Food & Spirits Gifts
| THE MORNING LINE ‣ Thank you Stephen Colbert and Susan Lucci for General's Hospital… Today, gifts for ardent eaters and drinkers. Last week's gifts for technophiles here.
Fee Brothers Bitters Starter Kit
Gear to make Scandinavian cookies.
$24 (4 one-pound packages)
Their hickory-smoked bacon is frequently called the best in the country. If you've had better, please tell us where.
Le Creuset 2.75 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Round Ovens
Broadway Panhandler has them on sale for $119.98 (regularly $265).
Yuzu Kosho, our favorite condiment, available at places like Sunrise Mart and online at amazon, is made of yuzu zest, chiles, and salt. There are red and green versions; we particularly love the aromatic green one and use a bit of it in marinades and dipping sauces.
Even if you've never gotten into hard cider, Eve's (available in several varieties at the Union Square Market), could change your thinking/drinking.
Baked Brookster Mix
The turducken of the dessert set: from the Baked guys, sold at Williams Sonoma, a chocolate cookie inside a fudge brownie. Probably should be inserted into a big bowl of chocolate pudding.
$7.29 (17 oz. jar)
The peanut butter aficiondo's go-to brand. Get it at Fairway or order a case online.
The Epicurious Cookbook: More Than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes for Weeknights, Weekends & Special Occasions
This is one you'll want at hand every day.
Smoked Food Favorites
What are you smoking? With this package of smoked olive oil, brown sugar, and paprika, the answer is everything.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
A lot of money for a thermos, worth every penny: keeps coffee hot for hours, pop-up lid, easy to clean.
Pearson Farms Pecans
Three flavors of pecans—toasted with sea salt, cinammon roasted, and southern praline.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo in a rare star turn, thanks to Cantina Zaccagnini, which makes this normally rustic wine (complete with bit of grape vine around the bottle neck) a daily, silky pleasure.
Widely available, including Sherry Lehmann, Beacon Wines, Winfield Flynn, and Heights Chateau.
Chocolate Bar's Fatty Box
Two each of their salty peanut, PBJ, and scooter (marshmallow, caramel, flourless chocolate cake) varieties.
Le Sanctuaire Explore Gift Set
For not-your-usual spices: the set has a vadouvan golden mix, saffron threads, cubeb peppercorns, and
whole blade mace.
Corky's Memphis BBQ
Ribs, pork shoulder, baked beans and pie, shipped to your lucky giftee.
$110 (10 twelve-ounce containers)
Get creative with dessert, thanks to Zingerman's Design-Your-Own Gelato scheme.