My friend Maureen sent me a note with a seasonally significant suggestion:
“I’m looking for some food gift ideas — but not fancy expensive store-bought stuff. I’d like to make some nibbles to give to people, but I’m not that interested in cookies this year. Have you come across any good blogs or websites with homemade food gift ideas? If not, maybe your blog could suss some out? Just an admittedly self-serving thought.”
Hey, you’re in luck, Maureen. Because I also got an e-mail from blogger Suddenly Sahm, the creatively employed (S)tay (a)t (h)ome (m)om who loves to cook. Sahm turned me on to the greatest idea since Bacon Explosion: salted bacon caramels, a recipe she shares on her blog this month.
Suddenly Sahm’s gift-wrapped salted bacon caramels. Sweet!
(photo courtesy: Suddenly Sahm).
I don’t know about you, but I expect to be hanging out in my kitchen during my upcoming holiday vacation makin’ bacon’. And as Maureen suggests, perhaps you, dear Eaters, would be kind enough to share some of your favorite blog-posts, websites or family recipes for homemade edible gifts. Like this recipe for preserved Meyer lemons. Or . . .
Jess Thomson’s Salty Marcona Almond Toffee recipe, a Hogwash favorite. Or (OK, so it’s a cookie — but it’s a great one) Providence Cicero’s biscotti recipe, known and loved in my house (and hers) as “Nonni’s biscotti.” And, of course, you can always turn to Kathy Casey for D’Lish recipes that make great gifts.
So, let’s go. I’m hoping to make a list — one I hope you’ll be sure to check twice — welcoming entries both naughty (did I mention salted bacon caramels?) and nice.