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Holiday Cooking Gadgets

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Ways to expand your cooking capacity if you don't have a double oven or enough burners on your stove

Waring Pro Extra Burner
Portable extra burner
Plugs into a regular outlet
Big enough for larger pots
Great for boiling potatoes, making pasta, boiling water for tea

Waring Countertop Convection Oven
Like adding another oven to your kitchen
Sits on the counter, stores in your basement when you're not using it
Bake your sweet potato casserole or your pumpkin pie in here
Has a rotisserie -- so if you serve a second meat in addition to turkey, here's where you can make your beef tenderloin or ham or leg of lamb

Gadgets to help you cook ahead

iSi Dessert and Cream Whipper
Makes fresh whipped cream in minutes stays fresh for 2 weeks
Better than canned whipped cream
Easier than hauling out your full size and only having it last for 6 hours
No oxygen in the container so it doesn't spoil or lose its texture
Heavy cream, vanilla, powdered sugar and a propellant cartridge

Zojirushi Breadmaker
The Lexus of bread machines
Nothing better than homemade bread on a holiday
Bakes a large rectangular-shaped 2 lb loaf of bread so you look like a pro
Instead of vertical loaf like most bread machines
Two paddles with twice the kneading power

All-Clad Slow Cooker
Actually fits into the first category too frees up oven and stove space
Great for getting some of your dishes out of the way early in the day
Sweet potato casserole, squash soup, chestnut soup, carrot soup
Or put your mashed potatoes in here after they're cooked to stay warm
Serve in the cooker on your buffet
Or take the porcelain insert out and put it on your holiday table

Help for making the perfect turkey

Rosle Gourmet Thermometer
Very accurate, battery-operated
Illuminated digital temperature display
Put the probe in, get temperature almost instantly
Not just for your turkey roasts, candies, deep-frying

All-Clad Solid Cast Stainless Steel Rotisserie Set
Fabulous for making your holiday turkey, ham, standing rib roast
Stainless steel roastig pan comes with non-stick rack and turkey lifters
Holds up to a 26-pound bird
Dishwasher-safe
Can also use it to make a 7-layer lasagna or baked mostaccioli for a large family gathering deeper than your everyday pyrex pan

Help for CARVING the perfect turkey

John Boos Professional Cutting Board
Made in Effingham in central Illinois
There really was a John Boos -- founder's son
White House uses John Boos cutting boards
Highest quality Vermont hard maple
Good for knives, lasts a lifetime
Available in different sizes, with grooves and without

Shun Carving Set
Razor-sharp carving knife and carving fork
Made in Japan, samurai craftsmanship
Makes perfect slicing easy, and makes you look like an artist

Mixing and cleaning time-savers

Rosle Dual Speed Milk & Sauce Frother
Battery-operated and pencil-thin
Fast speed for milk, slow speed for sauces and vinaigrette
Save your wrist - whip up a salad dressings in seconds before dinner
After dinner, make cappuccinos by frothing a cup of warm milk for 45 seconds and adding to a strong cup of coffee

Kitchen-Aid Immersion Blender
Mash potatoes, puree soup no need to pull out, use and clean your Cuisinart
All pieces are dishwasher-safe except lower component with motor
Great for smoothies the day after Thanksgiving when you start your diet

On the table

Peugeot Elis Electric Salt & Pepper Mills
Freshly ground sea salt and ground pepper
3 grinds for salt, 6 grinds for pepper
Acrylic section for easy viewing of contents
Illuminated on the bottom so you can see how much is going on the food