Gift Guide: The Gourmet Gourmand

Kim Conte
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Check each Daily Buzz channel every day this week to find gift ideas for all the different people in your life. This week, here in Food and Party, we'll have gift ideas for the Gourmet Gourmand, the Kitchen Phobic, the Martha Wanna-Be, the Eco-Friendly Foodie, and the Gadget Guru.

First up is The Gourmet Gourmand—that person who lives for food and enjoys the finer things in life, whether it's a juicy filet or a glass of wine. Her idea of the perfect night in would be cooking an elegant five-course dinner for her closest friends. If you play your cards right, you might even be able to reap the benefits of these delectable goodies.


Product: The Gracious Gourmet Specialty Food Products

Cost: Less than $10 each

Where to Buy: Visit The Gracious Gourmet Web site to find a retailer near you.

Why I Love It: Transform boring hors d'oeuvres, main courses, and desserts into culinary works of art with this delicious line of chutneys, spreads, tapenades, pesto, and glazes. Choose an assortment of mouth-watering flavors for your gourmand—like mango pineapple chutney and lemon artichoke pesto—so she can mix and match depending on whatever she's craving.

Extras: Try the the balsamic four-onion spread. It's perfect as a sophisticated pizza topping or as a tasty appetizer alongside goat cheese and crackers.






Product: BUILT Two-Bottle Tote

Cost: $15-$20

Where to Buy: Visit the BUILT Web site to buy online or find a retailer near you.

Why I Love It:
Transporting wine has never been so easy—or so fashionable! Perfect for camping, tailgating, parties, picnics, and the beach, this stain-resistant tote insulates bottles for up to four hours and is available in a variety of stylish colors.

Extras: Throw in a bottle of your favorite red or white for an added surprise!




Product: Mario Batali Dutch Oven

Cost: $89.95-$109.95


Why I Love It: Every chef would love one of these durable, enameled cast iron pots for soups, stews, roasts, and of course, One-Pot Meals! Mario Batali's version has excellent heat retention and is easy to clean. This pot is said to be of comparable quality to other well-known Dutch ovens on the market—but this one's half the price!

Extras: The 4-quart size is nice, but if you have a big family, go for the 6-quart pot.

Check back tomorrow for gifts for the Kitchen Phobic...
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