Are you one of the lucky women who has a man in your life who likes to cook? I hope you are because having a man who knows his way around the kitchen is awesome! In fact, it’s the second most important room for a man to be good in – but we’ll leave that for another day. Since we want to encourage our men to keep on cooking, here are some ideas that might make the kitchen wizard in your life happy.
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Gifts for the Kitchen Wizard
We actually lost Jungle Jim’s favorite kitchen tool in our last move. It was a pizza/pastry roller that he had even before he met me. Needless to say, he was not a happy camper when it somehow got lost in the move. Fortunately, I was able to find a replacement at Amazon and now my name is not “mud” (like I lost it on purpose – honestly!). This pizza/pastry roller has a different size roller at each end which makes it versatile. It’s design makes it durable – unless it disappears in a move across the state. We use it every time we make pizza, pie crust, or breads. I honestly think divorce papers might have been in my future if I hadn’t found a replacement! But now, I’m a hero!
We do not have this Circular Rolling Knife, but I bet it’s something Jungle Jim would love. I know that I am not quite as adept with knives as he is, and I can envision using this to cut salad greens, onions, cilantro, and other food that needs the action of a blade rolled over it in lots of directions to make small pieces. It looks like this would be easier on folks who have issues with their wrists too.
Now I need this! One Christmas Eve I was slicing bread and nearly sliced the end of my finger off. We ended up leaving the kids with a neighbor while we went to the emergency room. This finger guard will protect fingertips when you’re dicing and slicing that last little bit of carrot, onion, or whatever. No one needs to end up in the emergency room because of a sharp knife no matter what day it it!
And while we’re on the topic of knives, this knife sharpener is a permanent fixture on our kitchen island. This is another item that Jungle Jim had before we married and he uses it all the time – he honestly won’t let me put it in a drawer because he uses it so much. He likes this particular design although there are others.
Since I seem to be on a knife streak, our favorite kitchen knives are made completely of stainless steel – including the handles. I really prefer these because the handles won’t ever come loose (and you already know about my skill with knives!). This set is very close to what we own. I couldn’t find the exact set – my mother gave them to us years ago – but these stainless steel kitchen knives look very similar.
We’ve also switched over to completely using Bamboo cutting boards. We like that bamboo is renewable and the fact that it stays looking great after repeated use and is more sanitary sold us. We’ve completely stopped using any other kind.
Even the best cooks generally don’t love cleaning up. Our nightly routine is that we clean the kitchen together. He washes while I dry and put away. But we both like this little brush cleaner that holds your dish soap. With the dish soap already inside the brush, you don’t have to stop and add more in order to clean the pan that’s a little “crustier” than the others. Just squeeze the button on top and dish soap is automatically applied right where you’re scrubbing. They’re cheap too so it’s easy to have a couple in reserve when the brush finally has seen better days.
Here is one of Jungle Jim’s favorite dishes. This shrimp salad is one he got from his mom and it’s now the dish the kids always want when they visit.
After you’ve done your shopping for the man in your life, you might want to check out some of these items – that is if you’re a wine-lover or book-devouring mom (I’m both!).
So, do you have a chef dad in your life? What is one of his favorite dishes to make?
If you’re still gift shopping, be sure to check out Gifts that Wine-Loving, Book-Devouring Moms Will Love and Gifts For Your Sweetie. If you’ve got teens and young adult kids you’ll find ideas in What Do College Kids Want For Christmas? These ideas came straight from my daughter’s friends so they’re sure to please.