For the foodie in your life who can appreciate an edible endearment, here are a few tried and true picks that make great gifts for others…or are a great treat for yourself during the uber-hungry holiday season.
Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef WiFi-Enabled Technology (www.CharBroil.com)
Char-Broil, one of the world’s oldest and most respected outdoor cooking companies, has done it again with the Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef WiFi-Enabled Technology. Making it easier than ever to make perfectly cooked smoked meals without being time consuming. Now you can monitor your meal while you go about your day with the SmartChef app, you can control your SmartChef WiFi-enabled smoker from anywhere on your connected network and receive real-time cooking updates straight to your phone. With three intuitive cooking modes and an easy setup process, the SmartChef WiFi-enabled smoker is the next level in outdoor cooking experience. Ideal for summer cookouts and weeknight dinners, allowing both experienced smokers and novices alike to control their cook at the palm of their hands. With the Char-Broil app and SmartChef technology users can remotely monitor and control their meat temperature and cook time for consistently superior taste, and can access new recipes to expand their repertoires.
Allen Brothers’ USDA Prime Filet Mignon and Burger of the Month Gift Boxes (www.AllenBrothers.com)
Allen Brothers’ USDA Prime Filet Mignon and Burger of the Month gift boxes make the perfect, luxurious gift for the meat-loving man in your life. An iconic, century-old purveyor of certified USDA Prime and Choice meats, seafood, ready-to-eat entrees, and decadent desserts, Allen Brothers’ legacy is built on its commitment to providing only the highest-quality products, hand-selecting each cut of meat and aging it to perfection. A staple of top chefs, restaurants, and hotels across the country, brand loyalists include Nobu Matsuhisa, Mario Batali, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and David Burke, and the Four Seasons. Each Prime filet is slowly wet-aged for buttery tenderness and delectable taste. Trimmed of all exterior fat, the filets are beautifully- marbled to deliver full flavor. The Burger of the Month service boasts a shipment of their special blend burgers every month, for customers to grill and customize to taste. Burger varieties include Wagyu, Elk, Triple Beef Blend, and more. Allen Brothers’ sole focus is to ensure that the world’s finest beef and other foods are enjoyed by all.
SteakChamp to the rescue for gift givers who are stumped on an idea for the avid griller or home chef on their holiday shopping list. This gadget gift that will garner genuine appreciation from the recipient, since the SteakChamp intelligent meat thermometer takes digital precision to a whole new level. Rather than using a temperature readout, which can be hard to read on top of being inaccurate, this device employs a color-coded flashing LED light sensor: green for medium rare, yellow for medium and red for medium well. Easy-to-use, simply insert the thermometer into the side of the steak before the meat is placed on the grill. It’s that foolproof! The result is a perfectly grilled cut of meat prepared to precision each and every time. And it’s not just for grilling either. Holiday recipients who prefer to save their grills for the warm weather months can still get plenty of use out of the SteakChamp while frying on the stove and baking in the oven. Steaks, hamburger, fish, duck and game—you name it; the SteakChamp achieves the desired outcome time and time again. The SteakChamp intelligent meat thermometer boasts an attractive rugged housing that is constructed of high-grade stainless steel. Uniquely heat resistant, it can withstand temperatures of up to 900° F (500° C). Now that’s a hot gift idea!
PRIME by Chicago Cutlery Block Sets (www.ChicagoCutlery.com)
These PRIME by Chicago Cutlery knives are the perfect blend of form and function to help you effortlessly prepare for your soirées all year through. Redesigned from tip to grip, this collection features an ergonomic handle with a Responsive Touch Technology grip, so the knives conform to the user’s hand, giving you remarkable control and making it comfortable to chop tons of veggies, meat and poultry for your apps and entrées. The company’s 5 Piece Magnetic Block Set is perfect for the culinary entertainer, showcasing a sleek black finish and contemporary curves while protecting your knives without hiding their beauty. This set includes an 8-inch Chef knife, 5-inch Partoku knife, 4-inch Paring knife, 8-inch Bread knife and one magnetic block with extra slots for you to add knives you may already have for easy access. Their other Digital Tablet Holder Block design is perfect for the novice cook as its slanted face and angled steel lip provides a great resting place for digital tablets, recipe books, how-to videos and notes. You can slice, dice, chop and mince without getting your technology messy! This block does not come with knives, but has seven empty slots for you to add some of your own.
Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Kit (www.ThreeBridges.com)
For that foodie in your life who, like me, loves all things cheese—and convenience—here’s a truly fresh gift idea that’s also smart for those holiday food-laden soirées: Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Kit. Unlike traditional boxed mac and cheese, Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Kit is a simple, honest and better-for-you mac & cheese made with clean, fresh ingredients. This includes hormone-free cheese. You won’t find any powdered mystery cheese dust here! This is indulgent comfort food that it’s free of preservatives, artificial ingredients, fillers and other “bad stuff” found in conventional boxed mac & cheese. It cooks up in just three minutes. Just add a 1/2 cup of milk over stove top and stir. No microwave or colander required! It’s never frozen, always ready-to-go in the fridge, also making it very easy for older kids to make for themselves. Gift a supply of this sumptuous dish, serve it as a side to a holiday feast or include it on that party buffet table.
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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***