From cakes to scales, gifts for the kitchen and home

There are plenty of gifts designed to make 2014 a little easier - from home delivered cakes to scales that work with aps to track your health goals! Photo: Communities / Amelia Ames

Home, family and food are the focal point of our holiday season celebrations. We gather around the table to reconnect , give thanks, gifts and love to those who are most important to us. Always at the heart of the celebration is the chef, the host who graciously invites us in to partake of the food and share in the spirit of the season.

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge your favorite cook. We all know at least one: the kitchen maestro whose pulse quickens at the thought of a new gadget, and heart sings with each new gourmet find.

This year treat them to the best new kitchen innovations and foods to help them in their mission of spreading the joy of the season through fine eating.  You may just find that love returned when they show up on your doorstep with some delicious new creation or invite you to their next party.

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Oven

Let go of any preconceived notions about products sold on TV infomercials when you consider the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Oven.  

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie oven

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie oven

Never before has there been a more well-planned, well-thought out kitchen appliance.

The design is sleek, the appliance lightweight, and with only minutes of prep time, your favorite cook will be serving up moist succulent rotisserie chicken, roasts, and more.

Parts are non-stick, cleanup is a breeze and the instruction booklet leaves no question unanswered.

With a quick perusal of the included DVD, and the supplies included with the oven, you can turn out fantastic meals with minimal prep time. Delicious chicken, and roast beef could not be easier. When it is as easy as , “Set it and forget it®”, your chef will have more time to peruse cookbooks and plan for future feasts.

Oster® DuraCeramic™ Panini Maker & Grill

Oster Panini Maker

Oster Panini Maker

This handy little appliance is the perfect gift for the cook with a mini-cook at home. Every house has one kid that wants to be in the kitchen, and the Oster Panini Maker/Grill is a great way to move your tween beyond the microwave and into a new era of self-sufficiency.

With some hot pads and some adult supervision, your helper can turn out beautiful paninis, grilled cheese sandwiches, and quesadillas.

The non-stick surface cleans easily, and the appliance is small enough to fit into a cupboard.

Daisy Cakes

Though you may be separated from your loves by time zones and distance this holiday season, you can let them know how much you care with a Daisy Cake. 

Daisy Cakes Carrot Cake

Daisy Cakes Carrot Cake

Moist and delicious with a delicate crumb wrapped in delectable cream cheese frosting, Daisy Cakes have revolutionized shipping cakes nationwide.

Cakes are shipped packaged in a cute tin with dry ice in a foam cooler, and arrive in perfect condition. Thaw the unwrapped cake on the counter, run a butter knife over the icing to smooth it, and your cake is ready to wow.

These cakes are so easy to ship and serve, but the most remarkable thing is the homemade grandma-made-this taste. Flavors include carrot cake, chocolate cake, secret family recipe coconut cake, southern tradition red velvet cake, lemon cake, Jilly vanilly cake, gingerbread and more.

Beckie Clark Pillows

Beckie Clark pillows

Beckie Clark pillows

A handmade pillow cover by Beckie Clark is the perfect gift to brighten up any room. The well-constructed pillows are hand crafted from cotton, wool felt, and linen with serged raw edges and envelope back closures.

Just pop in an 18x18” pillow and you have an ideal hostess or Christmastime teacher’s gift. Pillows come in trending colors with geometric shapes, appliques. 

Adorable Christmas prints are also available. All fabric and designs are original and created by Beckie. 


Oster® Versa® Performance Blender

Have you looked at mom’s blender lately? Chances are the one she has is from the previous century and roars like a 747.  Give mom, or anyone on your list that is health concious,  a commercially-inspired, high performance blender that delivers it all!  Quietly.

The Oster Versa delivers all the power you need in a sleek design that will look beautiful on the counter for easy access.  The blender features  “durable, multi-tasking innovation featuring a massive 1,400-watt motor that spins its stainless steel blades at 28,000 RPM to deliver precise and professional results at the touch of a button”.  What I knkow is that it works effortlessly, cleans easily, looks great and does not induce headaches in the morning

A large 8-cup BPA-free container makes creating shakes, healthy or just a yummy bannana-chocolate with a touce of mocha, easy.  Chefs will appreciate the blending power that allows the mixing of favorite recipes, from soups to nut butters - yes you can make your own peanut or almond butters with your Versa.

To inspire creativity, two full color cookbooks, Fresh & Fit Recipes and Gourmet Blends, are included. The brand’s promise of unrivaled durability is backed up by a 7-year limited warranty.

Lose It!® Health-O-Meter® Bluetooth Scale

Today it is more than just dieting.  People want to get healthy as well. Using blue tooth technology the Lose It scale connects the user to millions of other people who share the same goal of getting healthy and staying on track.  And the company reports that users have lost a combined total of more than 14 millions pounds.

It is more than just a scale.  The scale connects, via a smart phone app, to the Health-O-Meter® Personal Weight Loss System.  As you work the program, your information is sent to the ap by simply stepping on the scale.  During the day the app will help you track your excercise, rate yoru food choices and track calories, tieing into the databases of thousands of food poroducers and restaurants.

Consumers can use the app throughout the day to track exercise, enter or scan food choices, and easily track calories from a database of thousands of meals, snacks and This scale also features four user settings, tempered glass, and up to 400 pounds capacity.



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Amelia Ames

Amelia Ames is a food writer and reviewer for Communities @Washington Times.  Her column Kitchen Journeys seeks to find the best in food, and those that prepare it for us.  Read more of her recipes, reviews and news at Gastronomy Girl. She received a B.S. in Zoology-Entomology from Brigham Young University.

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