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7 Gifts for the Busy Professional 

If you had to guess where he is at any given moment, there are two safe bets: an airport bar or in the office, working late. Whenever you’re with him, he’s head down, looking at his phone, muttering something like “Sorry, sorry, just gotta respond to this one email.” His focus seems to be splintered in one million directions and that’s probably because he’s being pulling in exactly one million directions. Take pity on this busy professional who’s intent on climbing the ladder by getting him gifts that’ll make his harried days and jam-packed schedule a little easier.  Read it on Parade.


Thermos Food Jar

Some people say the best part about Thanksgiving is the inevitable amount of leftovers you'll have in the days following the most epic meal of the year, and if you're still working on leftovers Monday morning, you can enjoy that deliciousness in the office while you online shop, er, work. 

A word of caution, though: Whether you're hauling in butternut squash soup or a monster mash configuration of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, you'll need to transport that precious cargo safely (and neatly) to the office.

How? Invest in one of these food jars from Thermos. Made out of stainless steel, it'll keep foods hot or cold for an obscene amount of time and has an airtight seal to ensure no spillage in transit. The jar has a 16-ounce capacity, a wide mouth, and even comes with a folding spoon so you can eat right out of the container. The jar is not microwave-safe, but it'll keep your food hot, so that's a moot point. Sad desk lunches just got a lot less sad — at least until you run out of leftovers.

Originally posted on The Kitchn.


Belgian Waffle Maker 

Winter is barreling towards us, and for a lot of us that means we'll soon be able to draw on the ever-convenient excuse of "It's too cold to go anywhere."

Weekend mornings that were once spent going for a run in the park or checking things off your always-long to-do list can now be spent indoors in cozy pajamas. You can have long, luxurious breakfasts with your loved ones, safe in the assurance that you don't have to go anywhere or do anything from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. Thanks, winter!

You can make those gloriously lazy weekend morning breakfasts even better by making something special like homemade waffles with this Hamilton Beach Belgian waffle maker ($22, Amazon).

The machine makes light, fluffy waffles in about five minutes (two at a time), and the nonstick griddle allows for easy cleanup. Even better? It stores upright to take up less space in your cabinets.

And just like that, your weekend mornings just got a whole lot better.

Originally posted on The Kitchn.


10 Tiny Dining Tables for Equally Tiny Kitchens

Just because you have a tiny cook space, doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your dreams of having an eat-in kitchen. There are quite a few stylish, inexpensive tables (bistro or otherwise!) that will fit in super-small kitchens.  You might have to get a little cozy, but hey, that's why you wanted a little breakfast table in the first place, right?  Read it on The Kitchn


Calphalon Roasting Pan

As soon as there's even the slightest chill in the air, it's just basic human nature to get a hankering for roasts. Why? Roasting is best during the fall and winter months, when you don't mind the heat that leaving your oven on at 350°F for two hours brings to the house. Hearty meals like beef stew and roast chicken with all the trimmings also taste best when it's a little cold out.

So if you're going to be making a lot of roasts this season (we bet you are!), it's a great time to upgrade your roasting gear. Consider investing in this Calphalon 16-inch roasting pan ($50, Amazon). Yes, you can put it to good use even if you're not hosting Thanksgiving! And even if you're not a meat eater, you can use this to roast, say, cauliflower.

The pan is the definition of "heavy-duty," made of sturdy hard-anodized aluminum with a nonstick coating, and has two large handles on each side for easy maneuvering in and out of the oven. Our favorite part, though, is the elevated rack, made specifically for large turkeys, chickens, hams, and beef, allowing them to cook evenly while fat drains away (and, quite deliciously, into whatever veggies you have roasting below it).

Snatch it up now and you'll be extra prepared if you happen to end up hosting Thanksgiving. 

Originally posted on The Kitchn.