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Last-minute gift ideas for your foodie friends

I am attracted to the latest cool kitchen gadget as much as the next guy.

And I am amazed at how the designers of said gadgets find new and imaginative ways for us to slice, dice, roast and toast.

After a trip around town checking out the hot selling kitchen items for holiday gift giving, I know that you can fulfill the wildest dreams of your cook friends.

You can probably give them something they didn’t even know they needed.

Because I like to encourage small business buying, here are some local places I visited:


Ambrosi Brothers

, 3023 Main St., Kansas City, 816-756-3030.


Pryde’s Old Westport

, 115 Westport Road, Kansas City, 816-531-5588.


Function Junction

in Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., 816-283-3033.

Having said that, Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma, both national chains on the Plaza, have versions of my picks.

Check out the photos for a baker’s dozen of gifts ideas for your kitchen loving friends. All photos were taken at Pryde’s.

I have a feeling you’ll find something irresistible for yourself, too. Have fun shopping.

Lou Jane Temple’s road to food has been a long and winding one. First as a rock n roll caterer back stage to the stars, then with her own Kansas City based catering company, Cafe Lulu, food writing, novelist, private chef. Lou Jane has written and had published nine culinary mysteries and one cookbook. She recently moved back to Kansas City and eagerly awaits the next chapter of her food career.

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