Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas

I love finding the perfect gifts for family and friends. Below are a few culinary-themed gifts just in case you need some inspiration as you shop:
Stocking Suffers: Napa Soap Company makes luxurious bar soaps that are hand-made with grapeseed oil and wine. My favorites are the Clean-O-Noir and Soap-ignon Blanc.  
For the Coffee Enthusiast: I fell in love with Stumptown Coffee Roasters when I went wine tasting in Oregon this past Spring. They have a wide variety of organic, fair-trade coffees and you may order a monthly subscription for yourself or loved one. Their French Roast is rich and robust with flavors of cocoa and brown sugar; this is the coffee that jump starts my morning on a daily basis.
For the Aspiring Chef: My favorite cookbook, “Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease: 325 Inspiring Recipes” by Rozanne Gold is full of easy, straight-forward yet impressive recipes. If you'd like, pair it with a vintage Griswold cast iron skillet (easily found on eBay).
For the Baker: Why not buy the baker in your life a whimsical Stump de Noël Bundt pan? Much easier than the making a traditional Bûche de Noël but just as much fun to decorate.

Happy shopping!

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