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Notes from the Kitchen: Foodie Gift Guide


Are you looking for the perfect present for the foodie in your life? We've got some great suggestions for you.

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If you love to bake, you'll certainly appreciate the amazing vanillas and extracts from Nielsen-Massey. With a 100-year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. Products such as Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla are a welcome addition to any kitchen, with a wonderful pure vanilla flavor. Pure extracts,including chocolate, almond, and lemon, among others, maintain the high quality standard. Even better? Nielsen-Massey products are certified kosher, gluten free and Fair Trade!


We love to make sushi in our house, but it loses the elegance serving it on our regular dinnerware. This 11-piece sushi and tea set from is the perfect kitchen gift for aspiring sushi chefs. It includes the basics for serving sushi, two long plates, two soy sauce plates, and two sets of chopsticks, along with tea for four, featuring a traditional styled Japanese tea pot and four handleless cups. Other sets include service for two or four, with options for tea or sake sets to match.


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Foodie meets fashion in this wine and cocktail-inspired designer wear from BevShots. Using microscopic slides of crystallized drinks, light is passed through the slides, creating beautiful, vibrant colors. These colors are photographed and applied to fashion items, such as scarves and sarongs, barware, even wall canvases. Imagine surprising your favorite wine connoisseur with a scarf made from white wine slides or a microbrewer with lager-inspired bar coasters. Images are available for over 60 different drinks, including many popular favorites.


For a wonderful hostess gift or for the Italian food aficionado, the Olive Tap offers an assortment of gourmet 100% extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils, aged balsamic vinegars, spices, herbs and seasonings. Gift packages include grilling sets with spices and rubs, themed oil baskets including "fruity" or "spicy" choices, dipping sets with herbs, oils and matching bowls, and more. We loved our bread dipper set, the perfect accompaniment to an Italian dinner!


Everyone loves Hickory Farms! I still remember going shopping as a child and sampling their goodies at the mall, and my mom and dad would always buy a few. My husband still does this--samples, then buys! But even more than the memories, I love that they offer free shipping to overseas military addresses (APO and FPO addresses, including Afghanistan). As a military family, we love to support companies that support the military, even when shopping for gifts for our local family and friends, and we've yet to find anyone who doesn't enjoy their products!

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, now living in Colorado, and the author of
'?? '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given samples for review purposes.

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