The iconic Portland kitchen shop, opened in 1975, has been named one of the nation’s top 25 kitchen stores of the last 25 years.
PORTLAND, Oregon — We’re deep into the “gift buying” time of the holidays. Cooking gadgets are always a great idea for anyone from college students to the best cooks. So we asked local store Kitchen Kaboodle, to show us 5 things that would be a slam dunk as gifts.
Kitchen Kaboodle has 4 locations from Portland to Beaverton to Hillsboro. Paul Olguin at the Northeast Broadway store in Portland, is our gift guide. Let the countdown begin!
1) Dutch oven
Staub 4qt, $99.99 on sale
“I’m partial to the red! These are made my Staub, a French company that’s been making beautiful, enameled cast iron for many years. You have the advantage of seeing what’s cooking with a glass lid. It’s a great gift for any cook. You can make stews and soups and even bake bread. A lot of people are bread bakers these days. It’s something that’s going to last for decades,” Olguin said. Staub makes the 4qt glass lid oven in seven colors.
2) A cast iron pan
Finex 12″ skillet $230
“Finex, born and built right here in Portland, Oregon. These are gorgeous, heirloom cooking pieces. This particular one is a 12″ fry pan, it’s made of cast iron, pre-seasoned, and it’s got this beautifully designed handle and great innovation to have this octagonal shape which allows you to pour from any direction. They’re durable and guaranteed forever. It’s something you can buy, use for 30 years and then give it to your children to use for 30 years or longer.”
3) Good, sharp knife
Zwilling 7″ chef’s knife $79.99 on sale
“This is a great size for most folks. This is an incredible value. Normally a knife like this is close to $150 but we bought a whole bunch from Zwilling and they gave us an incredible price so we can offer it for $79.99. Really good knives are always the perfect gift for graduates or moms or dads or kids moving out on their own because they will tend not to spend what they need to spend for a really good knife.”
4) Bundt cake pan
Nordic Ware $13-$40
“It’s like bringing something special to a party. It’s not jut a pan with a cake in it, it’s a beautiful creation. They’ve been around a long time. They’re made by Nordic Ware which is a U.S. company and they’re made in the U.S. They’re beautiful, you can leave them out because they’re so decorative.” You can even take boxed cake mix(!) and just pour it inside and bake according to directions, just make sure to cool the cake completely before turning it over and taking it out of the mold.
5) Kitchen drawer gadget
“This is called a Spoonula, it’s a real useful tool in the kitchen because it has the quality of a spoon but also is like a spatula so you can get all that sauce or batter out. It’s super easy to clean, it’s made of silicone, so they’re safe, really long lasting, very innovative. A great gadget for the cook who has everything.”