Pick up “The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2017” ($45, www.americastestkitchen.com) to dive into 16 seasons worth of recipes from the popular PBS show. The test kitchen staff has tested each recipe 30, 40 or even 70 times to achieve the most foolproof result.
Many cooks use non-dairy milk these days, but are you using the best? Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylks ($32 for eight 11-oz. cartons, www.rebel-kitchenusa.com) are free of thickeners and emulsifiers known to cause tummy upset, come in a variety of flavors, and are certified organic, non-GMO and vegan.
Kits for Mini Chefs
Kids can help in the kitchen with cute kits from Handstand Kids (starting at $30, www.handstandkitchen.com). Make pizza, cupcakes and cookies using miniature utensils, molds and pans. Recipe cards included.
Let Blue Apron (starting at $8.74 per person, www.blueapron.com) decide what’s for dinner. The weekly delivery service provides locally sourced, pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions for creating a gourmet meal in about 35 minutes.
… And a Side of Bacon
Bacon lovers rejoice! Now you can make your own five-pound supply with The Original Baconkit ($19.99, www.baconkit.com), a fun DIY project that comes with a curing bag, curing salt, maple sugar, thermometer and easy-to-follow instructions. You supply the pork belly, found at most grocery stores.
The holiday season is the perfect time to show off those culinary skills. Don’t have any? Don’t fret! Here are some tools and treats that will have you whipping up tasty goodness in no time.