A group of my favorite food bloggers are gathered today to share recipes for holiday food gifts. Thanks to Ellen of Family Around the Table for hosting. I love this theme! Here's what they posted to inspire your homemade holiday edibles!
- Chocolate Mixed Nut Clusters by Family Around The Table
- Mama T's Garlic-Parmesan Seasoning Mix by Tip Garden
- Chocolate Holiday Stir Sticks by The Freshman Cook
- Reindeer Crunch by Palatable Pastime
- Peppermint Bark Fudge by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Taco Spice Mix by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Churro Chex Mix by Books n' Cooks
- Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Old Fashioned Divinity by House of Nash Eats
- Rosemary Parmesan Crackers by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Infused Olive Oils by Bear & Bug Eats
- Brownie Mix by Making the Most of Naptime
- Mulled Cider Spice Mix by Everyday Eileen
- Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods by Making Miracles
- White Chocolate Cranberry-Orange Bark by The Redhead Baker
- Orange Cranberry Walnut Loaf by Red Cottage Chronicles
- Hand-Blended Mulling Spices by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
As for me, this is something I that I love to make because it's easy to do in bulk and I can make the gift bigger by including wine or keep it simple by just including the spices.
One thing I love about this is that it's flexible. I don't measure. I just blend by scent and by appearance, asking myself: What will look good in the jar? Does that smell good?
So, this is more to inspire than to provide an actual recipe. Get creative!
- cinnamon sticks
- star anise
- whole allspice berries
- dried ginger
- rainbow peppercorns
- green cardamom pods
- white cardamom pods
- whole cloves
- ground black lime
- dried orange peel
- dried lemon peel
- Also needed: small jars and muslin bags
Blend all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, breaking up the cinnamon sticks into small pieces.
Include instructions - Place 1 bottle of red wine, 2 T honey or organic granulated sugar, 1 T spice blend (in muslin bag), zest and juice of 1 organic orange into a large saucepan. Warm till wine begins to steam but don't let it simmer or boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 or 15 minutes. Rewarm before serving. Cheers!