Now that the holidays are just a memory, I'm wondering what any of you did about homemade food gifts this past holiday season, whether they were well received, and whether you would make them again. This summer, I canned dilled green beans (thank you, Nancy Berry), made bread and butter pickles, blueberry freezer jam, chile pepper vodka and jalapeno jelly. I gave these away for gifts, and all were well received. The blueberry jam was a little tricky to give as it had to remain frozen, but I gave it as hostess gifts at holiday gatherings. Many of these were mailed out of town and seemed very welcome. Nov 1st, I made a double batch of my mom's fruitcake, basted it with brandy and gave it away at Xmas time. I was REALLY careful as to who got these, as they have such a bad rep, but they are expensive to make. I got rave reviews from everybody but am especially proud of the comments I got from a friend in New Orleans and a friend in Macon, both of whom said they tasted like THEIR fmily recipes. This little Yankee girl considers that high praise, as I've observed that fruitcake is much more appreciated (or at least much less maligned) in the south. What I didn't get to:butter cookies made with Plugra (I'm using that for cooking now) and a delightful sounding cheese spread that I had planned to give in some pretty glass cups I found last summer. Anybody else care to share what worked?