I love giving food gifts. First off, they're genuinely appreciated and secondly, when they're gone, they're gone, meaning they don't take up much room in your house.
While I like to give food gifts I've made, I do have a few favorites, not homemade, that I think make great presents. The following is a list of my five favorites.
- Pure vanilla extract is a welcome gift for people who love to bake and Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla extract delivers just what you want from vanilla. Its flavor is pure, spicy and floral, without being overpowering, and it works well in sweet, and even savory dishes. It hails from the island of Madagascar, known for its bourbon vanilla and once you've tried it you'll understand why.
- To say that I'm a fan of Katz and Co's vinegar would be an understatement. We go through many bottles each year and have shared our love with family and friends. Try a three pack of Sauvignon Blanc, Gravenstein cider, and Zinfandel. These vinegars are special and bursting with the fruit and grape they're made from. Salad dressings pop, pan sauces are more lively; you'll be glad to have these on hand in the pantry.
- If you're as much of a peanut fan as I am (or have someone on your gift list who is), plump, crunchy, super pea-nutty Virgina peanuts from Feridies are bound to please. They should come with a warning-it's so hard to stop once you've started eating them; they're that good.
- Nueske's bacon is another on my hit parade, it's smoky, yet not overpoweringly so; I've always got a few packages in my freezer to cook and eat on its own or add to pasta sauces and other dishes for incomparable taste. And boy, does it make the house smell great!
- Grade B maple syrup rounds out my top five. It's so robust and actually tastes of maple. Not only is it perfect on pancakes and waffles but it's my go to for drizzling on ice cream, whipping up a batch of granola, or simply stirring into yogurt. Once you've tried grade B, I guarantee it'll be hard to go back.
So, if you're looking for a tasty/useful holiday gift, take a poke around, see what you might be interested in, and then order up a couple (oh, and don't forget to get some of these for yourself too!)