Culinary Content: Holiday Food Gifts
Culinary Content is a regular feature in my column here at Hubpages where I share the delicious recipes and food related articles I have come across in my travels online. This time, I have some kitchen-oriented holiday gift ideas: candied orange peel, spiced candied nuts, pumpkin truffles, baking jars, coconut balls, and gift boxes. Enjoy!
This article from Vanielje Kitchen makes candied orange peel sound like an incredible flavor experience and she gives her own recipe for this delicious treat. What a neat Holiday party favor these would be, dipped in dark chocolate and put in gift bags. I'm allergic to one of the preservatives in commercial candied fruits, but making them from scratch wouldn't have the same effect.
These Spiced Candied Nuts from The Student Stomach would make a nice gift-bag filler, too, or just a quickly-disappearing appetizer at a holiday gathering. I also found this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Nuts that looks a little spicier and doesn't use egg over at Pittsburgh Needs Eated (there is a picture of them here). Both recipes look delicious
If you like the flavors of pumpkin pie but are looking for a recipe that is a bit different and more portable, try these Inside Out Pumpkin Pie Truffles which use white chocolate, pumpkin puree, and all of the flavors of a pumpkin pie: cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. (From Straight from the Farm). I bet that they would also be divine coated in dark chocolate.
Remember those little bottles filled with layers of different colored sand that were pretty popular back in the 80's? Here's an idea for giving such a jar as a gift, except fill it with ingredients for something to bake, like cookies or bread. I've actually received one of these before, except it was filled with soup ingredients, with spices, dried beans, and dried vegetables. If you package it in a pretty bottle and decorate it appropriately, it makes a nice home-made gift.
This entry on Foodbeam features the coconut balls from this article by Dorie Greenspan. These do not keep very long, but the dough can be pre-made and frozen, so they would still work well as a gift if you time their baking for right before you gift them to someone. They are small and perfect for bundling up as a gift. Try coating half the cookie in dark chocolate for an extra special effect.
Need something to put a small gift in? HP has a place on their site where you can print out a design for a little Chinese take-out style box: bamboo glade gift box.