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For the generous host
Proceeds from the sale of Le Creuset’s Mini Cocotte sets support Community Food Centres Canada, an organization that provides low-income communities access to quality food. Enameled cast iron Mini Cocotte Gift Set by Le Creuset, $79.99 at fine kitchen stores across Canada (visit www.lecreuset.ca for locations).
For mix masters
This classic mixing glass easily accommodates one large or two regularsized cocktails; its hand-etched sides provide a secure grip for stirring and its prominent spout ensures a spill-free pour.Etched mixing glass and strainer, $34.95 at BY OB Cocktail Emporium (www.byobto.com).
For the heat seeker
To many, hot sauce implies southern, a prejudice as dated as the Confederacy. Case in point: Toronto-based Stasis Preserves’ five-alarm version, made with locally grown chilies and enough firepower to rekindle Atlanta. Ontario Hot Sauce by Stasis Preserves, $7 through www.stasispreserves.com.
For a seasoned chef
Canadian illustrator Paul Dotey’s pop-artinspired prints are visual feats – and feasts. His latest, Spice Rack, showcases all the major seasonings, providing a graphic incentive to keep that pantry well-stocked. Spice Rack, 20-by-28-inch print, $65 through www.pauldotey.ca.
For the cup holder
Take the mumsiness out of teatime with Panasonic’s ultra-modern new kettle, available in grey or the violet shade shown here and featuring an ergonomic handle, auto shut-off and a cool-touch exterior. The Breakfast Collection electric kettle by Panasonic $169.99 through www.panasonic.ca.
For meat freaks
Our ancestors had to hunt for their food. Modern meat eaters use the Internet. For $50 a month, members of the online Carnivore Club receive a box packed with artisanal charcuterie such as bison jerky and five-game terrine. Carnivore Club membership, $50 a month through www.carnivoreclub.ca.
For an early riser
Breville’s new non-stick waffle maker includes a wraparound moat to catch overflowing batter and a 12-setting “Waffle IQ” that controls browning and doneness. Pass the syrup! Breville Smart Waffle, $299.99 at retailers across Canada (visit www.breville.ca for locations).
For dogged cheesers
The handles of these charming cheese knives – each depicting a different dog breed – are cast from brass; the blades, made of stainless steel, are strong enough to slice through even the firmest fromages. Brass Hound cheese knives, $12 each at Anthropologie (www.anthropologie.com).
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