Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
If you haven’t gotten your Christmas presents yet, boy, are you in trouble. Ditto if you’re still shopping for Hannukah, which started days ago. But you don’t need me to make this moment worse; you probably already feel like you’re in a bad episode of 24. Consider these gift ideas if you’re frantic to get a food lover something, anything. As they say, better late than never.
Russian Doll Measuring Cups
Say you have a friend who is equally passionate about measuring everything they eat and those iconic Russian nesting dolls that stack inside each other. You could try to have a talk with them about their obsessive nature. Alternatively, you can go to The Museum of Modern Art's design store Web site and order them the adorable white dolls that double as measuring cups. I’m also a sucker for the pig cooking lid: a silicone round with a little pig’s face in the middle. The snout doubles as holes to release steam if you’re cooking or microwaving.
Épicerie Boulud Gift Basket
Superstar chef Daniel Boulud’s store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is basically an FAO Schwartz for cheese- and pastry-addicted adults. The Épicerie helpfully sells specialized gift boxes, including Épicerie Sweets (featuring my new favorite candy, salted caramel-filled chocolate dragées), Le Petit Déjeuner and The Cocktail Hour. If you don’t live in close proximity to the store, these gift baskets might make a more suitable New Year’s present.
Creminelli Cured Meats
I wouldn’t have figured that Salt Lake City would be the home of excellent artisanal sausage makers. But it is, and they’ll ship all around the country. Their "Good Luck Gift" - four pieces of their Italian cotechino pork sausage which signifies good luck - shows that you’re already thinking ahead to 2012. And if you think that big animal parts are the way to really show you care, you can also order whole 17-pound prosciutto di Parma hams from Creminelli.
Inflatable Roast Turkey
On the opposite end of the spectrum from real, well-made cured meats is a big fat fake turkey. Once again I find myself a sucker for the products at stupid.com. And once again I can’t possibly beat the copy writers who came up with the blurb for their product: “No time to cook a Turkey for the holidays this year? Don't eat Turkey? Don't eat at all? Well, in any case your solution is simple. The Inflatable Turkey looks glorious on any dinner table and can even be a great home decoration…. Is your mouth watering yet? Well, ours are so excuse us while we eat a few celery sticks and stare deeply at a table full of Inflatable Turkeys.”
I’ll get the bad news right out of the way. These nifty chopsticks don’t light up. (And seriously, I hope you weren’t going to eat ramen noodles with light-up chopsticks.) They do, however, look a lot like the legendary Star Wars weapons they’re modeled on, in styles like Darth Vader red and Yoda green (which is three centimeters shorter than the others). You can find them at thinkgeek.com, which also offers options like the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter.
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LOL! I wonder if JJ has a set of lightsaber chopsticks...
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