Welcome to Metropolitan Mama’s Christmas Gift Guide for Cooks & Bakers. Below you will find pots, pans, kitchen tools, cookbooks, and bakeware for people who love cooking and baking.
Cutco knives have earned themselves a reputation for being super sharp (both in appearance and functionality). They're designed with both aesthetics and practicality in mind. The above two pieces feature glossy pearl handles that are easy to grip and gleaming edges that are prepared for almost any job in the kitchen.
DID YOU KNOW? With Cutco's Forever Guarantee, you can make your purchase with confidence, knowing that Cutco will sharpen, hone, buff, repair, and - if necessary - replace your Cutco knives for FREE. No receipt is required.
One of our favorite grilling accessories! ThermoWorks' Classic Super-Fast Thermapen will help you cook chicken, beef, and fish to perfection! No need to fret about undercooked or overcooked meats. We love that the Thermpapen is a cinch to use and "is faster and more accurate than any other cooking thermometer on the market."
For an additional $13, you can purchase a totally awesome silicone boot that will protect your thermapen if you happen to drop it. Plus, it's magnetic and glow-in-the-dark!
I was first introduced to this book by my husband’s cousin’s wife (who I adore). She has eight kids (ranging in age between two and twenty) so I consider her to be a great resource on everything from pregnancy and infant care to cooking and cleaning for a large crew.
She raved about this cookbook when we last visited their home in the forest of New Mexico, explaining that it offered simple recipes with only one bowl needed for each.
This recipe is all baked goods, with an emphasis on desserts – peaches and cream struesel muffins, toasted coconut shortbread squares, classic lemon bars, marble swirl cheesecake cupcakes, etc. Because each recipe only requires one bowl, these recipes are great for kids!
It has been said that the French do everything with simplicity and elegance. That is definitely true in the case of this minimalistic rolling pin. Made with hardwood, this easy-to-maneuver pin is made right here in the USA and comes with a lifetime guarantee. P.S. It's under $15!
Over the past several years, we’ve slowly been purging our kitchen of all aluminum and teflon pots + pans. As we do, we replace them with stainless steel cookware from 360 Cookware. We have found 360 Cookware to be a trustworthy brand in that they create high-quality, durable, and carefully designed cookware and bakeware. We also love that all 360 Cookware products are made right here in the USA – in West Bend, Wisconsin, to be exact.
For holiday 2020, I am pleased to feature the 9 x 13 Bake & Roast Pan and the 11 Inch Square Griddle.
The 9 x 13 pan is a solid pick for large families. With this versatile dish, you can easily make enchiladas, breakfast quiche, cake, and a myriad of other delicious entrees to serve to a crowd!
The 11 inch square griddle offers an impressively large cooking surface that you can use to whip up french toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pancakes!
Both pans are shimmeringly beautiful, while also being ultra functional. They cook evenly and wash up easily. Fill your kitchen with 360 Cookware...and you'll be a very happy cook!
This crimson leather recipe binder is so splendid that wrapping paper is optional! At 11 x 11 13/16, it is big enough to be useful in almost any home kitchen. Inside you will find 12 tabbed dividers, 12 pocket page sheets, 12 page protectors, and 24 recipe cards – with the option to purchase page refills.
One of my goals for 2021 is to bake more homemade bread! Care to join me? This Perfect Pastry Mat is a great tool to help you get there. At 23 x 31 1/2 inches, it really is JUMBO! Roll out dough for cookies, scones, and breads of all kinds on this non-stick and easy-to-use surface.
Need extra space to chop up vegetables, fruit, meat, and cheese? Consider the extra-large bamboo cutting board by Indigo True. This handsome board makes a great gift because it is both beautiful and practical. Tie a bow around it, pair it with cutting board wax, and you’ll have a lovely gift for any cook, hostess, or gift exchange.
Some of the products in the list below were sent to us to try. Other products are ones that we purchased ourselves or were given by family members and friends. Know that I will always provide both the pros and cons of each featured product. You are welcome to send any follow-up questions to me via twitter (I’m @stephsheaffer).