Friends, how has another year passed? More important, what in the world would I do without Amazon Prime?
Amazingly, there’s still time to pick up a few things before the weekend. I’ve compiled a few gift ideas here. Wishing you all a happy happy holiday.
1. Of course, nothing says you care like a homemade treat…
Coconut oil granola, homemade muesli, cocoa crunch, rosemary shortbread, homemade bread (peasant, chocolate-studded panettone, Holly’s Challah, Holly’s Babka), homemade quick bread (super delicious pumpkin bread, Mrs. Myers’ banana bread, lemon-ricotta pound cake, orange-ricotta pound cake, Nigella Lawson’s dense chocolate loaf cake), chocolate truffles, preserved lemons, brown butter blondies with sea salt, molasses crinkles, Daley toffee, vanilla-almond biscotti, chocolate biscotti
… but real things are fun, too…
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2. A New Cookbook. 2016 was quite a year. These are a few I’ve picked up this past year:
Cooking for Jeffrey, just got this one, looks amazing, haven’t made anything from it yet. Have you?
Classic German Baking, I’ve yet to explore the cookies, cakes, pastries, and breads, but I have many recipes bookmarked including 4 apple cakes, and I’ve been making and loving the potato flatbread with sour cream, Gruyère, and chives also known as kartoffel-käse dinnede (fun to say) or Swabian potato-cheese flat bread.
Stir, Sizzle, Bake, for the cast iron skillet devotee.
Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, I’ve been wanting to get better at preserving … goal for next summer.
Spritz, for the spritz lover — I love the design of this little book, very Mad Men-esque
3. A Cookbook + a little something else:
4. Loose Tea + A French Press
A few years ago, two friends hosting a dinner party ended the night with lightly sweetened Moroccan mint tea made in a French press. It was such a nice way to end the evening. I’ve been buying loose Moroccan mint tea from Divinitea ever since. For a French press, I use about 1/4 cup leaves and a few teaspoons of sugar.
I wrote about these posters and framing kits earlier in the fall, and despite having zero free wall space, I couldn’t resist buying the Season’s Greetings poster featured at the top of the post. It makes me happy every time I look at it. I know I’ll look forward to pulling it out year after year. A few other’s I love: Map of England, Fish, Birds, Fruit, Periodic Table, San Francisco, and Bees and Honey.
A splurge for sure, but if you love an afternoon espresso, this is such a nice gadget to have around.
7. Two 1-qt Pyrex bowls + a loaf (or two!) of peasant bread + a printed peasant bread recipe. If you’re feeling especially generous, you could pre-order Bread Toast Crumbs and send along a follow-up gift in April when it comes out.
8. A few things not available via Amazon (and therefore not likely to arrive in time, but still fun to mention).
A framed New Yorker cartoon. After Tig was born, a dear friend sent me a card of this New Yorker cartoon: “With four or more kids’ meals, you get a shot of bourbon.” Last year for father’s day, I bought it in print form for Ben. There are so many good ones.
Something from the Food52 Shop:
There are so many beautiful items in this shop, and some things can still arrive by the 24th, but you have to check. These are a few things I own and love: Spherical Hanging Basket with Liner, Reclaimed Walnut Knife Grabber, Linen & Cotton Bowl Covers – Striped, Turk One-Piece Forged Iron Fry Pan, Narrow Elevated Laundry Basket, PieBox
You can’t tell from my photo, but there are delicate lights weaving through the leaves, and it’s so pretty. I love this wreath.
9. Little (and big) things that make life easier in the kitchen:
bench scraper, Kuhn Rikon peelers, wooden reamer, quarter sheet pans, spatulas, Benriner mandoline, digital scale, chef’s knife, knife sharpener, quart storage containers, Cuisinart, Kitchen Aid, silpat, bread lame, retro bread box (big or small), contact paper (I kid! I kid! sort of! )