Twas the Day After Christmas

December 26, 2007 · 5 comments · Print This Post

in Gift Ideas, Holidays / Entertaining, Miscellaneous, Products, To Buy / To Try

Twas the day after Christmas and the elves are exhausted but Erin and CK can’t wait to get started! For kitchen gadgets galore were bestowed on their heads and there are more brownies, and pastas, and people to be fed.

Santa was definitely kind to “Erin Cooks” this year (I think it was the cookies). I can’t wait to test out dishes from my cookbooks, try to break my bread making curse with the help of a new bread machine, and whip up some silky smooth soups with the assistance of a handy dandy immersion blender. Now where I’m going to store all of these items remains to be seen. If you come over for dinner I suggest opening any closets very very slowly just in case. I have a feeling that potato ricer packs a mean punch. What was your favorite kitchen gift this holiday season?

Dear Santa:  I'm Glad You Liked the Cookies!

From left to right: potato ricer, bread machine, microplane grater, stainless steel slow cooker, Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis, immersion blender, Mac’s Salt & Vinegar Gourmet popcorn, New Pizza by James McNair, The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown, Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna, a pie spatula, and the Williams-Sonoma Beef & Veal Book.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lys December 27, 2007 at 12:29 pm

LOVE the bread machine!!!! I adore that Everyday Italian cookbook and use it often.

My kitchen got a bit of a shock with the addition of a new copper wine fridge, a copper pot I’ve been fondling at Williams Sonoma for quite some time (the Ruffoni Polenta one) and an espresso/coffee maker. However I still can’t make coffee. Guess there’s no better time to start than now, right? And I can’t pick favorites because I love all three. Williams Sonoma must see “SUCKER” embossed on my forehead when I walk through its doors. Most of my wishlist was from there and Sur La Table…


2 Erin December 27, 2007 at 1:50 pm


I’m so jealous that you received a wine fridge and an espresso machine! Those are the next items on my never-ending kitchen “world domination” list of “must haves.”

It’s almost as much fun to receive all of these gadgets as it was when we were kids and opened up Barbie Corvettes and and Mall Madness board games.


3 Elizabeth December 28, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Honestly, the best kitchen gift I got this year was a set of new Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups! My husband had managed to drop and break both of mine, and I use them for everything.

I want Everyday Italian-I’ll have to look for it on Amazon. I watched Giada make hazelnut cinnamon rolls, mini frittatas and iced cappucino the other day, and I was just drooling!


4 RobynT December 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm

i got a coffee press and a better apple corer! haven’t used the coffee press; i’m excited, but have been sticking to my old coffee maker for now. the apple corer is from my husband and it is a little boring but it makes me happy in a way because it reminds me of the kind of practical gifts my dad gets for my mom.


5 Erin December 29, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Robyn – What a great gift! I love my coffee press! Trust me when I say that you will never go back to your old coffee maker after using freshly ground beans and your new press.

Elizabeth – You should definitely pick up Everyday Italian, although between you and me, most of the recipes from the book (if not all) are already posted on the Food Network website. It is nice to have all of the gorgeous glossy photos to look at though.

I also love Anchor Hocking. Once upon a time I ruined the lids to my Anchor Hocking glass jars and they sent me replacements for free. Talk about fabulous customer service!


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