Inspired by Oprah's "Favorite Things" and the holiday season, I thought I'd do a series of posts with some of my favorite food and cooking-related gift items. Of course, I can't hand out free items like Oprah can, but hopefully I can inspire a few gifts for the foodies and entertainers in your life. Enjoy!
"Cooks" store brand stand mixer.
I haven't personally used one, but the machine has most of the same features of the brand name at nearly half the cost. It usually garners 5 stars on JCP's website and the user comments are pretty good, barring those who have unrealistic expectations (like being able to scrape the sides without lifting the head--even the KitchenAid won't do that, or getting repair parts for a store brand product).
For your average everyday cook, I'd say this is definitely the way to go. If you tend to beat on things, maybe the brand-name is a better choice for you.