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Handy dandy gadgets to get your cook for Christmas this year.

Sure, anyone can make a serving board in the shape of piano or salt and pepper shakers that look like an avocado and seed and call it a cute must-have for cooks. And if that’s your sort of thing, then THIS is the place for you. But, right now, I happen to be more interested in practical gadgets – gifts that someone like me would love to receive and actually find quite useful in the kitchen.

Salad Spinner

This is the greatest gadget that I never knew I wanted until I had it. It allows you to rinse your lettuces, herbs, spinach and quickly and easily drain the water. They even make smaller ones just for herbs – which is a great idea if you’re short on space. Target has a nice OXO one, but Williams-Sonoma also carries an OXO with a larger flat bottom which seems like it might work better.

Microplane Gloves.

Who hasn’t at least feared nicking off a little knuckle when grating some nice Parmesan or zesting an orange? Well, fear no more. I saw these and was immediately intrigued. Chances are your cook will be too. Steinmart, 5055 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207

Cheeseboard

OK, so not every gift for a cook has to be one that they use to actually cook. Case in point, this lovely cheeseboard from One Kings Lane. It has a neat little drawer for storing the cheese knives so that you never have to dig through another cluttered catch-all drawer for them.

Vertical Garden

I personally love to cook with fresh herbs. Don’t let anyone lie to you, there is a HUGE difference in taste between fresh and dried. I find it problematic living in a place where the outdoor growing season is really less than half the year. Here’s the one I really want.

Cooking Classes

What cook doesn’t love to learn new things? For a really creative and thoughtful gift, give your cook the experience of a private in-home cooking class for two or four from Eat This Louisville or a two-hour BYOB Greek cooking class at Chef Maria’s Greek Deli in St. Matthews. There happen to be deals on both of these right now. The in-home cooking class can be purchased through Amazon Local. The BYOB Greek cooking class can be purchased through Living Social. Both are for a limited time only.

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