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Gift Guide: For The Foodie

December 2, 2010

Filed Under : EAT

Gift Guide for Foodie

Now that it’s officially December, I need to start buying gifts for my loved ones and STAT.  I’ve made the executive decision (yes, I make executive decisions for me’self) to divide it up by category as opposed to price range because a.) I majored in Journalism and English and I don’t understand numbers; b.) I have no patience to search for items >$100 (or is it <$100? – I can’t remember which way the crocodile mouth goes); and c.) I’m a bit dyslexic and afraid I’d find an item that costs $52 and place it in the “under $25” category and then WordPress would delete my blog for life.

So…onto foodie gifts.  To me, a foodie is not only someone who loves food but also celebrates everything relating to food, whether it be finding joy in an amazing cookbook or having a mild obsession with colorful teapots.  So with that in mind, I tried to pick out gifts that any foodie would be sure to eat up this holiday season.

  1. Heirloom Recipe Card Box, Rifle Paper Co., $125
  2. Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table,” Amazon, $24
  3. Teak Measuring Spoons, Merchant no. 4, $20
  4. Fluted Flower Baking Cups, Bake It Pretty, $4.75
  5. Afternoon Fete Teapot, Anthropologie, $48
  6. Loomed Bowl, Anthropologie, $14 each
  7. 12 Assorted French Macarons, Sparkleskitchen Etsy, $16.50
  8. Eat and Spoon Tea Towel Set, Studiopatro, $42 for 2
  9. Bonnie Blue 10″ Cake Stand, Fishs Eddy, $64.95

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Essie Nail Polish

December 22, 2009

Filed Under : BEAUTY

Essie nail polish is amazing. There’s no other way to describe it. My local beauty supply store sells Essie as a “buy 3, get the 4th free” deal. You don’t even want to know how easily I’m suckered into buying 3 to get that 4th polish free. I pick one up and instantly see another that I must have. Then, with 2 in my hand, I say to myself, Well what’s one more??

Anyways, enough about me. Essie polish is a great gift for your girlfriends, sisters, coworkers, EVERYONE. They come in every color imaginable but a perfect color for the winter season is WICKED, pictured above. It’s a deep, dark red that screams glamour and timeless chic. Totally classic and universal.

It’s a great stocking stuffer! So be sure to check out your local beauty supply store for some last minute Essie polish. Just be careful of those 4-for-3 deals!! They will get you, I guarantee.

[Image via Essie]

Last Minute Gift Ideas: Homemade Gingersnaps

Filed Under : EAT - RECIPES

Homemade cookies are a perfect gift to bring to a holiday party, especially if you can decorate them in a cute and unique way like these Five-Spice Gingersnaps.

You can also use any sugar cookie as well if you’re not a fan of gingersnaps.

Get creative by using colored, decorative icings and swirling them together with toothpicks. The results, like the cookies pictured above, will truly amaze you! And the other guests at the party will be very impressed with/jealous of your baking skills.

[Image via Epicurious]

Last Minute Gift Ideas: American Fashion Cookbook

Filed Under : STYLE

If you’re still running around town looking for a perfect gift for that food-loving fashionista in your life, here is a perfect option.

The American Fashion Cookbook features over 100 recipes from your favorite designers, including Diane Von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Derek Lam, and many more.

So if you have a Style Eater in your life, what better way to spoil them this holiday season than with this cookbook? Fashion and food all mingled together in a single book = deliciously chic perfection.

A Delicious, Healthy Winter Stew

December 21, 2009

Filed Under : EAT - RECIPES

As the nights become increasingly colder, I begin to crave more soups and stews. There’s nothing that will warm you up quicker than a steaming bowl of hot soup or stew. But most of the time, these kinds of dishes are high in sodium and fat because it takes a lot of oomph to season a huge pot of broth.

And if you’re anything like moi during the holiday season, then lately you’ve been eating copious amounts of peppermint bark and See’s chocolates (shout out to my Scotchmallows) so ingesting a salty bowl of chicken noodle or creamy tomato may not be the best idea. Luckily, I have a perfect and very healthy solution for you:

Fast White-Bean Stew from Epicurious.com:

  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (19-ounce) cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained (3 cups)
  • 1 (1/2-pound) piece baked ham OR smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (5-ounce) bag baby romaine OR baby arugula OR baby spinach (10 cups loosely packed)

Cook garlic in 1/4 cup oil in a heavy stock pot (I usually use my 5 quart Le Creuset dutch oven) over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, 1-2 minutes. Coarsely cut up tomatoes in can with kitchen shears, then add (with juices) to garlic in oil. Stir in broth, beans, ham OR smoked turkey sausage, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in greens and cook until wilted, 3 minutes.

This stew is not only loaded with protein, fiber, and iron but it is unbelievably delicious. It’s so rare to find a dish that’s healthy and flavorful at the same time and this white-bean stew is definitely BOTH. But I must say the best part is that it’s super easy make and takes no more than 20 minutes to prepare. I’ve made it numerous times and it does not disappoint.

I don’t eat ham so I usually substitute smoked turkey sausage (usually Hillshire Farms) and honestly, it adds so much flavor to the dish that I recommend it over plain ham. As for the greens, any will do but I tend to prefer a bag of the mixed baby greens. But if that’s not on sale (which it rarely is), then I use a bunch of baby spinach. Just as good, trust me.

After you chow down a couple bowls of this stew, you won’t have to feel guilty about finishing off that box of peppermint bark. That’s always a plus in my book. Happy eating.

[Image via Epicurious.com]