I was never a foodie until I met Greg. This is strange for a big reason. My dad was a waiter at a 5-star restaurant and he learned to cook from the best chefs in the country. He, in turn, would cook for us at home. Until I started dating, I didn’t know people didn’t eat as well as we did. I was a gourmet without ever having known it.
Enter Greg. He introduced me to other kinds of foods. Chinese food. Greek food. Street food, from greasy dives off Chicago back streets.
Eventually, I wanted to learn how to make these foods at home. There was a lot of trial and error. A lot! But even I, a person with no real cooking skill managed to get it right sometimes.
I tell people I don’t like to cook, and it’s true. But most restaurant food can’t compare to homemade. I don’t mind the work as long as it’s appreciated, and I have a very appreciative husband when it comes to food.
Whether the foodie on your list loves to eat or loves to cook, I’ve got some great ideas for both.
• Meat Claws If someone on your list bbqs, you’ll want to get them this. It’s pretty handy!
• Silicone Oven Mitts These are even cheaper than the ones I bought. I love mine!
• Rub Away Bar Great for removing smells from your hands.
• Cheese Board
• The Drunken Botanist I’m not a drinker, but I am a gardener. In a survival situation without liquor, I could be a god!
• Cheese Making Kit Cheese making sounds pretty easy, but the kit gives you everything for the beginner.
• Mushroom Kit I’ve always wanted to try this. We actually have several different mushrooms growing on our place. Some are safe (I think) and some are poisonous (I know). Either way I’m too scared to take a chance without an expert at my side.
• Homebrewing Kit I have a nephew in law who brews beer on an industrial level. From what I hear it’s much easier to use the kit.
• KitchenAid Mixer This one is much nicer than mine. If you have a serious baker on your list, see if they have this one. It’s truly one of the best mixers I’ve ever used.
• Cake Decorating Tips I have friends who decorate beautiful cakes, almost too beautiful to eat…almost.
• Marble Pastry Board My friends who bake say that marble is the best for rolling dough.
• Lazy Susan (Turntable) The nice ones can be pricey but they’re an elegant accessory. Greg already has a standing order to build a custom turntable for a friend.
• Bread Dipping Set I wrote a post on how to make your own bread dip, but if you want it already made up and nicely packaged, here it is.
• Collin Street Bakery Apricot Cake For once there is something fairly famous close to where I live. Collin Street Bakery is a Texas Treasure. We buy a cake tin every year for ourselves and one for my mom. I love the apricot cake best, but the pineapple is good too. Thanks to Jennifer Shirk for reminding me.
• Godiva Chocolates The best chocolate I ever tasted were made by two spinster sisters in a tiny shop in our town. It was called Joey’s Chocolates. Nothing will ever be as good as those, but Godiva isn’t too shabby for a big commercial enterprise.
• Laughing Man Coffee I know as much about coffee as I do about alcohol, but Greg (my coffee expert) says this is a delicious coffee. It doesn’t come in fancy packaging, but it might be nice as a stocking stuffer. Interesting factoid: Laughing Man Coffee is a brand that Hugh Jackman launched to help developing nation farmers find a marketplace.
Are you a foodie?