Holiday gift guide_ 9 great food gifts – metro weekly

The holidays aren’t just about candy, cookies, chocolate and way too much eggnog. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes Here are nine ideas, both sweet and savory, to satisfy the gourmands in your life, whether given as gifts, Secret Santa, in stockings, or just displayed and eaten at parties.

Jonathan Bardzik’s Seasons to Taste Cookbook – It may not have been the most high-profile of cookbooks to come from local chefs this year — Grill Nation from David Guas of Bayou Bakery takes that crown — but the gay Bardzik’s second self-published book, subtitled Farm-Fresh Joy for Kitchen & Table, is as attractive, impressive and engaging as any other, and seemingly more practical for the average urban cook. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce The gorgeous, plush 320-page hardcover book ($40) features 127 recipes grouped by season, peppered with humorous personal insights and amusing anecdotes that inspire you to keep reading until you’re ready to get cooking.


Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch Once winter finally feels like winter, you’ll crave his Mushroomy Mushroom Soup, Manchego Serrano Souffle and Herb-Crusted Pork Chops with Parsnips. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can Visit jonathanbardzik.com.

HelloFresh Three-Meal Box – The Berlin-based upstart HelloFresh, like competitors Blue Apron and Plated, ships meal kits featuring fresh ingredients to make several recipes (including one a week from British chef Jamie Oliver starting in 2016). Sauce for pasta and sausage A week before Christmas, it’s too late to order a gift box — but you can purchase a gift card for that someone in your life who likes to cook, but is often unsure about what to make. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch It could be a great gift for your significant other or roommate, and is sure to enhance social interaction as well as cooking skills, as roommates and guests help prepare meals and then enjoy the fruits of the labor together. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce HelloFresh starts at $79 a week for a Classic Box of three meals easily feeding two per, or $69 for a three-meal Veggie Box. Homemade tomato pasta sauce Visit hellofresh.com.

Try The World Gift Box — Try The World is a New York-based service offering gourmet packaged food goods every other month, each curated box representing a different country or culture. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe for canning The most recent box toasted Spain, with recipes for tapas using the box’s six ingredients, including El Avion smoked mild paprika, El Navarrico Salsa Tumaca con Ajo and P. Tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese Listo rose petals jam (for a cava spritzer cocktail). Homemade pasta sauce to freeze As with HelloFresh, it’s too late to gift a $39 box from Try The World, but you can purchase a gift certificate for the same amount. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe paula deen Visit trytheworld.com.

Laconiko Olive Oil — Olive oil may seem like a odd gift, though one taste of the smooth, buttery, peppery oil, and you’ll be a convert. Homemade tomato and basil pasta sauce Laconiko also sells 10 infused varieties, as exotic as Black Truffle, Chives and Blood Orange. Homemade spaghetti sauce from ketchup At $21.95 per 375ml bottle, it’s more expensive than the average — but because it is single-sourced and unblended, Laconiko has a shelf life of more than two years, several times longer than the cheaper, mostly blended varieties you’ll find in the supermarket. Best homemade spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes An especially giftable selection of five flavored varieties runs $90 online at laconiko.com. Making pasta sauce from scratch with tomatoes Also available at area Ah Love Oil & Vinegar stores.

Dean & Deluca’s French Spice Stack — This “stack” of four spice blends includes savory, “fines herbes” (a blend of parsley, chives, tarragon and chervil) and tarragon. Making sauce for pasta But the star attraction, naturellement, is Herbes de Provence. Homemade pasta sauce for toddlers A special blend of floral, earthy herbs including marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender, Herbs de Provence is especially good for seasoning steak prior to searing. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch It can be hard to find the blend at local grocery stores — even Whole Foods isn’t high-end enough, it seems. Tomato pasta sauce recipe jamie oliver Naturellement, one of the original high-end grocers, with a location in Georgetown that remains a destination for gourmands, is so savvy as to feature it among its gift baskets. Pasta sauce homemade recipe Mais oui. White sauce recipe for pasta by sanjeev kapoor ($25). Tomato pasta sauce with hidden veg recipe Visit deandeluca.com.

