We've compiled foodie-friendly gifts for your friends and family all holiday season long, but the time has come for us food editors to reveal what's really on our Christmas wish lists. From a radish-printed dress to passionfruit candy to a knit teapot koozie, there are plenty of reasons for us to anxiously await Dec. 25.
Not only are homemade gifts — particularly the edible kind — a thoughtful way to show loved ones you care, but they're also often budget-friendly. The downside: many require a large time investment. But not these three fast and easy edible gift ideas! Watch the video to get inspired.
Start a holiday party the easy way by crafting these appetizers featuring (mostly) pantry items like nuts, canned beans, olives, and other nonperishables. We promise your guests will never suspect a thing . . .
When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
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With its bright red color, there is a common misconception that grenadine, the syrup used to flavor many cocktails, is made with cherries. The thick, sweet liquid is actually made with pomegranate juice (the word grenadine is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade).
When I realized that the sweetener was very simple to make, I decided to whip up a batch and present it to my sister, who enjoys the occasional "cherry" coke. Homemade grenadine is a great hostess gift, especially for someone who is into mixing cocktails or who has a penchant for Shirley Temples. To look at the incredibly easy recipe, read more
As a judge on Top Chef, you know Gail Simmons has great taste in food. But the culinary expert, TV personality, and Food & Wine special projects director also happens to have great taste in holiday gift picks, too. She gave us the lowdown on what she's really coveting this year. Here's what's at the top of her wish list.
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook
"After years of work on this project, chef Michael Anthony and Danny Meyer have published The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook ($30, originally $50), one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen in years. It's big and glossy and drool-worthy, and I want it!"
Michele Varian Large Baguette Board
Keep reading for more of Gail's top gift picks.
10. Toasted Nuts
Roasted chestnuts and spiced nuts make a house smell extraordinarily Christmasy. Those who live (or visit) in New York City during the Winter know it's near imposible to resist picking up a bag of warm, cinnamon-coated nuts on the street. The scent wafts through the cold air.
9. Peak-Season Citrus Fruit
Kumquats, oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit finally hit their peak season. We're talking the juiciest, most unctuous stuff. Guilty of eating them one after the other until your mouth is covered in canker sores? Join the club.
8. Holiday Ham
It's not a Christmas party unless there's a huge ham to carve and make mini Parker House roll sandwiches out of.