If you are to be given food items as Christmas gifts, what would you like to receive?
If you are to give away food items as Christmas gifts, what would you give to your foodie families and friends?
What I like most about Christmas is gift-giving (yes, even more than "gift-receiving"!), food-related in particular. Being a food fanatic, I simply enjoy the process of searching for "the best" (and affordable too) of any food exist and giving it to someone who will appreciate.
One year hubby and I "hand-made" fruit cakes using the best ingredients we could find attempting to change our friends' and families' perception of fruitcake from a piece of store-bought junk that is not worth eating to a tasty desert that is worthwhile to be shared and enjoyed with loved ones. Last year, I researched high and low to find a gourmet hot cocoa mix to give away to coworkers - and the winner was Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle Hot Cocoa Canister (which is no longer available on Godiva's website.)
This year, instead of finding one gourmet gift that fits all (which does NOT exist), I plan to MAXMIZE my enjoyment of gift-giving by "customizing" gourmet gifts to fit the receivers personal tastes. The list of gourmet gifts I will be researching for and then giving away this year is as follows (and continues to grow...):
- nuts: pistachio and cashew
- smoked salmon
- root beer
- hot cocoa mix (I am thinking of making my own this year!)
- bacon (this one is going to be tough as the receiver's all time favorite - "Hickory Smoked Sugar Cured Bacon" by Swiss Meat & Sausage is hard to beat!)
- country ham
- "something" that can be enjoyed by all for those with kids (I've yet to figure out what that "something" will be...)