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We have never done a list of holiday wishes – this is our first of (hopefully) many!!  The following items we could not live without in our kitchen, they make our job easier, so we can share good recipes with you.  All of these items would make great gifts for the aspiring chef in your family or for the one who already cooks but hasn’t thought of them.  Click on the photo to be taken to the shopping link.  Happy holiday shopping!

We have a little something fun to share with you.  Do you see that gorgeous cutting board down below – you know the insanely beautiful walnut board.  Well, it is from one of our favorite foodie inspired shops Food52.  They are offering Chez Us readers a 10% discount not only on that gorgeous cutting board, but also on the most items in their shop.


Use ChezUs10 to save an Extra 10% Off* in the Food52 Holiday Shop (ONLY)
*Offer ends December 31, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Excludes past purchases. Limit ten discounts per customer. Excludes travel and copper offers. Minimum $20 purchase. Offer is subject to change without notice and is not redeemable for cash or cash equivalent. May not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Void where prohibited by law.

We use this all the time for everything from crushed garlic to salad dressings. It doesn’t stain or retain orders. Perfect!


Another item we use all the time. Great for citrus zest as well as ginger and hard spices such as cinnamon sticks, cardamon or nutmeg. One year we gave to all the women in our family – they laughed. Guess what they use all the time! Great stocking stuffer.


Love these recycled bottles. We use one for dish soap and another for olive oil.


Okay, you need to find some kids to give this to. Then tell them you want potholders. These are the BEST pot holders. Easy to use and I never get burned. Whenever I use another type … burned!


You don’t need a whole block of knives to be able to work around the kitchen. A great Chef Knife is a must. We switched to Global a few years ago and have never looked back.


Twine is a must for roasting meats and wrapping foodie packages.


We think there are only three knives that a home cook needs, and a paring knife is one of them. It is lightweight and perfect of vegetables, de-veining shrimp, trimming pie crusts, hulling strawberries and tomatoes, and much more.


A solid cutting board will last you forever. Huge fan of these walnut cutting boards. I have a few of them and use for preparing food to serving on them.


Couldn’t live without wooden spoons of all sizes. Love this trio with the colored handles. Makes being in the kitchen even more fun!


A bread knife is the third knife every kitchen should have. Not only can it be used for bread, but it slices tomatoes perfectly.


We use this French Oven for everything from soups to stews, to slow braises to roasting meat. Well used and cannot even remember life before!

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