Foodies can be a tricky bunch when it comes to holiday gifts: you may *think* you know just what we want, but some foodies can be a very particular bunch. We're here to help with our foodie holiday gift guide 2012!
I've compiled a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas for the discerning foodies in your life. You can also hop over to my Urban Bliss BLISSFUL THINGS store to check out more great gifts for the food & wine lovers in your life!
ENTERTAINING BLISS: Olympic Provisions Gift Box
For those who love to entertain, a holiday gift set from Portland-based USDA-approved salumeria Olympic Provisions is a MUST. Olympic Provisions offers European-style restaurants, delis, and on-site meat-curing facilities featuring their well-crafted salamis. Read the full story about the owner & you'll understand how his background helps set Olympic Provisions apart.
The French Salami Sampler ($30), pictured below, takes you on a delicious tour of France, featuring three 4.5 ounce specialty salamis:
Saucisson D’Alsace: Alsatian pub salami flavored with clove, nutmeg, allspice & cinnamon. Fantastic. I could eat this all day.
Saucisson D’Arles just pork & salt, but oooohhhhh soooo goooood.
Saucisson Sec: a traditional French salami flavored with garlic & black pepper.
You can also gift a Salami of the Month Club ($135), or the Cutting Board & Knife Gift Set ($35).
LOCAL CHEESE LOVER BLISS: Three Year Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar Tillamook Cheese
What pairs well with Olympic Provisions salami? Oregon-grown Tillamook cheese -- more specifically, 3-Year Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese ($16 for an 18 ounce wedge. This is no ordinary cheddar: aged longer than any other delicious Tillamook cheese, this limited edition cheese is rich and indulgent compared to its younger brothers and sisters.
The Tillamook Cheese website also has some wonderful recipes and ideas for the holidays. Check it out!
WINE BLISS: Ponzi 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir & Sokol Blosser Evolution
Being just minutes away from what I personally believe is one of the best wine regions in the world, it may be no surprise that two of my favorite wines are also local Oregon wines: 2009 Ponzi Pinot Noir Reserve ($60) and Sokol Blosser Evolution ($15). Ponzi makes absolutely delicious Oregon Pinot Noirs, and their 2009 Reserve is one of the best you can find under $100. Normally a red wine drinker, my Go To white wine that I love to bring as hostess gifts year-round and especially to enjoy on a sweet summer day is the Sokol Blosser Evolution which is a crisp, highly accessible and versatile blend of nine varietals. I've never met a single person who did not enjoy either of these wines. They are fantastic for any wine lover in your life.
In a sea of gorgeous, well-written cookbooks available today, I recommend The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook by Patricia Tanumihardja. For many fellow foodies, food is love, and where there is love, there is a story to tell. Pairing recipes with profiles of Asian grandmothers of various ethnicities from around the world, Pat does a lovely job of making this cookbook so much more than just a book of steps to follow--she has created a book that inspires us to create with the same love, daring, inventiveness, and sweetness that these grandmothers use when creating meals for their own families.
I had the great pleasure of dining with Pat over a media dinner in Portland, where the fine chefs at Ping restaurant recreated many of the signature dishes featured in her cookbook. My favorite was the Korean Beef Short Ribs (pictured below), which I will most definitely be making at home sometime in the near future.
Stocking Stuffer Bliss: Mrs. Meyers Soy Candle Holiday Tins
While you don't necessarily want to light scented candles before or during entertaining to compete with the food, at the end of a long day or after a dinner party or brunch, there's just something soothing about lighting the right scented candles to help cleanse the energy in the room and equalize the many different scents given off from the food, wine, people throughout the day. Scents are so personal, especially when it comes to candles and kitchens; Mrs. Meyers Soy Candle Holiday Tins ($3.99) are fantastic stocking stuffers because you can get a couple for the recipient to try out.
Pictured above are Mrs. Meyer's Orange Clove Scented Soy Tin Candle and Mrs. Meyers Iowa Pine Scented Soy Tin Candle. [TIP: I actually saw these go on sale recently at Target for around $2.50!] They come in adorable 2.9 ounce tins with lids featuring sweet holiday illustrations.
For more of my personal food & wine gift picks, be sure to check out my BLISSFUL THINGS store.
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I received some complimentary samples of some of the products featured here. All opinions are my own.
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