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Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks & Bakers

Hello and good morning!

As the holiday season is in full swing, I wanted to share some of my favorite kitchen items with you guys. All of these items are great gifts for friends and family who love to cook and/or bake.

I split the items into two categories: under $25 and under $100, depending on your budget. All of these tools and appliances are ones that I use and love. Some of them were gifted to me in recent years and many of them I have purchased for others as well. If you have any questions about any of these, feel free to post a question in the comments below or email me.

Happy gifting!

Little Chef Big Appetite Holiday Gift Guide - Under $25

1. Cuisipro Herb Saver

I’ve talked about this one before and I still LOVE it!

2. Bobble Water Bottle

This baby is like a Brita on the go – filtered water all the time!

3. Lodge Square Cast-Iron Grill Pan

4. Rabbit Wine Aerator

5. Magic Touches Digital Meat Thermometer

6. Cooper-Atkins Stainless-Steel Oven Thermometer

This is a really inexpensive thermometer, but it’s a game changer for baking! It helped me discover that my oven was off by 75 degrees!!!

7. America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

Every single one of these recipes turns out flawlessly. ATK seriously is the best.

8. Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender

This is the perfect blender for post-workout smoothies and any time you don’t want to clean the big blender. The cups also fit in your car’s cup holders!


Little Chef Big Appetite Holiday Gift Guide - Under $100

9. Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker

I received mine for Hanukkah a few years ago from my brother and sister-in-law and it’s the best slow cooker ever. Period.

10. Silpat Baking Mat

Buy two of these for anyone who know who loves to bake. They’re amazing at preventing cookies from sticking to the pan.

11. All Clad Stainless Steel 12 inch Frying Pan

12. Weber 3-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set

We love these grill tools!

13. Breville Nonstick Panini Press

I got this for my dad years ago and his is still going strong. It’s a great way to up your sandwich game!

14. Bean Box Coffee Subscriptions

I love my coffee subscription and we just got one for Travis’s sister, who is a big coffee lover also! It’s a fun way to try new brews without buying a one-pound bag of beans.

15. Hamilton Beach 7-cup Food Processor


Disclaimer: None of the items featured this LCBA gift guide are sponsored. I only recommend products that I personally use and love. Some affiliate links may be included and, as always, I truly appreciate your support.

Poultry Slow Cooker Tips and Tricks

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Today, I am sharing the EASIEST way to make delicious shredded chicken in the slow cooker. I use this method all the time and we use the chicken in salads, pastas, soups, and so much more. For those of you who like to meal prep on Sundays or cook in bulk for your families, this is a great option because it takes no time to prep in the morning and you let the slow cooker do all the work!

So without further ado, watch how easy this is:

Place two chicken breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker. (Yum, who doesn’t love a picture of raw chicken…)

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe

Pour one cup of low-sodium chicken broth over the chicken breasts. Then season the breasts with salt, pepper, and any other herbs you like. Here, I added fresh rosemary. For additional flavor you can also add some crushed garlic and chopped onions, but I usually don’t bother when I am in a hurry.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.


Slow Cooker Chicken

Once the timer goes off, remove the lid and the chicken breasts will be cooked through. You will notice that some fat will be surrounding the breasts – no biggie, it will fall right off the chicken when you remove it from the slow cooker.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe

Remove the chicken and place it on a cutting board or large plate. Using two forks, shred the chicken breasts. Make sure you reserve some of the broth and chicken juices from the slow cooker. I always add a few tablespoons of it to the shredded chicken to make it nice and moist.

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe

Season the chicken as desired and use the chicken in salads, pastas, whatever you want! You can also toss it with some BBQ sauce or pesto and add it to lettuce wraps or sandwiches – I’m full of ideas!

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe

How easy was that? A weekday meal cooked while you’re not even home!


Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe
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Cook time
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  1. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour one cup of low-sodium chicken broth over the chicken. Season the breasts with salt, pepper, and any other herbs you like.
  2. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken, and use two forks to shred the breasts. Make sure you reserve some of the broth and chicken juices from the slow cooker to add it to the shredded chicken for some extra moisture.

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Product Review

Three New (to me) Kitchen Tools I Love

When Travis and I moved in together about one year ago, we discovered that we had double of almost everything. Both of us had very well-stocked kitchens on our own (spices, vinegars, knives, pans, cutlery, and kitchen tools), so when we moved in together we ended up choosing the “better” of all of our duplicates and putting the rest in a big box of storage.

Even though I thought I had almost everything kitchen-related I needed, we’ve still acquired a few things over the last 10 months that make me wonder what the heck I ever did without them. I wanted to share with you my top three new kitchen tools that I LOVE.


1. Hamilton Beach Set and Forget Programmable Slow Cooker


The first on the list is my beloved slow-cooker. Dear Dave and Morgan: THANK YOU for the most perfect gift. I use my slow cooker at least once a week now. One of my favorite ways to use it is to throw in 2 chicken breasts (seasoned with S+P) with 1 cup of chicken broth and cook it on high for 3 hours. After cooking, the chicken is so tender that it falls apart with a touch of your fork. I use this juicy chicken all week long for lunches I pack for work. I just love being able to put something into the slow cooker and walk away for hours without a care in the world. The delicious smells probably torture our foster dog, Bessie, while we are at work during the day!



2. Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher


My dad bought me this awesome garlic crusher when I was home for the holidays last year. He already had one and I was amazed by how quickly he could mince multiple cloves of garlic for a pasta dish we were making together. Being the incredibly thoughtful guy he is, my dad went out the next day and bought me the same garlic crusher for my kitchen back in LA. Now, I know garlic crushers are nothing new, but I just love this one because it is easy to use and clean. It is perfect for any dish that requires numerous gloves of garlic. It is also great for those of you who hate getting the smell of garlic all over your hands (I, personally, love the smell though!)


3.Cuisipro Herb Keeper


I can’t give this herb saver enough praise. I am kicking myself for not buying it sooner. For months Travis and I talked about ways we COULD better save our herbs based on tips we read online and in magazines. For example, some people chop them up very small and store them in an ice cube tray in the freezer with a little bit of water. When you need fresh herbs you simply defrost a few cubes. The idea sounds great, but I knew I would never have the patience to do that.

After wasting way too much cilantro, basil and parsley over the last few months, I finally had enough, so I browsed Amazon and found this herb saver. It had very high ratings and now I know why! It is so easy to use: all you do is fill the base with water and place your fresh herbs in the large insert. You’re supposed to change the water pretty frequently, but honestly we forget and our herbs still last up to three weeks! YAHOO! We can fit two large bunches of herbs in here without any issues. If you use fresh herbs often in your cooking, I cannot recommend this product more.


Note: This post is not sponsored in any way and is simply a list of some kitchen tools I happen to love. Some affiliate links are included and I sincerely appreciate your support!