I know lots of people on this board like to cook...
I bought DH a set of really nice knives and some nice artisan-y olive oil for Christmas this year. Does your DH like making bread and waffles?
A good knife set, a good cutting board, a good saute pan or two, and some baking stones are essential for any cook.
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OK, I know people who love their bread machines, but I always found them sort of unsatisfactory. A waffle iron might be nice if he regularly cooks hot breakfasts for your family. Another thing that is in the same vein is a panini iron for making hot sandwiches. I don't have one, but they seem kinda cool.
If he is really into cooking, you could consider a mandolin, for slicing things thinly. My brother loves his. Another nice gadget is a pasta maker. It help you roll and cut the dough. You can get him a couple of ravioli pans to go with it.
If you do not have a good food processor, that would also be an idea. I use mine a lot.
Ah, yes, I have a 12-inch saute pan with a 2-inch rim. That thing is the greatest. You can make risotto for 4-6 people in it. I also make braised meat things in it, it will hold a leg of lamb cut in slices in one layer, and it is also useful for simply making breakfast, since it will hold bacon eggs and a slice of bread at the same time. Mine is a cuisinart, but any decent brand would be fine.
Yep, my brother has one and the lasagne he makes with fresh, homemade pasta is SO, SO good. It is also pretty easy, because for lasagne he just makes leaves of dough the size of the pan.
What brand do you have?
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