However - I did have some fun stocking stuffers I wanted people to think about getting for some loved ones - these are great gifts and fun things to throw in all the holiday mix. I'm probably too late to help most of you, but maybe this list will help one of you and it will be well worth the time I put in to put it together.
Ted Allen's Cookbook - Love this book. Love the layout. (recipe and photo for almost every single page.) I love his voice, his writing style, and his FOOD.
Kimchi Chronicles -You've seen the series and here is the book. I love the personal connection that Marja Vongerichten clearly feels for the food of Korea. The recipes are comprehensive and the photography lush and gorgeous.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Famous blogger (WAY more famous than I) gets her recipes in a book, that she says has more of her timeless recipes in it. If you love her blog, you'll love this book.
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook - I am always studying and thinking about new baked goods. here is a book that I've been drooling after, but haven't gotten...yet.
Gadgets and Tools
Candy Thermometer - if you ever plan on making any of my caramel bars, you'll need one of these to help facilitate the candy making. If you're a fudge maker or any sort of caramel/toffee maker, this is a necessity.
Liquid Measuring Cups - My friend gave me these as a hostess gift and I LOVE them. I've been using all three sizes just to measure things out before I have to cook and just to facilitate quicker more precise measurements. The three different sizes means that you have options in terms of how big of a cup you want to wash.
Half Sheet Pans - this is one of my favorite hostess gifts to give because no one ever thinks to themselves that they want to buy new cookie sheets or sheet pans. (I am this way as well.) I love gifting these because these are designed to go the distance and any time your gift recipient uses it they'll think of you. These are durable, reliable, and oh so pretty and handy to have around in any kitchen.
Utensil Set - Husband recently gave me these as he knows of my obsession with good kitchen utensils and the color red. It's a nice color pop in an otherwise pretty drab kitchen and I love the wooden handles and all these utensils. So pretty and so functional.
Mini-prep Food Processor - I love mine as it is small enough to leave on the counter and it is powerful enough to chop up herbs, garlic and ginger, and can even be used to process small amounts of protein. Since it is so small and easy to clean, sometimes I just power through all my garlic and ginger chopping (of which there is a lot in my kitchen) in this piece of equipment.