It’s December 15th, which means ten days until Christmas (it also means Psych: the Musical is on tonight at 9pm on the USA Network, but that’s a whole different kind of cheese and I digress) so shopping for that cheese lover just kicked in to overdrive. Have no fear, because The House Mouse is here with Cheesy Gift Guide #3 which has some pretty cool gadgets. As most readers know, I prefer to shop local, keeping dollars within the community, however time is of the essence so I will be including prices and links here to sites that have expedited shipping, although I make no promises for holiday miracles. Should timing become an issue, I suggest a House Mouse tradition of placing a picture of the gift inside a box and then putting that box inside another box and so on and so on and so on. Include a note letting the recipient know their gift is en route to their home, which may be appreciated even more if the gadget is particularly large or heavy. And away we go!
First up is the Nuance Cheese Slicer Cube. I’m not normally one to purchase blocks of cheese, especially for entertaining. However, if I had this stylish cube to serve my square of fromage on, I would be the hostess with the mostest. Chill the cheese directly on the stainless steel base under the swanky black cover in the fridge before a shindig then bring it out to play when the party gets started and allow guests to serve themselves. Never have too many or too few slices again! I saw the Nuance Cheese Slicer up close at Hugh in Midtown Detroit, a great shop for anyone looking for mid-century modern items for that Mad Men fanatic on their list. They only had two left so best get to ordering. $99.95 (also available on Amazon for the same price)
No cheese gadget list would be complete without items from Boska Holland. For over a century, Boska has been creating incredibly simple yet pretty spectacular cheese tools. I saw their booth in Raleigh, NC during the American Cheese Society Conference and just salivated over the knives and other amazing toys. Only the fear of being stopped by TSA prevented me from going totally broke. That and The Hubby being a bit miffed by our empty bank account. So, some favorite Boska gadgets this season are:
The Boska Holland Mini Raclette Set on sale for $40.96Boska Holland Life Collection Outdoor Fondue Set on sale for $89.84 (out of stock temporarily)
For those looking to impress and have some money to burn, look no further than the Todo Cheese Grater from Alessi. Designer Richard Sapper created this $98.00 cheese grater (no, that is not a typo) after grating “copious amounts of cheese at family dinners” and apparently felt this was the perfect design to relieve hand cramping. Currently on back order, this would be one of those picture-in-a-box presents.
For those on a tight budget, have no fear, there are cheesy gadgets available that are sure to please as well.
One of the best gifts The Hubby gave me last year was this simple cheese wire. I had been wanting one for the longest time and it really just touched my heart that he remembered and found it for me. For $5.66, it’s an inexpensive and thoughtful gift for any turophile.
So this final gadget is a throwback to my childhood. When I was a kid, I would go over to my best friend’s house and her mom, my now stepmom, didn’t have the typical American cheese wrapped in plastic. What she had was this metal cheese grater that she would take out along with and actual block of cheese, and grate it into my hand until I would say “when”. She would do this pretty much anytime I wanted without complaint, even though it was a pain in the butt to clean that old grater. These newer models are much easier to take apart and clean up and this one is on sale for $28.16, a pretty cool bargain. Thanks Joan.
Hopefully these have been helpful and will make the cheese lovers in your life happy. Next up (and coming soon) Part 4 – cheese boards and knives.