At this time of year, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of gifts that we have to find. Gifts for our kids, family members and close friends are a given.
Then there are the gifts for all the people who touch our lives: teachers, coaches, office staff, the neighbors, the fellow parent who gives our kid a ride home from practice each week. That's a lot of presents. How can we show our appreciation to all the people who make our lives a little bit easier without going bankrupt buying Starbucks cards? - Emily PasterYou might also like:
One of the easiest edible gifts to make is flavored salt. Try giving your friends and neighbors a jar of citrus salt, which is heavenly sprinkled on fish or chicken. To make, simply layer strips of orange or lemon peel-use only the outer peel, avoiding the bitter white pith-with kosher salt in a glass jar. This is especially fun in winter when there are so many exotic citrus varieties in stores like Meyer lemons and blood oranges.
For bakers, flavored sugars are a welcome gift. To make vanilla sugar, which is a delicious addition to most baked goods, scrape the inside of a vanilla bean into two cups of sugar and stir to combine. Cut the bean in half and add it as well. Citrus sugars also are a wonderfully fragrant gift. The idea is the same as vanilla sugar: add the zest of a large lemon or orange to two cups of sugar and stir to combine.