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need help with wifes xmas gifts please !

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Ok myself, i am not allowed to touch the stove because i will prob burn down the house. however my wife is an amazing cook. i would like to get her some new pots and pans , cutting boards and knife set . she loves organic home made food and is big in retro items . please help me out. if not ill be forced to buy her another kitchen aid mixer thingamajig. thank you in advance.

 

P.S. we currently live in Germany so any advice about shops or brands from Europe would be awesome . thank you

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does she have any special  types of foods she likes to cook or bake?

 

a pasta machine if she does pasta  or maybe specialty items for tandoori cooking or Mexican or .. ?

THIS IS IN CA, USA but there should be one near you to get  professional grade items from. http://www.chefstoys.net/

 

maybe pick up a nice cookbook and  go through the index  and look at the recommended items  for prep and get those.?

 

stainless steel and heavy bottoms is my general  choice in basic pots and pans. no stick does not brown things well and does not stand up to high heat and i toss at the first scratch so they get expensive fast.

 

i have specialty knives but  except for the fillet knife,  end up using the steak knives for most all- lol. does she use them all? or just 1 or 2 ?   maybe better to get nice 1or2 and a sharpener.

 

 

they are heavy but I love the enamel on steel to cook long and slow and the old ones are great if you can find them second hand.

 

I love the mandolin . i have a cheap plastic one( steel blades)  and  chop onto foldable cutting boards it works great! http://www.sonshinegrains.com/Alligator.html  mandolin ideas  though i rarely buy online.

 

I wash the cutting boards  slip in on edges of dishwasher 3 per load - easy!

 

....and don't forget to buy some reservations too.

 

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does she have any special  types of foods she likes to cook or bake?

 

a pasta machine if she does pasta  or maybe specialty items for tandoori cooking or mexican or .. ?

THIS IS IN CA, USA but there should be one near you to get  professional grade items from. http://www.chefstoys.net/

 

maybe pick up a nice cookbook and  go through the index  and look at the recommended items  for prep and get those.?

 

stainless steel and heavy bottoms is my general  choice in basic pots and pans. no stick does not brown things well and does not stand up to high heat and i toss at the first scratch so they get expensive fast.

 

i have specialty knives but  except for the fillet knife,  end up using the steak knives for most all- lol. does she use them all? or just 1 or 2 ?   maybe better to get nice 1or2 and a sharpener.

 

 

they are heavy but I love the enamel on steel to cook long and slow and the old ones are great if you can find them second hand.

 

I love the mandolin . i have a cheap plastic one( steel blades)  and  chop onto foldable cutting boards it works great! http://www.sonshinegrains.com/Alligator.html  mandolin ideas  0though i dont shop online.

 

I wash the cutting boards  slip in on edges of dishwasher 3 per load - easy!

 

....and don't forget to buy some reservations too.

 

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