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    Unique gift for a foodie

    Any ideas on a unique gift for a foodie. Trying to find something different, can be food or kitchen items that you love!

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    A couple of things that come to mind are: microplane- very versatile and a multi tasker, fresh nutmegs, excellent olive oil, ditto for balsamic, flavored oils and balsamic vinegars, different salts, excellent parm cheese and/or other cheeses, spices, excellent vanilla, pop over pans, and the list can go on forever. If your friend is a foodie he/she probably has a micro plane or popover pans. A cookbook that your friend may be interested in.

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    I agree with everything vbak has posted--I was thinking of truffle salt, smoked paprika, a selection of spices from Penzey's...What about a selection of dried beans from Rancho Gordo? There are some Christmas Limas that are really pretty, unusual, and taste great. They have some gift selections premade, too. Good olive oil will never languish in a cabinet in my house, that goes pretty quickly, as do interesting coffees and teas.

    If it helps for cookbooks, on my wish list is the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and Andrew Weil's True Food cookbook. Oh, and I wouldn't turn down Jerusalem, a new cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi.

    At this point in my cooking life, I don't need surprise gadgets for the kitchen. I asked DH not to go to Williams Sonoma this year. But, if I didn't have a microplane and some nutmegs, I would like that very much. I do love and use a lot the silicone spatulas and spoonulas. I would love an interesting serving platter.

    Here is a link for an interesting chocolatier in Charlottesville, VA: http://gearhartschocolates.com/. Maybe some fancy chocolates would work for your friend?

    Have fun. I look forward to this thread for ideas, too.

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    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food-netw...age/index.html

    Hi, not only will you find "100 Gift Ideas for a Foodie" in this months issue, but you will also find "50 Muffin" recipes.

    Enjoy!!

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    I second all of the above. I love herbal teas, infused oils, heirloom beans and grains, cheeses, etc. As the owner of a very small kitchen which has all the tools I can hold, I would prefer a consumable goodie or a cookbook to a gadget or pan.

    Personally I love "concept gifts" like a ceramic bean pot with Rancho Gordo beans and all the seasonings to make old-style baked beans, or an outstanding olive oil, vinegar and mustard with a salad cookbook so they can create their own dressings. If your friend has a favorite cuisine like Indian or Italian there are other possible combinations.

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    The type of foodie is a consideration too. Some just like to eat gourmet foods, some like the freshest local things prepared well. Some bake and some only cook. Some will be into growing herbs, mushrooms or vegetables while others profess black thumbs. Bay laurel plants, kaffir lime plants (they are technically a tree but mine has stayed small so far), miniature citrus, herb gardens and mushrooms are growing possibilities that don't require a garden.

    If they are a cook who will try making anything, what about a cheese making kit?

    I agree that for folks who are likely to have the things they need most or all they can store. I'd shy away from tools and gadgets unless you know there is something they really want. Consumables for the cook and the baker are more likely to be appreciated if they are top notch or luxury ingredients they might not splurge on rather than a cake or something that was made and shipped. But those specialty foods are exactly what the not-so-much-a-cook foodie would love. If you give a sampler, don't make it an often repeated gift. After the first one, if the items sampled were truly enjoyed, a regular sized quantity of one favorite would probably be enjoyed more than lots of little things that are harder to store and deal with -- maybe not enough to use and share.

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    Lantana, I took a look at your link. Was interested in the dark chocolate dipped pistachio toffee. Too bad it's sold out.

    Another good chocolatier ... one I've used for Christmas gifts in the past ... http://www.debrand.com/

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    Loads of great recommendations here!
    I'm reticent about kitchen gadgets, too; I don't like "unitaskers" (as AB would say) and I have everything I need. I do enjoy interesting oils and condiments, though - usually small batch and regional, but not always. For example, this hazelnut oil is off the charts delicious. I know there are other, cheaper hazelnut oils widely available. I've tried them, and none comes close to this in intense aroma, color, and flavor. They all list a single ingredient, but this knocks the others out of the ring.
    http://www.klkellerimports.com/suppliers.html

    This smoked olive oil is very tasty and super high quality, too - I give it to vegetarian friends for use in places where bacon's smokiness is missing (it's all natural, and tastes it!)
    http://www.thesmokedolive.com/

    This sriracha ketchup is the best of small batch ketchup and everyone's favorite hit o' heat:
    http://www.sosuketchup.com/srirachup.html

    This celery salt is delicious, and totally unlike what you find on the shelf in the grocery store. Their French herb salt and garlic salt are t&t, too.
    http://www.allstarorganics.com/order/
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    WOW! Great suggestions! I love them! Thank you!

