Chobani employees share the best gifts for home cooks 2020

Most of us have been cooking at home a whole lot more during the pandemic—so chances are there’s someone on your list who would enjoy a food-related gift. To drum up some inspired ideas, we turned to the foodies at Chobani (the beloved Greek yogurt company that has expanded into oat milk, coffee creamers, and even cafes) for some curated suggestions. These are the best food gifts they’ve given, received, or put on their wishlists. Bon appétit!

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The Whole Fish Cookbook, by Josh Niland, $37
I really enjoy this collection of technique-driven recipes, named the James Beard cookbook of 2019, and think it is a must-have for anyone who wants to learn how to cook really great fish. It’s a great read, with beautiful images that help teach the fundamentals, all while capturing the importance of fresh and local ingredients. —Jake Briere, corporate chef

Maxi-Matic Elite Gourmet Air Fryer, $50
As a self-proclaimed gadget guru, I enjoy trying new cooking tools all the time. And my Elite by Maxi-Matic Air Fryer is one of my favorite tools when creating buffalo cauliflower. The compact size of the fryer makes it an easy addition in my kitchen and helps me create the best-tasting cauliflower I’ve ever experienced at home. —Rosalyn Emerson, channel marketing director

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Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35
This is the perfect gift for anyone to take their cold-brew obsession to the next level! Ready with your favorite coffee overnight in your fridge, this simple, Japanese-created bottle makes delicious cold brew to exactly however you like it. —Eddie Revis, vice president, marketing

Amazon Basics Hand Blender, $30
I use this immersion hand blender every week, whether I’m frothing milk for a pumpkin cold-brew foam or trying out social media’s hot trend whipped coffee. This blender takes minimal space for storage and froths quickly with very few dishes to clean. —Morgan VanAlstine, human resources coordinator

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Skura Style Antimicrobial Sponges, 8 for $30
With cooking at home on the rise in 2020, so is the number of dishes to be done. It seems like I could do dishes all day, but not with a smelly sponge that usually tends to leave an unpleasant odor on your hands for hours after. Once I found these antibacterial sponges that last FOREVER and never smell or leave an odor, I converted all of my family and friends immediately. —Jake Briere, corporate chef

Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce, $20
A mix of scallops, shrimp, garlic, shallots, ginger, brown sugar, and spices simmered down into a marmalade-like infused umami bomb, XO sauce brings that umami boost you need in a dish. It holds its own in any savory creation, like stir-fried veggies, pasta dishes, and even as part of a chicken wing glaze! —Adley Tong, R&D scientist

Aerolatte Matcha Frother, $20
Like everyone else, I’ve been getting my caffeine fix at home this year. Coffee got boring

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Torrington resident’s business cooks up colorful hand-dyed designs with retro style

TORRINGTON — Margaret Gumbs was considering what to do with her time when she retired — some day.

Already a quilter and having studied interior design, she took the advice of her husband, Rodney, and turned a hobby into a new line of at-home work.

The Torrington resident, who works as a nurse, placed what she calls Maggie McFly Designs, on the website Etsy. She offers hand-dyed cotton yarn, hand-dyed cotton fabric, organic cotton “onesies” for infants, hand-dyed table décor, and ice-dyed clothing. She plans to broaden the scope of her offerings even more as her business gains traction.

“I began just by making a tie dye shirt for my husband, and also made one for my son. They loved them and encouraged me to continue and offer them for sale,” said Gumbs, who spends four days a week immersed in her new cottage industry.

Meanwhile, her husband, Rodney Gumbs calls himself the CEO of shipping, handling and delivery of the items to customers via mail or other means.


Gumbs creates what is known as tie-dye fabric and clothing, wildly colorful patterns on cotton that became all the rage back in the 1960s and 1970s when flower power, and love and peace signs permeated society. The unique clothing designs faded with subsequent generations but never really went away. Tie dye has has become popular again in recent years among young people and some elders, who want to relive their days of rebellion and counter-culture living, at least in the way they dress.

