Category Archives: Holidays

Thanksgiving Recipes for 2014

thanksgiving-recipesIt’s getting to be that time of year when people start thinking about decorations, charitable donations, family feasts, Thanksgiving recipes, and gourmet gift baskets full of goodies for family, friends, and coworkers. That’s right – the winter holidays are nearly upon us. It seems like just yesterday that the kids returned to school, but with the leaves falling and that telltale bite in the air that signals impending snowfall, there’s no denying that the holidays are around the corner. And before you start choosing your Christmas gift baskets, you need to think about how you’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Many view this event as the quintessential family holiday, a time to enjoy the bounty they’ve been blessed with. This includes celebrating the loved ones that are still able to get together each year to give thanks for all that they have. But it’s also traditional to mark this special day in our nation’s history with a feast to commemorate the coming together of different cultures to break bread and observe that we are all virtually the same. After all, we all want love, comfort, and security. And we all enjoy a good meal!

The traditional centerpiece of this meal is, of course, the turkey. And there is no shortage of sides to complement the main dish, from potatoes, stuffing, and salad to the many sauces and dressings that exemplify the signature produce of the season. Nature provides a veritable gift basket of tasty treats in the fall, including squash, pumpkins, and cranberries. And all could be found on your holiday table, provided you have the right recipes to whip them into delicious dishes.

While you might have some family Thanksgiving recipes up your sleeve for seasonal favorites like homemade dinner rolls and apple pie, you could always add a few new ones to the mix, or even update some that you’ve grown tired of. And if you’ve never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner before, you could definitely use a hand on the recipe front. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to feed your family and friends right, with recipes ranging from starter cocktails and hors d’oeuvres straight through to the last bite of pie.

Before you start planning this year’s holiday gift basket selection, you’ll want to spend some time putting together a feast for the special day that kicks off the season of giving. Let visions of a cheese and snack gift basket dance through your head when the holiday shopping starts in earnest. For now, take a gander at some Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to be a hit with everyone lucky enough to be at your table this year.

“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!

 

How to Show Your Appreciation This Thanksgiving

The holidays bring out the spirit of giving in all of us. And you’re probably already making plans for the gifts you’ll bestow upon your family members and friends when Christmas, Hanukkah, or your particular winter celebration rolls around. While Thanksgiving isn’t usually tied to a tradition of gifting, there’s no better time of year to put some effort into thanking the special people in your life for all they bring to the table – and we’re not talking about Grandma’s sweet potato pie. So don’t wait to put together custom Christmas gift baskets. Instead, show your appreciation for loved ones with gift baskets made for the holiday devoted to gratitude.

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There are so many ways to show your appreciation for everything that your loved ones contribute to your life. But the best thing you can do is show that you take an interest in their lives, too. If your friends love to go to the movies, a gift basket featuring popcorn, candy, and passes to a local theater could be just the ticket to express your gratitude for their warm friendship. And if your parents are partial to sweet treats, a holiday gift basket bearing a bevy of cookies and chocolates is the perfect way to let them know how much you treasure their unconditional love.

You can even put together gourmet gift baskets for special coworkers that go out of their way to make your job easier or pick you up when you’re having a particularly hard day. Although you might not know what they like, you can’t really go wrong with a cheese and snack gift basket that will give them something to munch on while they wait for the turkey to roast. Thanksgiving has “giving” right in the name, so why wouldn’t you go out of your way to honor and show your appreciation for the special people in your life?

It never hurts to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them. But actions speak louder than words. And by putting the time and effort into selecting a unique gift basket that you know the recipient will love, you have the opportunity to speak volumes. It’s rare that people get the gratitude they deserve for the efforts they make, both big and small. But by giving gift baskets this Thanksgiving as tokens of your affection and love, you can let the special people surrounding you know just how much you appreciate them and all that they do to make your life better.

5 Ways to Celebrate Easter in the Office This Year

Easter – as with any holiday – is a great way to connect with people in the office. Whether they be old friends or new employees, creating a productive and happy work environment starts with a bit of creativity. I know my experience working in a corporate environment has always been enhanced by bonding opportunities like Birthdays, Christmas and even Easter.

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With that in mind, here are 5 ways you can celebrate Easter in the office this year!

