Kamado cooker from Goldens’ Cast Iron/Provided by John D. Pyle
Photo: John D Pyle
Photo: John D Pyle

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Ready for a little splurge at the holidays? We’ve got three gift ideas for you. 

Kamado cooker from Goldens’ Cast Iron 

Who knew you could buy a kamado cooker made in Georgia? Made in Columbus, actually, by Goldens’ Cast Iron, a business established in 1882 and now run by three brothers, the fifth generation of the Boyd family to work in the business. Garden & Gun magazine just named the cooker one of their top three “outdoors” products in their 2019 Made in the South awards. The large cast iron cooker weighs 330 pounds with walls that are 7/8-inch thick. It comes on a pallet, fully assembled. Just roll it into place and start cooking. If there’s someone on your gift list who appreciates cooking with cast iron, this is exactly the outdoor cooker they need. 

$699.99 for a 14-inch mini cooker, $1,699 for a 20.5-inch cooker with shelf cart. Available online at Graves Fireplaces in Cumming, Old Hat Chimney and Bulk’s Landscape Supply in Marietta, Midtown Butcher Shoppe in ATLANTA, Atlanta Home and Patio in Fayetteville and Tallman Pools in Jonesboro or online at goldenscastiron.com/kamado-grills

Greek culinary gift box from Pano I. Karatassos

Greek culinary gift box from Pano I. Karatassos 

Pano I. Karatassos earned his chops in the culinary world by working with his father, Pano Karatassos, founder of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, and gained appreciation for his heritage as he watched his Greek grandmother prepare traditional foods. As executive chef of Kyma, he creates modern Greek dishes using ingredients he’s sourced from across Greece, and now those ingredients are available to us through, Chef Pano, his signature line of olives, honey and olive oil. For our readers, he’s created a gift box that contains two jars of olives (purple olives from Kalamata and green olives from Chalkidiki), two jars of honey (forest honey from Mount Olympus and wild thyme honey from the Aegean Islands), a big bottle of his organic extra virgin olive oil from Crete and a copy of his new cookbook, “Modern Greek Cooking.” You could enjoy this box without ever cooking a thing, just nibbling on olives and drizzling honey and olive oil over great bread while reading through the book, but imagine what you could do it you put these ingredients to work in your own kitchen. 

$120. Available online at chefpano.com/project/products.

Wood-burning pizza oven from Ooni

Wood-burning pizza oven from Ooni 

Have you or someone you love been coveting an outdoor pizza oven? No need to build a brick oven in the backyard when a portable, lightweight version like the Ooni 3 Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven is available. It weighs a little less than 25 pounds, has a stainless steel body, runs off wood pellets (although you can buy an adapter to run the oven off a barbecue-size propane tank) and it cooks perfect pizzas in just one minute. Really. It comes up to temperature in 10 minutes (the oven can get up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit), then it’s ready for you to slide a 12-inch pizza onto the stone baking board. Even if you’re cooking for a crowd, when you can make pizza to order that quickly this oven offers the perfect way to personalize a pizza for each guest and then offer delicious wood-fired pizzas one after the other after the other after the other. 

$275. Available at both locations of The Cook’s Warehouse or online at   https://www.cookswarehouse.com. For more information on the oven, go to ooni.com/

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