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by Sally Bernstein (a WomensForum Food Blogger and Network Partner)

Sally Bernstein is the Editor of the acclaimed internet watering hole for women known as Sally’s Place as well as the Co-Host of Sally’s Place Internet Radio Network. Sally's blog on WomensForum is a place where fellow foodies can join Sally on her passionate journey through the world of food and wine.

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Sally's Holiday Gift Guide (Part 2)
With just a few more shopping days to Christmas and Hanukkah upon us, I've got you covered with a list of last minute gifting possibilities. I've included food items, cookware, coffee brewers, bakeware for the home baker, a wine opener, and much more below!

Keurig 2.0

With this new brewing system from Keurig, you can still brew a single cup of coffee but also a whole 4-cup carafe. More than 400 different beverages and 60+ brands are offered for the Keurig 2.0. There is an extra-large 80 ounce water reservoir, a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee, a color touch display and customizable nightlight in the water reservoir. 
Buy here. ($139.99 to $199.99)

Bespoke Post Boxes

This subscription box service offers themed boxes of food goodies delivered to your door. The owners scour the world for time-tested, small-batch, or otherwise remarkable items. This month, they’re sending subscribers items from Slake Box, which includes everything you need to lay out the ultimate spread for entertaining carnivores and veggies alike (you can choose your option). Buy here($45 - $55)

Rachael Ray’s Holiday Gift Guide

Lots of choices including Bakeware, Cookbooks, Cooking Tools, Cookware, Cutlery, and Food Totes & Storage. Ray’s orange pieces are not only colorful but also useful.
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Capresso CoffeeTEAM PRO Glass

This new stainless steel coffee maker also has an attached burr grinder. There is a 12-cup glass coffee maker so you can accomplished two chores at once and make your mornings a whole lot easier. This bean-to-carafe costs $219.99. Buy here

Cake Boss

Carlo’s Bakery offers bakeware for the home baker. There are hundreds of items including special pans for the holidays, gadgets, tools, serveware, and more. Buy here

Smart Touch Wine Opener by Aermate

Removes corks effortlessly by using just two fingers to turn. The twist-and-pull action never breaks the cork but pulls out the wine cork as you twist. The enclosed corkscrew ensures a simple, smooth and effortless operation. The opener comes with a foil cutter that clips onto the unit for storage and is small enough to store in your kitchen drawers or take with you to picnics and parties. Buy here. ($24.99)

Reduce Wave Tumbler

This 16 oz. BPA free thermal tumbler comes in three colors: blue, purple and aqua. It has a flip-lock lid, is vacuum insulated and fits car cup holders. The rippled texture on the outside of the tumbler makes it ergonomic and comfortable to use. The vacuum insulation allows coffee to stay hot for up to 8 hours. Buy here. ($17.99)

Frieling Black Cube™ Fry Pan

This pan is stainless steel, non-stick and scratch resistant. The exclusive textured surface is PFOA free and dishwasher safe. Stainless nonstick is a raised stainless steel pattern over a recessed layer of nonstick coating. This allows for browning on stainless steel without sticking and protects the nonstick coating when using metal utensils. Available in 8, 9 ½, & 11 inch fry pans and a 12 ½ inch wok. Buy here

thinkThin® High Protein Bars

The thinkThin® High Protein Bars were created for active, busy people who care about what they eat and offers a portable, nutritious snack to help satisfy hunger. The gluten-free bar contains 20 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar and is certified low glycemic, so you can look and feel your best through long days. Perfect for a sweet treat on-the-go or a delicious afternoon pick-me-up, thinkThin® High Protein Bars feature a balanced mix of quality ingredients like soy and whey protein and made in a variety of delicious flavors that are covered in chocolate and taste decadently indulgent—with none of the guilt. thinkThin® High Protein Bars are available for purchase on thinkproducts.com and are sold in grocery and health food stores nationwide. ($1.69-$1.99/per bar)


This stand alone, non-electric insulated bag is designed to reduce the amount of fuel required in the cooking of food in developing nations. Instead of being placed on a stove for the duration of the cooking period, food is instead heated to a hot enough temperature and then transferred to the Wonderbag, which uses the principle of thermal insulation to continue cooking, and keeps food warm without needing addition fire, or additional heat. For each bag you buy, one is donated to a family in need in Africa. Buy here. ($50)

For more gift ideas and cooking tips, visit Sally’s Place

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Sally's Holiday Gift Guide (Part 1)

What to get that special person on your list? This is an age-old question. Food and wine gifts are always good choices but my first list includes a few surprises. Read on!

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Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to uncork a few nice bottles!

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Pear Cornmeal Cake with Vanilla Syrup

There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown worldwide. Most of the pears in the U.S. grow in the Northwest, principally Oregon and Washington. 

