A Small-Batch Gift Guide for Food Lovers

A Small-Batch Gift Guide for Food Lovers

Food gifts are some of my favorite gifts to give, especially ones that are handcrafted and thoughtfully produced. As a lover of food myself, I decided that the best way to put together a gift guide was to make of list of food-related gifts I’d love to receive!

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My Seasonal Thanksgiving Table

Here’s a selection of seasonal side dishes, drinks, table decoration ideas, and a couple of good-any-season desserts that I like to bring to Friendsgiving and family Thanksgiving.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is one of my go-to dinner party desserts because I almost always have the ingredients on hand: eggs, sugar, chocolate, and butter (plus a shot of flavored liqueur if it suits the mood).

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“Upside Down” Butternut + Bacon Quiche

Whether we have family in town for a holiday or we have friends here to visit, I always try to serve a hearty breakfast in the morning. It’s a moment to pause, sit together, and fuel up before the busyness of the day gets going… This year, I’m making an “upside down” butternut squash and bacon quiche with rosemary, gruyere cheese, and holiday pie crust shapes on top.

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A Few Stops in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Even though I spent a large part of my childhood in North Carolina, I never spent much time in Winston-Salem. The city was built around the tobacco industry, which declined decades ago. Even though a strong university and hospital presence remained, the city was left with a lot of abandoned warehouses and historical structures. But a recent renaissance has filled those spaces with cool breweries and trendy restaurants.

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Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon + Sage

I thought I should come up with a creative and new spin on pumpkin risotto, but some flavor combos stick around for a reason. Take pumpkin and sage, for example. I didn’t see any need to mess around with that other than to add bacon (duh!).

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Asheville Travel Guide

Asheville is a quirky little city in Western North Carolina, known for the Biltmore House, beer, hippies, and more recently, a great food scene. It’s a place to escape normal. And good news if you like traveling with your pup: many Asheville establishments are dog-friendly.

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Dinner Party Hosting Hack: Balsamic Reduction

A balsamic reduction is one of my favorite things to teach in my art of entertaining classes because it’s a simple way to dress up many different dishes. You can drizzle it over a plain piece of meat (think steak, pork chops, or pan seared chicken). You can stir it into mashed potatoes, grits, or risotto. You can toss greens with it for an easy salad dressing. You could even add it to dessert!

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A Travel-Inspired Atlanta Townhouse

Lindsey and Marshall Magaro are the epitome of a power couple: she’s a successful attorney and he’s a successful real estate broker. They live in the popular Virginia-Highland neighborhood of intown Atlanta in a chic, new townhouse adorned with nods to their love of travel.

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