Yes, we here at MagicKitchen.com are fully aware that the holidays are still a few months away. However, as my mother always said, “Planning is next to Godliness,” or was that cleanliness? Whatever, the point is that gifts your friends and family members can consume are an often overlooked gift idea, especially if it feeds a deep-seated food addiction.
The first step in the edible gift giving process is a little research that actually doesn’t involve Google or Wikipedia. It’s simple, just find out what type of food the gift recipient likes, no, even better than that, craves, can’t live without, is hooked on, or eats while no one’s around. In other words, pay attention to the things they actually eat or talk about eating.
One way to discover this is to just ask them questions such as, “If I was on death row about to eat my last meal, I’d order bacon wrapped bacon with a side of bacon. How about you?” The key to this is then actually remembering their reply. Take notes if necessary.
Once you’ve discovered what their food addiction is, the next step is to locate a source (now is the time for Google), and one of the best sources is you! We all know that the most thoughtful and heartfelt gifts are those that are handmade (just ask Martha Stewart). Rather than ordering some anonymous fruit basket or cheese platter, put a little time and effort in and prepare their addiction with your own two, loving hands.
Look, this doesn’t have to be some five course meal you pulled from Epicurious.com. Another thing my dear old mother repeated was KISS…keep it simple, stupid (and as I recall, she called me stupid quite often). If they like pies, bake their favorite. If you’re baking for a diverse and large group of friends, then bake single serving pies. If they like nuts, how about some spiced pecans…all you need is sugar, cinnamon, egg whites and an oven. Or, if you it’s a family gift, prepare a pizza (dough, sauce, cheese and toppings) or pancake (pancake mix and toppings, such as blueberries, strawberries, etc.) kit so that even the kids can get involved in the cooking process.
Or, you could simply order one of our home made food bundles for those you deem worthy of an edible gift. For example, we have a Sweet Dreams Dessert Bundle that includes raspberry rhubarb pie and double fudge brownies, and who isn’t addicted to those. Or perhaps our Comfort Food Bundle that will deliver such delectable meals as deep dished chicken pot pie and roast turkey with gravy…Mmmm, gravy. Either way, just put a bit of thought and effort into your edible gift giving and you’ll feel good about yourself and the recipient will feel full.