Years ago, I convinced my mother to give my son–who was turning 7–a Kitchen Aid mixer for his birthday. (He’s very hard to buy for. He has special needs and doesn’t play games or sports. His favorite things to do are listen to music and go for walks. He doesn’t cook, but the rationale was that I would use it to make him birthday cakes every year.)
We gave my daughter a Cuisinart ice cream maker for her 9th birthday last month. This one made more sense–she loves ice cream and we legitimately thought she’d like to make her own. We were right, but she really got the gift because I wanted to try making things like the Thai chile-cucumber sorbet I’d had recently at Sweet Rose Creamery in Brentwood.) www.sweetrosecreamery.com
My son’s birthday is coming up again next month and what I think would be a good gift from grandma is a pressure cooker. You see, my son loves rice and I could cook it for him–and very quickly, I might add–in a pressure cooker. I have my eye on this one for him: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-6913/Fagor-Futuro-Pressure-Cookers Have you ever justified a kitchen gift given to a non-cooker?