Special Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

Special Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

Some of the gifts are made well ahead, while others are made closer to the day you will need them. All of them may be made even more appealing by the way in which they are packaged.

When you think of Christmas, you will probably think of food next. Because almost everyone loves to receive food as a gift. You can spend a little time in the kitchen and save yourself hours of shopping. And, the gift will always be the perfect fit.

Some of the gifts are made well ahead, while others are made closer to the day you will need them. All of them may be made even more appealing by the way in which they are packaged. Use your imagination in coming up with containers – a bow, a doily, or a hand painted plastic box can add immensely to the appearance of your food, and the lucky recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness long after the last crumb has been eaten.

Here are just a few suggestions for some delicious homemade food gifts:

Curried Sunflower Seeds

3 cups raw sunflower kernels

1 tablespoon butter, melted

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

¾ teaspoon curry powder

Place the sunflower kernels in a shallow roasting pan. Drizzle the melted butter over the kernels and stir well. Bake this mixture at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring only once.

Combine the salt and the curry powder and sprinkle this over the sunflower kernels. Stir this mixture until it is completely coated. Return this to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. If you are lucky enough to have any leftovers, store them in airtight containers.

Munchies

1 (5 ounce) can chow mien noodles

1 cup whole almonds

1 ½ cups round oat cereal

1 ½ cups miniature shredded wheat or rice cereal squares

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon celery salt

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

In a large bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the cereal mixture. Stir until and blend together completely. Spread the coated cereal mixture on an ungreased 15×10 jellyroll pan. Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, stirring only once.

Almost any kind of cookies, cakes, candies, or snack mixes can make a great gift idea. The thing to remember when giving food as a gift it to make sure that you present it in unusual wrappings and containers. Give a glass casserole dish full of munchies as a gift or a serving platter piled high with homemade fudge, just use your imagination for limitless ideas.

And when you are ready to fill your gift jars, you can find some delicious recipes to use at Perfect Divinity, Cream Cheese Chocolate Orange Drops, or Crazy For Cookies.

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