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Old 12-28-2006, 05:20 PM   #31
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Another late thought. How about a little book about herbs and spices - how to use them, what goes with what, with a few recipes?
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:25 PM   #32
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I may have missed it, but I don't think anybody mentioned ground cloves.

I always use it in pumpkin pie, etc...
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:26 PM   #33
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Putting those 2 on the list...thanks
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:28 PM   #34
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What a thoughtful gift! This could get expensive.

Not counting salt and good pepper, here are the herbs and spices I'd choose:

cinnamon
nutmeg
groung ginger
allspice
cloves
granulated garlic
onion powder
parsley
sage
rosemary
thyme
oregano
basil
chives
paprika
cayenne pepper
red pepper flakes

I'm sorry, I couldn't keep it under 17.

I can think of many other things you could include, but one must stop someplace.
I used to do a lot of gift baskets from my flower shop, as well as for friends, and I have a couple of hints for you.
Use wadded up newspaper in the bottom of your container to take up space that no one will see.
Add a nice, spicy smelling candle to your basket.
If you have any type of evergreens on your property, it's nice to clip some as a filler to go between your gifts. It looks prettier than purchased fillers, and the smell is lovely. Ivy and boxwood are also pretty, although they don't have the aroma of pine or cedar. All of it will look much prettier with a spray of leaf gloss.
If you don't have anything you can clip from your yard, for a few dollars, you can always buy a small bundle of something from your florist. Tell him what you need it for, and he'll fix you right up. Different parts of the country have different thing available.
A pretty ribbon is a nice finishing touch, but keep it in proportion with your basket, and leave the streamers long, entertwining them along the handle and in with the gifts.
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:13 PM   #35
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I have to agree with the lists posted so far. I'd go granulated garlic instead of powder too. My list would be shorter I think, and I would add a few other things as well.

Cookbook
Tea Towels/dish cloths
good lifter and silicone spatula
oven mitts
apron
GOOD cookie sheets

oregano
basil
chiles
chili powder
thyme
cinnamon
a couple of my own easy recipes with maybe a mix that I'd put together. (Brownie mix or a cake mix of some kind)

What a lovely idea this is. She will be so happy to get it.
Half-Baked, you came up with a great idea. I'd love to get something like this. Want me to send you my home address? ROFL Usually I do something like this. Like fancy teapots with exotic teas. Things like this are always a good idea.

This list is great. I'd get about 4 or more pot holders (you have to wash them sometime LOL). Same with the aprons, get 2 or more. Dish towels? a dozen, maybe?

Granulated garlic: I love this stuff so much better than the garlic powder.
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:16 PM   #36
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Oh yea, and add some of your best (EASIEST) recipes. Make sure the spices in the recipe are in the box though. LoL
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:47 PM   #37
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Seeing as how I am very new to the world of cooking, I myself just had to go out and purchase the basics for cooking. I unfortunatley did it the hard way and was running to Wal-Mart or Kroeger every day but I found these to be the ones I use most:

vanilla extract
paprika
oregano
thyme
ground ginger
ground cloves
ground cinnamon
baking soda
baking powder
chocolate/peanut butter/butterscotch chips
walnuts
rolled oats
molasses
olive/vegetable oil
bouillon

And then the very basics of sugar, flour, brown sugar etc.


To build up her confidence in the kitchen, I would take three or four of YOUR favorite recipes and give her the ingredients to those, of course with the exceptions of the basics like sugar, butter, etc. Of course, this is only my opinion but that is what I would have loved. Maybe give her a few magazines that will fill her in on what knives are good or what bakingware (<--if that's a word) is the best. Those can be expensive, especially if you don't even know if she is into cooking. I think giving her a cookbook is a great idea. That is how I got started. My mom gave me a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for Christmas one year and that has been my cooking bible. It has everything you would need to know about converting measurements to substiutions to what basics you NEED when you start cooking.

Some other things I would enjoy receiving if this were for me:

meat thermometer
cheese grater
rolling pin
whisks
wooden spoons
veggie peeler
disposable cutting sheets<--very absorbant and makes for easy clean up
cooling rack
cookie sheet
muffin tin

OK, well I am done giving you my wish list of the things I would have liked. You might need a laundry basket like you said but if you are unsure if she likes to cook, then I would try to keep it simple. Best of luck...hopefully she will like it as much as most of us on this site would!
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