Saturday, December 15, 2012

SHOP, SHOP, SHOP

IF YOU ARE as unorganized about holiday gifting as I am, you are probably just now getting around to those gift lists and wondering exactly what gift might make each person feel special. It can be a challenge. Here are a few ideas:
ROSE BEATERBLADE: If you have anyone on your list who loves to bake and has a KitchenAid stand mixer, this is THE perfect gift. It's a plastic blade that functions like the main mixer blade except that it has rubbery wings on it that literally touch all parts of the bowl, eliminating the need to stop the mixer and stir up the contents from the bottom. I just love this tool. It's genius. It was designed by local baker Rose Levy Beranbaum. It's about $18 on Amazon. Check out her blog at www.realbakingwithrose.com For info on the blade, go to www.beaterblade.com
RONCO FOOD DEHYDRATOR: I know that it seems like so much trouble to deal with too much fruit or too many veggies, but a food dehydrator makes it easy. Seriously all you do is cut the stuff up and put it on the tray and plug it in. A day -- or less -- later and you have reduced the food to a small bag of tasty, nutritious snack food. There's a bit of a learning curve to knowing how dry you want things, but it's all edible, and you can always rehydrate. The best part? It's only $40. www.ronco.com
T-FAL YOGURT MAKER: As any woman who has read "French Women Don't Get Fat" knows, a cup of yogurt every morning is the perfect start to the day; packed with calcium, probiotics and other nutrients -- which is why I am loving this simple machine. Since I've tried making yogurt without it, I'm thrilled at the concept. It's just a set of jars that sit on top of a surface that's kept at the right temperature for the right amount of time to turn milk into yogurt. Simple. Cheap. Good. And it's only $39.99. Available at t-falusa.com

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