Four Cooking Supplies Needed for Your Christmas Feast

"And he, he himself, the Grinch - carved the roast beast." While we all remember those heartwarming lines from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the truth is that The Grinch could never have done it without a few essential...

"And he, he himself, the Grinch - carved the roast beast."

While we all remember those heartwarming lines from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the truth is that The Grinch could never have done it without a few essential supplies. If you're hosting Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year's gatherings this year, you'll need to make sure you're stocked up and ready to cook, carve, mash, beat, slice, dice, serve and any other action that comes your way. Let's count down a few key cooking supplies guaranteed to make your job in the kitchen just a bit merrier and brighter this year.

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Nothing's ever as tasty as holiday ham.

1. A Roasting Pan

Whether the star of your table is a glistening ham or a golden brown turkey, a roasting pan plays a lead part in most holiday preparations. We love Le Creuset's Rectangular Roaster 6.6L in Santa-friendly "Cherry." Meats and veggies alike are cooked up to perfection in this durable, eye-catching cast iron roaster.

And while scrubbing the roasting pan may have always been one of your least favorite kitchen chores, you can forget all about that this year thanks to its practical dishwasher-safe design.

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The Big Guy would approve.

2. A Mixer

The Cuisinart White 800W 5.5 Quart Stand Mixer makes short work of everything from Christmas cookies to mashed potatoes. If you're expecting a crowd, enjoy the ultimate in convenience thanks to a supersized stainless steel bowl. Sophisticated stand-out features include a 15-minute digital countdown timer, extra gentle fold function, and the ingenious slow start feature which spares you countertops for inevitable flour spray when you first start mixing.

Not quite ready to make the investment yet? The Cuisinart 220W White 7 Speed Hand Mixer may be compact, but it's powerful. Strain-free grip, meanwhile, spares your shoulder, arms and hands from cramping up during longer tasks.

3. Kitchen Knives

Knives are a chef's most prized possession, and if you're not cooking with good knives, you have no idea what you're missing. Give yourself an early Christmas present this year by investing in a high-quality knife set. After mere minutes of slicing and dicing with professional quality kitchen knives, you'll have no idea how you managed to get by before.

It goes without saying that if you've got the knives, you'll also need the cutting board to go with them.

Can't swing an entire set of knives at this cash-strapped time of year? Start your collection with a good chef's knife and build from there.

4. A Coffee Maker

Serve up coffee shop-quality coffee, espresso, cappuccino and café latte right from the comfort of your own home with just the push of a button thanks to the Cuisinart Superautomatic Single Serve Espresso, Caffé Latte, Cappuccino, and Coffee Machine. Even the most critical coffee connoisseurs won't be able to tell the difference between your brew and the local barista's.

Of course, when Christmas time rolls around and you're expecting a houseful of guests for breakfast, brunches, dinners and beyond, it sometimes feels less like a matter of what do you need and more like a matter of what don't you need? When it comes time to decking you kitchen, Cilantro the Cooks Shop is your one-stop shop for making sure you're the hostess with the mostess this holiday season. Browse kitchenware, barware, tableware, cookware, bakeware, and so much more at Cilantro The Cooks Shop.