The Scottish celebration of Hogmanay…

The Scottish celebration of Hogmanay takes place on New Year’s Eve and for centuries ranked above Christmas in the Caledonian calendar. Change up your routine and learn how to celebrate Hogmanay. Why not prepare grouse on a bed of oniony skirlie followed by clootie dumpling for an authentic Scottish spread? (I don't know what half those words even mean, but it sounds interesting.) I was wondering what to do for New Year's Eve, I think Hogmanay may be the answer!

Today's final gift suggestion contains…

Today's final gift suggestion contains neither a picture nor a link, because it's more of a rough idea. And that idea is cheese! Why not go out and buy someone a hunk of some really expensive lovely cheese (Coach Farm's triple cream goat cheese comes to mind, or Humboldt Fog) that they'd never buy for themselves? For the price of a DVD, you can give someone a delicious treat they'll remember long after its been digested. And who doesn't love cheese?

That wraps up not only my gift suggestions but also probably my posting around here for a while. Family arrives in town tomorrow and I've got a Vermont goose waiting for them in my fridge. In addition there's a bûche de nöel to be constructed and many tasty side dishes to be prepared. Updates next week only if the mood strikes. If it doesn't, I'll see you back here in 2007.

Anyone interested in food would…

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet NationAnyone interested in food would be interested in reading The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp. Again, easy to pick up at the local bookstore for you last-minute shoppers out there. Or for $17.16 from Amazon. Stay tuned for tomorrow's final installment of my gift suggestions guide.

"Whether it's sweet or savoury,…

Lemon curd image from the BBC"Whether it's sweet or savoury, people always love to receive something homemade," suggests the BBC and today's gift idea follows their advice. You might be too late to order something online, but it's probably not too late to make a nice food-related gift you can bring with you to holiday events. The BBC suggests some things you can purchase and assemble to make a gift basket (which they call a hamper) or you can do something all homemade, like make this lemon curd in less than an hour. $ varies depending upon what you make.