Wow – sorry I have been a stranger but I’m working on my degree, bill-paying job is busy, and I have a bunch of stuff on the go. I promise I’ll do better! (Side note: need to fill my queue with products for product reviews and interesting people/businesses for interviews. Contact me!)
That being said, I climbed out of chaos long enough to make some recommendations for the the cooks in your lives. I have reviewed some awesome stuff on here, and there are a few “friends of the site” that provide some kickass products.
Without further ado – here are some Christmas recommendations.
Cutlery and Sharpeners – Friend Daniel Clay over at Mad Cow Cutlery has an amazing array of knives sharpeners and other kitchen tools at great prices, kits, you name it. These folks know knives and will be able to provide lots of advice and insight, if you have questions! To help you out, they already have a page set up for Christmas Ideas!
Spices and more – Good friend Chef Denny Corriveau makes some of the freshest, most flavorful spice and herb blends, oils, brines and other cooking essentials you will ever run across. Wild Cheff products are intended and created for wild game especially, but will work well with whatever you have going on in your kitchen! The Wild Cheff develops these products himself and quality is the key! Visit the Wild Cheff website today!
Great variety of products – Has to go to Uncle Dougies! Although I’m bummed they dropped their Jalapeno Mustard, they do carry a big variety of great products! Their small batch ketchup will change the way you think about ketchup, forever! Their Bloody Mary Mixes are to die for and their wing marinade is the best I have had.They make a variety of premium hot sauces as well – I have tried them all, and they are all spot on in freshness and flavor. They make Christmas shopping easy with their Gift Boxes and Corporate Gifts as well!
Most Interesting Sauce – It has to be Uncle Joe’s. This sauce comes in a mix. You add ketchup and water, heat and use! You can see it in action here: Uncle Joe’s Review
Best Sauce Overall? – Rufus Teague has to be one of the best I have tried. Rich and complex, it is seriously, an amazing sauce. You can visit them here: Rufus Teague website
Cookbooks? – That’s easy – Hank Shaw. Hunt.Gather.Cook is a great resource, and you will learn to utilize every part of the critter.I haven’t read it yet, butDuck,Duck,Goose is getting great reviews. Especially for you waterfowlers out there, I would recommend it.
Brines – Brines are just starting to catch on, I think. The Wild Cheff (above) makes some, but so does Sweetwater Spice Company. My favorite was the Jalapeno Lime, but they make an Apple Chipotle brine that is killer. See my interview with Sweetwater’s Scott Sapire here: Sweetwater Interview
Don’t see anything that grabs you? I can honestly say that I haven’t tested a product yet, that I didn’t enjoy. Feel free to peruse the site for other great ideas.
Most important – Merry Christmas!