Homemade holiday gifts, any thoughts?
Yes, I did a search, but new hounds join on a regular basis and people come up with new ideas pretty frequently. I am definitely going to do spiced nuts this year, but I am thinking of healthful/gourmet twist on those meals in a jar using no perishable ingredients. I was thinking of incorporating the jar in a basket with some good crackers and wine. Soups come to mind. Any ideas? Other ideas other than jarred soup are also welcomed.Thanks
Here's an example:
I've made granola and given it as a well-received holiday gift. There are endless variations, depending on the flavorings, sweeteners, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits you use. Maple, orange, crystallized ginger, and dried cranberries are good seasonal flavors.
A few weeks ago, I made jars of Poblano Tomatillo Salsa & okra pickles from ingredients in my garden. I'll be giving away some as gifts. The salsa will be great warmed & topped with crumbled Queso fresco and served with some crackers or fresh tortilla chips or added to some crusted chunks of pork in a stew.
I added ancho chiles & garlic to the okra pickles to give them a smoky flavor; they'll be good on a veggie tray or in a sandwich and as a garnish in a bloody Mary or tomato margarita...
I may have posted this on the older thread, but:
For friends who enjoy cooking I often make and give Moroccan style preserved lemons in a pretty jar with recipes/suggestions.
For more casual gifts (and for those "surprise" situations) I make a little gourmet coffee break pack. I put together mini bags of good coffee beans and dip good quality plastic spoons in melted chocolate, which can be flavored. I arrange the coffee, chocolate covered spoon and home made biscotti in a holiday theme mug and wrap with clear cello wrap and curly ribbons. If I end up with some leftover I just take out the components and we use them up!