There is plenty of time left to make your own Holiday gifts, straight from your kitchen. Some of these recipes can be made in less than 30 minutes, others are super frugal and ever so easy on your pocket book. Whenever you make your own gifts, it is a gift from your heart and is very much appreciated by all recipients! Even kids can participate making their own gifts to give to Grandparents, friends and teachers!
Gifts From Your Kitchen
Gifts From Your Kitchen
When you make your own gifts it sends a message to the recipient. It shows that you care enough to spend the time and make an effort. “Gifts From Your Kitchen” are gifts from your heart.
Picking up a bottle of wine at the liquor store is easy, making a batch of their favorite cookies is special. Giving your friends, family and hostess an irresistible home-made present is always appreciated. Adults and kids alike LOVE getting baked goodies, something wonderful in a jar, a box of home-made candies or a batch of appetizers.
It is often said that the key to someone’s heart is though their stomach. If that is indeed true, then in this book I am giving you 40 keys that will open many hearts.
I am Chef Joe Bandler, and these recipes are some of MY personal favorites. Because I have been giving gifts from MY kitchen since I was about ten, my friends have all come to expect them. They kindly provide me with a list of their favorites so I am SURE not to forget them the next time I come over.
Though these recipes are perfect for the holidays — Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years, they can also be used YEAR ROUND for birthdays, to welcome new neighbors and for family occasions.
Here are ten great reasons for making it yourself:
1.You can save money. Sometimes a little, sometimes a LOT. If you have any of my “preserves” books you will know that entire batches of preserves can be made for 25 cents or less a jar.
2.You will know exactly what ingredients are being used. No weird, unpronounceable or dangerous chemicals.
3.It is incredibly satisfying to turn a batch of mundane ingredients into a gourmet goodie that would cost a fortune if purchased from a specialty store. You can make a dozen gourmet Biscotti for as little as $3.00. Those same Biscotti could cost $18 or more at the bakery.
4.It is FUN! Get together with the kids, your wife or hubby and enjoy your time together.
5.You can make many of the recipes in less than 30 minutes. Have you even purchased a gift in less than 30 minutes? Just getting to the store might take longer than that!
6.You can create goodies that are NOT available commercially.
7.You can make many of the gifts in this book, months or weeks ahead of time. NO need to get stressed on the day before a gift giving occasion!
8.You can become eco-friendly. Jars can be recycled dozens and dozens of times. Gift giving tins and boxes can be used over and over and over again.
9.When you make your own gifts … it IS from your heart to their heart. It is something SPECIAL.
10.Teach your children to cook. Teach your children about giving and receiving gifts. When they see how thrilled Grandpa is because THEY made the box of almond bark, they will understand what being loving and caring is all about. When Grandma knits them a sweater, they will understand the love that went into it, even if they don’t particularly like the sweater!
You will find a total of 40 Recipes:
8 Recipes for Gifts in Jars
8 Recipes for Biscotti
8 Recipes for Nut Mixes and Nutty Goodies
8 Recipes for Brittles and Barks
8 Quick and Easy Sweet Treats