Vintage Cookbooks, Magic Thermometers, and Other Gifts for Foodies

The holidays are here. It's time to impress your friends with your thoughtful taste in gifts. To show your foodie friends how much you "get them," here are some of my favorite food finds in the world of cooking, grilling, and being a culinary nerd.

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Immersion Blender
These are the jack-of-all-trade gadgets to have. This handheld blender can chop, blend, and emulsify in bowls or pots on the stove to make sauces, dips, marinades, or even blend cake batter. A good one can be had for $29.95 at Surlatable.com

Water Tap-Shaped Salt and Pepper Mills
These salt and pepper mills just look cool on the table and make a great host or hostess gift or random gift for a Christmas gift exchange. Get them for $20 for the pair at Target

The Thermapen
An instant-read waterproof internal temp thermometer is what all the professionals and competition barbecue cooks use. They sell the Thermapen in lots of colors including "British racing green." Buy one for $89.99 at thermoworks.com.

Vintage Cookbooks
Vintage cookbooks, which are usually inexpensive, give funny insight into the history of a cooking style.I bought a vintage Betty Crocker "Grilling and Outdoor Cooking" cookbook that is an absolute gem in my cookbook collection. Books can be found from starting from $10.00 at etsy.com.

Cast Iron Grill Grates
For the griller in your life, interchangeable grilling compartments cook evenly and can be removed to maintain the fire. Griddle and vegetable inserts can be interchanged for different food types. Prices start at $69.99 for kettle grills at www.cast-iron-grate.com.

Meat Grinder Mixer Attachment
If you know someone who likes to make their own sausage or grind meat to put in their burgers, then this is the gift for them. Find one for $39.95 at amazon.com.

The Gift of Gourmet Meat
Fort Lauderdale's own Grand Western Steaks, purveyors of fine, high-end restaurant quality meat, have started a home delivery division. Now, prime porterhouse steaks can be delivered to you boss or best friend's front door before Christmas. Their dry-aged New York strips won't disappoint either. Order at www.grandwesternsteaks.com.

Bourbon Barrel-Smoked Spices
Add smoky flavor to all your favorite dishes. There's also make microbrewed soy sauce and worchestershire sauce with locally grown Kentucky soybeans. Spice tins start at $7.50. www.Bourbonbarrelfoods.com
Dog Gone Hot Sauce
Proceeds for this Fort Myers-brewed hot sauce benefit local animal shelters. Flavors include chipotle, pineapple honey, and barbecue. Order at www.doggonesauce.com

Brewsees Sunglasses
Each pair is built with an installed bottle opener and is perfect for tailgating or sporting events or heavy beer drinking in general. Comes with beer coozy/sunglass holder. Sunglasses are $39.99 and can be ordered at www.brewsees.com

Robyn Lindars is a local South Florida blogger is our resident Grilling addict. Find her musing on grilling and food at grillgrrrl.com

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