4 Treats for Cooks

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4: Recipe Book. Collect some of your favorite recipes and give a gift they’ll love.

3: Homemade vanilla extract: 6 vanilla beans (cut open lengthwise) and 16 oz of vodka go into a glass jar or bottle with an airtight lid for 8 weeks and voila! You’ve got vanilla extract. If you start it now, it won’t be done for Christmas, but you could break the batch into smaller amounts and go ahead and give them away … with a note telling the recipient when it will be ready to use.

2: Infused olive oils or vinegars. I don’t recommend making these yourself unless you’re prepared to learn an awful lot about all-natural preservatives, since the herb and olive oil mix is prone to some serious bacterial invaders while it sits quietly and infuses. I recommend buying these from folks who know what they’re doing. Some suggestions: olive oil infused with basil or lemon or garlic or red pepper or black truffle; or vinegar infused with fig or dark cherry or chili.

1: Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub. Great for pork, poultry or even fish!

(Photo credits go to the sites I’ve linked to, friends.)

Tomorrow: 3 Gifts for Babies

See you then.

Meg

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