I’ve been shopping all year, taking notes and keeping track to give you suggestions for that favorite cook or eater on your Christmas gift list.
Here is Lisa’s List 2013:
Certified Angus Beef
Who needs to go clear to Omaha when you want to give the gift of steaks for the holiday?
Look no further than the Certified Angus Beef brand in Wooster, which offers gift packs on its website for a variety of steaks including strips, ribeyes and filet mignon.
Prices are roughly $80 to $160 plus shipping, depending on what you order. Check them out at www.certifiedangus beef.com. Click on the link that says “unwrap the flavor,” and then scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “Gift ideas for beef lovers.”
I’m not sure whether these rolling pins qualify as kitchen tool or art work.
In fact, they are both.
I spotted these laminated rolling pins on a visit to Lehman’s in Kidron and fell in love with their beautiful finish. The rolling pins are made from up to nine different types of wood, which are laminated into beautiful designs and then turned to a satiny smooth finish. Every one is different.
At $59.95, they are obviously more than the average rolling pin, but they are so beautiful I think they are worth it.
To buy one, visit www.lehmans.com or visit the store at 4779 Kidron Road, Kidron. If you are heading down to Amish country, use Dalton in your GPS.
HomeMade Gin Kit
Lots of folks make their own wine, more are beginning to brew their own beer, and now we’ve got the HomeMade Gin Kit for the gin drinkers on your gift list.
For $49.95, the kit comes with the bottles, spices and equipment you’ll need to turn average vodka into homemade gin.
There’s also a Christmas Gin blend that tones down the citrus and adds some seasonal spice to the flavors. For the juniper lover on your list, visit www.homemadegin.com to order.
It wouldn’t be Lisa’s List without some type of personalized item and I have found a favorite. For my birthday this year, dear friends gifted me with a stoneware casserole dish from www.red envelope.com with my name engraved on the side.
It’s almost too pretty to use, but I will.
The site has a whole collection of stoneware items that you can have engraved for your own favorite cook. Check out the pie plate and ice cream bowls and of course, the fabulous casserole dish. The collection is priced between $30 and $80, depending on which piece you select.
Charles Viancin silicone lids
Never has covering leftovers been so beautiful. You can turn your refrigerator into a garden.
These silicone lids come in a variety of sizes, each one in the shape of a different flower. The pink hibiscus and yellow sunflower are so pretty.
They create a tight seal over any bowl or pan, and can be used as lids for cooking, or in the microwave, or for storage. They work on glass, plastic and stainless steel and come in a variety of sizes to cover bowls, pans, cups and even bottle corks.
I first saw these at the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland and was happy to find the whole collection for sale at the West Point Market in Akron. Many are priced under $20.
OK, get out your checkbooks for this one. For the food lover who has everything, you can wow them with the delivery of a fresh black Perigord winter truffle.
Truffle season is just getting underway in France, with pigs and dogs sniffing them out. At the French gift website www.quelobjet.com you can send your favorite gourmet a fresh truffle. It’s $70 for a 1-ounce size, plus shipping, which will approach $50.
The truffles will be flown in from December through March to New York from the Perigord region of France, and then shipped overnight in insulated cold packs.
While you’re at the site, you may want to check out the collection of French tea towels as well, which are beautiful and just $22.
More Than Gourmet sauces
I love giving food gifts at the holidays as much as I love giving local products, which makes this gift idea a win-win on my list.
More Than Gourmet is an Akron company that is nationally recognized for the quality sauces it produces.
This year, the company has brought back its popular SauceMaker’s Dozen, which includes 14 popular sauces. Each box is $60, but if you order online by Dec. 31, you can save 25 percent off that price and get all 14 for $45, which is close to half off the grocery store price.
The sauces come in classic flavors, as well as vegan and gluten free. There’s even a box specially selected for those who hunt and fish, including venison, seafood and duck sauces.
Visit www.morethan gourmet.com to shop and view the entire pantry.
Ohio cutting board
Show your state pride with this one. Bed Bath and Beyond stores this year are featuring a line of cutting boards from Totally Bamboo that come in the shapes of all 50 states.
They’re $19.99, and Ohio is about 12 inches by 13 inches.
It’s a fun gift for an Ohioan, and who can’t use a bamboo cutting board? Ohio isn’t in stock in every store, so you may have to call around. The Stow store had some recently.
Crock-Pot hook up
I hope the makers of Crock-Pot slow cookers gave the person who thought up this idea a raise.
These are slow cookers that connect together, creating an easy buffet system without all the cords.
If you’ve ever tried to plug in everyone’s slow cookers at a family gathering, you know you’re lucky if no one breaks a hip tripping over the tangle of wires.
These pots come in various sizes for $40, $50 or $60, or you can hook up all three for $140.
Check them out at www.crock-pot.com or look for them at major retailers.
Every cook deserves some laurels, and in this case, you can give them literally.
This bright green silicone wreath comes from Prepara Kitchen Tools. It’s oven-safe up to 500 degrees, BPA-free and will elevate any roast — beef, turkey, chicken — so that the juices run freely. All that and it’s pretty too.
Prices may vary depending on where you buy it. Sur la Table sells it for $24.95.