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Spicer and I have been quite busy testing and tasting recipes that I thought you might want to prepare to share with neighbors, friends, co-workers and family. (I do the testing and he does the tasting! ) We are truly fortunate because so many of us have so much that trying to find appropriate gifts is very stressful. The presents that mean the most to me are the ones that give evidence of the fact that someone cared enough to think about something that I might be able to use and enjoy rather than just toss another scarf or candle into a gift bag. Besides, “shopping” in your kitchen is much less stressful than fighting the crowds and traffic in the stores.
Today’s column offers you simple recipes that you can create as gifts from your kitchen. Think about what and how your friends enjoy food. Be considerate of dieters and don’t tempt them with candy. Instead make up a blend of Santa’s Seasoning Salt that they can sprinkle on their vegetables, salads or meats that are going on the grill. For your friends who really should be watching their salt intake, make up a batch of Santa Fe Seasoning Blend – no salt involved. Finding appropriate containers for these blends might seem difficult but just spend a little time browsing in Dollar Tree … or look for the smallest of Ball’s “canning” jars. You’ll need containers that are airtight.
A package of Gingerbread Pancake Mix should please a busy mom or dad who want to make a special Christmas morning or weekend breakfast without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I do keep a small bag of whole wheat flour in an airtight freezer bag in the freezer just for recipes like this one. The gift recipient just needs to “dump” the dry mix in a bowl and whisk in 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 1/2 cups whole milk and 2 eggs to make up the batter for 18 to 20 pancakes. You can even add a metal whisk from Dollar Tree and tie on a tag that reads “Whisking you happy holidays! ” Teenagers who like to cook might enjoy this too!.
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