Related to Jenise's thread about what we received.
I gave my best friend (and cooking co-conspirator) and her new husband (who is also a cook) a combined Merry Wedding/Christmas Congratulations gift of a Kitchen Aid Professional Stand Mixer, in Cayenne Red. And a kitchen scale for baking better bread at this altitude!
What great gifts did you all come up with for the cooks on your list? (Because my best friend's birthday is in two weeks and I am out of ideas! )
My wife wanted a plain, white, porcelain cake stand. That's not much to ask for but it was pretty tough to find. There are a lot out there made of crystal and a few china ones that are fairly elaborate but a plain white one turned out to be rare. It was too late to order from the internet when she mentioned it, but I was finally able to locate one here in town.
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a very narrow field" - Niels Bohr
Well I received a lot but I gave my wife a nicely decorated butter bell and a cookbook named Perfect Party Food by Diane Phillips, the so-called Diva of Do-Ahead. The employees at our local kitchen store raved about both. We have 2 children who are seniors, one in college the other in high school. So graduation parties loom on the horizon and this book will hopefully be useful.
On my side of the ledger, I received a subscription to Cooks Illustrated, Cooks Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue book, Karen MacNeil's Wine, Food & Friends, new grilling tongs, a jar of rib rub and a jar of herbs de provence. A rather nice haul!!
None here either. OH WAIT, I did give a friend Amy Sedaris' absolute riot of a how-to book for entertaining and cupcake making. It's the perfect gift for someone who professes to like being near a kitchen but never actually gets around to doing anything in it.
And I bought Bob Hermes cologne so he smells good when he's supervising me.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov