Christmas lists seem to get longer every year. Families grow, new friends and acquaintances are made, and there are lots of people to be thankful for. Luckily, most people love food, so here are two of my recipes for foodie-friendly gifts that are sure to please. For more ideas, check out my recipe page on QVC.com.
Don’t be afraid to consult your own recipe box as well. If you’ve made some great sauces and spice blends lately, jar them. If you make a killer coffee cake, put the dry mix in a nice cake pan. And don't forget about your favorite wintry soups and casseroles.
Just remember — if you make a casserole or a big batch of soup and plan to freeze it, be sure to use freezer-stable ingredients. Cream-based sauces tend to separate and turn watery when frozen, and cooked potatoes often lose their texture. Also, avoid any recipe that uses eggs, and don’t add crunchy toppings (like chips, crackers or breadcrumbs) before baking, as they'll get soggy.
Lots of folks are already dreaming about that Christmas ham, so give them a real treat with a helping of this warm, hearty soup. And don't forget to keep this recipe handy for the days after Christmas!
To save you time — and for more convenient gifting — freeze this recipe. Cook as directed, cool completely and divide the soup into airtight, freezer-safe containers. Write cooking directions (i.e., thaw overnight, gently warm before serving) on a gift tag you can attach to the top.
Your friends and acquaintances may be swimming in cookies this time of year, but brownies would make for a sweet change. Just add the dry ingredients and attach the baking directions as well as a printable gift tag that you can download from QVC.com. It's up to your recipient to make the brownies either right away or a month from now.
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