November 25, 2010

Holiday Gift Favorites of 2010

CucinaPro Fresh Pasta Machine
Who doesn't like pasta? Freshly made pasta has a completely different texture and silkiness that leaves dried pastas in the culinary dust. My goal for 2011 is to make my own fresh pastas and embrace my inner Italian grandmother. Dinner party anyone?

Sephora by OPI-18 Piece Mini Nail Color Set
From everyday use to more daring colors, it's a complete collection of every color you could possibly want! For the amount of bang for your buck, these would be perfect as stocking stuffers for your lady or wanna be lady friends alike.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall is my new chef obsession. My addiction to this show began when I was staying in Melbourne. This English TV series is about Hugh's adventures in buying farmland and learning to be sustainable while using local and seasonal produce. His charm and witty commentary will provide hours of entertainment on those gloomy winter days to come. 

Beautiful and simple porcelain bowls. They come in every color but I love the soft pastels to make the food inside them really pop. An added bonus-they're dishwasher and microwave safe.

Enameled cast iron cookware for braising, stewing and soup making. Le Creuset has mastered the technology of even cooking over the surface of their pans creating a high quality product for a pretty penny. The classic red is my favorite but they come in all shapes and colors to match your kitchen!

Pearls and detailed ruby Pomegranate seeds? I don't think Anthropologie could have squeezed any more adorableness into this unique locket. Perfect for your most festive holiday outfit.

Punjammies by The International Princess Project
In light of the holiday season why not give your mom, sister, aunts, or girlfriends comfortable and beautiful pajama pants made by women in an after-care facility in India? These women have been rescued or escaped from a life of forced prostitution. The International Princess Project provides quality medical care, emotional safety, education and the tools to create a new way of life for each woman.

Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home By Ina Garten
Nearly half of the recipes I make are written by Ina Garten. She's my food idol! Simple, no fuss recipes that ALWAYS turn out absolutely delicious. In light of my recent love affair with France during my travels, French food made simply at home is what I'm after and I know my home-girl, Ina, will deliver.

Pop's Stache
These unique drink identifiers are perfect for your next party. Have your guests throw them on their beer bottles and become a new character for the night. I'd bet life is more fun with a mustache.

This is the ultimate guide to making your own pickles, lox, and jams. I'm a sucker for anything pickled or vinegar filled. I'm pretty sure I could live on just pickled vegetables alone...(oooh diet book idea!). Just think, if you give this as a gift, maybe your friend will make you something in return! Easy how-to steps to delicious homemade recipes. 

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