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Offline Corky

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Christmas Presents
« on: December 06, 2011, 05:23:58 PM »
This year I am giving quite a few "homemade" presents. My tried and true infused vodka for Bloody Marys. One infusion is basil, rosemary and garlic with a few peppercorns, another one for those that like it "hot" is habanero, rosemary, basil, garlic. I usually add a small bottle of ZingZang Bloody Mary mix with them. Other homemade gifts are canned applesauce and another is homemade and canned tomato sauce. Everything has come out of my own garden (except BM mix). I like doing this because it is a gift that people remember and enjoy.

My question is does anyone else make their own presents to give out for Christmas? What do you like to make?
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 06:41:39 PM »
Hey Corkey,

Put me down for the habanero vodka and  the bloody mix.


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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 06:59:36 PM »
I like Habanero's..... and Vodka so, me too! Oh, and the answer to your question is: No.
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 05:34:33 AM »
In past Christmas' I have made gift bags of home made items like:
- Limoncello
- Vanilla extract
- Various holiday candies
- Holiday cookies
- Holiday breads i.e. Stollen

This year, new job, no time, no baking  :-[
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011, 08:30:19 AM »
I used to make sausages as presents.  No time this year.

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011, 09:21:54 AM »
We've done the infused vodka thing a few times, limoncello, jerk sauce, homemade Baileys. And I frequently end up giving some random family member an "unusual" purchased food item that I don't think they are familiar with. Last Christmas I gave a cousin who likes to cook a jar of truffle salt - not sure if she's ever used it. Last year I also gave lots of family members a couple of heads of garlic along with their primary gift, just because I found this fabulous supply of the most wonderful garlic. I think that they thought it was a bit weird.

For the past four years or so I've given my elderly mother a bunch of vac-packed, single-serving cooked entrees. Have to get going on that one soon.

Personally, I love getting food presents. On my wish list for this year - dried Polish mushrooms.

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2011, 09:45:45 AM »
Last year I did smoked salt (hickory, mesquite, and apple). Very well received.
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011, 11:03:52 AM »
I like to give cookies and sometimes candy or pound cakes.  I am amazed at how many people think a homemade cookie is exotic!

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011, 11:58:25 AM »
I make pans of scrapple, a Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast item that is essentially cornmeal mush made with sage and sausage, chilled, sliced, fried in butter then drizzled with maple syrup.
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 12:27:27 PM »
5-6 kinds of cookies & biscotti, Swedish coffee bread from family heirloom recipe.

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2011, 01:34:11 PM »
We've done the infused vodka thing a few times, limoncello, jerk sauce, homemade Baileys. And I frequently end up giving some random family member an "unusual" purchased food item that I don't think they are familiar with. Last Christmas I gave a cousin who likes to cook a jar of truffle salt - not sure if she's ever used it. Last year I also gave lots of family members a couple of heads of garlic along with their primary gift, just because I found this fabulous supply of the most wonderful garlic. I think that they thought it was a bit weird.

You're in the wrong family. My folks would unofficially adopt you if you gave them garlic.

We always bake cookies but only occasionally gift them. They're good for acquaintances like the mailman and sanitation crew and peripheral coworkers, and we have given them as supplementary gifts to family before, especially my wife's family, who are more or less incapable of boiling water and view home cooking as some kind of impenetrable alchemy.
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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2011, 02:52:12 PM »
I'm giving everyone coal.

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2011, 10:19:17 AM »
I'm giving everyone coal. 

Anthracite or Lignite ?

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2011, 11:03:52 AM »
whatever teh least valuable one is

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Re: Christmas Presents
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2011, 09:04:14 AM »
Remembered last night that we have sour cherry jam to give away this year!

 

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