What’s for Dinner?

December 15, 20112 Comments

Perhaps you are now at the point when you know you’d better order that something for that someone mighty quickly if you want it to arrive in time for the holidays. When in doubt – which is often – I turn to consumable gifts. For those close by, I can whip up a goodie and box it up in my own kitchen. But for those far flung loved ones deserving of something tasty, I rely on food gifts from the web. Still searching for something novel? Feast your mouse on these ideas…

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – I have purchased pints of this legendary Columbus, OH-born ice cream (her not-so-secret magical ingredient: cream cheese in the base) as gifts, but I’ve never actually tasted it. I hear the salty caramel is like heaven on a spoon. Maybe my next order will be shipped to my house instead of cross country. Jeni also published a cookbook this year, which I’ve seen on a number of top-cookbooks-of-the-year lists. Warning: The shipping costs are pretty steep. It’s not cheap to send ice cream across the U.S.
  • Zingerman’s – Anyone that’s been to Ann Arbor, MI surely knows the wonder that is Zingerman’s. They make amazing baskets of breads, cheeses, meats…and sweets. Oh, don’t even get me started on the sweets. A terrific gift for any lover of edibles whether they’ve been to A2 or not.
  • Hippie Crack from Baked & Wired – I am admittedly a granola addict. I just can’t get enough of the stuff. This is the best granola I’ve found anywhere and I’ve traveled to friends all over the country with a bag of this magical, crunchy mix in my carry-on. It makes a great hostess gift. Now it can be shipped nationally, too! Perfect for the somewhat health-conscious folks on your list.
  • Georgetown Cupcakes – I’m a little ambivalent about this one. Does anyone really need cupcakes in the middle of the holiday season? It started as a tiny shop in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood a few years ago. Several additional stores, a TV show and a book later, the sisters who created this business still have a long line out the door to their original (but in a newer, larger space) DC store. People wait in the cold and in the rain. The line curls around the block at all time of day. Yes, they are mighty tasty. But in the rain, people?! See if you can decipher what the fuss is all about.
  • In truth, what we could really all use this time of year is a good dose of veggies and fruits! Consider sending the Healing Cooler, a collection of fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices aimed at boosting immunity (I could use one of those right now), lowering stress and promoting strength and healing. Each cooler contains six flavors packed with vitamins naturally occuring in fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the juices are made to order and extremely perishable, they need to be consumed within three days.
  • And for the wee ones…I love kids’ natural curiosity in the kitchen. Encouraging this interest is easy to do with an adorable apron or a set of beautiful, life-like fruits or veggies. Lately, my kindergartener has been asking for a cookbook as his story at bedtime. A little strange, I know. But it speaks to his comfort with food and the kitchen, which is sweet. We think this cookbook is very nice for kids.

Now that you’ve got ideas for the rest of your list, it’s time to think about dinner! This week, I’m excited to share a recipe for okonomiyaki (pictured above), a Japanese street food we discovered back in 2003 while visiting my brother. Before he even took the first bite, my husband was asking if I’d make this again soon. The answer is yes. And I’ll be doubling the recipe. Until next week, be merry, stay healthy and enjoy the season.

What’s in Season?

Cabbage | Chard | Mushrooms | Spinach

What’s for Dinner?

The List

1 small Savoy cabbage
1 red pepper
2 oz. shiitake mushrooms
1 small bunch scallions
1 yellow onion
2 carrots
1 stalk celery
3 garlic cloves
1 bunch swiss chard
1/2 pound spinach
2 shallots
Fresh thyme
Fresh rosemary

Soy sauce
Hoisin sauce
Whole wheat bread crumbs
28 oz. can tomatoes in juice
1 cup small pasta

1/2 pound shrimp
8 oz. ground turkey

9 large eggs

2 responses to “What’s for Dinner?”

  1. Melissa Luckett says:

    Great choice giving props to Jeni’s! Salty carmel is the bomb along with her other seasonal choices which are generally delicious. I have not had them but she supposedly makes ice cream sandwiches which are super yummy. But for those “chip” lovers don’t forget Cinci’s Graeters ice cream which can also be sent around the globe. So basically Ohio has ice cream all locked up!

    • Alicia says:

      Thanks for vouching for Jeni’s firsthand. It’s unlike me to recommend something I’ve not tasted myself, but I’m so very confident in this product based on the responses of those I’ve sent it to! And many others, like yourself. I love Graeters! I have been gifted with pints of Graeters in the past, and as a former resident of the state of OH, I’m quite proud that the state is leading the charge in this important arena.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want to receive updates in your inbox?