Holiday Entertaining

From-Scratch Holiday Gift Idea: A Ready-Made Cocktail Party (Just Add Booze)

December  6, 2013

How to give the most memorable holiday food gifts this year? Double down on good food and useful, beautiful products to go with them.

Today: Just add booze and you've got a full-on cocktail party in a box.

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The challenge, thrown down by Food52er AntoniaJames: Pair Food52 recipes with products from Provisions for extra-thoughtful holiday gift giving this year. We whittled down 5 favorites and are announcing them every day this week, to help inspire your own.

Today, we present our third winner, hardlikearmour. She's giving the gift of cocktail nibbles -- some homemade, some from favorite producers -- plus a handsome board to serve them on. Just add booze and you've got a full-on cocktail party in a box. Even better, hardlikearmour notes that the quantities can make gifts for up to three people -- a fine way to multitask, if you ask us.

First, the recipes:

Sage-Candied Walnuts by cristinasciarra

Pickled Prunes by hardlikearmour

Plus, a wedge of cheese and Amanda Hesser's Carta Musica semolina crackers.

For packaging, the nuts and prunes are served in these 8-ounce Weck Jars, accompanied by Olympic Provisions sausage, José Andrés olives, and for "extra-special giftees," says hardlikearmour, "I would include a live-edge reclaimed wood serving and cutting board to serve the goodies on."



Bon appetit!

Still stumped? Check back every day through Sunday for more inspired holiday food gift ideas from the community.
Don't forget to use the code FOOD5210 to receive 10% off of custom labels and printed recipes from Makr, valid until the end of the year (11:59 p.m. ET on 12/31/13).
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dymnyno December 6, 2013
I love candied walnuts. My mother made a huge batch every Christmas and I ate my share and more.