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Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

Fall means pumpkin time!

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6 Spices To Have Ready For Fall Cooking

Prepare your spice cabinet this fall by stocking up on the staples for your favorite seasonal recipes!

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Vegetarian Winter Salad Recipe

Don't think that summer is the only season for salads.

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Do You Know Your Winter Squash?

A sure sign of fall and winter is the arrival of winter squash in our grocery stores.

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The First Recipe I Baked As A Child

What's the first dessert you remember baking as a child? 

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Easy-to-Make Healthy School Lunches

With the start of August comes plenty of back to school planning.

If you've got a little one who has food allergies, is a picky eater, or you just want to have healthy options for your child - check these ideas out! The start of a new school year is prime time to kickstart your child's healthy eating routine. From snacks to full lunches, the following suggestions are particularly good for younger children, as they need a good balance of foods in their diet.

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Try These Seasonal Summer Salads

Summer is a great time to try new salads.

When you want to stay out of a hot kitchen, spend family time grilling outdoors, or just lull the day away reading a good book, try these new salads! A bunch of greens can be very versatile, giving one room to add anything from fruit, more veggies, grains, meats or seafood. Serve these 

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Easy Baked Kale Chips

Kale, one of the new darlings of our health-obsessed world, is actually quite good for us.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens and cauliflower. Kale is very high in vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and is rich in calcium. It is known to help fight cancer and lower cholesterol. Other than it's nutritional benefits, kale can be molded into a simple, delicious snack!

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Fun Summer Food On A Stick

Summer is upon us and it’s time to think about grilling and outdoor parties.

What can be more fun (and easy) than preparing food on a stick? There are many choices so I'm offering some options for breakfast, a main course and dessert. To be honest, part of the fun is eating the food with your hands - no need for a lot of fancy table settings! Whether you call the sticks skewers, kabobs, satays, popsicles or cake pops, they are all the same - a holder for your food

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Vacation Food Favorites: From Paris to San Francisco

It is that time of the year when people are taking vacations.

It has me reminiscing about my favorite meals I've had away from home. Vacations are so much about food - the new cuisines, tastes, spots, all of it. It took me a long time to get down my list of favorites. I decided to start it off with a dinner I had many years ago in Paris, France ( the restaurant is still open), to a recent meal I enjoyed in San Francisco, California.

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What Is A Mangosteen? Try This Recipe To Find Out

If you happen upon this fruit, be sure and taste it.

Called the “Queen of Fruits,” a mangosteen is juicy, tangy and sweet. The rind is purple in color when ripe while the inside is white. The taste has been described as a combination of tart lychee, pineapple and rose. A mangosteen is a fruit from Southeast Asia (Thailand), South America, India or Puerto Rico that you might see in upscale U.S. produce markets or in Asian markets. 

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A Meal the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Have some family fun while enjoying KFC chicken.

KFC has a new Family Game Night meal that’ll bring everyone together to enjoy tasty food and make long lasting memories. To ensure the whole family has a great time, pick up a KFC meal with 12 Extra Crispy Tenders and four dipping sauces, two large homestyle sides, four biscuits and a free game of I Spy printed right on the bucket with riddle cards and bonus posters. The family will love playing together, who knew sitting at the dinner table could be so much fun?

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Mother's Day Recipe: Shrimp, Cauliflower And Broccoli Stir-Fry

If you are cooking for Mother’s Day this year and have never prepared Chinese food, here is a simple recipe for beginners.

Even if you are an advanced cook, you’ll appreciate how good this recipe is without spending a lot of time preparing it. My friend Dorothy Huang is the author of Chinese Cuisine, Made Simple.

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Sally’s Top 10 Favorite Dishes

I'm sharing my Top 10 favorite dishes with you, hoping this will spur you on to try some new foods.

Anyone who cooks is always looking for new recipe ideas. I’ve been cooking for many years. It all started when my mother would not let me in the kitchen as a child to cook. I’m sure she was afraid I’d make a mess.

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Mother's Day Recipe: Mussels With Garlic And White Wine

Surprise mom with a new delicious dish on Mother’s Day.

When I attended La Varenne Cooking School in Paris many years ago I was taught how to make Mussels a la Marinière. This can be a perfect Mother’s Day light meal. It is versatile and can be an appetizer or main course.

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Kohlrabi Recipe: A Dieter’s Dream

Last year, brussels sprouts were added to many restaurant menus in the U.S.

So many menus in fact, that people are now tired of this green. Time for a new vegetable to be the star of the show! Kohlrabi, is it? Kohlrabi (kol-ROB-ee) is a vegetable that is high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and calories and has antioxidants that help fight cancer. In other words, this vegetable is a dieter's dream.

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