7 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For The Foodie In Your Life

7 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For The Foodie In Your Life

Foodie Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Foodie Stocking Stuffer Ideas

(This post is sponsored by Kitchen Stuff Plus. You can read the original post that first appeared on November 21, 2018, directly on their website, here; all opinions are my own.)

As a food and lifestyle blogger, I love receiving gifts that are themed around entertaining and spending time in my kitchen. And, I think people who like to be around food always appreciate getting something new to use. Here are 7 practical stocking stuffer ideas, for the foodie, cook, baker, and general kitchen enthusiast in your life!

Foodie Oven Mitts

Foodie Oven Mitts (Cotton With Printed Silicone)
Foodie Oven Mitts (Cotton With Printed Silicone)

When I was looking through the many household items at Kitchen Stuff Plus, I was delighted by these cotton-silicone mitts with the word ‘foodie’ repeated all over them! How fun are they? They’re 100% cotton with 100% silicone printing, which provides additional grip. I think they’re perfect for someone who creates and entertains in the kitchen.

Mortar & Pestle

Stainless Steel Mortar & Pestle
Stainless Steel Mortar & Pestle

I chose this stainless steel mortar and pestle because it’s heavy-duty and easy to clean. Having one mortar for fresh herbs like garlic and another one for dry spices like cardamom is a definite advantage to having more than one set!

Kitchen Shears

Henckels Kitchen Shears
Henckels Kitchen Shears

Most people have at least one pair of scissors in the kitchen. This could be a lightweight pair for opening food wrappings. But most foodies also have a heavy-duty knife for cutting meat, and possibly one dedicated to herbs. I love these Henckels Twin L 8-inch multipurpose stainless steel shears, which you can sharpen. There’s also a built-in rotary to help open jars.

Mini-locking Tongs

Mini Locking Tongs With Silicone Tips
Mini Locking Tongs With Silicone Tips

When you’re entertaining, the more serving utensils you have on hand, the more prepared you are as a host, especially when guests bring unexpected gifts of food. These silicone-tipped mini-tongs are just the right size for vegetables like green beans, fruits, bite-sized desserts, or cheese cubes.

Spiralizer

Oxo Good Grips Hand Spiralizer
Oxo Good Grips Hand Spiralizer

One of the easiest ways to prepare healthy meals is by making ‘zoodles’ out of zucchini or carrots and using these veggies like pasta or just to add interest to a dish. I like using this Oxo Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer because of its compact size, sharp blade, and finger protector. It’s also very easy to clean.

Colorful Spatulas

Silicone Spatula With Bamboo Handle
Silicone Spatula With Bamboo Handle

Spatulas make a practical gift because they always need replacing from wear and tear. These silicone spatulas with bamboo handles are a useful and colourful addition to any kitchen.

Cookie Scoops

Oxo Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop
Oxo Good Grips Large Cookie Scoop

Cookie scoops are one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen and I’m sure the foodie in your life would agree! They can be used for many things like ensuring cookies are a uniform size or for scooping cupcake batter into liners. This  Oxo Good Grips 3 Tablespoon Cookie Scoop is great for egg salad and quinoa salad. It can also be used for serving ice cream or soft cheese.

By the way, these mantle stocking holders and cute knit red or white stockings are sturdy enough to hold many of the items featured here.

Red & White Knit Christmas Stockings
Red & White Knit Christmas Stockings

Finally, don’t forget to have fun with presentation, like using a mitt as a stocking!

'Foodie' Oven Mitts
‘Foodie’ Oven Mitts

I hope these ideas inspire you to personalize some stocking stuffers or holiday gifts for the foodie in your life!

Let me know of any cute ideas you’ve gifted in the past. Enjoy!

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5 Tips For Hosting a Casual Hanukkah Party Plus A Latke Recipe

5 Tips For Hosting a Casual Hanukkah Party Plus A Latke Recipe

Hanukkah Party Table
Hanukkah Party Table

(This post is sponsored by Kitchen Stuff Plus. You can read the original post that first appeared on November 21, 2018, directly on their website, here; all opinions are my own.)

As we approach the darkest days of the year, celebrating Hanukkah is one of the most anticipated events in the Jewish calendar.

Hanukkah is an 8-day holiday observed in November or December, depending on the Hebrew lunar calendar. This year it begins on the evening of December 2nd.

Often referred to as the ‘festival of lights’, Hanukkah refers to the rededication of the Holy Temple after the Maccabees defeated their Greek-Syrian oppressors. When the Jews went to light the menorah, or candelabra, oil that should’ve lasted for one day burned for eight.

Hanukkah is celebrated in as many ways as there are family traditions, but almost all Hanukkah party celebrations include lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, singing songs, opening gifts; and, eating latkes, gelt, and sufganiyot.

I only started making latkes when my kids came home from school one day raving about the latkes a mom had made in their classroom. Since then, my family looks forward to the one or two days when I go all out making latkes: they like to invite friends over to enjoy the party!

Here are 5 tips for hosting a casual Hanukkah party:

Tip 1: Use any variation of blue, white, grey, silver, and gold linens and platters that you have.

Hanukkah Table
Hanukkah Table

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Get Your Kitchen Christmas-Ready With These 7 Festive Pieces!

Get Your Kitchen Christmas-Ready With These 7 Festive Pieces!

