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Exotic ingredients for the adventurous chef

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Foodie gifts

For the person who loves to get creative in the kitchen, a holiday gift of exotic ingredients certainly will be appreciated.

Foodie gifts

Mushroom kit

This is a fun gift that any adventurous chef would love. With this DIY mushroom kit (UncommonGoods, $20), you can grow up to 1-1/2 pounds of pearl oyster mushrooms by just spraying the soil and mushroom root twice a day. The kit includes the instructions, the mister, the soil (which is comprised of 100 percent recycled coffee grounds) and the oyster mushroom spawn.

Foodie gifts

Gourmet cheese

For the adventurous chef who loves her Italian food, why not give the gift of cheese? The Formaggio del Cucina assortment is just one of the many cheese choices available at Amazon, $36.. You can select everything from an Irish cheese assortment to smoked cheese and pub cheese to great goat cheeses of the world.

Foodie gifts

Black garlic

Black garlic is a blend of sweet and savory flavors, which can make any chef's meal even tastier. The perfect mix of molasses-like richness and tangy garlic undertones make black garlic an all-natural, quality substance that will complement an especially exotic or adventurous meal.

Foodie gifts

Black pepper

Fresh black pepper (Amazon, $40) is sure to spice up any meal a great chef can make. It doesn't just add a kick to the flavor of the food, but it also emits an unforgettably exotic aroma that will leave your guests wanting more.

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Exotic salts

Perfect for chefs or any salt lover, the Artisan Deluxe Trio Exotic Salt Collection (SaltWorks, $30) makes a terrific gift. This set includes three full-size flip-top jars of salt, a beautiful serving tray and three salt spoons packed in a display box. The trio features coarse Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt, Murray River Australian Flake Salt and fine Himalayan Pink Salt.

Foodie gifts

Truffle oil

For something unusual, give the gift of Italian Black Truffle Oil. This oil is created from the finest virgin olive oil infused with the aroma of seasonal Italian truffles. It can be drizzled over bread or seafood, added to salad dressings and used in a number of vegetable dishes. Get a White and Black Truffle Oil set at Amazon for $29.

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