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make great stocking stuffers.
Just think how much time you would
have to spend combing the mall to find even
three presents that suit. Instead, you can stay
at home and cook up something delectable
and sure to please. Going homemade pares
down the budget and is also fun and relaxing.
What can you make? The sky’s the limit:
gourmet baking mixes, infused vinegars and
vodkas, flavored honeys, spiced nuts, flavored
teas and a great keeper, biscotti. Have a favorite
recipe for date nut loaf, lavender tea or heirloom sugar cookies? It’s a perfect time to haul
out your family food traditions and share
them. Include a copy of the recipe on a pretty
card as a bonus for a gift that keeps on giving.
When it comes to packaging the treats,
look for interesting wrapping paper, tins,
glass jars, ribbons, tags and packing materials. Homemade doesn’t have to look homespun. The trick is to offer a taste of home
with a bit of professional glitz and the warmth
of your craftiness.
A food gift is something everyone can
relate to, appreciate and enjoy. Moreover, when
it’s homemade, it not only says you took time
to be thoughtful, but the recipient gets the bliss
of something with wholesome goodness,
unique flair and, as Choate remarks, “a little bit
of your heart and soul.” C
Marcy Goldman is the host of BetterBaking.
com and author of When Bakers Cook
(Create Space, 2013, not available at Costco).
By Marcy Goldman
IS THERE SUCH a thing as a perfect gift?
The sort of gift that is guaranteed to fit, is just
the right color and style, and is sure to bring
an instant smile of joy? Absolutely! The perfect gift is something special made with your
own two hands in your own kitchen. Wrapped
up with care, creativity and generosity, a
homemade food gift trumps almost anything
else because it expresses your special signature and creativity.
Judith Choate, a Costco member, James
Beard Award–winning chef and cookbook
author, recalls how, once upon a time, many
holiday gifts were homemade. “Cookies, especially shortbread, pickles, preserves, candy,
peanut brittle and wonderful caramels” were
part of the bounty that came out of her kitchen.
Her recipe for Never-Fail Fudge, included
The Costco Connection
Costco carries many ingredients for creating
the perfect homemade gift, along with wrapping accessories. Not enough time to create
one yourself? See page 26 for ready-made
here, is just one sumptuous sample of what
you can create for your own holiday gifts.
It is not difficult to find recipes that are
quick and easy, sweet or savory, and produce
a substantial yield, so that an hour or two in
the kitchen will result in enough gifts for
many people in your circle. These are just the
sort of gifts that suit family, close friends and
co-workers. They also make great thank-you
gifts for almost anyone, and smaller versions
Recipes for these
delicious gift dishes
are at right.
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Homemade gifts for