Christmas Kitchen Ideas
Christmas Pieces For Your Kitchen Island

(This post is sponsored by Kitchen Stuff Plus. You can read the original post that first appeared on November 21, 2018, directly on their website, here; all opinions are my own)

It’s time to get ready for Christmas and the best place to start is in the kitchen, the central meeting place of our home!

My kids and husband love all of the décor and enjoy every piece I put out. How fun is it to eat off of Christmas plates and to be surrounded by the colours and scenes of the season for a few weeks a year?

I recently picked up these 7 festive plates and tableware items at Kitchen Stuff Plus and they instantly put my family and kitchen into the holiday spirit.

1) Placemats and a Table Runner

After using mainly plain red placemats, I changed things up this year by going with printed placemats. I chose the Festive Tree pattern because I liked the different coloured trees on the beige background and because they go with the mini-tree decorations I have around the house.

Christmas Table Runner and Placemats
Christmas Table Runner and Placemats

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Create The Perfect Floral Centerpiece In 7 Easy Steps!

William Ashley Secret Garden Floral Affair Event by Iittala and Alice's Table
William Ashley Secret Garden Floral Affair Event by Iittala and Alice’s Table

I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a beautiful floral arrangement and, this weekend, my wish came true!

As a blogger, I get invited to events throughout the year, but I knew that the William Ashley Exclusive Floral Event would be special. For one, the setting was the new William Ashley customer experience showroom on Toronto’s Mink Mile. With high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a tea lounge, the new space was perfect for the Secret Garden affair.

The second reason this event was special is that it was hosted by Alice Rossiter Lewis. Alice is the founder of Alice’s Table, a Boston-based business that provides starter kits and support to ‘executives’ who in turn run their own floral parties. Earlier this year, she appeared on Shark Tank and left with investments from both Mark Cuban and Sara Blakely. Alice’s energy is contagious, the pace is perfect, and the end result is a gorgeous and fragrant centerpiece.

Alice Rossiter Lewis of Alice's Table
Alice Rossiter Lewis of Alice’s Table

On Saturday afternoon, I rode the escalator to the second floor of William Ashley’s Bloor Street location and walked past the soft teal chairs in the bright and cozy customer lounge. At the long coffee bar, I enjoyed my English Breakfast Tea in Herend’s Royal Garden teacups (the same pattern gifted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and admired the long table that was set up for our event. What an inspiring spot, amidst crystal vases and tableware, for an afternoon of floral arranging.

At each blogger’s place stood a 6 inch Kastehelmi vase made by Iittala, the Finnish design house. The Kastehelmi collection is distinguished by raised droplets, named after the Finnish word for ‘dewdrop’. Oiva Toikka, the designer, cleverly added these droplets to hide joint marks and lines. We put on our aprons and got ready to fill our beautiful vases.

As Alice took us through the steps of building our own bouquets, we chatted about each other’s social media accounts and our love for creating content. Bloggers being bloggers, we had our cameras out, taking lots of photos and videos. It’s what we do, and documenting our every move feels most comfortable among fellow bloggers!

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10 Simple & Easy Kitchen Tricks From Henckels Knives

 

Tomato Bruschetta

Last week I had an amazing day with the Henckels & Staub product knowledge team, at the beautiful Miele Experience Center in Vaughan.

At the Henckels' Knives Event at the Miele Experience Centre, Vaughan, Ontario
At the Henckels’ Knives Event at the Miele Experience Centre, Vaughan, Ontario

Along with the Kitchen Stuff Plus team, we saw close-up product demonstrations by 5 chefs and a sales manager — all while preparing our own delicious lunch!

My favorite part was learning some food prep secrets from the chefs while trying out the different knives and cookware. I was on the team that made Tomato Bruschetta and Grilled Ratatouille Crostini and I very quickly realized that having the right knife, sharpened, could easily save me about 20 minutes a meal!

Tomato Bruschetta
Tomato Bruschetta

Here are some of the insider tips and tricks that I learned:

Pro Tip #1
The three most useful knives in any kitchen are a paring knife, a chef’s knife (can be a 6, 10, or 12 inch blade), and a bread knife. Continue reading

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How Colorful Tableware Changes Your Outdoor Dining Experience

 

Simple Steak Dinner on Tableware from Kitchen Stuff Plus
Simple Steak Dinner on Tableware from Kitchen Stuff Plus

(This post first appeared on the Kitchen Stuff Plus blog, on July 19, 2018)

It’s amazing how a set of outdoor tableware can change how one feels about eating outdoors. I recently won a flatlay contest sponsored by Collective Influence, a blogger/influencer association, of which I’m a member, and Kitchen Stuff Plus, one of southwestern Ontario’s leading kitchen and homewares stores. The prize was this beautiful tableware set for eight that my family and friends loved using this past weekend.

Outdoor Tableware from Kitchen Stuff Plus
Outdoor Tableware from Kitchen Stuff Plus

The tableware is called the Madrid and it’s part of the Blue Sky collection. It’s made out of BPA-free melamine that won’t mark when you use a steak knife on it like we did this weekend! It’s light-weight, dishwasher safe, and the perfect size for a bbq meal or just lounging around at home or in nature. The dinner dishes are the same size as indoor plates but the side dishes and bowls are slightly larger. These larger side dishes and bowls can be used as extra dishes when you have more guests. Continue reading

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