Holiday Gifts: Food Edition!

As I watch all of my blogger friends share fun holiday gift ideas, I figured it was only fair that I shared some gift ideas for the foodies like me on your list! Check out my suggestions and sound off with yours in the comment section below!


  1. Blue Apron – A perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook but juggles a busy schedule. You get the flexibility of picking your own menu from their selections, and are provided pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step menu cards to make dinner assembly easy without the stress.
  2. Calphalon Grill Pan – As the temperature drops for the season, and winter really gets under way, it is getting harder and harder to convince yourself to go out to the grill; this pan is the perfect gift for the creative cook who loves a good sear all year round! The pan easily transitions into the oven to finish steaks and other yummy items, and best of all you can pop it into the dishwasher when you are done!
  3. Gearharts Fine Chocolates – Gearharts is a Virginia based specialty chocolate producer who offers a wide range of products and gift ideas for the sweet tooth on your list! They have dozens of creative specialty options to suit anyone who enjoys dessert and  their VA Whiskey Truffles or VA Wine infused chocolates make an awesome holiday gift!
  4. Whole Spice – Napa Valley – I discovered this delightful spice producer purely by chance a few years ago and keep going back to order their items and have them shipped across the country. They are high quality spices, and rubs which make an excellent gift for any chef. They have quite the selection for a range of different flavor palates!
  5. Savannah Bee Company – Pictured above, I have my all time favorite raw honeycomb from Savannah Bee Company. This item makes a great gift for the “hostess with the mostess” on your list, or pairs nicely with dessert or cheese spreads for the holidays if you choose to keep it for yourself!

Thanksgiving Family Recipes: Pecan Pie

IMG_4059For someone like me who loves to cook, my favorite recipes to make belong to my family. Last year I told you about my feature wall in my kitchen, which has hand-written recipes from many branches and generations of my family. One of the recipes that is featured is my Grandmother’s Pecan Pie.

I have no idea if this is an original recipe, or something she found in a cookbook many moons ago, but pulling it off the shelf and seeing her handwriting and special notes really puts a smile on my face. I vividly remember shelling pecans with my mom to make this pie on holidays as a child, and the memory really stands out to me. I hope you consider trying it out or pulling out an old family favorite this holiday!

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