Holiday Gift Foods

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Gavin | Posted in Notes & News, Recipes

When was the last time you were given a gift that was homemade? The busier our lives get, the more we appreciate when someone takes the time to make a gift. I especially love to make and give festive foods to my friends and family.

As the days get shorter, I start thinking about the holiday traditions I want for my family. A fun day of making gifts is already a tradition for us. It makes a memory, stretches the dollar, and we have a lot of fun. This year we will be inviting some friends over to join the fun as we make gifts together. I hope you enjoy making and sharing these gift foods as much as I do. The recipes are adapted from Southern Living Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen.

Sweet & Spicy Mustard

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. mustard (Sierra Nevada Porter or Annie’s Spicy
  • Brown)
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish (Bubbie’s, of course)
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Stir all ingredients together until blended well. Cover and chill.

People go crazy for this! It is good year round for sandwiches or pretzels. It’s also fast and easy—my toddler loves to stir! Use a squeeze bottle from our bulk department for an easy pour, or put into jars with decorated lids. Give with a bag of organic pretzels.

Sweet & Tangy Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Bubbie’s prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Pulse cranberries and onion in food processor until coarsely chopped. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into jars and chill.

This delicious sauce goes well with everything from prime rib to Tofurky. Also great as a sandwich spread. It is beautiful in a clear glass jar with a ribbon tied on.

Gingered Cinnamon Sugar


  • 2 1/2 oz. crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 5 tsp. ground cinnamon

Put all ingredients into a food processor with the knife blade and process for one minute, until mix is a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.

I was given this at my baby shower (it was labeled Sugar, Spice & everything Nice), but I really love it for the winter holiday season. Sprinkle it on toast, in oatmeal, or just about anywhere else!

Festive Fruit Salsa


  • 2 valencia or blood oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh garlic, minced

Remove the skins from the orange sections and cut into pieces. Combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add oranges, stir gently to combine. Spoon into wide mouth jars, seal and refrigerate.

Give it in a basket with a fresh avocado and chips.

Photo by: imcountingufoz