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Gourmet Gifts From Your Kitchen

December 15, 2008


I love to make edible holiday gifts. One of my favorites is hot pepper jelly. However, the recipe I use has not turned out to be dependable. It doesn’t always set up and can be rather syrupy. If any of you know of a tried and true recipe for hot pepper jelly, I’d be so appreciative if you’d share it!

There is an ongoing demand for my pepper jelly, even when it is syrupy! It is so yummy with cheese and crackers.

Any other suggestions for gourmet gifts? In the past I’ve made:

Homemade Spice Rub
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Chai Tea Mix
Caramelized Pecans
Mulling Spices
Dipping Herbs and Olive Oil for Focaccia Bread
Bread and Butter Pickles

I’ll be looking for suggestions online and will be putting together some goodies this week.

Meanwhile, here are some links for ideas, if you’re thinking along the same lines:

Homemade Gourmet Gift Basket Ideas

Ten Great Homemade Food Gifts

Food Gift Recipes from Southern Food at

Better Homes and Gardens

That’s a pretty good start, wouldn’t you say?

Art Ideas Cooking
Many more panels are here and ready to paint. I can start on those any time, because of the long drying times between paint applications. Lots of ideas for those are also simmering on the back burner.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2008 4:09 pm

    A friend was saying yesterday that she’s making cookie mix in a jar, with instructions on the back of the tag, and pretty Christmas fabric over the top of the jar. Nice!

  2. December 15, 2008 4:27 pm

    Yes, Cath! A friend gave us that one year and it was a fun and much-appreciated gift.

  3. 4roomsandthemoon permalink
    December 15, 2008 10:32 pm

    I really enjoy your blog and think your art is wonderful. I have a recipe for salsa that I got from a restaurant in Guadalupe California, located on the central coast of California, The Far Western — its very tasty. If you would like it, I’m sure I can find it for you. Its quite simple.
    Just wanted to say I have recently been the recipient of a blog award, and part of the award is that I must pass it along to others. Which is not really very easy for me as I find it a little bit difficult to approach people sometimes. I have chosen your blog as a recipient of the award, so if you would like to visit my blog you will see the award and the guidelines.

  4. December 15, 2008 11:14 pm

    Martha- I wish don’t have a hot pepper jelly recipe otherwise I would share with you. It does sound mmm…. good!!
    I love making gifts of food.

    Happy jelly making!!!

  5. December 16, 2008 8:47 am

    Olivia, I need your blog link. Thank you so much for visiting and for considering me for an award.

    Joyce, I found one last night that I think will work. At least the author says it’s one she uses all the time. If it works I’ll share that link with everyone. Probably will make a small batch first. And it is so good! The combination of that and cheese and crackers is perfect.

  6. December 16, 2008 2:52 pm

    Hi Mary,
    use your syrupy hot pepper jelly over cream cheese to spread on crackers!! makes a great presentation on a decorative plate too.


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