Food as Gifts

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  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Now that the holidays are coming I'd like to give more food as gifts.  In the past I have given cookies, gingerbread and baklava as gifts in pretty containers. 

    We are traveling for T-day and I'd like to bring NY bagels to our hosts with home made compound butters and/or flavored cream cheese.  Any ideas on recipes for butters?  I am particularly interested in making a pumpkin butter.

    Also ideas on presentation, recipes and clever food gifts for T-day through Christmas are appreciated as well. 
     
  2. ishbel

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    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK (although we do celebrate by holding Harvest Festivals in schools, churches and communities), so can't give you suggestions for TG.

    I do give foodie goods for Christmas, though - and make Christmas cakes, black bun and Christmas puds sor friends and family. All three are made on Stir Up Sunday, allowing time to 'feed' them all with booze before Christmas.

    I also make butterscotch sweeties, biscuits (cookies), shortbread for gifts. Also jams, marmalades and chutneys.
     
  3. kaneohegirlinaz

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    What a coincidence, I just got back from the market and there was an entire magazine called Food Gifts!

    I always make food items as gifts, no matter the time of year.  As a hostess gift, house warming, etc.  I have my favorite standbys, Rum Cake, Kalua mini bundt cakes, cookies, fudge, brownies.  My sister asks every year for a Rum Cake, that does very well even in the mail, the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

    Since you’re going to be traveling, would compound butters keep?
     
  4. flipflopgirl

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     (easy homemade gummies)

     cute card



    For more great treat packaging, just google Pinterest and search food gifts packaging.

    mimi
     
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  5. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Thanks flipflop, I'd forgotten about pintrest.

    Kgirl, we're making a 2 hr drive and will bring a little cooler so it should be fine.
     
  6. pastrycake

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    I tried to make a rum cake from rosenbaum cake bible but I messed up and it was dry.   Would love to try the kahula cake but the recipe I found also calls for caramel vodka which I do not have.. anyone has a good kahula cake?
     
  7. kaneohegirlinaz

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    ME!

    I make Rum and/or Kalua cake each year

    I'd be happy to share that with you Pastrycake, shoot me a PM if you're interested
     
  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    As a Hostess Gift this past weekend, I took Housemade Cherry Vodka and Roasted Red Peppers

    They both were a hit!

    How did yours go Miss KK?
     
  9. koukouvagia

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    The bagels went over really well.  I made honey/sea salt butter, pumpkin butter, and lox cream cheese.

    For the pumpkin butter I put pumpkin puree in a sauce pan and warmed it up, added a dash of vanilla, pumpkin pie spices and let it simmer.  After it cooled I combined it with softened butter and put it into a cute ramekin for presentation.  It could've used a little sugar but I didn't think of it.  I want to try doing the same thing with apple sauce some time in the future.

    For the lox cream cheese I got smoked salmon and chopped it up to little bits and combined it with chopped scallions into softened philly cheese.
     
  10. kaneohegirlinaz

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    I like to make things to give as gifts to special people.

    I learned this trait early in life, that it's not about money, but the thought and effort.

    Dear Husband claims that I don't make his favorite things nearly as often he would like.

    So I made this up yesterday to put into his Christmas Stocking.

    He may redeem a coupon for one of 5 different dishes, well, 4 really, along with a batch of Chocolate Chip cookies.



     

    Mele Kalikimaka
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2012
  11. thatchairlady

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    I make cookies... giftees don't have "time" to do more than slic and bake??  A few years back made 5-6 different herb/spice blends as gifts.
     
  12. flipflopgirl

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    I have started on the chocolate covered boozy cherries, the other candies are next (cashew brittle, choco dipped pretzel rods (half chocolate dipped in chocolate...milk, dark and white sprinkled with jimmies and my altime fave....  saltine cracker toffee )

    Can't forget our cookie decorating fest...I mix, roll and cut into shapes, bake them and show up with lots of tools and royal icing and bags and piping tips.

    We let the little demons color their own RI, help to load the bags and provide lots of candies and sprinkles....we play Holiday music and have lots and lots of hot homemade cocoa.

    My DD's new home is finished, just in time for the holidays (whew!) planning on a huge feast (ham, my kick-ass turkey roasted in a paper bag, beef tenderloin....green salad, fruit salad....wasabi mashers...frenched green beans with almonds, my killer bourbon sweet potatoes...then there is the dessert buffet (wayyy too many goodies to even post, lol!)

    We invited just about the entire neighborhood and they have generously offered to do wine pairing as well as drag along some brandies as well as some nice  after dinner "digestives"

    I can tell that this is gonna be a good place to live.

    Lots of kids that do well with their grades and play lots of sports, a full congent of car pool  moms AND best of all...lots of high school age babysitters.

    mimi
     
  13. koukouvagia

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    This coming week I'll be making loafs of gingerbread as gifts.  Last year I glazed them with a very thin sugar/lemon icing.  It was too sweet.  Can anyone think of ideas to decorate my loafs to be more festive?  Should I do piping?
     
  14. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Kahlua Cake that went with us to Northern Arizona and I was shocked that it made it fully intact,

    of course the half a roll of packing tape and the stout cardboard box

    may have helped keep my cake stand and dome in one piece!

    I baked this on the 18th and we ate it on Christmas Eve, it was wonderfully moist!
     
  15. koukouvagia

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    It looks pretty kgirl!

    We are still without an oven and boy do I have the urge to bake.  Because of said oven I did not get to make my gingerbread cakes, nor bake any cookies or even make a baked dessert for Christmas dinner.  I did dole out plenty of rice pudding though. 
     
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    This year it was tamales for Christmas and sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving
     
  17. kaneohegirlinaz

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    As soon as DH opened his stocking and realized what this was, the little wheels in his head started to turn and I swear, you could hear it!  He was making his 'reservations' for each coupon in his stocking, lqtm...  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smiles.gif
     
  18. kaneohegirlinaz

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    So here we are a couple of years later;

    my Mother no longer lives within a few minutes drive from us and

    we plan on spending the Holidays with her at her new digs.

    So I thought about what I wanted to give her over the past few months.

    This is just one of the things that I will be taking.

      
      
    Preserved Meyer Lemons that I 'put up'

    back in March.
     
  19. koukouvagia

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    Fabulous kgirl!

    I'm gearing up for the holidays myself. This year I'm making vegan choco chip cookies and gingerbread cakes with lemon cream cheese frosting as gifts.
     
  20. teamfat

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    Bah, humbug!  But those meal tickets are a nice idea, I may have to do that.

    mjb.