The Perfect Gift for: Someone With Limited Kitchen Space
During the holidays there are a few places where I find myself spending more time than usual. They include: J. Crew, Barnes & Noble, and Crate & Barrel. Something about cold weather and “Jingle Bells” just makes me want to cuddle up in a cozy sweater with a good book and a…whisk? Okay, so Crate & Barrel may not fit the equation quite as well, but for people who love to cook, nothing says “good cheer” like perusing through isles of mixing bowls and spatulas.
And with that, I present the best gift for a budding chef: a stick blender!
Now before you say, “a stick what?” let me explain. I am not a fan of superfluous kitchen gadgets (I once was convinced by my Dad to buy a Magic Bullet off an infomercial as an early birthday present, and I was thoroughly disappointed), but this is one luxury that’s worth the shelf space. Anyone who’s tried to puree a soup in a food processor understands: the hot liquid, the multiple containers to wash, the time the whole operation takes when all you wanted was something to dip your grilled cheese in! No wonder people stand by Campbell’s.
But even if soup isn’t your main squeeze, this baby does double duty and beyond. It comes with a few attachments that allow you to whip up hummus, pesto, cookie dough, whipped cream, and smoothies in mere seconds. You’re really only limited by your imagination (well, that and the three attachments…but who’s counting?). In terms of cost, they run anywhere from about $15 to $100, depending on the brand and quality. I love my Cuisinart CSB-77, which falls somewhere in the middle of the price range. No matter which one you choose, your loved one will not be disappointed. Happy blending!