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Best Home Espresso Machine

Our Favorite Espresso Machine

Breville does it again. Forget getting every adjustment just right, the handsome Breville Barista Express Expresso Machine allows anyone to make a perfect café quality espresso in under one minute. Burr grinds your beans, measures the right amount, picks the right temp and pulls a perfect shot for you! Plus, it is easy to clean up too. If you’re an experienced barista you can also customize grind size, amount and temp to get just what you want. Removable water tank and drip tray, “clean me” light, 360 degree wand for perfect milk texturing. Editors choice. Comes in Chefmodo red! Find it at Amazon…

Best Meat Thermometer

The Best Meat Thermometer

You could spend much more on a meat thermometer, but the Lavatools PT12 Javelin Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer is hard to beat. It intuitively turns on when you open it (so there are no buttons to push or wear out), it’s got big 1.4″ easy-to-read numbers, the probe is a bit longer than most and angles so you can move it away from the heat if you need to. It even has an integrated magnet to attach it where you want it. Use it for meat, fryers, bread, candy, coffee, and home-brews too. It comes in 6 colors including Chefmodo’s favorite, Chipotle Red. Lifetime warranty. Find it at Amazon…

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The Outlander Cookbook

You don’t have to love the Outlander series to love The Outlander Kitchen Cookbook. We can attest that the rave reviews about this cookbook are on the mark – it’s a beautiful book, the recipes are easy-to-understand, but it’s the dishes that really stand out. Includes dishes like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, Gypsy stew, fish tacos and many more Scottish-style recipes. There is an unexpected drinks and cocktails section too. This could be the perfect hostess gift (or just buy it for yourself). Find it at Amazon…

Best Stacking Bowls

Our Favorite Nesting Bowls

Imagine never searching for the right sized bowl again. The Duralex Lys Stackable 9-Piece Bowl Set is a gift we enjoy every day. We admit… we love almost anything that’s made in France. That goes for this set of nesting bowls made by the original inventors of the glass tempering process. Made in La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, Duralex is 2 1/2 times more resistant to impact or chipping and can withstand extreme thermal shock (from below freezing to boiling). An inexpensive lifetime investment any chef would love. Find it at Amazon…

Best Toaster Oven

The Best Countertop Oven

If you find yourself depending on this little oven way too much, don’t blame us. One part intuitive design and two parts smart toaster oven makes the Breville Smart Convection Oven a winner in our book. When our full-size “fancy brand” oven broke down we used this little wonder exclusively for everything; bagels, pizza, bread, chicken, pastries and much more. 1800 watts, convection, 10 presets, adjustable height rack, drip and pizza tray included. Finally, it’s easy to clean and looks handsome too. Highly recommended. Find it at Amazon…

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The Gift of Good Fortune

Looking for the perfect gift for the chef in your life? The Silver Fortune Cookie is thoughtful, beautiful and hinged so you can insert your own custom message. This is a heavy silver-colored metal paperweight, a functioning box and a wish to the recipient of lasting good fortune. Comes in a velvet pouch inside a gift box. Just add your note! Find it at Amazon…

Bamboo Grill Scraper

The Bamboo Grill Scraper

Leave bristle scrapers behind (they are not safe and can send you to the hospital). The ergonomic Feros Bamboo Mini Grill Scraper is more effective, much less expensive and safe for both you and your grill. They also last a lifetime! The best part is that over time it custom forms to your grill and therefore cleans better. Cleans top of grates and in between too. 100% recyclable product. Made from sustainable bamboo. Find it at Amazon…

Best Kitchen Timer

Our Favorite Kitchen Timer

The Kirot Magnetic Kitchen Timer is not the perfect kitchen timer, but it’s as close as we have found. We like the size, the ease-of-use and the alarm. Our favorite feature is the red band that gets visually smaller as time goes by, allowing the chef to see at a glance roughly how much time is left. It’s magnetic too, but keep in mind magnets do not stick to stainless steel so you may need to find a better spot. Great value. Recommended favorite. Find it at Amazon…

Best Cast Iron Pot

The Perfect Cooking Pot

Looking for the perfect pot, an heirloom that will be remembered when you pass it down to a loved one? Here it is. The Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven is unmatched for its versatility to go from oven to range, to cook fast, to clean easily and to last a lifetime with proper care. If you don’t have the 7 1/4 quart we believe it is the perfect size. A gorgeous cast-iron enameled Le Creuset would make a great gift for the chef in your life. Find it at Amazon…

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