In “ice tie-dying,” the T-shirt, or whatever fabric one is using, is completely wet, then wrung out. The material being dyed is scrunched up and placed on a rack over the top of another container or dish. The more “scrunching”, the more chances of white peeking through. Said Gumbs, “The dye comes in a very fine powder form. When you apply it you need to wear a respirator mask so you don’t breathe it in.”

The container holding the item being dyed must be large enough to contain liquids from the shirt. Gumbs then generously covers the fabric with ice. Crushed ice insures coverage of all of the edges without the risk of larger ice cubes sliding off right away. This step could be substituted with snow. The ice covered items must be left alone for six to eight hours or longer. The longer it sits, the more intense the colors get. The items must be rinsed until the water runs clear. Then, the item is allowed to dry.

The process of traditional tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by application of dye(s). The manipulations of the fabric prior to the application of dye are called resists, as they partially or completely prevent the applied dye from coloring the fabric.

The ice tie-dye designs that Gumbs creates are free-flowing and almost replicate the works of avant-garde painters. The colors are vibrant with no

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Best gifts for cooks and bakers

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The year 2020 turned everyone into a home cook. While some felt desperate to return to their regularly scheduled Seamless routines, others relished the hours they could spend off Zoom and in the kitchen, baking their own breads, mixing their own cocktails or mastering a new recipe.

If you have friends and family in the latter group, why not support their culinary momentum with a food-related holiday gift? From impeccable cookware to smart kitchen gadgets to a delivery of cheese (yes), this list’s got all the picks a cook or foodie could ever hope for. And if you’re looking for more gifts to give, check out our roundups of gifts for her, gifts for him, 5-star Amazon gifts, top-rated Nordstrom gifts, gifts for pets and practical gifts.

The Proclamation Duo Stainless Steel Set

The Proclamation Duo Stainless Steel Set

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Proclamation Goods

We proclaimed our love for the Proclamation Duo back in October, and we haven’t stopped thinking about it. The frying pan turned stock pot turned Dutch oven turned wok set would make for a truly generous gift for anyone who loves to cook or is just starting out.

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

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Uncommon Goods

We’re big on hot sauces over here, and for someone who loves all things spice, it doesn’t get much better than this make your own hot sauce kit, which comes with bottles, peppers, whole spices, vinegars and garlic to make your own special spicy concoction.

10.25-Inch Lodge Cast Iron

10.25-Inch Lodge Cast Iron

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Walmart

One of the most classic pans to ever exist, gifting someone a Lodge cast iron is like gifting them a key to endless possibilities. The cast iron withstands the test of time (and can be passed down from generation to generation) and is an essential tool for any cook who wants to be considered serious.

Automatic Pan Stirrer With Timer

Automatic Pan Stirrer With Timer

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Uncommon Goods

If they’ve ever complained to you about having to stand over a pan continuously stirring their dinner, this clever device takes care of that problem for them.

T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid

T-fal Ultimate Hard Anodized Nonstick Fry Pan With Lid

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Amazon

Speaking of pans, this one won our title of the best nonstick pan of 2020. And can you believe that price?

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

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Ooni

Some people are incredibly passionate about homemade pizza, so if you know the type, delight them with this pizza oven that’s fueled with wood pellets. This thing gets super hot (900 degrees Fahrenheit) super fast (just 15 minutes!), resulting in crispy pies in a matter of minutes.

BlendJet One Portable Blender

BlendJet One Portable Blender

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Urban Outfitters

This little blender is not just adorable but wildly convenient too. The blender gets its power by way of USB, so smoothie fanatics and nut butter connoisseurs can take it with them virtually anywhere. The lightweight gadget doubles as a portable cup, meaning you can blend and sip from the same vessel. Cleaning this thing is an absolute breeze; fill with water, add soap and blend.

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

Vitamix A3500 Ascent

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