Category: Food + Drink

Sweet and simple: Apropos Roasters gifts and stocking stuffers

If you’re like me, there’s a bunch of people to whom you’d like to give a little something for the holidays, but they aren’t quite up to the level of say, a cashmere sweater. I usually whip up some handmade holiday food gifts in the kitchen, but to save time this year I might let Apropos Roasters do some of the work for me instead. I love their selection of individually packaged coffee, tea, and hot chocolate gifts, wrapped in plain brown paper and adorned with cheery stamped images and messages. So great for holiday gift giving to co-workers, carpool,...

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Bella’s: The biscotti that makes other biscotti want to give up and just be some other cookie entirely.

I have never been a huge biscotti fan. It’s often dry, a bit devoid of flavor, and to be honest, tastes stale to me. And then I found biscotti from Bella’s Home-Baked Goods and behold, for the Italian dessert angels did shine upon us all. Any good biscotti maker can be judged by the classic almond biscotti and this one is exquisite — light, crunchy but not break-your-teeth crunchy, just the right amount of sweetness, and plenty of fresh almond flavor; any foodie would approve. I’m sure the result has to do with the natural, high-quality ingredients they use in...

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3 classic holiday treats for kids with food allergies

It’s no fun being that kid with food allergies who gets a chocolate Santa in your stocking, only to find your mom taking it away because there are no ingredients written on the foil. But it’s probably worse being that mom. So we’re happy to see more delicious Christmas treats each year, made with those very kids in mind.     Allergen-free Gingerbread House From the conscientious and talented folks at Sensitive Sweets Bakery, there’s no gluten (tapioca flour does the trick), dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. The gingerbread house kit $29 and for an extra $10,...

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5 crock pot party dips you can make–and carry–easily

It’s no secret that I think the crock pot is a miracle machine for busy family cooks, and not just for weeknight meals. Crock pots are also great for keeping big quantities of food at just the right temperature when you’re entertaining, or especially when you’re transporting goodies elsewhere. On behalf of our sponsor Crock-it Lock-it, I’ve put together 5 of my favorite, deliciously warm party dip recipes that are ready to take on the go. Crock-it Lock-it is very clever if you’re a crock pot fan; it helps you seal up and carry your 4-8 quart crock pot easily,...

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Keep it Down Tea: As the name implies, give the gift of not barfing.

We love fun, indulgent gifts from time to time, but sometimes a practical present can be a lifesaver. If you know a pregnant mom who’s experiencing morning sickness, here’s how to be her holiday angel. And don’t worry–you can still place it in an adorable mug and tie it with a big red bow. Keep It Down Tea by Anna Naturals is specially formulated to help ease nausea and morning sickness, thanks to ginger. But unlike some other morning sickness preparations, the ginger isn’t overwhelming, and the taste is surprisingly fruity and pleasant. It’s a Christmas miracle! I’m not pregnant–...

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5 foodie holiday gifts that any kid will love, even the picky ones. (i.e. no sushi gift cards.)

Nobody can resist a great food-related holiday gift, even the pickiest eater. We’ve rounded up the absolute coolest and most delicious foodie holiday gifts for kids, no matter how fussy their appetite.   Tiny Hands scented food charms might be the cutest gift I’ve ever seen, food related or not. The drool-worthy handmade charms come in all sorts of sweet shapes, from cupcakes to donuts, waffles to snow cones. And you caught that they are scented, right? These are like 3-D scratch-n-sniff stickers (remember those?). The detail on Tiny Hands jewelry is amazing, considering how teensy everything is. It’s impossible...

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7 holiday party appetizers that kids will completely love, too.

We grownups know that the best part of holiday parties are holiday party appetizers. This year, I’m letting the kids in on our fun with seven appetizers that they’ll love, too. These kid-friendly apps are grown-up enough for the adults, but with high kid appeal. Putting these babies out is a surefire way to spoil the kids’ appetite for dinner but, hey, it beats having them fill up on tortilla chips all night. My favorite appetizers of all time are crostini because of how highly adaptable they are. You just toast thin slices of bread that have been brushed...

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Coffee mavens, rejoice! This groundbreaking coffee maker will revolutionize your favorite drink.

I still remember when I got my first espresso machine for Christmas in high school. That’s right, I was hooked on lattes before I could drive, and I was the first person I knew with the magic of a frothing wand at my fingertips. If you’re that kind of coffee hipster, you’re going to love this Kickstarter project. Anyone can currently grind and brew their own coffee, but if you get in on the ground floor, you’ll be the first person who roasts their own beans, too. The Bonaverde roast-grind-brew coffee machine might not be the final name, but...

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7 delicious, easy recipes to put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use

I know: the last thing you (still) want to think about right now is food. But  whether or not you cooked on Thursday, you probably have a pile of Thanksgiving leftovers in your fridge and another plate of sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce just won’t cut it. Check out my seven favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. These ingenious ideas are the antidote to Thanksgiving meal fatigue while still making it possible to enjoy every last bite of Thanksgiving day. (Above) Grilled cheese with a slice of turkey may seem obvious, but this Thanksgiving Leftover Grilled Cheese (above) from Serious...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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