It seems like every time I open a kitchen cabinet something clatters to the floor. This must be a sign that I should refrain from buying kitchen gadgets for a while. Arent you feeling cluttered, especially at this season of so much giving and receiving (and shopping, and wrapping, etc.)?
Thats why I often prefer to give and receive edible holiday gifts that dont take up space, at least not for long. Here are a few of my favorite gifts to make, including one incredibly easy and tasty recipe for Tamari Almonds from my friend Cathy Barrow over at Mrs. Wheelbarrows Kitchen.
Coffee and Tea
Make Your Own Basket: Buy 2 pounds of coffee, one regular and one decaf, a selection of teas, 2 colorful mugs, and make or buy some biscotti or tea cake.
Make Your Own Basket: Select some luscious, seasonal fruit, including some citrus and a Microplane zesting grater. Some other tasty additions could be a bar of dark chocolate, and a wedge of aged Parmesan cheese.
Make Your Own Basket: Combine salsas, tortilla chips, a bottle of tequila, margarita mix, limes and a CD of salsa music. For a cute presentation, arrange it all in a sombrero or cowboy hat instead of a basket.
Sweet and Savory Treats
Make Your Own Basket: Pile a batch of your favorite nuts (see the recipe for roasted tamari almonds below) and cookies on a gorgeous reusable serving plate. You can vary this theme by making your own pancake mix (only the dry ingredients) and combining it with a pancake skillet, maple syrup and your favorite pancake recipe. Or, stir up a batch of cider mulling spices and include two festive mugs, or give a freshly baked loaf of banana bread, like this Buttermilk Banana Bread from our buddy Lisa Cain (a.k.a. Snack Girl) in a lovely hand painted bread pan.
(From Mrs. Wheelbarrows Kitchen)
What are you favorite edible gifts to give at the holidays or anytime? Do you make your own basket of delights? Please share the details with us below.