1. Plan a corporate Easter egg hunt. This fun event can happen within the office or as a corporate retreat to encourage employee/company bonding! Not only can you have members of the company decorate the eggs in advance to get in the Spring of things, but you can then assign participants to teams and ask them to work together to find them. The team with the most eggs wins! Choose 3 prizes – perhaps a paid day off for first place, a lunch voucher for second and a basket of chocolates for third. Encourage participation by promising food and drinks afterwards for anyone who took part.

2. Organize or cater an Easter themed lunch. Many Florida catering companies will either have pre-set hot holiday menus or help you plan one for your office. Include spins of what you might find at an Easter dinner: Smoked ham sandwiches, potato salad, almond green beans, hot buns, and even individual pies or cakes for dessert. If possible, get some Easter colored napkins, plates or cutlery to make it extra special.

3. Contract the Easter bunny. Give the folks at the office a good chuckle by paying someone – or assigning a particularly out-going colleague – to hop to the office dressed as the Easter bunny and handout candy and chocolate. We all have an inner-child – encourage creativity and productivity by appealing to it. Happy employees mean happy clients!

4. Brighten Up the Office. Literally. Daffodils are quickly coming into season so why not add a little more Spring to the office by giving each and every assistant a bouquet? They’re inexpensive, sunny, very “Easter-ish” and will show the people who do the heavy lifting, how appreciated they are.

5. Gift the office (or your clients) with one of our very special Easter gift baskets. Instead of worrying about which chocolates to get everyone, we make it easy on you by putting together quality arrangements that are elegant, appropriate and delicious! Whether you want a package that’s sweet or salty or both – we have an array of options that will show everyone just how much you care.

Does your office celebrate Easter? When was the last time the Easter bunny brought you a treat? Share your experiences and thoughts with us at the Facebook Page!

New Years Resolutions Vs. Goals

Congratulations! We’ve almost made it through the holidays! Now that our presents are open, our bellies are full and our dance cards are getting lined up for New Years Eve, we thought it might be a good time to talk about our New Years resolutions. Or rather, our New Years goals. What’s the difference? Well, we’re glad you asked.

I recently listened to a podcast (which was originally inspired by this blog post). The basic gist is that resolutions just don’t cut it. How many times have you made a resolution about what you “should” do next year and it just didn’t last more than a couple of months? I “should” go to the gym; I “should” spend more time painting and being creative; I “should” eat less cookies or drink less wine. Should, should, should, should, should. Even if the resolutions states “I will…” The “will” gets replaced by “should” in every day conversation. Should isn’t doing. Should, frankly, just shouldn’t.

Instead, I’m setting goals.

Specific ones. And using this tool to help me. By planning my goals and living an intentioned life – one that is full of doing – we’re going to break the yearly habitual resolution fail and live consciously. I’m going to be successful. I’m going to make goals, set timelines and break them down into manageable bites. And all of it’s going to be written down. Making myself accountable, setting my calendars with benchmarks so I can make my ultimate goal attainable will make all the difference.

Think about it like this… If I resolve to go to the gym more, all that really means is that I should go to the gym more because I said I would. BUT, if I set a goal to decrease my body fat by 5% and increase my strength by 10%, I already have certain things that HAVE to happen. I need to make an appointment with a trainer, go to the training sessions, eat certain foods and all of that can be broken down into individual yet cohesive plans.

I’m making goals. Not resolutions. And I think you should too. Be your best inspiration. Be intentional. Be conscious.

And of course, as New Years Eve approaches, now is the time to make wrongs right. If you forgot anyone over Christmas – a friend, colleague, relative – you can still send them a gift! That’s the great thing about the entire holiday season… It ain’t over till it’s over! Check out our holiday gift baskets and let us take care of the selection, wrapping, and shipping for you – you just have to make a couple clicks!

What are your new years goals? Agree with my ideas here? Disagree? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page!

Need Some Holiday Stress Relief? We Gotcha Covered!

It’s so funny that the most wonderful time of the year is also one of the most stressful. As we talked about last week, the social engagements make December one of our favorite seasons. Unfortunately, the gift buying pressure and endless amounts of “on” time can leave us in need of some serious R & R (along with a snifter or two of J & B).

Sadly, we can’t hand you boozy shots through the blog. What we can do though is help make this last week before Christmas a little easier by giving you a few last minute solutions to accommodate some holiday stress relief. Whether you need to take some “you” time, get in some much needed shopping or just need a gentle reminder of what Christmas is all about, we gotcha covered!

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Holiday Stress Relief Solution #1: “You” Time.

