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pot roast cooked in a Le Creuset Dutch oven

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A pot roast cooked in a Le Creuset Dutch oven, which should be on your holiday wish list


9 kitchen essentials our associate editor wants you to add to your wish list

It's officially the holiday season. Whether you're watching television or reading a magazine, this is the time of year where gift giving goes into overdrive. I'm sure you're being bombarded with the latest gift giving commercials and guides — as I type I'm humming the song to "every kiss begins with K."

So much of this time is focused on what you can get for others (and of course you should), but what about you, huh? Shouldn't you take take the same care and concern while creating your own holiday gift list?

Whether you're an expert cook or a novice, these nine kitchen essentials will make the perfect gift for you. And, frankly, after surviving another year, you totally deserve it. 

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven
It took me about 5 years to pull the trigger on purchasing one of these for myself but honestly, while pricey, it's some of the best money I've ever spent. From fried chicken to pot roast, this baby can handle it all. Another plus? The craftsmanship of this piece ensures that not only will you have this Dutch oven in your own kitchen for decades, it can also one day be a family heirloom. 
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Cuisinart Immersion Blender
At first glance, this little wand might seem like more of a luxury than a necessity, until you find yourself trying to clean your ceiling after a small explosion when you attempted to puree a hot soup. This hand blender will be your absolute best friend when it comes to making all kinds of creamy soups and sauces
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Pastry Blender and Cutter Set 
Any good Southerner worth their salt should have a reliable and delicious biscuit recipe they can reach for at a moment's notice. The pastry blender helps to incorporate butter into flour which helps to ensure that your biscuits have a fluffy, buttery rise, while the five-piece set of biscuit cutters makes sure each one is uniform — and utterly delicious. 
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Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
Not only are these measuring spoons compact enough to put in your utensil drawer (and out of the way) but if you're an avid baker, they'll come in handy when you're whipping up your favorite cake, brownie and cookie recipes. 
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Stainless Steel Cooking Spoon Set

If you're anything like me, your cooking utensils are a mismatched mix of spoons, spatulas and whisks that you've accumulated over the years. This year, I'm treating myself and upgrading to this all shiny, all new set that will not only get the job done, but also help my counters look less cluttered. 
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Hammer Stahl 8-Inch Chef's Knife
One of the things we consistently get asked at Southern Kitchen is, "What is the most important kitchen gadget?" While everyone probably has a different answer, mine will always be a really sharp, high-quality chef's knife. A good knife makes everything so much easier and, frankly, you're less likely to get hurt when you're using the right stuff. 
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KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Iconic and totally worth the hype, the KitchenAid stand mixer is the mother of all wish list items. In fact, I'm pretty sure kitchen wish lists (and wedding registries) only exist so that people can get their hands on one of these bad boys. You can use the attachments to make homemade pasta, grind your own meat and, of course, whip up delicious desserts. They come in myriad colors and are meant to be displayed on your kitchen counter, so don't even thinking about storing this one in your cabinets. 
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Cuisinart Stockpot

A good stock pot is both underrated and totally essential. If you're into entertaining and ever need to make a large pot of chili or gumbo, this pot is your absolute best friend. Got leftover roast chicken bones? Into this pot to create homemade stock. Braising some collard greens? A stockpot is perfect here too. 
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Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

If you're a fan of cookbooks and Southern cuisine, then you absolutely need this book in your collection. Former Top Chef contestant and former co-host of The Chew, Carla Hall's book explores the foods, traditions and the essential role that African-Americans have had in shaping Southern cooking. Recipes include classics, such as spoonbread pudding, as well as twists on dishes like Hall's famous Nashville hot chicken
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Ryan Shepard is the editor-in-chief at Southern Kitchen. Though originally from Los Angeles, she has lived in Atlanta since early 2017 and cannot imagine calling any other city home (except maybe New Orleans). Before joining Southern Kitchen's staff, Ryan worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on public policy issues. When she's not at work, she enjoys hunting down the best Mexican food in the city and drinking whiskey, obviously.