December 10, 2009

Give the Gift of Grub

My favorite gift to give to friends, co-workers, & neighbors is homemade treats. Here are a few of my best "make to give" recipes:

Christmas Fudge - So, it uses marshmallow fluff. Who cares! It's easy to make and tastes good.

Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti - Very festive with green & red specks!

Spiced Pecans - No one can resist a pretty jar full of these sweet & spicy snacks.

I've also given jams & homemade bread, spice mixes, candied citrus peel, and cookie mix jars as holiday gifts.

You could also make infused vodkas (bacon vodka, anyone? It's so good in a bloody mary!) or limoncello.

One idea on my gift list that I plan to try this year is Paula Deen's Pear Honey:

1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple with syrup
16 cups (about 6 pounds) peeled, cored, and chopped pears
10 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice or 4 pieces ginger

Mix all ingredients and cook until pears are tender and mixture thickens, approximately 30 minutes. Place in sterilized jars and seal while still hot.

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