Roaring Brook Dairy Homemade Butter Kit — Everything tastes better with butter, though not just any butter. Making a cheese sauce for pasta Most store-bought varieties taste little better than “greasy cardboard,” as Jonathan Bardzik puts it. Homemade pasta sauce canning Of course, good butter, such as Bardzik’s preferred Amish grass-fed butter sold by Agora Farms at Eastern Market, is expensive. Recipe for easy homemade spaghetti sauce It’s also too perishable to gift. Recipe sauce for pasta A slightly cheaper, giftable alternative is this kit, which makes for a cool little science experiment perfect for a geeky — or at least goofy — food-loving friend. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes It requires shaking heavy cream for 15 minutes to turn it into butter — unless you cheat and use a mixer — and also produces a buttermilk that you can drink. Homemade healthy pasta sauce The kit comes with a mini butter crock and butter spreader, plus packets of cinnamon sugar and Herbes de Provence for making herbed butter. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch fresh tomatoes Glen’s Garden Markets in Dupont Circle and Shaw carry the kit for $17.99 (organic heavy cream not included). How to make homemade tomato pasta sauce Visit roaringbrookdairy.com or glensgardenmarket.com.

Trader Joe’s Joyous Joe Coffee Assortment — By this time of year, plenty of people are turned off by anything spiced with pumpkin or gingerbread. Homemade pasta tomato sauce But not all of us. How to make easy homemade pasta sauce If you can’t get enough of the season’s flavors, pick up a 12-ounce can of flavored coffee at Trader Joe’s, rotating between Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Wintry Blend. Homemade pasta sauce easy All are delicious, though Gingerbread has the edge given its veritable kick from dried ginger root. Homemade tomato pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes This year, you can get all at once with this assortment of 2.75 oz. Healthy homemade pasta sauce cans, also including the tingly Peppermint Mocha with peppermint leaf and red peppercorn. Homemade mushroom sauce for pasta Available for $12 at area stores, including the 14th St. Quick homemade pasta sauce NW location. Homemade tomato pasta sauce recipe Visit traderjoes.com.

Carla Hall Petite Cookies — D.C.-based celebrity chef Carla Hall, known from her stints on Bravo’s Top Chef and as co-host of ABC’s The Chew, offers the perfect antidote to standard-fare holiday cookies, which are generally too large and too sweet. Homemade pasta sauce simple The cookies in her collection are the size of sugar cubes and are light and airy. White sauce recipe for pasta easy Particularly noteworthy is her divine Black Forest Crinkle, a blend of chocolate chips, cherries, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Homemade pasta sauce from canned tomatoes Other varieties include Almond Ginger Cherry Shortbread, Chocolate Cinnamon Tea Cake and Lemon Black Pepper Shortbread. Homemade pasta sauce giada A 6 oz. Homemade tomato pasta sauce fresh tomatoes plastic cube of Black Forest Crinkle costs only $6.99 at Glen’s Garden Market locations. Homemade tomato sauce pasta Visit carlahallbakes.com and glensgardenmarket.com.

Creole Cringle Cake from Bayou Bakery — Both the Arlington and Capitol Hill locations of Bayou Bakery offer stocking stuffers, from candied creole pecans ($10) to a trinity of pralines ($8) to a “heavenly hash” of pecan and marshmallow fudge ($7). Best homemade pasta sauce from scratch But the most interesting seasonal offering this year is chef/proprietor David Guas’ hybrid of the famous, mass-produced King Cake from his native New Orleans. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce for canning Guas adds a little Kris Kringle cheer to concoct a brioche-style cake topped with sugary brown butter icing and stuffed with crumbled pralines and creole cream cheese. Homemade pasta sauce with olive oil There are 12 to 16 servings in each cake, which costs $39.95 and must be individually ordered by Tuesday, Dec. Homemade white pasta sauce from scratch 22, at 1 p.m., for pick-up Dec. Rose sauce for pasta recipe 24. Tomato pasta sauce with bacon Visit bayoubakerydc.com.