Being around friends and family at this time of year is fantastic. No doubt about it. But sometimes we just need some space here and there to not have to be “on”. Grabbing a few moments – be it an evening, a day, or even just 5 minutes – to be alone can have wondrous effects on our psyches, giving us more energy to deal with the tasks – and people – at hand.

It’s no secret that “me” time is a valued, if not often scarce resource. There are a lot of pressures to be social, be at work, be there, be present, be busy, etc… And during the holiday season those ideals get even louder (literally). But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that taking just a few minutes to shut up and shut out makes all the difference – it allows me to re-charge, re-group, regulate & relieve anxiety. Think of it like a mental coffee break – it doesn’t mean you don’t care, it just means you need a moment to breathe.

To find time for some much needed “me” time, plan it out. Make a date with yourself and let people know you’ll be unavailable during that time. Give people the credit they deserve by letting them know what’s going on and expecting they’ll understand, Then, turn off the cell phone, shut down the computer, lock the door and do your thing. Start small then work up to larger periods of time if possible.

As cheesy as it sounds, make time for you. You – and everyone around you – will thank you for it.

Holiday Stress Relief Solution #2: Last Minute Shopping.

It’s less than a week before Christmas and you still have gifts to buy. Maybe it’s for your significant other, perhaps it’s your boss or administrative assistant, or even that neighbor who never fails to bring your trash cans in while you’re away. Point is, you still need to get something for someone important and you either aren’t sure what to get them or you’re too busy (see point number one) to brave one more trip to the mall.

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Solution: Get them a gourmet food basket. Everyone likes to eat, everyone needs food. Especially at this time of year. A beautiful and insanely delicious food basket is one of the most useful and applicable and welcome gifts you can give. Not only will the recipient enjoy mowing down on it themselves, but it could help to provide some holiday stress relief for them; Not sure what to bring to yet another party? Grab a few items from the basket and they’re SET! Ah, the beauty of a food-based gift basket… It doesn’t get any better than that!

We offer a variety of insanely good baskets for multiple budgets and even provide South Florida local delivery as well as nation-wide. Let us help you!

Holiday Stress Relief Solution #3: The Meaning of Christmas.

This is a big one. When all heck is raining down, shoppers are checking you through the check out, the roads are clogged with fellow drivers, that end of the year deadline is looming, the family is asking you about when you’re going to do X, Y, Z and you just don’t think you can stomach one more Christmas cookie, stop. That’s right, stop. And remember what Christmas is really about. All this frazzle dazzle really is meant to be fun – take a breath, smile and say “merry Christmas”.

Just. Breathe.

Yes, you’re busy. And so is everybody else. But we’re also meant to connect with each other during the holiday season and forget grudges and start anew. Enjoy the time you have with your family, friends and strangers, be joyous and remember: all that matters is this moment. How will you make it merry?

What are your solutions for fighting stress over the holidays? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

Christmas Memories: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

The best part of the Christmas holidays for me isn’t the delicious food or the boozy affairs; it certainly isn’t the crazy holiday shopping! The shopping mall is insane this time of year (even more reason to use us for your holiday gift giving needs!) It’s something that means so much more – something more inspiring and fulfilling and ultimately joyous. And if Christmas isn’t about joy, then I don’t know what is!

The best part of the Christmas season for me is getting together with friends and welcoming family from out of town into my home. I love being in good company and getting to bask in the amazingness who they are and what they do with their lives. It seems it doesn’t matter how much time goes by, what kind of changes we go through or how we grow as individuals, when the holidays come around, we all come together and it’s like time hasn’t passed. We all just keep getting better, smarter and stronger with each passing year.

It makes me think of when I was small. Ah, Christmas memories. I think we can all remember what Christmas meant for us as children. For me it was about presents, mainly. And a big fat dude who received what seemed like an irrational amount of my mom’s yearly treats. And one long evening at my Grandmothers where I’d have to wear uncomfortable tights, a dress I couldn’t mess with and I’d have to hug random relatives I didn’t remember.

As I got older though, things started to shift. I suddenly didn’t mind sharing some of my tarts and cookies, I took pride in helping to clear the table after Turkey dinner, and I began to see the brilliance that my Grandmother is. Oh yeah, and the gifts didn’t seem quite as important as spending time with my family.

This truth has gotten more clear now that I’m old enough to remember The Beetles, Cabbage Patch Kids and MC Hammer Pants (that’s as old as you need to know). Don’t get me wrong – I love ripping into a package to discover a set of new Ridel wine glasses, Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, or a great vintage of my favorite wine. And over the last few years I’ve even begun to develop a moderately respectable knife collection. Not too shabby, if you ask me.

