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Holiday Gift Guide from Karista’s Kitchen

Holiday Appetizers from Karista's Kitchen

I’ve got some special gifts I’d love to share with you, including links to these delightful appetizer recipes which you’ll find at the end of this post. 🙂

This Holiday Gift Guide is filled with products from very special companies and artists that I completely adore – companies and artisans with integrity in their products and their mission.  

Maybe you’re looking for that special gift for that special someone or for family members that seem to stump the gift giving every year.  I’m certain you’ll love one or more of these unique gift ideas that won’t break the bank but will warm the loved one’s heart.

I don’t know about you but I love Little Lace Box delivery day.  The excitement that wells up inside of me when I see that red little box on my door step is literally overwhelming.

A fruit spoon from Little Lace Box

My fruit spoon from Little Lace Box

Little lace box is dedicated to seeking out only the most talented and creative up-and-coming designers, whose products might not have even hit the market yet.  This year you can choose to “gift” your box to whoever you choose at any time during the year. This creates an easy and fun way to remember birthdays, holidays, special occasions or just because moments.

Not only can you subscribe to the gift box but Little Lace Box also hosts my Karista’s Kitchen store. We carry a gorgeous line of products on the website that are carefully curated for our customers from new designers and artisans. Truly the unique and special gift for that special someone.  

For the food lover or home chef in your life, I have two food companies that provide the perfect food gifts to give.

smoked salmon from Two If By Seafoods

Smoked Salmon from Two if By Seafoods and Barn2Door

Barn2Door is a marketplace to help consumers purchase clean, sustainable, local and regional food. This is a company near and dear to my heart. As a culinary professional with time spent in nutrition, I can’t advocate enough for local, clean, healthy food.

Barn2Door makes it easier to find local growers and food from your area, or specialty foods from other regions that ship directly to you, the consumer.  It’s truly a win-win for everyone – supporting our local farmers and food artisans and preparing healthy food for our family.

I’ve been a fan of Jovial foods for many years now. I bake with Einkorn flour and I use many of their pasta products in my recipes. Jovial has created this lovely Einkorn baking gift set that is the perfect gift for the home chef in your life. If you’d like to read more about the Einkorn cookbook and flour, check out my book review here.

Einkorn - Recipes for Nature's Original Wheat Fudgey Chocolate Brownies

Fudgey Brownie Recipe from the Einkorn Cookbook

If fine art is what you’re looking for, look no further.  A dear friend, who happens to be one of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, has an Etsy shop filled with her gorgeous prints.  Krystyna has an impressive resume and has sold her paintings and commissioned work all over the world.  I feel so lucky to own four of her prints, proudly displayed in my home.

Another friend of mine, Jim O’Donnell, is an experienced and amazing travel photographer, writer and archeologist.  He also has a lovely collection of photography prints that makes me swoon every time I see them.  Jim writes a fabulous travel and photography blog Around the World in Eighty Years.  You won’t want to miss it!  Jim O’Donnell prints make a perfect gift for the photography enthusiast, or for someone who is a connoisseur of photographic art.

Now I’m hungry and I want to go shopping. 🙂

Happy gift giving!

Karista

To find the appetizer recipes click on the links below:

Honey Dijon Glazed Pork Belly with Rosemary White Bean Puree 

Asian Salmon Cake Sliders

Sausage Rolls

Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates 

 

 

Breakfast Karista's Kitchen Sweets

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

baked oatmeal with apples and spices

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

Tractors humming in the distance, the scent of coffee in the air, the word “mom” can be heard chiming down the hallway and then I see Tank’s little furry face and big brown eyes peaking over the side of my bed.

I’m home.

I admit, it feels good to be home.  Although the last two weeks have been more magical than I ever imagined.

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Cantine Leonardo DaVinci Chef Ana

Me and Chef Ana

I have many beautiful stories to share, mouthwatering recipes to unveil, and delightful new friends to introduce.

In the beginning, I felt so lucky to be chosen the 2013 DaVinci Wine Culinary Arts Storyteller.  Now, I feel blessed.

DaVinci Wine

An enchanting week of food, wine and friends.

More to come.  Until then, here’s a new recipe to start your Autumn morning, or maybe, end your Autumn day.

Loads of Love and Delicious Wishes,

~Karista

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

Serves 4-6

4-6 small ramekins or one 8-inch baking dish, buttered

Ingredients

About 2 cups chopped apple (1-2 apples depending on size) I used our local honeycrisp apple but you can use whatever you have on hand.

2 cups organic rolled oats (if you choose to use steel cut oats be sure to soak them overnight before preparing)

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon (and a little more for dusting apples)

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

½ cup dark brown sugar (or ¾ cup coconut palm sugar)

2 eggs, slightly whisked

1 cup milk

¼ cup California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil (I used Everyday Fresh)

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 375F.

Whisk together the oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and olive oil.

Dust the apples with a little cinnamon.  Cinnamon is a excellent spice for lowering blood sugar.

Combine the oat mixture with the egg mixture and then fold in the apples.

Ladle into buttered ramekins or baking dish.  Add a small pat of butter on top of each filled ramekin or a few pats of butter on top of the oatmeal in the baking dish.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the baked oatmeal is mostly firm to the touch.

Serve warm… and if you like, drizzle a little maple syrup over the top.

Happy Harvest!