The guide debuted on WTOC's Mid-Morning Live on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Co-hosts Jody Chapin and Tim Guidera got a first hand look at the goods. Click here and scan the little video feed in the upper right hand corner of the website to view the video.
Maverick Redi-Check Remote Cooking Thermometer and Timer
Redi-Check remote has a 100-ft. range and 24-hour timer. There is a different program for six kinds of meats, lamb, beef, veal, pork, chicken, or turkey. The heat resistant probe wire fits through the oven door without affecting the insulation. Both the receiver and transmitter have fold out stands and belt clips for easy access. Instantly checks readiness and doneness of food. Great for grilling, oven and microwave cooking. 39.95
Swiss Diamond cookware
Swiss Diamond cookware features a patented diamond reinforced non-stick cooking surface using real diamond crystals that are embedded in a high quality non-stick component. This new, revolutionary non-stick cooking surface makes for easy and effortless clean-up plus, will not peel, crack or blister -- even if you use metal utensils. The nonstick contains no PFOA and will keep its nonstick abilities even if cleaned in a dishwasher although, cleaning can usually be accomplished with a wet cloth and a little soapy water. Oven safe, and performance that includes the ability to create "fond," the little crunchy bits that make for flavor in sauces and gravies. From 69.99 per piece -- 8" fry pan on sale through 12/31/11 at Kitchenware Outfitters.
Shun Kershaw (PDF catalog download) knives are a pleasure to use -- and that means more pleasurable time spent in the kitchen. I'm particularly fond of the Ken Onion designed chef's knife. It features Shun's legendary VG-10 blade (clad with 32 layers of SUS410 stainless steel) Onion's signature ergonomic handle design executed n ebony Pakkawood. The result is a series of knives that are not only beautiful to look at, but a pleasure to use. Ken Onion knife pictured 199.99; other Shuns from $49.95.
Emile Henry Flame cookware and ceramic baking dishes
Emile Henry Induction Interface Disc. Keeps hot, keeps cold - use directly from freezer to oven to table (0°F to 500°F). This natural clay pot is perfect for conducting and retaining heat with its extremely hard glaze and scratch resistant surface. A perfect tool for cooking rice or vegetables, soups and casseroles, pot roast, cakes and bread. This piece, and all Emile Henry cookware, is handcrafted in France and features a 10-year warranty against defects; dishwasher safe. 4.2-quart casserole 129.99; bakeware from 39.95.
Use the cutting board the pros use. This reversible Maple cutting board, made by John Boos, is part of a professional series that's FDA approved and has been awarded the Gold Medal Award by Chefs of America. The extra-thick board will hold large cuts of meat, piles of vegetables and ample size turkeys. The board features two flat sides and slightly rounded edges for comfortable handling. Wooden cutting boards and blocks are easier on your knives, too! Measures 24-in. x 18-in. x 1.5-in. pictured about 85; smaller blocks begin around 26.
Silicon rubber utensils (Mitts, trivets, spoons, baking sheets)
This high temperature resistant rubber has made its way into a variety of kitchen tools, from spoons and spatulas to bakeware, whisks and hot mitts. Among my favorites are the Le Creuset spoons (12) and oven mitts and hot pads. Unlike typical rubber utensils, silicon does not degrade and chip or sliver off into food as it ages. I like this spoon because the head slides off the wooden handle and pops into the dishwasher. Most of your favorite TV chefs have a line of silicon tools!
Make short order of tedious peeling! With this Rosle stainless steel 6.7-in. swivel peeler, fruit and vegetables with thin or semi-thin skin can be quickly and easily peeled with the firmly-anchored swivel blade. Potato eyes and damaged parts of the vegetable can be easily rooted out with the point of the tool, which is sharpened on both sides. The peeler also cuts fine decorative strips perfect for garnishes, salads and Wok dishes. Use it on long, thin vegetables such as carrots, courgettes, radishes, cucumbers and turnips. This German made tool is made to last; dishwasher safe. 24.95.
Kuhn Rikon peeler
Kuhn Rikon Swiss peeler's popularity shows no signs of slowing down. The super sharp carbon steel blade digs into foods without slipping so you can work quickly and effortlessly. Small and light, it even tackles hard jobs like winter squash. Includes a handy potato eye remover on one side. Features a carbon steel blade and is bi-directional for right- or left-handed use. 3.99
Cooking apps and cookbooks
Tech savvy cooks have never had a better Christmas! From free apps like Big Oven to classics like the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child to intensive apps like Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America -- there are plenty of great resources ready to move your iPad or tablet from the sofa and into the kitchen. Traditional book lovers will want to seek out local author and food historian' Damon Lee Fowler's "The Savannah Cookbook," (34.95) and the newly released "Gottlieb's Bakery: Savannah's Sweetest Tradition." (16.99)
Leoci's Trattoria to Espy's Tybee Island Tomato Chutney. Hot sauce and barbecue fans will want to check out selections from JohnnyHarris BBQ, Wiley's Championship BBQ and Angel's BBQ. A myriad of flavors can be amped up with aged balsamic vinegars and flavored olive oils from Lowcountry Gourmet Foods -- where you can taste before you buy. Lastly, locally roasted coffee offers a huge selection, with custom blends and roasts from PERC, Cup to Cup and Ogeechee River Coffee.
Can't decide? Gift cards are always a perfect choice to give your favorite foodie a night out or a shopping spree of their own.Most can be ordered over the phone, call your favorite restaurant, kitchenware store or coffee roaster.
Thanks to Kitchenware Outfitters, 5500 Abercorn Street, 12 Oaks Shopping Center, Savannah GA 31405, 912.356.1117, for providing props for the TV broadcast. Most, if not all cook's tools can be found at this locally owned kitchenware store and cooking school. Cookbook author Damon Lee Fowler works and teaches at the store -- where you can also find autographed copies of his books.
Lowcountry Gourmet Foods, 123 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 233-9155
PERC Coffee, 2424 DeSoto Avenue, Savannah GA, 31401, (912) 209-0025. Check the website for retail locations
Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters, 140 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Savannah GA 31410, (912) 856-5866
Ogeechee River Coffee, 4517 Habersham Street, Savannah GA 31405, (912) 354-7420
Leoci's Trattoria, 606 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Ga (912) 335-7027
Johnny Harris BBQ, 1651 East Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31404-4139, (912) 354-7810
Wiley's Championship BBQ, 4700 US Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA 31410, (912) 201-3259
Angel's BBQ, 21 West Oglethorpe Lane, Savannah, GA 31401-3971 (912) 495-0902
E. Shaver Books,326 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 234-7257