January 2, 2015

Easy Homemade Gifts For The Foodie On Your List

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Everyone has that one person (or maybe more than one!) on their gift list that is nearly impossible to shop for during the holidays.  I’ve always given those people food, because everyone likes to eat, right?

If there is a downside to this, it’s that it creates a lot of work right before the actual holiday, so all the food is fresh.  To combat this, I sit down a couple of weeks before Christmas with my list and my cookbooks and decide who gets what.  Then I make a detailed list of how much I need of everything (there’s nothing worse than running out of flour in the middle of a recipe), and then I head to ShopRite to stock up on all my baking needs.

Try one of these fast and easy recipes for that difficult person on your list!

5 INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE (recipe source: Food Network Magazine)

2 sticks butter

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pound confectioners sugar

1/2 cup peanuts, roughly chopped

Melt the butter and peanut butter in a large pot. When combined and creamy, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the sugar and mix well. Transfer to an 8×8 foil pan and press down with a spatula to spread the fudge to all edges.  Sprinkle with peanuts, press into the fudge and let set.

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1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 clove garlic, minced finely or 1 tsp garlic powder


olive oil

hard cheese of your choice–Parmesan, Romano, etc–finely shredded

Place the rinsed chickpeas on a paper towel lined baking sheet and let dry 30 minutes. Remove the paper towel and transfer the chickpeas to a bowl. Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.

Add the garlic, salt to taste and 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to the bowl and stir to coat. Transfer back to the baking sheet.

Bake at 400 for 20-45 minutes, stirring every ten minutes, until brown and crispy but not burned. The time will depend on your oven. Mine were perfect at 40 minutes.

Sprinkle with the cheese. Turn the oven off and place the baking sheet back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool completely, then transfer to an air tight container.Kayris food gifts 1

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