Perhaps budgetary concerns are forcing you to be a little bit more resourceful over the holidays. Maybe you hate to throw away food magazines because one day you might make that paella recipe. Either way, you can take advantage of the lush photography in food mags by recycling the pages as wrapping paper for small gifts. Here, I’ve wrapped bars of chocolate in the colorful pages of Food and Wine.
It’s cheap! It’s green! It’s non-denominational! Use yarn, ribbon, twine, or whatever you have laying around to jazz it up.
With the Big-Red-Heart-Shaped-Holiday this weekend, it feels appropriate to blog about my latest foray into Macaronland via Pierre Hermé’s chocolate macarons.
Fancy French sweets? Check!
Chocolate? Check! and check! (base and filling)
A fussy recipe that will cause just enough cognitive dissonance to convince yourself, “Wow, I must really, really like this person/these people to go through all this trouble for these damn things”? Check!
The Gift of Local Flavor - Æbleskiver
If you’re a devotee of the Mill City Farmer’s Market, you may have come across Aunt Else’s Æbleskiver (I had my first delightful taste of a savory sausage aebleskiver with ginger simple syrup during the last weekend of the market). Did you know that these unique spherical donut-pancake-popover-ish pastries of Danish origin are traditionally popular around Advent and Christmas-time? Well, how appropriate for Aunt Else to offer a little package ($52.99) that would make a great holiday gift - one cast iron pan, a package of their organic batter mix, and a stainless steel chopstick for turning the little guys. You could also just get someone one of the unique pans ($39.99) specially forged for Aunt Else. Super cool: the local, family-owned Aunt Else got some press on New York Magazine’s website!