(Photograph by Hallman Productions; Creative direction by Rocky Owens @box_of_rox)
To me it’s just not the holidays unless my sleeves are rolled up and I’m having fun in the kitchen. It reminds me of my mom and it’s also a fun activity with the kids, especially on those super cold days. I wanted to round up some items that will help you and yours get creative in the kitchen and also make the most of your time together. Time to get cooking!
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1. Miss Jones Limited Edition Peppermint Frosting, $5.99, available through the end of December at missjones.co
For busy holiday bakers: This frosting is a quick and easy way to put together a festive treat. The vegan peppermint frosting comes with naturally colored peppermint pieces to dress up cookies, cupcakes and brownies.
2. Cuisinart 3-cup Mini Prep Food Processor, $39.95, surlatable.com
For the seasoned cook: Folks who cook a lot know that the right tools can help shave valuable time off food prep. This mini food processor is just right for chopping nuts and making sauces and relish. It’s small and cute enough to stay out on the counter and it cleans up in a jiffy.
3. Callie Fresh Red Blend, $14.99, callliecollection.com
For anyone who enjoys a a glass while they prep: Most of the cooks I know like to relax and enjoy the cooking process more with a glass of vino. It’s a way to signal the end of a busy day and the start of the evening. And if you’re hosting, enjoying a glass of wine can help take the edge off the stress of getting everything done (just don’t have more than one glass before you’re done–we don’t want any sliced fingers!). This vivacious red blend boasts juicy berry flavors, plus vanilla and caramel.
4. Geoffrey Zakarian Pro for Home Storage Container, medium in gray, $9.95, surlatable.com
For the cook who has everything: You may think these new containers from Iron Chef Zakarian couldn’t be that much better than what you’re already using, but they totally are. Each BPA-free plastic container helps you keep food fresh longer and also maximizes fridge space. Plus, they come with removable trays, which keep food away from liquid and moisture. Definitely a welcome addition to any kitchen! Comes in 3 sizes and can be labeled with erasable pen, sold separately.
5. Ayesha Curry Tools Spoonula and Spatula Set, $9.99, target.com and jcpenny.com
For new cooks: Anyone who is building their kitchen arsenal will appreciate this fun and functional set. With silicone heads that are heat-safe up to 450°F and durable parawood handles, the spoonful and spatula can handle every recipe. Plus, proceeds from the set go to helping No Kid Hungry deliver meals to kids in need.
6. Jacques Pepin Collection Figural Chicken Egg Cup, $25, surlatable.com
For the francophile: One of the most revered French chefs, Jacques Pepin has created an entire collection of French country-inspired cook and serveware for Sur la Table. This sweet little hand-painted chicken serves up soft or hard-boiled eggs for memorable brunches. Dishwasher safe.
7. Ayesha Curry Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan in Copper, $16.99, target.com and jcpenny.com
For your favorite college student: Everyone needs a muffin pan–even when your kitchen isn’t much to write home about. This non-stick pan promotes even browning of baked goods. And when your student hosts their first dinner party, they’ll appreciate that the pan is also dishwasher-safe! Proceeds help support No Kid Hungry.