A Homemade Christmas

images: Jeromy Price

A homemade Christmas gift is extra special because it says you cared enough to invest your time and skill into it. It says, this is personal. It says love. Check out our homemade food gifts – one for everyone on your Christmas list – even Fido!

Bacon Salt

Place 1lb bacon on a baking sheet and cook in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Place on paper towels to remove excess grease – let cool. Place bacon, 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt and 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper in food processor and pulse until fine, or to desired consistency. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Spicy Dry Rub

Combine 1/4 cup smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 pinch red pepper flakes, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon sea salt, and 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper. Pour into airtight container.

Compound Herb Butters

2 sticks softened salted butter per compound.

Orange Zest, Cointreau, Honey Butter (great for breads & muffins): Combine 1 tablespoon Cointreau, zest of 1 navel orange, 2 tablespoons honey, butter.

Orange Zest, Tarragon, Dijon Butter (perfect for fish): Combine 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon, 1 teaspoon Dijon, 1 tablespoon orange juice, zest of 1 navel orange, butter.

Black Pepper, Dill, Lemon Zest Butter (great for veggies & fish): Combine zest of 2 lemons, 2 tablespoons thyme, 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper, butter.

Herb Blend Butter (perfect for artisan breads): combine 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon sage, 2 teaspoons rosemary, 1 tablespoon thyme, dash of salt, splash of lemon juice, and butter.

*Place on plastic wrap, form into log. Wrap in parchment paper.

Cranberry Lime Infused Vodka

Rinse 1lb of fresh cranberries. Poke a hole into each cranberry. Add cranberries to your container, filling it 1/3 of the way. Peel the rind from a lime. Add half of lime rind to the container. Add another layer of cranberries, then another layer of lime rind, finishing the container with cranberries. Add 2 tablespoons sugar. Fill container with vodka. Seal container and shake well.

Red Velvet Cupcake in a Jar

Using boxed red velvet cake mix, bake cupcakes according to directions, let cool completely. Slice cupcakes in half to create tops and bottoms. Place a cupcake bottom in a wide mouth 8oz. Mason jar. Add a layer of store bought cream cheese frosting. Add a cupcake top, press down gently. Frost the top of the cupcake. Cover with lid and store in the refrigerator.

Rudy’s Good Boy Biscuits

Mix 1 cup whole-wheat flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup wheat germ, 1 cup unbleached white flour, 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese, and 1 large egg. Add up to 1 cup chicken broth, pouring slowly as you mix the dough to the desired consistency – not too wet or too dry – either by hand or in a food processor. Roll dough on floured surface until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place cut dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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