Food: the Perfect Gift for Body and Soul

The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on the blessings we’ve enjoyed during the year, celebrate our past and prepare for our future.  What’s a celebration without food.  On this site we revel in food, how to prepare it.  How to eat it.  The history of it and so much more.  Food made from the heart, shared with those near and dear to you is one of the best things about the holidays.  And here are some things you can do to make giving the gift of food meaningful and fun.

  1. Heirloom cookies – There’s been a trend in recent years to hold cookie parties to show off and share favorite recipes with co-workers and friends. If you are thinking of throwing a cookie party, ask your guests to use the oldest recipe they can find, or a family heirloom recipe and dress in the clothing from that period.  You can have lots of fun with this, especially if you bring a photo of the person whose recipe you’re using so you can tell your guests a little bit about that person.
  2. Soup for the Soul – Fall and winter bring on the cooler temperatures that make us crave warm comforting soups. Do a soup swap with a small circle of friends like your football widows.  You can use leftovers from Thanksgiving for this one and jazz up your place with fall décor.  Right now, Macy’s has kitchen ware, tabletop décor and beautiful linens at great discounts when you use a Groupon coupon.  You can save as much as 70% off sale items, and get free shipping with a qualifying purchase.  Rather than showing up with a plastic storage bowl, you can get a ceramic tureen to swap as a gift that keeps on giving.  And you can use the Groupon right from your smartphone.
  3. Farm to Tree – Your foodie friends will love seeing this under the Christmas tree. Shop your farmers market to find locally produced cheese and meats.   Arrange them on a hand thrown serving platter or unique wooden cutting board then wrap with cellophane or pretty cloth and tie it all up with a bow.
  4. Food for Others – This year, rather than writing a check for a holiday dinner, schedule time for your family to serve food to the needy in a shelter or church. You’ll never forget the uplifting experience.