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Holiday Food Gifts


Homemade preserves are always welcome food gifts, but what if you didn't get around to making any this past summer? Here are some quick recipes that will keep, and that are made with ingredients that are in season during the winter holidays. You can combine them to make gift baskets for your foodie friends.

1. Jellied Cranberry Sauce with Spicebush and Orange

Leda Meredith

 This takes less than 30 minutes to make, and slides out of the jar with built in beautiful presentation. The color and taste are terrific.

2. Rosemary Salt

Leda Meredith

This takes just a few minutes to make, and lasts for months. Fantastic on roasted or simply boiled potatoes!

3. Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Orange

Leda Meredith

This is my favorite cranberry sauce, the one I've served at holiday dinners for decades. It has less sugar than most cranberry sauce recipes, so the natural tartness of the cranberries comes through.

4. Basic Mustard Recipe with Variations

Leda Meredith

This takes just minutes to prepare, and yields a gourmet mustard with numerous variations including Spicy Beer Mustard, White Wine and Tarragon Mustard and Honey Mustard.

5. Lemon Curd Recipe

Here is a silky smooth, sweet and tangy treat that makes a terrific gift, especially around the winter holidays when citrus is in season. It is fantastic as a filling between cake layers, as well as spooned over fresh fruit.

6. Rosemary Oil

Ready in just over an hour, and most of that time is in the slow cooker while you can be doing something else. A must on roasted root vegetables or chicken, rosemary oil is also great on popcorn!

7. Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Remember the smooth cranberry sauce that slid out of the can in one piece? This is that sauce, only homemade and better!

8. 24-Hour Refrigerator Pickles

Leda Meredith

These crisp and flavorful pickles are ready to eat just 24 hours from when you make them. They will keep for several months.

9. Curried Cauliflower Pickle

Leda Meredith

This chow chow-style pickle gets its bright color and mildly spicy taste from a curry-flavored blend of seasonings.

10. Spicy Pickled Carrots

I serve colorful, spicy pickled carrots as a zesty hors d’oeuvre. I also chop and add them to grain-based salads like tabouleh. Finely minced and added to sour cream, they make a terrific dip.

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