Holiday Gifts for the Gardening Cook…
I was out holiday shopping yesterday afternoon in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, and I found myself drifting like a snowflake —in and out of book shops and kitchen stores—dreaming of springtime gardens and fresh, leisurely meals on the sun-drenched terrace. Of course —as usual— while checking off my gift-list, I had to resist the urge to indulge myself as well! Oh the flame-orange Le Creuset French Oven, how it does call my name on a grey and chilly day. “Fill me, fill me!”, it says, “Load me up with root vegetables and red wine, and I promise to warm your weary spirit come February”. Hmmm. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
So in the spirit of cooking, gardening and gift-giving, I decided to share my list of things I’ve bought and things I am hoping to get myself. Could you use some last-minute ideas? Here are some good ones from the budget-concsious to the blow-out. All are available online as well as in shops, and most have free shipping (for more ideas check links on pages at left). Ho, ho, ho… Have fun out there!
The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor
Japanese Ikebana Garden Scissors (pictured in use on my kitchen countertop, top photo)
Has the cook/gardener been very good? This one dreams of a Flame-Colored, Â Le Creuset 5-Qt Oval French Oven
For the Harvest – Wire Baskets Make Hose-Rinsing a Breeze (here pictured in my garden)
Set of 2, Red Wire Harvest Baskets (click on image for link)
Full-Spectrum Growing System for Countertop Herb Gardens (click image link)
Even if she weren’t my friend, Amy McCoy’s fantastic new book,Â Poor Girl Gourmet,Â would be right at the top of my list. This lovely lady is both a cook and an avid kitchen gardener. The stories and photographs are fantastic, and her recipes are so delicious, you would never know they are created on a shoe string (except for how much thicker your wallet will feel!)
Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys is absolutely stunning and a culinary delight.
Recipes from an Italian Summer is both beautiful and fun.
Dorie Greenspan’s fantastic cookbook,Â Around My French Table, contains more than 300 simple and delicious French recipes.
Because when your market is your back yard, you need some way to measure at home! The BEST Kitchen Scale EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale
The classic, and still the best guide to preserving the harvest: Putting Food By: Fifth Edition
FoodSaver Advanced Design Vacuum Sealer
Much easier to walk around the garden with your sangria this way: Riedel Stemless Wine Tumblers, Set of 2
A Classic Glass Pitcher for Sun Tea or Sangria
For Taking Care of the Gardener…
My favorite for many years:Â Crabtree & Evelyn Gardener’s 60-Second Fix
philosophy SPF 30 sunscreen & skincare
Tell it like it is! “My Garden Kicks Ass” Key Ring by Anne Taintor
Natural Bath Brush from Terrain
Wild Rose Lip Balm available from Terrain
Lavender Sea Salt Soak from Terrain
Article and Photographs are â“’ Michaela at TGE
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2 Replies to “Holiday Gifts for the Gardening Cook…”
This is perfect – thank you for these suggestions! My husband’s family just decided to do a Yankee swap with a food theme, and this has given me some great ideas :)
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