Forget the stuff your mom bought in the supermarket. Today it's easy to buy pure vanilla from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico. Put together a basket of assorted vanilla paste, powder, beans and liquid extracts for your favorite baker—and don't forget to include your taste-testing resume!
Order online at http://www.nielsenmassey.com
There's more to a well-stocked bar than top shelf liquor. Any serious mixologist will fall for a vintage ice crusher, like the Metrokane Retro Ice Crusher. Pair it with a copy of Nick Mautone's Raising the Bar, and your favorite cocktail connoisseur will be saying cheers.
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Give the gift that keeps on giving every season -- a subscription to a local CSA (community supported agriculture). Year-round, just-picked seasonal produce and other locally sourced foods will make your eco-conscious foodie very happy.
Find the nearest CSA by simply entering the lucky recipient's zip code at www.localharvest.org.
The wines from Seghesio in Healdsburg, CA are as wonderful as the family story that started it all back in 1902. Treat that special someone to a bottle of 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel or, if she has been really good, get her a membership to the Centennial Club so she can enjoy Seghesio wines before they're released to the public.
For more information, go to http://www.seghesio.com
Consider it your good deed of the day, every day, when you give the Cuisinart Supreme Grind Burr Mill as a gift. Coffee drinkers will appreciate being able to custom-grind their beans for drip, French press, espresso and more using this grinder's 18 selections ranging from ultra-fine to extra-coarse.
You can find it at http://www.cuisinart.com
Pair the coffee grinder with a bag of True Origin single origin premium organic coffee. This 100 percent Columbian coffee is grown, harvested and roasted entirely in Columbia, which means the family farms see more rewards for producing a truly superior bean.
Order online at http://www.trueoriginorganics.com
If you had to choose just one pan to do every job in the kitchen, then the 3 Qt. Covered Sauté Pan from Circulon is up to any task. Saute vegetables, grill sandwiches, or make soups and stews -- all with an easy to clean, nonstick surface that's also oven safe to 500 degrees F.
Buy it at http://www.circulon.com/
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