Holidays Wish List Part ll: Kitchen Gadgets

December 11, 2009

Whether you are a gourmet cook or you need to shop for one this holiday season, you can never go wrong with kitchen gadgets. This is a list of my favorite 10 kitchen gadgets in 2009. Find many of these products right here in Cincinnati. George Clooney sold separately.

  1. Nespresso C185/T Le Cube Automatic Machine
  2. You can’t buy him, but you can be LIKE George Clooney when you drink Nespresso out of Le Cube. And if that doesn’t do it for you, surely the fact that my husband swears by it will. He is both an expresso connoisseur and a busy resident at University Hospital, and simply would not survive his rigorous hours without this little baby. He drops a Nespresso pod into the chamber and is served a piping hot, fresh cup of expresso every morning. Consistent and great every time. Buy it at Target for $279.99.


  3. Bobby Flay 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
  4. I know, I know, it’s a Food Network star product. But this skillet is only a fraction of the cost of Le Creuset skillets and comes preseasoned and ready to go. Plus, its heavy-duty construction offers even heat distribution and takes out all of the frustration when trying to achieve beautifully seared pieces of meat. Get it now on sale at Kohls for just $27.

  5. Peugeot Rechargeable Electric Wine Opener
  6. When my parents bought this, I thought they were crazy. But after trying it once I became a convert. Just position the compact, lightweight opener over the bottle and press a button: the precision corkscrew effortlessly extracts and releases the cork like magic. Just watch the video demonstration! Buy it from Williams Sonoma for $120.

  7. Bench Scraper
  8. I know it was designed to be a pastry tool, but it’s actually a perfect device for scooping up chopped vegetables and throwing them into the pan. It’s a complete time saver in the kitchen and also helps avoid mirepoix all over the floor. Mine was a free hand me down, but get yours for under five bucks at Bed Bath & Beyond.

  9. Kapoosh Universal Knife Block
  10. When we got our Global knives, we didn’t have a safe place to store them. The Kapoosh block is a fantastic knife and utensil holder because it doesn’t use slots. Instead, it uses dishwasher safe, plastic rods to hold everything in place. Mix and match knives from different sets or use it to hold any utensil you would like. Buy it from for 64.99.

  11. OXO Mandolin, V-Blade
  12. Cut your prep time in half with the easy to grip Oxo mandolin from Macy’s. Three blades and a simple height adjuster let you slice straight, crinkle cut and julienne in a variety of thicknesses. Which means you can be a big show off when you have guests over, too! Create a perfect looking gratin in half the time for $39.99.

  13. Breville Ikon Die-Cast Steel Blender
  14. I like this thing so much, I took it on a beach vacation with me — afraid the blender provided by the house just wouldn’t cut it. The Breville Ikon has a spooky good vortex action that effortlessly purees vegetables smoothies, soups and sauces — it even chops nuts. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. If you’re in the market, get yours at the Rookwood Commons Sur La Table for $199.95.

  15. Torch
  16. I kind of feel powerful when I take out my culinary torch — a great tool for for caramelizing sugar on crème brûlée and tarts. I also feel safe because it has two flame settings, a safety lock and an easy on-off trigger. This gadget is only 4″x6″ and is $31.95 at Crate and Barrel.

  17. Ateco Cutters
  18. If you believe that you eat with your eyes first, this set of 11 cutters might be for you. This tin is packed with 11 different sizes of plain round cutters and are for so much more than cutting out cookies. They also double as food molds for fancy serving presentations. Use them to evenly shape a stack of quinoa or cut out perfect circles from a gratin dish. Find them for just $14.99 at Amazon.

  19. Le Creuset Onyx Round Dutch Oven
  20. Cold winter months = lots of slow roasting in the kitchen. The dutch oven from Le Creuset is a perfect vessel for braising because of its enamel material and the fact that it can easily be transferred from the stovetop to the oven. If you’re looking to splurge on a luxury kitchen item this season, look no further. Get it from Cooks’Wares in Mongtomery for 109.95.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jillian January 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

you’ve inspired me to finally get an oxo mandolin and a bench scraper!


Courtney January 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

Good! Then my work here is done. The mandolin is super handy for gratins, etc. and the bench scraper is my secret little weapon for speed. Well, not that secret.


Sarina Harrett November 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

i like to search the internet for new kitchen gadgets to add to my kitchen `..


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