Delicious Gifts!

December 11, 2023 | Christine Hradek

baking Christmas cookies

The holiday season is in full gear now! I enjoy gift-giving and thinking of things that the people in my life will enjoy and use. I love cooking for other people and I think it is a great way to show your love and care for them. Food gifts can be an easy and inexpensive way to acknowledge someone at the holidays. Here are some that I enjoy!

Custom spice blends: I like to have a few little gifts on hand during the holidays in case someone invites me to their home or stops by unexpectedly. I can spend a few dollars on spices at the grocery store, mix them up into a blend I like and package it into a few small jars. These make ready-to-go gifts that give a little taste of my kitchen to someone else. Taco Seasoning is one of my favorites!

A sweet treat: Dropping a sweet treat by your friends’ home or workplace is a great way to show you’re thinking about them. These treats are crowd-pleasers that travel well.

A cozy meal: Inviting friends around during the holidays does not have to be fancy or expensive. A big pot of soup and a loaf of bread make for a delicious and festive meal. In place of a gift, invite your friends for dinner and try one of these delicious soups.

No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread and Golden Corn Bread make great sides for these soups.

Enjoy the holiday season!


Christine Hradek

Christine Hradek is a State Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She coordinates ISU’s programs which help families with low income make healthy choices with limited food budgets. Christine loves helping families learn to prepare healthy foods, have fun in the kitchen and save money. In her spare time, Christine enjoys cooking, entertaining and cheering on her favorite college football teams with her family and friends.

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