But ultimately, what’s important to me now, is sharing a few quiet moments with those I care about most. My partner. My family. My friends. And myself. If we can eat a few good nibbles and share a cocktail over good conversation, it’s been a good Christmas. And I’ve created all new Christmas memories.

And so, while I hope for you that Santa brings you everything you asked for, my real wish for you is that whether you’re with blood relatives or the family you’ve adopted into your life as the years have gone by, have a very, merry Christmas and be good. Good to each other and good to yourself. Make some Christmas memories.

What about you? What are your Christmas wishes this year? Childhood memories? Best parts of the holidays? Worst? 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!

Holiday Transitions

It’s official. We’re in holiday transition mode: Halloween is almost over (as my candy filled stomach can attest to) and the seasons are clearly making the transition from Autumn to Winter. I just saw my first Christmas commercial of the year last night!THANKS

But before we get into the mad dash of Christmas cocktail receptions, dinner parties, family gatherings and holiday shopping chaos, it’s time to think Thanksgiving. This occasion is a perfect opportunity for gifting a basket to your Thanksgiving dinner hostess or showing your co-workers or assistants how much you appreciate them. Gifting thanks before taking a holiday break from the office, passing evenings with good company and chowing down on slow roasted turkey, tangy orange cranberry sauce, rustic stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie topped with silky vanilla whipped cream, is a good thing.

Here at A Tasteful Gift we’ve started preparing for the holidays and we’re putting together some incredibly delicious gift baskets for the upcoming holidays. We’ve also got some exciting and more importantly, tasty holiday posts coming up here at A Tasteful Gift Blog and hope that you’ll join us! Keep an eye out – and salivating taste buds – for holiday entertaining tips and tricks, holiday themed recipes and of course, a wide collection of new gift baskets designed for one thing: celebrating the holidays with the ones we love most at this time of year!

What about you? What are you looking forward to this holiday season? Have you started planning yet? What do you need help with? Have any seasonal favorites to share with us? Tips?

Share with us at the A Tasteful Gift Facebook page now!

National Boss’s Day – October 16th

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”
– Bill Gates

We quote this with jest, of course. If you’re human, you probably know what it’s like to have a boss. We all work hard in our lives, many of us up to 50 or 60 hours a week. This leaves us with a lot of face time with the people we work with. In fact, we often see more of them than we do anyone else! That’s what days like this are for. To give thanks and credit where credit is due. October 16th is National Boss’s Day. And we’re proud to celebrate it with you all!

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I remember my first experience with a boss when I entered the job market with a little bit of tenderness and as the years wore on, a whole lot more understanding. Being the boss isn’t easy. Especially when they hire a weak kneed, flighty 20 year old who wants nothing more than to lay on the beach, snacking and drinking mojitos. Never mind the agonizingly difficult decisions they have to make on a daily basis, the quotas they have to fill and the questions they have to answer.

But she stood by me. Sometimes with an iron fist, sometimes with a knowing tone in her voice, often with support and understanding. It was my first boss that taught me about true responsibility, email etiquette and how to persevere past the big obstacles that came my way. We’ve all had our fair share of not so great bosses, but to those who took the extra time to teach us with patience and stand by us when we made our mistakes, we owe them thanks for shaping us into the grown ups we are today.

And even now, almost 20 years later, I still want nothing more than to lay on a beach and drink mojitos. The difference, of course, is that I have bills to pay and a far greater drive to succeed. I have goals, one of which included becoming my own boss, which I now am. For those who are also their own boss, you can agree that you are far harder on yourself than any other boss ever was, so take full advantage of this holiday and rightfully reward yourself as well!

National Boss’s Day is an opportunity for us to thank our bosses for their guidance, support, and daily diligence in the office. They often go far above and beyond what we ever think to do and that’s why they’re where they are. So let’s thank them, shall we?

Gift baskets are a generous way to show our appreciation. They look good, the taste good, and more importantly, they feel good. There’s no better way to bump your salary pay grade than by cajoling your boss with a basket of gourmet, tasty treats… You know, besides work hard.

To those of us who have ever had bosses, who are bosses, or maybe are our own bosses, happy National Boss’s Day everybody. Let’s chow down and celebrate, yes?

What’s your most memorable boss memory? Are you a boss yourself? How are you celebrating National Boss’s Day? Have you remembered a gift? Need one? Can we help?