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2014's Best Christmas Gifts for the Home Cook

It's time to make spirits bright with the 2014 Family Feedbag Best Christmas Gifts for the Home Cook wish list! These are my absolute favourite items to tuck under the tree for home cooks this year. And to spread the Christmas cheer, I'm giving away everything on the list!

Yes, I'll be hosting giveaways ALL WEEK to give you a chance to put these goodies under your own tree. Come back tomorrow for the first giveaway.

So, here it is, 2014's best Christmas gifts for the home cook, listed in the order I'll be giving them away:
1. Goldtouch Nonstick Cookie Tray from Williams-Sonoma, 2. 1-year subscription to Ricardo magazine, 3. Home Canning Starter Kit from Bernardin, 4. Silicone baking tools from Trudeau, 5. KitchenAid Stand Mixer attachments, 6. Family Meals by Michael Smith (Penguin Canada), 7. Gatherings by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal (Whitecap Books)

Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick Cookie Tray
$32.95 from Williams-Sonoma
Quality is always worth the investment when it comes to baking trays. The Goldtouch Nonstick Cookie Tray from Williams-Sonoma has a high-back edge for a secure carrying grip, an all-around rim that keeps parchment paper and dough in place, plus a sloped front lip to slide off baked goods easily without bending or cracking. Time to toss our old, worn-out trays and update to a set of these. One of you is going to win this deluxe cookie tray, plus a festive Williams-Sonoma cookie cutter and spatula to bake up a Christmas storm!
Watch for the giveaway later this week.
1-year subscription to Ricardo magazine
$29.95 from Ricardo Media
When the premiere issue of Ricardo landed in my mailbox in September, I loved it instantly. I have long enjoyed Ricardo LarrivĂ©e's joyful approach to home cooking, and by the time I had read the second issue, Ricardo had quickly become my favourite Canadian food magazine. Combining home cooking and entertaining with a family focus, every recipe-packed issue includes useful, real-life tips and new ideas for the home kitchen. I love it so much, I asked Ricardo Media if they would spread the joy to one of you, and they agreed! One of you will win a 1-year subscription to Ricardo. 
Watch for the giveaway later this week.

Bernardin Home Canning Starter Kit
$49.99 from Bernardin
It's no surprise there'd be something to do with canning on this list. You know I love canning everything from jams and jellies to chutneys and pickles. And with my first cookbook The Canning Kitchen coming out in 2015 from Penguin Random House Canada, I want to get all of you loving canning as much as I do. Don't know where to start? This starter kit from Bernardin has everything you need to begin making your own homemade preserves. Bernardin is giving a kit away to one Family Feedbag reader!
Watch for the giveaway later this week.

Silicone baking tools from Trudeau
$5.99-$29.99 from Trudeau Corporation
Don't let tired, old baking tools let you down. Time for a refresh! Update your cupcake and cookie prowess with quality silicone baking tools from Trudeau. Get the job done and make baking easier with smart silicone design, like the Trudeau Structure Silicone Muffin Pan that offers sturdy yet flexible cups for perfect results. Trudeau makes quality kitchen tools that look great, and they are giving away a set of 5 silicone baking tools to one of you!
Watch for the giveaway later this week.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer attachments
$19.99-$499.99 from KitchenAid Canada
Seriously, ANY of these sturdy attachments under the tree is a sure thrill for a home cook who loves their KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Mine is the workhorse of my kitchen, whipping up cookie and cake batters like a boss. But there are so many other things that can be made with a wide range of attachments that make use of the stand mixer's powerful motor. The quality Pasta Roller & Cutter and Food Grinder are popular choices, as is the Ice Cream Maker. The list of available attachments keeps on growing, and the best part is KitchenAid Canada is giving away THREE attachments to Family Feedbag readers!
Watch for the giveaway later this week.
Family Meals by Michael Smith
$32 from Penguin Canada
Chef Michael Smith's casual, fuss-free approach to home cooking and mouth-watering recipes will build the confidence of any home cook. His respect for the role of family cook shines through in his newest cookbook Family Meals from Penguin Canada. With 100 recipes straight from Michael's home kitchen in Prince Edward Island, you'll find simple ideas to get you from breakfast to dinner and everything in between, like healthy snacks and perfect packed lunches. One of you will win your very own copy of Family Meals!
Watch for the giveaway later this week.

Gatherings by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal
$34.95 from Whitecap Books
Get ready to fall in love with home entertaining all over again! Stuck on what to serve at your next get together? My friends Jan and Julie have got your back with their new book Gatherings from Whitecap Books. With over 100 wonderful recipes to take you through holiday entertaining and into the new year, Gatherings offers creative ideas for book club gatherings, showers, birthday parties and more. Whitecap wants to give away a copy to one of you!

Watch for the giveaway next week.

Come back tomorrow for the first giveaway!