The Home Gourmet: She talks about the show hosts on The Food Network as if they were her neighbors. She's never met a recipe she wouldn't try at least once. And if you give her something for her kitchen, there just might be a very nice meal in it for you.

Our picks (clockwise from top left):

This 14-piece milled steel cutlery set by Schmidt Brothers includes kitchen knives, six steak knives and Giotto storage block, $349, at West Elm, Westport.

Stylish, compact and eco-friendly--the Nespresso "Pixie" is all that. $229, (shown with Nespresso cups) at Elizabeth Richard Gifts, Waterbury.

Warm up someone's winter with a piece of classic French ceramic cookware. Emile Henry stew pot, $215, at For the Kitchen, Glastonbury.

Attractive cotton Acorn napkins, $26.99 for four, at The Bowerbird, Old Lyme

Feel the glow. Charming black votive with pinhole leaf design (on front and back), $7.95, at Crate & Barrel, West Hartford and Westport.

These handsome Minnesota ash cutting boards can be used as eye-catching serving pieces or trivets, too. $32 (11-inch) and $56 (15-inch) each, at Terrain, Westport.

Sleek, mid-century Scandinavian-style candle holder in gleaming bronze and matte brass, $14.95, at Crate & Barrel, Westfarms and Westport.

Why not add a little ceremony to soup and salad? Chic Pewter Stoneware bowls with heraldic lion motif, $30 each, at Juliska, Stamford.

photo by Robert Levin

Home Gourmet

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