Adding to the previous food items, like homemade gingerbread men and trees and spiced
cookies and all the things mentioned earlier I thought I would include these easy to make at the last minute items.
My husband pointed out over Thanksgiving that his favortie gift to recieve are condiments. Chutneys, relishes, exoitic jellies and such, especially if they are homemade or small batch made like those you find in local gift emproiums. His sister and brother in law find him some great ones while travling in the UP of Michigan each year.
Here is a great seasonal chutney with all the perfect spices that I makes it a great gift and a wonderful side dish for holiday cooking. To give as a gift you will need to waterbath can the chutney in mason jars. For full details on this process I recommend checking out the Ball canning website.
I posted several Mustard recipes in a blog back in August. This was the basic recipe I recommended and I still think it is the easiest and most versatile. It makes a great gift when combined with some summer sausage and hard cheese and crackers in a gift bag or basket.
¼ cup dried herbs (or about one-half cup finely-chopped fresh herbs)
1½ tablespoons dry white wine
Some zesty herbal combinations to make this more personal are:
- Minced thyme, parsley, and marjoram, with one clove garlic
- Minced tarragon with basil and thyme
- 1-2 tablespoons prepared or freshly grated horseradish, one clove garlic, ¼ cup grated fresh ginger root, 2 tablespoons honey
- Substitute red wine for white, with basil, chives, and a clove of garlic.