Friday, December 6, 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

By: The Food Hunter

Need a gift for the home-cook  that has everything? I put together some of my favorite kitchen-related items to offer you unique ideas for every culinary artist on your list. 
From a beautiful black walnut Boos Board chopping block to authentic Italian Olive Oil, everything has been tried by me so you can feel confident getting items I use and love. 

Crafted from beautiful teak hardwood with brass accents, this cut and serve board adds a functional modern look to the kitchen and looks great on the table as well.

Poggio Cappiano Olive Oil
Three distinct olive oils are produced on this family run farm in Cappiano, Italy. The main product is an extra virgin olive oil that easily makes any dish taste better. I prefer the oil drizzled over fresh bread that has been lightly rubbed with garlic.

Soma Water Pitcher 
This large capacity water pitcher will look great on your dining table while offering perfectly filtered water to your guests.

Anolon Teak & Marble 5.5" Tool Crock
Crafted from high-quality Grecian marble and beautifully grained teak wood with brass accents, this chic tool crock not only looks stylish in your kitchen but keeps utensils and tools within handy reach.

Nielsen-Massey International Vanilla Starter Kit
The world’s finest, sustainably sourced vanillas. With this bundle you’ll always have the right product on hand to infuse rich vanilla flavor in any recipe you’re creating.

Ayesha Bakeware 11" x 15" Roaster
Perfect for all your special occasion recipes. This warp-resistant roaster is constructed from heavy-duty, high-performance steel. It features an adjustable nonstick rack to handle roasts and cuts of all sizes and a center spire for standing poultry upright to cook on end. Oven-safe to 450°F.

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
A subtle bitter liquor that can be enjoyed in many classic cocktails or as an after dinner drink.

Rachel Ray Cast Iron Oval Dutch Oven
6.5-Quart, Light Blue Shimmer
A beautiful oven to table cast iron enamel pot. Suitable for all stoves including induction and oven safe to 500 degrees.

John Boos Walnut Fusion Board
A stylish solid American Black Walnut Boos Board with edge grain construction, feet and a bee wax cream finish. You won't find anything like it.
My favorite Italian Chef has put together 115 of the most delicious recipes from her New York City Italian dining destination Felidia. 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Toddy

By: The Food Hunter

Looking for a soul warming drink this holiday season? Why not try a Basil Hayden Dark Rye Toddy. Made with, you guessed it BH's Dark Rye this cocktail will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Toddy
By Charlie Schott (Chicago, IL)
Serves: 1 
1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Dark Rye
3/4 part Honey Simple Syrup*
1/4 part Lemon Juice
7 parts Hot Water
Cinnamon Stick
Star Anise
3 Allspice Berries
Candied ginger

Heat 7 parts of water over stove in a pot. Once water is hot, add remaining ingredients into pot and stir into flavors are absorbed. Strain mixture into a glass mug and garnish with candied ginger.

(when batching for a larger group, multiply parts by number of guests and combine in a large pot)

*To create Honey Simple Syrup, combine equal parts honey and equal parts water over heat until dissolved.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Gingerbread Fudge

By: The Food Hunter

This decadent fudge is a delicious and festive holiday treat featuring Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract from Nielsen Massey. Their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is the perfect all-purpose vanilla that boasts a full, sweet, creamy and mellow flavor with velvety after-tones. I use it whenever I bake!

Gingerbread Fudge

(recipe from Nielsen Massey)

  • 3 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract


Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with wax paper or tin foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray, making sure to get the corners.

Place all ingredients except Vanilla Extract into a medium saucepan. Stir to mix and heat over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until it’s smooth and melted together nicely.

Remove from heat and immediately add Vanilla Extract. Stir again until vanilla is completely mixed in. Pour into the baking pan and refrigerate until set.

Top with sprinkles to make it festive and fun!

Once set, cut into small squares. This fudge is soft and very rich, so smaller squares will do the trick.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Black Russian Cocktail

By: The Food Hunter

The holidays, are a wonderful time to enjoy a festive cocktail with friends and family. The Black Russian is a nice mix of Kahlua and vodka making it easily loved by all. 

The Black Russian

1 part KahlĂșa
2 parts Absolut

Method: Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add one part KahlĂșa, two parts Absolut Vodka. Then mix and enjoy your very own Black Russian. Oh, and don't forget to garnish with a cherry on top.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Jack of Spades Cocktail

By: the Food Hunter

Think bubbly cocktails are just for woman...think again. This cocktail features Italian Prosecco and cognac. Not only will everyone love this champagne drink its also seasonal and festive. Pour one tonight.

Jack of Spades Cocktail
2 parts Ruffino Prosecco
1½ parts cognac
¾ parts lemon juice
1 part apple cider
½ part honey syrup (2:1 honey to water)
Apple slices

Shake the cognac, lemon, apple cider, and honey syrup. Strain into a lowball glass with ice and top with Ruffino Prosecco. Garnish with an apple slice.