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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Crackers

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 10, 2010
Whole-Wheat Tortilla Crackers and Parmesan-Oregano Crackers

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’ve got the cookie recipes covered, try a savory twist on your holiday gifts with homespun crackers. We’ve got two basic recipes you can use to create all kinds of festive flavors.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Caramels

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 9, 2010
Ina's Salted Caramels
Ina Garten's Salted Caramels - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Sure, you can buy candy for friends and family this holiday season, but why not add a special homemade touch? We’ve got 3 winning caramel recipes and a video from Alton Brown to help walk you through the simple steps.

Make your own homemade caramels »

Healthy Eating for Holiday Shopping

by in Dining Out, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010

holiday shopping

It’s the heart of the holiday shopping season: Malls are flooded, parking lots are jam-packed, and your inbox is overflowing with e-coupons. Whether you’re hitting up the food court or doing your shopping online, keep these tips in mind.

You wouldn’t fall for an overpriced sweater deal, so don’t fall for these food traps while you’re out shopping. Plus, how to keep your appetite at bay while you’re bargain-hunting.

Dos and don’ts for healthy holiday shopping trips »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Giada’s Bellini Kit

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010
Giada's Bellini Kit
Giada's Homemade Bellini Kit - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Instead of arriving at a party with the same old bottle of bubbly, Giada suggests showing up with a Bellini kit, complete with fruit purees, an ice bucket and a bottle of Prosecco. Here’s how she puts it together.

Giada’s DIY Bellini kit how-to »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Spiced Nuts

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2010
Toby's Spiced Nuts Recipe
Toby's Spiced Nuts

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

In the midst of all the holiday sweet treats, sometimes you just need something savory to munch on. Making your own spiced nuts is simple and a not-so-expensive holiday gift. Make a double batch and serve some up to guests this holiday season.

Make your own spiced nuts »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Aida’s Fruit Chips

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2010
Fruit Chips
Aida Mollenkamp's Fruit Chips

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Help a friend get their apple a day this holiday season with a container of Aida’s easy spiced fruit chips. These festive chips are super-simple to make, and they’ll stand out from the crowd of cakes, candies and cookies.

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12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Flavored Vinegar

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 5, 2010
Flavored Vinegar

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

I start brainstorming holiday gifts for friends and family almost as soon as Thanksgiving ends!  I love to use my culinary inspiration to create handmade gifts for loved ones, and this year I am making flavored vinegars. The fun thing about flavored vinegars is that they are super simple, so you can literally make each one personalized for the recipient and their tastes without a lot of hassle.

Get Katie’s easy vinegar step-by-step »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Ina’s Homemade Marshmallows

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2010
toasted coconut marshmallows
Ina's Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’re a fan of fluffy marshmallows, try making your own  — you’ll never want the bagged ones again! Ina Garten likes to top them with crunchy pieces of toasted coconut. We’ve got a few more ideas to transform this childhood favorite into an amazing holiday treats.

How-to: Make homemade marshmallows »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Herb’s Eggnog

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2010
Herb-Mesa-Coquito
Herb's Coquito

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

We all know that eggnog is creamy goodness in a cup. And if you add bourbon, it’s creamy bliss in a cup! But that’s also a creamy 9 grams of fat … in just one glass.

Puerto Ricans have our own version of eggnog: coquito. My mother would always make this icy coconut-based drink for the holidays — a mouthwatering tradition.  But it can still be high in fat, so these days, I make it lighter with a few easy tweaks.  Here’s how to make this classic holiday drink, plus how to package it up for a unique, delicious homemade gift.

Get Herb’s coquito recipe »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Homemade Spice Blend

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2010

Janel's Cinnamon-Chipotle Spice Blend

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Big things can come in small packages, especially when it’s big flavor in a small container. Making your own spice blend is a great DIY holiday gift for foodies in your life who are looking to shake up their cuisine. With some baby food jars and festive ribbon, you can easily craft up homemade spice blend gifts for friends and family.

This cinnamon-chipotle blend is my favorite one to make in the winter. The fiery chipotle spice heats things up, while the cinnamon adds a sweet contrast to the smoky flavor. It reminds me of curling up by the fire with some Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Get this easy, versatile spice rub recipe »

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