Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gifts to Eat

Who wouldn't want to get something good to eat or cook with this holiday season?
deluxe-gift Rancho Gordo Beans - seriously the best beans you'll ever cook with & heirloom varieties you can't find anywhere else. Plus the have hominy, quinoa and Mexican oregano. Their cookbook is on our wish list too.
il_430xN.94707710 Howling Wolf Barbecue Sauce - We were given some Howling Wolf barbecue sauce as a gift & were sold right away by their unusual flavor combinations. Plus it's all natural & made in small batches. They also make dry rubs which make great seasoning for dips too.
caramels_chipotleLG Cowgirl Chocolates - We were lucky enough last year to get a free sampler of Cowgirl's amazing confections & liked them enough that we bought some to give as gifts right away. We are especially fond of the caramels spiced with chipotle & habanero. (Well, the habaneros were way too hot for me but Matt loved them.)
SerranoBottle Boulder Hot Sauce - Matt tried their Harry's Habanero Sauce at Birchwood Cafe & had to find some to have at home. We are really enjoying the Smoky Serrano Sauce in soups & chili.
Chocolate-Set-600 Gourmet Drinking Chocolate - Caribou Coffee started using real dark, milk & white chocolate in the drinks this winter & now I've been spoiled forever, no other mocha will do. Now I can get some to make my drinks at home too.
page24_0_1 Wee Willy's Barbecue Sauce - Yes, barbecue sauce from Minnesota that's good enough for Bon Appetit rated it as one of the best. This is our go-to basic sauce.
720 Nueske's Bacon - When we say use a good bacon in our recipes this is the bacon we are talking about. This Wisconsin applewood smoked bacon is to die for! And really what says happy holiday like a box of pork?!
beanspSinging Dog Vanilla - There is nothing like the flavor you get from using real vanilla beans. Often the ones we get at the store are dried up & useless so we were thrilled when Singing Dog sent us some of their gourmet vanilla beans. They were soft & plump & full of flavor. What a great stocking stuffer for someone who love to bake or make ice cream. I know my dad wants to try their vanilla coffee.

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Maria said...

I love giving vanilla beans-a great gift!

Megan said...

Great list! I would love to get any of those things in my stocking this year :)

You also made me remember how much I miss Caribou!

vanillasugarblog said...

those chocolates sound amazing!

George Gaston said...

kat... you have some terrific gift ideas! I especially like the Caribou Coffee gourmet drinking chocolates. Being a chocoholic, anything chocolate is a gift.

A major plus of the internet is on-line shopping; one can shop in faraway places or across the street. Many thanks...

Alicia Foodycat said...

I would be so delighted with any of those gifts! Mmm box of pork...

Fresh Local and Best said...

All of these gifts are great and delicious ideas! I'm certain anyone would be thrilled to receive them.

Unplanned Cooking said...

Great ideas! Love the idea of vanilla bean.

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