Monthly Archives: November 2013

Holidays Are Upon Us (Cyber Monday FREE coupon code!)

Can you believe how quickly the holidays are approaching??

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Thanksgiving is today (thank you, by the way, for stopping by today!), Hannukah started yesterday, Christmas shopping has begun… It really is a smorgasbord of holiday magic right now! So much is happening in the Tasteful Gift workshop and while we may not have as many toys as Santa’s, we certainly have more treats! It’s a good thing we’re so busy to keep us fit during this holiday season!

And of course, there’s also Cyber Monday on December 2nd! To celebrate (and show you our appreciation) we’re giving you a Cyber Monday 20% off coupon on our baskets! The discount applies to all of our gift baskets, including all of our new packages, holiday baskets, and beautiful seasonal ones too!

For those of you who haven’t started your Christmas shopping, Cyber Monday is the time; For those of you who have, well done! Reward yourself (or those you care about) and dig in to one of our delectable new holiday baskets. You deserve it.

Just type CYBER20  on Cyber Monday at the check out to get 20% off your entire purchase!

It doesn’t get any easier than that! Let’s be honest – you’re a busy person! You’ve got meetings to go to, appointments to keep, family get togethers; let us make your holiday shopping easy. Just check out our store, check out at the check out and wait for your delicious gifts to show up at your door. Is there any better kind of delivery?? We didn’t think so.

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Are you feeling joyful? Stressed out? Can we help? Which of our new baskets are you excited about? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page!

Hanukkah: We’re All Kosher

Next Wednesday marks the start of Hanukkah (also spelled, Chanukah), an 8 day Jewish festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. It begins Wednesday, November 27 and runs through to Thursday, December 5th.

As forklore goes, more than twenty-one centuries ago, Israel was under attack by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks). Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated them and in effect, restored order to the holy land. However, when they went to light the Temple’s menorah, they discovered only a single cruse of olive oil had escaped contamination by the Greeks.  Miraculously, the one day supply burned for the entirety of 8 days.

The sages thereby instituted the festival of Chanukah to commemorate this miracle – the center of which is a nightly menorah lighting wherein everyone gathers around the menorah, blessings are recited from a prayerbook, and a candle is lit each night followed by the singing of hymns and sharing of Chanukah stories and games, such as Dreidel, and gifts are presented. This happens each night for the duration of the holiday.

To celebrate this event, we’ve got a ton of new baskets – all of which are Kosher certified! This means you can make A Tasteful Gift a part of your special holiday! We’ve made it easy to share amazing baskets loaded with incredible tasty treats with your co-workers, friends and family for this meaningful holiday.

Speaking of tasty treats, as olive oil is at the center of Hanukkah, some of the dishes Jewish people eat during this celebration are cheese, donuts and our personal favorite, latkes! We’ve collected 5 amazing recipes you can make to chow down – everything from classic to gluten-free to spicy to just plain luxurious:

1. Standard Potato Latkes from Epicurious

2. Classic Potato Latkes from Shiksa In the Kitchen

3. Gluten-Free Latkes from New Family Nutrition

4. Sweet Potato Latkes with Homemade Apple Sauce from Kitchenelly

5. Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes with Cilantro Sour Cream from Ingredients Inc.

Could it get any better?? Quick, elegant and beautiful gifts PLUS fried potato goodness… Happy Hanukkah everybody!

Do you celebrate Hanukkah? What’s your favorite tradition? Most precious Hanukkah memory? Have your own latke recipe? Share with us on our Facebook page!

A Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Thanksgiving is a mere 2 weeks away! Are you ready?

Evidently Martha Stewart began planning her Thanksgiving months ago – as only she would – which got us thinking: We need a recipe “go to” list for the holidays! A resource that makes ourholiday menu planning easier. A one stop, Thanksgiving recipe shop, if you will!

Speaking of Martha – I had the opportunity to meet her at a summit a few weeks ago and her number one recommendation when hosting a holiday party is this: Have a good, strong cocktail available for your guests when they arrive. Already prepared, already poured and ready to be devoured. So let’s start there, shall we?

“Welcome to the party” Cocktails

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail – Food Network
Kristy’s Cold Weather Cocktail – Gastronomical Sovereignty
Pumpkin Pie Cocktail – My Baking Addiction
Perfect Storm – Martha Stewart
Cranberry Margarita – Confections of a Foodie Bride
Daiquiri – Food and Wine
Pomegranate Sangria – Bobby Flay

Snacks & Appetizers

Brandied Cranberries – Simply Recipes
Sweet Potato Squares with Lemon-Garlic Mayonnaise – My Recipes
Baked Fontina with Herbs – Ina Garten
Cristina’s Famous Nuts – Cristina Salas-Porras
Fig & Stilton Squares – Delish
Stuffed Mini Portobellos – The Cozy Apron
Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons – Food and Wine
Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds with Garlic Oil and Fried Sage – Epicurious

