Do you realize that Valentine's Day is almost here? I had almost forgotten myself, what with Facebook and Twitter abuzz with people wanting to Spring forward out of this deep freeze we are in, but alas, Mother Nature can't be hurried, so let's just sit back and enjoy it -
Grab a cup of hot coffee or cocoa, put on an extra sweater, put your feet up and join me on a journey into the Best Valentine's Day Gifts for those you love - those who love to cook, or those who don't love it so much and would really enjoy some time and energy saving cooking goodies.
In this list, I've compiled several gift ideas for your significant other or spouse, whoever the cook is in your house, as well as some great items for kids, college students or outdoor grillers. Make sure to click on the links included in the caption of each gift idea photo to find lots more kitchen prizes you can order from the comfort of that big, comfy couch.
Several of the slideshow or list photos are made right here in my little old test kitchen and you can see clearly that I really do use, and love all these products. But, if you don't see something you'd like to know about, give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org, on my Culinary Divas Facebook page or follow me on Twitter at TravelFoodArts, and I'll get right on it!
Happy shopping and Happy Heart Day to you!
Don't want to scroll the photos? Here are some handy links for your shopping pleasure:
Waring Pro Breakfast Express
This little jewel lets you whip up an omelet and a Belgian waffle at the same time – simply load the ingredients in one side, close, flip and load more ingredients in the other side. In a few minutes you've made breakfast for two! It's like being a short order cook in your own kitchen. Check it out here.
Tovolo Spatulart and Joseph & Joseph Baking Gift Set
Want to put a huge smile on your favorite little (or big) chef? Here are some kitchen Valentines gift ideas that are sure to do just that. And I know that for a fact, because when I opened the package containing the pink smiley face spatula, red heart spatula and the tiny little pink batter spatulas from Tovolo (their Spatulart series), I was in love.
Then, to make my day even brighter, I got a beautifully packaged baking gift set from Joseph & Joseph, which included the most innovative adjustable rolling pin, spatula, pastry brush and pie timer, all in gorgeous red and pink! Make sure to click the links and make your "heart" one happy.
Tovolo Spatulart and Joseph & Joseph Baking Gift Set
Here is a closer view of the Valentine's Day (or any day for anyone special) gifts from Tovolo and Joseph & Joseph. Not only are these utensils cute as pie, but they make pie, cookie or cake making a breeze!
Waring Pro Snowcone Maker
And speaking of the little ones; how excited would your little kitchen helper be to get his or her very own snowcone maker for Valentines Day, in celebration of the warm weather ahead? It's bright red and loads of fun on a hot, warm or even a cold day! Check this beauty out!
Choose Snapware for your Valentine's Dinner leftovers
Here's a great gift for a serious chef, someone who cooks, serves and saves a lot of food (or a little.) The Snapware Total Solution collection makes it easy with an air-tight and leak-proof, four-latch plastic lid that snaps easily in place on a Pyrex® oven-safe glass container. The upgraded lid is designed carefully to give you solutions for all your storage and organizational needs.
Tovolo Easy Reach Baster
This is a large capacity baster which directs juices exactly where you want, whether you are cooking outdoors or in. A perfect gift for the griller in your life. Includes a cleaning brush and two tips, and one silicone basting brush. And is made by Tovolo.
Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central Multi-Cooker
I know I've written about this product before, but the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central is one of my all time favorite countertop appliances, especially on these cold winter's days. I keep it going almost all the time with broths, soups and whole meals like chili. I also roast chicken in it, whole and butterflied! Try it at Cuisinart.com.
Lightweight Epicurean Kitchen Cutting Boards
Here are some gorgeous, lightweight Epicurean cutting boards that are designed for everyday use and easy handling. The ultra thin profile and built-in utility hole make them easy to store in a rack or display on your wall.
These versatile cutting boards are available in several different sizes perfect for the busy home cook. You can use the boards one at a time or several at once. Cleaning up is simple; just place your Epicurean cutting boards in the dishwasher with the rest of the dishes. Check them out here.
Joseph & Joseph Pren & Serve Bowl
How about gifting your fave cook with this simple, stylish prep & serve bowl that combines the functions of a preparation bowl, colander and serving bowl in one gorgeous, lightweight design?
The integrated colander lets you rinse food in the main bowl, then drain off the excess water or other liquid, without having to reach for another bowl or colander.
Then you can either tip the contents into a pan for cooking or combine it with other ingredients such as sauces or dressings and you can even serve it up straight to the table – all using the same bowl.
It is ideal for preparing and serving salads and soft fruits or for rinsing rice and lentils before cooking.