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Holiday Season Six Picks - Week 1

Hi everybody! Now through the end of December my Six Picks will consist of fun and festive items to make your holiday season even better. These picks will contain everything from cookware to recipes to décor. Hope you enjoy!

I have a food processor that I love to use but it can sometimes be a bit of a process, especially when I only need to chop a small amount of one ingredient for a recipe. I found this OXO Grid Vegetable Chopper on Crate & Barrel and it has sped up my cooking time ten fold.


If you are looking for a non-chocolate dessert look no further. The Barefoot Contessa Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake is one of my favorite dishes. I made it recently to test it out for Thanksgiving and wound up making it two more times in one week because nobody in my house could keep their hands off it. The sour cream in the batter gives the cake a bit of a tang which works perfectly with the cranberry and apple. I served it with vanilla ice cream and it was a hit!


I love lighting candles but during the holiday season I don’t like to use a strong scent because it sometimes doesn’t mix well with the aroma of the food that’s cooking. That’s why I like to keep candles like this Good Chemistry Mint & Lit Candle around. It has a “barely there” scent and is also cruelty free and made without parabens, propylene glycol, and phthalates so you can feel good about your family and friends breathing it in!


I always seemed to run out of trivets when serving large dinners and would resort to using oven mits or something more absurd. Last year I purchased a few oven-to-table items from Crate & Barrel to fix this. One of my favorites is the Rectangle Baking Dish with Wood Stand. It’s super sleek looking and makes serving dishes a bit easier!


If you enjoy cooking and don’t already have a Mandolin like this OXO V-Blade is a must. I do most of the cooking on Thanksgiving and am always looking for tools to make prep easier and this is a game changer.


I love anything Lodge especially their Dutch Oven. This can be used for countless recipes including some winter favorites like stews and chilis. The price of this one is super reasonable too!


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