cheese Co.)
For the person who truly has everything: yes, we all know a few. Chances are, the MasterChef in your circle already has high-quality knives, pots, appliances, ingredients, gadgets, table linens, etc. How about a Thermapen instant-read food thermometer? Fr 0 degrees to 572 degrees in 3 seconds, the Thermapen ($96, direct from the manufacturer) is good for roasting meats, baking bread, making candy; it comes in nine different colors. Buy direct today at the link above and get a free oven timer/thermometer to keep or re-gift.
More ideas coming soon…..what’s your favorite kitchen gift to give or get?