Food type gifts to send to Midwest, non- chowhound?
This may be an unusual request -
I would like to send some food related gifts with my BF who is going to visit his mother in a small town in Missouri. She is pretty routinized in her eating and doesn't cook much, living alone. She eats mostly frozen dinners. Her favorite food is bbq steak and I know she likes good english muffins b/c she received some that she loves from Kansas City (wegerman's or something).
Some thoughts I had are
1) Special steak sauce-- Does anyone have any favorites I can buy here in SF? I was going to start at Whole Foods
2) Fresh baked almond cookies-- I was going to buy them from Golden Gate Bakery. Are there bettter ones somewhere else?
3) Some Jam--- June Taylor. I'm not sure where I can find these though by Friday. Any leads would be great.
Any other ideas of what would be appreciated in Missouri?
How about something from Frog Hollow, they make super good preserves and have great gift baskets that you could send-
Also, Boulange on Cole or Polk make a great assortment of macaroons that transport well and the almond butter cookies with a slight hint of lemon that are divine. You could send these quit easily. I send them to my corporate office and they love me.
for locations- the best places to buy are Polk Street or Cole in Cole Valley.
I picked up some great mustard at the Ferry Building two weeks ago....Dulcet Cuisine Madras Curry Mustard. I forget the name of the store I bought it at, but it's near to the southern end of the building in one of the stores that should be open all week. This mustard won the Napa competition last year.
Anyway, I made some salad dressing with it and it's great. I really like this mustard. I think a small jar costs 7 dollars.
In general, other Ferry Building goodies would be good to send.
Wolfermann's are probably the english muffins she likes. I have no clue as to what a BBQ syeak is, somehow it does not compute. Steak slow smoked until it is falling off of the bone just does not work. The meat will dry out and toughen. Try www.homebistro.com and either order some gift certificates or just order some meals to be delivered. Chef prepared and no work to hdat. Not a TV dinner but real food.
I often pick up things for my parents who still live in Mo, usually stuff they can't get there unless they mail-order. Not just California products. Very good olive oils are nice, decent vinegars, live or frozen crabs are often appreciated, a nice carefully wrapped sourdough, quality cheeses, good wine, teas, salamis.
Part of it depends on where in Mo they are and their access to foods. Since it's a small town, they have less access to products. (If near St. Louis or KC they will have more access.) her culture is also important, her ethnicity, how much she's travelled, and her exposure to different cuisines.
Mo is an agricultural state, so some products they may have already. On the other hand, you might have your BF pick some foods from there - MO has some great BBQ sauce (show-me is a good brand) and great pork products - country bacon, country ham, cured (not just smoked) ham hocks.
Yes, it's Wolfermann's! (Which has me intrigued). I really like this idea of getting some foods from there!
Coffee-- I think if she drinks coffee, it's probably instant. The town is Chillicothe which is near Kansas City, but she very rarely leaves the town. She's very comfortable in her world! So I thought it be nice to share some stuff from CA. Thanks for all the ideas!
Kansas City isn't close for day-to-day (about 100 miles away from Chillicothe). I grew up in small-town Missouri and my mother lived there until she died. She liked See's candy (so much better than the "normal" brands there), our good jams and preserves, sourdough bread (I'd take a loaf back on the plane and we'd eat it quickly), and nuts and dried fruit as Windy mentions below. Wolferman's is well-known in that area for good stuff, but it's available there (well, maybe not in Chillicothe) at least by mail order/web and it's not "from here".
The recommendations above sound delicious but kind of fancy for someone who prefers barbecue and eating at home.
I'd send something more like nuts (pistachios, almonds) and dried California fruit (peaches, pluots) from the farmer's market or Trader Joe's. See's is always a big hit too in my family--the peanut brittle, molasses chips, and crispies.
send a couple of loaves of Semi Freddie cinnamon swirl challah (wrong spelling) bread. It is really good, keeps well and is delicious as plain toast or made into french toast. I order it and have it sent to LA because my kids are having a hard time living down here without it. My cousins from Indiana loved it when they came to visit and they like really plain food.
Just wanted to report that food gifts were a hit. It was not looking good Friday-- I was set with June Taylor and Frog Hollow preserves; pistachios, cinammon almonds, dried fruit from TJs, and sourdough bread Boudin. I didn't think to consider the possibility of chewing limits (dentures), and nuts and dried fruits were not going to work! Good reminder! So, last minute, I added a frozen Zanze's cheesecake from Tower Market and the other goodies went to his sister. My boyfriend just called --- his sister was happy, and the cheesecake is officially eaten up already by his family.