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    Oh, and yes - cheese!! I would love a gift from Murray's
    http://www.murrayscheese.com/

    or from Forgmaggio Kitchen

    http://www.formaggiokitchen.com/
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a byproduct. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupandstew View Post
    I second all of the above. I love herbal teas, infused oils, heirloom beans and grains, cheeses, etc. As the owner of a very small kitchen which has all the tools I can hold, I would prefer a consumable goodie or a cookbook to a gadget or pan.

    Personally I love "concept gifts" like a ceramic bean pot with Rancho Gordo beans and all the seasonings to make old-style baked beans, or an outstanding olive oil, vinegar and mustard with a salad cookbook so they can create their own dressings. If your friend has a favorite cuisine like Indian or Italian there are other possible combinations.
    S&S: I totally agree with your "concept gifts" and think as we start to visualize our giftee, we could put together some thoughtful packages.

    Several years ago I did a "chick flick" basket (decorated with sunflowers) for my son's fiancee with snacks I made in keeping with the theme for "Frida," "Chocolat" and "Under Tuscan Sun." Included a fine chianti I had store owner pick out for me.

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    A small gift (think stocking stuffer) that I often give is a spoon rest that clips on the edge of my pot. I often give a really nice wooden spoon with it. Here's an image of the one I have.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...B24919&first=1

    This year, I am giving my foodie friends some gourmet hot cocoa and 3 different types of homemade marshmallows.

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    I'd actually recommend first snooping around her (or his?) kitchen a bit before making a decision. That way you'll get an idea of what kind of cooking she does as well as what she already has -- or has room for.

    Cheers,
    Phoebe

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    In a different direction, I suggest the book Life Is Meals by James and Kay Salter. I'm not ashamed to call myself a foodie and I loved it. An entry for every day about food--recipe, poem, fun fact, bit of history, dinner party review.

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    Woot has bacon salt -- along with some balsamic, olive oil and other goodies. I ordered DH some salami, DS2 some ketchup salt (silly stocking stuffer, but he may love it) and the balsamic for me. The only reason I didn't try the olive oil (limited release unfiltered first press -- supposed to be the freshest, most intense flavor) was that we recently ordered something similar. Since it has bits of the olive still in the oil, it doesn't keep as long as filtered oil, so we may try that variety next year.

    Uncommon Goods has some fun gifts for foodies too. They are one of the sources I've seen for a mushroom growing kit.
    Last edited by Beth; 12-04-2012 at 10:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cchhbb View Post
    A small gift (think stocking stuffer) that I often give is a spoon rest that clips on the edge of my pot. I often give a really nice wooden spoon with it. Here's an image of the one I have.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...B24919&first=1

    This year, I am giving my foodie friends some gourmet hot cocoa and 3 different types of homemade marshmallows.
    I bought some of my stocking stuffers this summer. One is the lovely butterfly cupcake wrappers: http://www.kitchenkrafts.com/product...FQJx4AodTWEA1g
    I'm looking for that clip on spoon rest today. Stocking stuffer rock!
    Could you share your marshmallow recipe? Are they vegetarian? Great stocking stuffer for the triatheletes.
    Last edited by margeslp; 12-04-2012 at 05:13 AM.

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    I second Lantana's suggestion about truffle salt! I adore it on my soft-boiled eggs in the morning. Another great source for wonderful foodies gifts is Zingerman's, and the staff are fabulous with helping you put together something to mail to a foodie friend: http://www.zingermans.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canice View Post
    This sriracha ketchup is the best of small batch ketchup and everyone's favorite hit o' heat:
    http://www.sosuketchup.com/srirachup.html
    Canice - it appears you can only find these folks locally - no shipping, I guess?
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    Sorry! It didn't occur to me to look into that. I guess as a new company maybe they don't have shipping up and running? You could email info@sosuketchup.com
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