I’ve made my list….and I’ve checked it twice. Here’s what on my 2017 list:
I order these yummy mild peppers from Spain year around by the case, however, their gorgeous red color make them absolute perfection for Christmas. While I can eat them solo (right out of the jar), for the holidaze I prefer to serve them as an h’ordeuvre filled with fresh Dungeness crab and a little crème fraiche. Olé!
Don’t know what gift to send a foodie who has everything? If the gourmand lives in a non-metropolitan area, consider sending farro, a wonderful grain from Italy. Although previously a rustic Italian staple, farro is now the new darling of the food world. It can be cooked like risotto, or used as a substitute in pasta recipes. Magnifico.
I’ve been ordering William Sonoma’s outrageously decadent croissants for >20 years. These are the closest rendition to the authentic French version that I’ve found on this side of the Atlantic. While their price tag is steep, it’s much cheaper than an airline ticket to Paris. Shipped to you frozen and uncooked, set them out the night before and bake them the next morning. OMG.
Every autumn I order a small wheel of Stilton as a luxurious treat for my husband and myself. I especially love the Stilton made by Long Clawson Dairy (England). I freeze it in several small sections and then take it out piece-by-piece to make our favorite autumn salad with Fuyu persimmons, pomegranates, toasted nuts and arugula, as well as other heavenly dishes like the Stilton tart (see next week’s Blog for this recipe).
Need a special something for a special someone? Nothing screams holidaze like fresh lobsters from Maine. Caught one day and overnighted the next…what could be a better way to ring in 2018!
HAPPY HOLIDAZE !