Potatoes

Potato Mash with Leek Confit & Bacon – In Pat’s Kitchen
Crunch Roast Potatoes – A Cup of Jo
Mini-Herbed Pommes Anna – Bon Appetit
Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Bourbon – Bon Appetit
Delicious, Creamy Mashed Potatoes – The Pioneer Woman
Vanilla Sweet Potato Puree – Voltaggio Brothers
Classic Mashed Potatoes – Ina Garten

Stuffing

Rough & Rustic Stuffing – Gastronomical Sovereignty c/o Once Upon A Recipe
Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing – Epicurious
Mom’s Stuffing – Savory Sweet Life
Wild Rice & Creamy Goat Cheese Stuffing – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Vegan Stuffing – Never Homemaker

Vegetables

Autumn Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette – Recipe Girl
Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts, Pancetta and Parsley – Eats Well with Others
Thanksgiving Green Beans – Racheal Ray
Broccoli Gratin with Swiss & Parmesan – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Kabocha Squash with Curried Wild Rice, Pomegranate Seeds and Kale – Arielle Likes to Cook
Creamy Fried Confetti Corn – My Recipes
Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots – Delish

Protein

Apricot Glazed Turkey with Fresh Herb Gravy – Delish
Perfect Roast Turkey – Art and the Kitchen
Herb Butter Turkey – Tom Colicchio
Turkey Meatballs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce – Eat, Eat, Burp
Leek, Lemon & Feta Quiche – Allison Cay Parker
Baked Ham (with 10 variations) – Michael Smith
Traditional Roasted Turkey – Voltaggio Brothers

Gravy & Sauce

Quick Turkey Gravy – The Kitchn
Perfect Turkey Gravy – Martha Stewart
Cabernet Cranberry Sauce with Figs – Epicurious
Homemade Gravy – Ina Garten
Wild Mushroom Gravy – Oh My Veggies!
Pear, Brandy & Walnut Cranberry Sauce – NotLazy.Rustic.
Cranberry Apricot Relish – Food & Wine

Bread

Pumpkin Parmesan Biscuits – The Food Network
Sweet Dinner Rolls – Brown Eyed Baker
Rosemary Dinner Roll with Brie Cheese – Inspired Taste
Potato Herb Bread – Crumb
World’s Best Dinner Rolls – Our Best Bites
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls – Beyond Kimchee

Dessert

Apple Cranberry Currant Pie – Simply Recipes
Mini-Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake – Urban Baker
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Taste of Home
Cranberry Blueberry Pie – Annie’s Eats
Southern Pecan Pie – Add A Pinch
Chocolate Lava Fondant Pudding – Gastronomical Sovereignty
Best Apple Cake – Food.com
Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Marshmallow Sour Cream Topping – Epicurious
Mini Spiced Pumpkin Cakes – Food and Wine
Pumpkin Bread Budding with Caramel Sauce – Everyday Miracles and Mayhem

Or better yet… Bring one of our baskets to your next corporate event or family dinner party and spread the love!

What’s your favorite recipe for the holiday season? Are you going to make any of these? When do you start planning? Prepping? Eating? Share your Thanksgiving favorites with us on the A Tasteful Gift Facebook Page now!

Thankful for Thanksgiving 2013

How do you show someone you’re thankful for them?

Here at A Tasteful Gift we’re approaching the Thanksgiving 2013 season, and crafting up a new collection of baskets and decor we’re excited to share with you all!

It’s important, of course, to not only be thankful, but to say it as well. At this time of year, as we gear up for the holidays, we’re trying to remember to tell people how much they mean to us. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are now. I think this is true for all of us.

Their care and support help get us through our year, and we look for something not only visually pleasing, but also thoughtful and unique, made special just for them to show how important THEY are to us! A gift basket is a perfect gift that can be individually crafted to make sure those closest to us receive something they’ll truly enjoy and know we thought of them in a special way.

Our Thank you gift baskets are an elegant way to show your clients, neighbors, co-workers, family and Thanksgiving host(ess) that you’re grateful for all the effort they’ve invested for you. Not only do our baskets look and taste good, but they’re also more unique than your typical bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers – why not give them a bouquet of edible treats in their favorite flavor profile instead?

Gifts – such as one of our baskets – paired with regular words of encouragement and appreciation can make all the difference for a person. It demonstrates you care. It shows you took time out of your day for them. It exemplifies greatness – both yours and theirs. It brings you closer and really, isn’t that what Thanksgiving 2013 is all about?

Yes. I’m thankful. For all the things I have, the positivity in my life and ultimately, the small moments with the people that I love and care about. Aren’t you?

How are you showing you care this holiday season? Have your ordered your “thank you” basket yet? What does Thanksgiving 2013 mean to you? Share your thoughts on our Facebook Page now!