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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Infused Vodka

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 5, 2011

flavored vodka
Trying to keep alcohol consumption modest this holiday season? Make the most of your celebratory sips with these sweet, tangy, spicy and even herbaceous homemade vodka infusions.

Smart Sipping
Spiking vodka with seasonal flavors makes a festive and creative gift.  A 1.5 fluid ounce “shot” of vodka contains about 100 calories and most infusions add no additional calories. Those made with sugar will add 15 calories per teaspoon.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: AeroGarden

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 4, 2011
aero garden
Fresh herbs, even in winter.

Do you have someone one your holiday gift list who loves to cook with fresh herbs? Give the gift of flavor this year – and the magic of a guaranteed green thumb – with the AeroGarden. I received this three years ago as a gift and cannot believe how effortlessly I’m able to grow fresh herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, or even flowers year-round. My AeroGarden sprouts fresh herbs so rapidly, I oftentimes find myself giving sprigs of thyme and dill to neighbors and family members. This, coming from someone who can’t keep a houseplant alive for more than a week (no exaggeration)!

I love having fresh basil, dill, thyme, and sage, growing right in my apartment ready to be plucked and added to recipes for a kick of flavor and a punch of the antioxidants that are packed in fresh herbs.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 1, 2011

pretzel sticks

We’re kicking off the holiday season with 12 Days of Holiday Gifts — gifts that are both homemade and gifts you can buy at the store for your loved ones this season. Day 1: Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Sticks that you can make with your kids.

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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 »

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 »