For some couples, their language of love is food, and that often extends to preparing delicious meals and treats in the kitchen. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether you’re shopping for a couple or part of a romantic gourmet pairing, we spoke to the Boston Harbor Hotel chef and Boston Wine Festival founder Daniel Bruce about his selections – and some of ours own -. for a fabulous foodie gift.
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Staub cast iron round Dutch oven
Anything red or heart-shaped will light them up, says Bruce. “Everything from pot holders and coasters to nesting bowls, cake pans and cute little measuring spoons that are heart-shaped,” he says. This heart-shaped Dutch oven (that’s now 50% off) is equally useful and adorable.
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Our place always pan
If the heart-shaped path seems a little cheesy to you, why not a red or pink multi-purpose nonstick pan? From one of our favorite kitchen brands, Our Place, the Always Pan made a name for itself with its ability to replace a whopping eight kitchen appliances. It can even be delivered with its own spruce steamer for dumplings. Take a look at our rating of the pan here. Spoiler alert: we loved it.
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Automatic pan mixer with timer
We all know how annoying it can be to keep stirring and stirring and stirring your favorite recipes. Get the job done with this automatic pan mixer that reviewers are obsessed with.
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Surf & Turf Bundle
Take your standard surf and turf V-Day dinner even further home with this Porter Road package, which includes two dry-ripened fillet mignons and two lobster tails, plus a lemon and even garlic marinade. It is currently available for pre-order and is guaranteed to be delivered by February 13th. We tried Porter Road a while ago and loved it.
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Italian cheese making kit
What would go better with your Valentine’s Day dinner than some cheese you made together? This cheese making kit makes 10 batches of Italian cheese, including mozzarella and ricotta. Really the gift that always gives.
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Spicy Herbs Collection
Always rushing to the store for last minute spices? You can use these plants to grow your own coriander, arugula, and oregano at home. Check out the rest of Bloomscape’s edible plants and herbs here.
Mike’s Hot Honey Gourmet Gift Basket
If you’re a hot sauce lover, there’s a good chance you’ve met the genius of Mike’s hot honey. Absolutely delicious for everything from eggs to pizza to pasta. We can’t get enough of it. This gift basket includes a bottle, crackers, soppressata sausage and some delicious hot-flavored candied pecans from Mike. Perfect starters if you will.
Pamase bamboo heart spoon
“As a cook, I prefer to use wooden spoons,” says Bruce. “They are ideal for all types of Teflon or nonsticks and don’t scratch anything.” Of course, since it’s Valentine’s Day, a heart-shaped wooden spoon only makes sense.
ChicMakings Personalized Cutting Board
A personalized cutting board is something that they always appreciate as it absolutely crushes the preparation of the dinner.
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Nguyen Coffee Supply The Original Phin Kit
There’s a good chance that, as a foodie, you love coffee too. This kit from Nguyen Coffee Supply specializes in Vietnamese coffee and is the most delicious and traditional way of making it. It contains a bag with the good stuff and its own filter. Use code CNNVIP10 to get 10% off and free shipping over $ 50. My pleasure.
Martha Stewart Collection Love Trivet
This cheerful coaster that protects your counters and tables from hot pots and pans says it all.
Antarctic Star wine cooler
“You know what’s nice around the kitchen is a nice little wine cooler that you can use to keep the reds and whites at the right temperature,” says Bruce. Not only is this premium model one of the cheapest on the market, it’s also small enough to fit into smaller kitchens.
Martha Stewart Collection Large Heart Stone Cocottes, Set of 2
Bake a set of soufflés or lovely stews with these matching heart-shaped cocottes in a more modern black and white. Bonus: You currently have a 65% discount.
Truff Black Truffle Tomato & Arrabbiata, pack of 2
Although Truff is best known for its decadent truffle-infused hot sauce, it recently launched its own pasta sauces that we have tried and can say are absolutely to die for.
ZehrDesignCo Family recipe plate
Do you have a recipe that means a lot to both of you? You can remember it forever by having it scribbled in your handwriting (or yours) on this gorgeous plate. It even comes with a stand so you can make it part of your kitchen decor.
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Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit
Part science experiment, part really useful activity, this kit lets you literally grow your own mushrooms. Imagine the recipe options.
MyGift Modern Copper Stemless Wine Glasses, Set of 4
Try these ultra-chic, stemless wine glasses with rose gold, gold, or silver accents.
Lenox Tuscany Classics Pierced Decanter
Wine lovers know that the best way to enjoy red wines is to decant them. Plus, it’s an easy way to lift a bottle under $ 20 (no verdict here). This breathtaking carafe from Lenox lets your wine breathe in style.