When I think of ice cream, I think of the cones my Italian grandma kept in her tall tin cabinet in her Maywood dining room and the way we’d fill them up with orange sherbet from her cold case. Read more…
No matter how many gift guides I see online or in magazines, they always have me hooked. I like seeing the things people pick. So with that in mind, here are a few of my and Tim’s favorites—We’d love to hear about yours, too! Happy December!
1 // Buy Local Seasonal Coloring Book: I think this little “buy local” coloring book is the cutest (enough so that I may have ordered one for our niece this year). Hand-drawn by talented illustrator Claudia Pearson, this book features pages of ready-to-color produce, organized by the month in which it’s grown.
2 // Aerolatte Milk Frother: Make your own morning lattes with the super simple Aerolatte frother—so easy to use and easy to clean! We’re biased, but we’d say to start with our maple ginger tea lattes, posted earlier this year.
3 // Restaurant-Style Dish Towels (12): I love restaurant-style items you can use at your home dining table or in your own kitchen. These classy white-and-blue dish towels are a good example of that.
4 // 12-Month Organic Gift Basket Fruit-of-the-Month Club® Collection (Begins December) – Gift Baskets & Fruit Baskets – Harry and David: Give someone a year of organic fruit with Harry & David’s fruit-of-the-month club! There are also more short-term options (three months, six months) on the company’s direct website.
5 // Tipu’s Original Slow Brew Indian Chai Tea: As soon as Tipu’s sent us some chai a few months ago, I became obsessed with it. I love this chai. Try sweetening it with a little maple syrup—so good!
6 // An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler: I’ve written about this book plenty before (like here and here), but it’s worth saying again that it’s one of my all-time favorites. If you have a food-loving friend who hasn’t read it already, great gift.
7 // Winco 5 Blade Pastry Cutter: I use this every time I make pie pastry, which, lately, is quite a lot. Just a simple little cook’s tool, but one worth having.
8 // Paper Bakeware White Cake Pans, 4-Pack: Want to give something homemade but don’t have a ton of pans to give away? Enter the disposable paper cake pan. I think these are brilliant.
9 // Videri Chocolate: This North Carolina chocolate maker sent us a pack of its bars last month and we’ve been so impressed both with the quality of the their ingredients and the taste. Our favorite was the 70% dark chocolate (three ingredients!). Also PS it’s running a Cyber Monday deal with 50% off everything online! Use coupon code CYBER50.
1 // Canon 50mm f1.4 lens: We recently purchased this lens and love how fast it is and the nice bokeh it gives.
2 // Vanilla Beans: Vanilla beans make such a great gift and not just because you can use them in ice cream. The vanilla from the whole bean tastes incredible in recipes, and, typically, it is cheaper to get them online than in the store.
3 // Essential Oils: I’ve been enjoying essential oils recently, using them both in the kitchen and topically, whether rubbed in the soles of feet or just mixed with jojoba or almond oil as a daily moisturizer. They are amazing!
4 // Free Food and Medicine Worldwide Edible Plant Guide: A good way to learn about local plants that you can incorporate into your diet that are both healing, nutritious, and delicious.
5 // Ghee: I think ghee is underrated. Ghee is clarified butter that is excellent for high heat cooking due to the milk solids being removed. Also, if it comes from pastured/grassfed cows then it contains excellence fat soluble vitamins, cla, and butyric acid. It has great flavor and some brands actually produce it so that there is zero trace of milk solids and lactose, making it suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
6 // Dark Cherries: I am sucker for dark cherries, whether they are dried, fresh, or frozen. They are wonderful in cookies, ice cream, galettes, salads, or pretty much anything.
8 // Olive Oil: Olive oil makes an excellent gift for those who enjoy cooking and right now I am enjoying California Olive Ranch olive oil. California is producing some high quality oils these days and after reviewing Extra Virginity, it is a good to be careful of what you are getting with regard to olive oil.
I love Thanksgiving because I need thanksgiving. I need to practice gratitude, and I need to do it every moment of the day. I need to see my full hands. I need to stop and offer thanks. I need thanksgiving because I need to taste joy—oh, how I need to taste joy!—in the midst of the days that don’t go my way and the days that do.