Quick and Easy Homemade Gifts & Recipes

Classically-trained Chef and food journalist Jennifer Brule’ writes about food and recipes at her blog Finding Tasty.  She was recently on Charlotte Talks (listen to the show here) along with an etiquette expert to discuss ways to make the holiday season less harrowing: from gift-giving etiquette and helping your child be a gracious gift giver and receiver to go-to recipes for your next holiday potluck. Here are some of her tips and favorite holiday recipes.

Go-To Holiday Appetizer to Share

  • Stolen lentil spread – “A warm spread– lentil, vegan and so delicious. I had never tasted anything quite like it and asked the woman, who I knew casually, if she would share the recipe with me. ‘No.’ was her flat reply…”

Homemade Foods to Give as Gifts

  • Cheese Pennies

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  • Quick pickled vegetables – “These are very easy to make and can be enjoyed after just a day. They keep their crunch and can last for up to a week, but never seem to in my fridge …”
  • Cheese pennies – “Pulled warm from the oven, these little devils are crisp on the edges, flaky on the top and soft in the middle. Bursting at the seems with tangy cheese flavor, these guys are tiny but mighty.”

    Lavender Sugar

  • Lavender sugar – “As a Tea Enthusiast, I am always looking for new ways to add a gourmet touch to my tea parties. Lavender sugar is truly a gourmet treat and one of the ways you can make your next Afternoon Tea event a hit.”
  • Citrus sugar – “Add the gourmet touch of citrus sugars to your drinks, baked goodies, sauces and salads. They are easy to make and provide a savory flavor to your meals and desserts. Citrus sugars can be made from lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits or other citrus fruits you enjoy eating.”
  • Vanilla sugar – “Vanilla sugar is one of my favorites because of its versatility. It can be used in any recipe that requires a combination of vanilla flavoring and sugar.”

Kid-Friendly Party Food

  • Crunchy Chickpea Snack

    Christmas snowflake sandwiches – “Spread a very thin layer of cream cheese on top and sprinkle with sugar crystals for a really festive and fun sandwich. Sprinkles, of course, are optional…”

  • Crunchy chickpea snack – “If your child likes crunchy foods, try this nutty tasting, high-protein dish that makes the perfect appetizer, snack or side dish.”
  • Polenta bites – “Kids can use mini-cookie cutters to create whimsical shapes. Try them with dips, store-bought pesto, soft cheese spread, or warm pizza sauce.”

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What is your favorite go-to holiday recipe or homemade gift?



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3 responses to “Quick and Easy Homemade Gifts & Recipes

  1. Today is a good day to try some of your recipes. I’ll start with the pickled vegetables and then try the Cheese Pennies. Great blog – I’m glad I found it.

  2. Great show today! I have to try that lentil dip, it sounds delicious!

  3. Catherine Little

    For those challenged by lack of time and culinary talents—provide a tasty gift of food which is personally prepared—Jill Marcus of Something Classic offers a full menu of freshly prepared goodies for the holidays. From full course meals to tasty bites—http://somethingclassic.com/pdf/sc_holiday_menu_special_order.pdf

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