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What was in your Christmas stocking?

Christmas 2009

I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday weekend with friends and family. I know that I did! And I certainly got lucky in the gift department this year. I received several outstanding cookbooks, fancy stackable sanding sugars from Williams Sonoma and a couple of antique pieces of pastry-making equipment – a pastry cutter and a moon cake/pastry mold – that a relatively thoughtfully picked up for me on a trip to Southeast Asia earlier this year. There were a fair number of chocolate bars in my stocking, and of course it was also wonderful to spend some quality time with my family.

If I absolutely had to choose, my favorite thing would have to be my new Shun Chef’s knife. I can’t say no to a good knife and, in addition to being a fantastic instrument, it looks gorgeous. Now, I just need to put a knife block on my wish list for next year!

Since we’re sharing, what did everyone else get for Christmas? Books, baking equipment, homemade goodies? I certainly hope that a copy of The Baking Bites Cookbook made it under a few trees, too!

New Shun Knife

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  • Erica
    December 27, 2009

    Let me think.. that’s awful, I know- it was just a few days ago. I got a King Arthur cookbook, rolling pin, pastry mat, and lots of goodies to make and decorate cupcakes!

  • Betsy
    December 27, 2009

    I got some silicone baking pans, a garlic twister (one of the best things ever invented), a spice grinder that I can use to grind my own mixes, a one of those cake pans with a variety of mini-cake shapes, and some dark and white chocolate jimmies from King Arthur Flour. Santa loves me! This is a great blog… I subscribe with great happiness. Happy New Year to all! Oh, yes, I have lust for that Shun knife. Isn’t that a gorgeous thing?!

  • Dorothy
    December 27, 2009

    Everything I got was food related: ice cream maker, ice cream cook book, mini donut pan, blender, cookie cutters, cookie plates, vegan cookies cookbook and a Jessie Steele! apron.

  • suzanne
    December 27, 2009

    I got a new five burner convection oven range. I am so excited. It is being delivered next week.

  • kayceebeebee
    December 27, 2009

    I got a Kitchenaid Mixer!

  • Eleanor
    December 27, 2009

    Nice Haul! You know, Crate & Barrel sells a basic knife block for (I think) only $40. Comes with a pair of scissors and a knife-sharpening stick.

    Foodie-related stuff I got from Santa:
    -Two cookbooks specifically for chocolate desserts
    -Those rubber squares that help you open jars
    -Two new graters
    -A new salt and pepper shaker set
    -And some of my mom’s home made marzipan! Yummm.

  • Chelsey
    December 27, 2009

    I Got measuring cups for hannukah! There were from william-sonoma…the kind that pops in and out! I love them, so fancy hehe.

    Cookteen

  • lona
    December 27, 2009

    Lucky you. I got a warm pair of socks and a bar of chocolate. I’m not being facetious either.

  • tia
    December 27, 2009

    ooh you’ll have to update on what u think of that artisan baking book. i love the shun knife too!

    i got the julia child cookbook, “the new best of better baking.com” cookbook, a whole bunch of new spatulas and spreaders, the julie & julia DVD!!!

  • rain
    December 28, 2009

    i got measuring spoons, a set of wooden spoons, a cookie scoop, cookie cutters, a pot rack, a bread tube pan, and a Sur la Table gift card.

  • AP
    December 28, 2009

    I must not have been good this year because I got nothing cooking related!!! 🙁

  • Roggie
    December 28, 2009

    I received a handmade mixing bowl made by my grandson Jack that is spoonge painted in our favorite colors. It is also autographed by the maker.

  • Eric
    December 28, 2009

    What books did you get? Specifically what is that book on the bottom that we can only see part of?

  • Britney
    December 28, 2009

    10 different colors of sprinkles, plus snowflake sprinkles. Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract. Autocrat coffee syrup. Maple candy. “500 Cookies: The only cookie compendium you’ll ever need,” by Philippa Vanstone.

  • Amy
    December 28, 2009

    My stocking held Tupperware (Midgees containers and miniature salt and pepper shakers) and an orange. I also got Lodge cast iron cookware – a dutch oven and a skillet.

  • Amy
    December 28, 2009

    And I got two cookbooks – Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 by Julia Child, and a fundraiser cookbook from my sister’s school. And a big box of dark chocolate candies.

  • Carol
    December 28, 2009

    I received a set of biscuit cutters (my first! – I’ve been using an espresso cup) and I bought myself The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. I’d like to also treat myself to a stainless steel electric kettle. Any recommendations? Happy New Year!

  • The Food Hunter
    December 28, 2009

    I’d like to get my hand on your stocking! 🙂

  • Sophia
    December 28, 2009

    let´s see… basically all of my presents this year were baking related:
    cookie cutters
    williams sonoma pie and tart book
    mugs
    sticky,chewy,messy,gooey
    500 cupcakes (book)
    journal with cupcakes on the cover
    baking pan that cuts for you (it has a grid you put in)
    tickets to a cake decorating demo and competition!!!!

  • Risa
    December 28, 2009

    I got a cookbook I’ve checked out of the library a dozen times: the best international recipe. It was such a surprise because hubby and I usually don’t exchange gifts. Also got a new, huge cutting board!!

  • Kamille
    December 28, 2009

    I’ve been stopping by your blog for the past month and thought I’d add my fun gifts too. But before that, I wanted to let you know that I will be trying some of your cookie recipes in the very near future. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

    Also, it is definitely very fun to receive culinary items. I got three cookbooks (Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, Martha Stewart Cooking School & Barefoot Contessa one), tongs, wooden spoons, food scale & two different measuring cup devices.

  • Amanda V
    December 28, 2009

    what was baking related:
    A heat resistant spoon and cookie spatula, super cute 🙂
    a mini grater! very nice for my (college) apartment.
    and a HungryGirl cookbook
    good year 🙂

  • Leah
    December 29, 2009

    I got the Baking Bites Cookbook!! It’s wonderful and I can’t wait to try out the recipes. I asked the wife for it but wasn’t sure I’d get it! Your blog was the first baking blog I became a fan of and I’ve never had one of your recipes fail so I’m happy to have an actual book to refer to rather than hunting online.

    I also got lots of baking goodies, several baking books, spatulas, cookie cutters, cupcake themed notebooks & pyjamas. Was a great haul and cannot wait to get stuck into everything!

  • Corinne
    December 30, 2009

    I got Peter Rhinehearts Artisan Bread book too! And my stocking was full of chocolate bars!

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