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Five Great Edible Gift Ideas + Six Perfect Drink Pairings for Holiday Menus = Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg on Cooking with Emeril

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Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg not only write must-own books like "The Flavor Bible" and "What to Drink with What You Eat," they're also killer radio guests (and they're also really good at convincing airport limo drivers to stop for In-n-Out Burger, but that's another story). They joined Emeril to talk about putting together holiday menus, from soup to Sauternes, and suggest edible gifts that are sure to please any recipient.

First holiday menu pairings: If you're serving...

  • Turkey, pair it with Merlot, Riesling, or cranberry soda.
  • Ham, pair it with an unoaked Chardonnay or a dry Riesling.
  • Goose, pair it with Port, Pinot Noir, Merlot, or a spicy Rhone Valley red like a Cote-Rotie.
  • Prime rib or roast beef, pair it with a big Cabernet or a Zinfandel.
  • Pork tamales, pair them with Chardonnay if they're not spicy, off-dry Riesling if they are spicy, and either way a Negro Modelo or similar beer will work.
  • Candy canes, pair them with hot cocoa!

Now the gifts: Check out the photos below showing their five picks - all available online - including pies, ice cider, cheese, and budget-friendly wines from France, Italy, and Chile.

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Karen and Andrew in studio with Emeril

1 Karen and Andrew in studio with Emeril

This awesome pecan pie from Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, TX can be sent by mail: It's a lot of love for $26.50.

2 This awesome pecan pie from Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, TX can be sent by mail: It's a lot of love for $26.50.

Bing Crosby taught me that

3 Bing Crosby taught me that "Mele Kalikimaka" is the Hawaiian way to say "Merry Christmas." Royers's Macadamia nut pie would also work.

Here's a great gift basket: pair a hunk of nutty, dense Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with Eden Ice Cider made of Northern Spy apples, both from Vermont.

4 Here's a great gift basket: pair a hunk of nutty, dense Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with Eden Ice Cider made of Northern Spy apples, both from Vermont.

Three perfect party wines: a fruity Rosé Cremant d'Alsace from Lucien Albrecht ($19.99),  a dry Prosecco from Valdo ($9.99), and a rich Cabernet from Chile's Los Vascos ($8.99).

5 Three perfect party wines: a fruity Rosé Cremant d'Alsace from Lucien Albrecht ($19.99), a dry Prosecco from Valdo ($9.99), and a rich Cabernet from Chile's Los Vascos ($8.99).

The whole show replays Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, and you can tune in tomorrow to get all your holiday cooking questions answered live from 11 a.m. to noon ET when "Top Chef" winner and owner of Chicago's Girl & The Goat Stephanie Izard joins Emeril in studio.

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