Giveaway: Gift Guide for the Ultimate Foodie

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by Amber on December 19, 2012

Gift giving is probably my favorite part of any holiday – birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Kwanzaa… if I can find a reason to buy someone a gift that makes them smile, I’m a happy girl.

This particular holiday season, I think it’s important to have some in-the-clutch ideas for the foodie in your life. Food blogs are the fastest growing blog genre, the Food Network is enjoying unprecedented popularity, and we’re all starting to think a little bit more about what we eat, where it comes from, and my favorite thing to talk about of all – how it’s cooked.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a sweet little gift guide for you. You may only need one of these gifts under the tree to wow the foodie in your life (even if it’s you!), but I’m actually giving away ALL FOUR.

The Pizza Ingredient Gift Set from King Arthur Flour is a great gift for anyone that loves pizza (is there anybody that doesn’t?). This awesome crate – which can be used to decorate the kitchen once emptied – holds fabulous sauce made right there in Vermont, a pizza dough mix, pizza dough flavoring and pizza seasoning mix.

Now, you may not know that I worked in pizza restaurants throughout high school and college, but let me tell you – adding that pizza dough flavoring? Turns any pizza coming out of your oven into the real deal. Every time I open the jar, I’m transported back to being 15 and flipping pies for extra cash after school.

The Swissmar Slate Board and Cheese Knife Set is really cool. Each slate board is handcrafted, and you can easily write on it with chalk to denote the cheeses on the board (and it just looks tres cool). The cheese knife is perfectly sized, and slices through hard and soft cheeses with ease.

It’s no secret that I find my Le Creuset French Oven indispensable in the kitchen. She never even leaves my stovetop – it is her home. Rather than shove that beautiful piece of cookery into a cupboard, I display her like a piece of art. And I’m always halfway to dinner because the pot’s already on the stove!

Cast iron cookware is something you should have in your life, and I know that my personal brand of choice is Le Creuset. Nearly 90 years of experience counts for a lot, in my book. In addition to cast iron, Le Creuset makes an entire suite of stoneware – safe for the oven, and beautiful for displaying on your table. You’ll be the talk of the Christmas table when your French oven matches the beautiful Le Creuset 10″ pie dish, pie bird, trivet and oven mitt too!

From our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 12/23/12 to claim their Gift Guide for the Ultimate Foodie giftpack or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive (1) Swissmar Slate Board and Cheese Knife Set, (1) Le Creuset Pie Set including pie plate, pie bird, oven mitt and trivet, (1) Le Creuset 5.5 Qt Round French Oven in Cherry, (1) King Arthur Flour Pizza Ingredient Gift Set {$432.94 AVP}. Products will be shipped by Swissmar, Le Creuset, and King Arthur Flour.
-This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.


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Paula - bell'alimento December 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

My favorite memory is sneaking down with my sister in the wee hours of Christmas morning every year and peaking at our presents. Now I enjoy watching my kids do the same : )

Robin C December 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I love the Le Creuset French Oven!

Robin C December 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

My favorite Christmas memory is when my daughter gave me a yellow sponge, she was 3 at the time.

Michelle P December 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

This is a great giveaway… and pizza dough flavoring?? What the heck??

Michelle P December 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Oh yeah, and my favorite Christmas memory is my mom baking big loaves of Irish Soda bread with raisins on Christmas morning for us to enjoy after opening gifts! :)

Daniele @ Domestic Serenity December 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

My memory: The year I got an Easy Bake Oven as a kid. Seriously, that was the best. :)

Cathy B*****y December 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

My entire family have all passed away.. my younger brother and sister and my parents, my parents died young at 60… but I still have some sweet memories for Christmas. One which always comes to mind at this time, is when I was about 12 or 13 I think. I heard noise in the living room in the middle of the night 2 nights before Christmas.. I carefully and quietly snuck to the corner of the living room doorway.. as I carefully peeked around I saw something that made me put my hand over my mouth so I wouldn’t laugh.. it was my father.. He was on the floor on a blanket, searching under the tree for presents with his name on them! but that isn’t all.. when he found a couple of them he so carefully unwrapped them and then put them back just as neatly.. the fun part was watching his face of personal surprise… now I understood why he always had this faint excitement on Christmas day.. I never told him I saw that… wish I had later… but it is still a very sweet memory!
Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoo dotcom

Hanna December 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

This is very sweet… It made me smile to read it!

Bonnie K December 19, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I always look forward to watching A Child’s Christmas in Wales with my family. Tradition started with my mother. We also love having the plum pudding and doing the ooohs and aaaahs when we watch the blue flames on the pudding. The Christmas crackers is also a favorite thing to do.

Katie December 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

We always went to 10 pm mass, then came home and got to open 1 special present before going to bed. It always felt like such a magical night!

Carole Resnick December 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

My favorite memory is eating brisket and potato ankakes, lighting candles, singing Chanukah songs and opening gifts.

Sheila V. December 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

When I was about 8 years old, my family had a simple Christmas of opening gifts, singing carols and drinking hot chocolate. Afterwards, we lighted firecrackers outside with the neighbors.

Michelle December 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

My favorite memory is baking christmas cookies with the family! We don’t do it anymore. Guess we need to find time again!

Colleen G December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

One of my favorite Christmas memories is going to NYC with the family to see the Christmas Spectacular. We had a great time and spent the day together.

latanya December 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I use to love finding the presents my parents would hide during Christmas and opening them just enough to see what it was and then taping them back up with sister when we were younger.

Heather Spooner December 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

My favorite Christmas memories always involve food. My mom and grandma are the best cooks. I remember sitting in the kitchen with them rolling dozens of mexican wedding cookies and shelling pecans to be used in Christmas pies. Good times. Thanks for the giveaway!

Hannah h. December 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

We had an advent calendar that adds an ornament on a tapestry every day. My brother and I would fight over who got to hang the next one on each day! Good times! :-)

Mary W December 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Drinking eggnog with my dad on Christmas morning while waiting for my brother to wake up! Especially the years in college when we got a solid buzz going before 9am ;)

Angie R. December 19, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Making Christmas cookies with my kids.

Allison December 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Driving around to see the lights on Christmas eve and then coming home to hot cocoa and new jammies!

Hanna December 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

My first Christmas as a newlywed we went way overboard and got a 15 foot tree. We lived on the second floor! Good thing we were still young, strong, and enthusiastic!

Elena Vo December 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Sitting with my younger brother under the Christmas tree and whispering our wishes to the tree the night before Christmas :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Last Christmas my mom told me that her and her long time boyfriend got engaged! It was such a fabulous Christmas memory!

Calli December 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Waking up early and waiting int he hallway so my dad could set up the camera and catch our faces as we got a first glance at the tree and santa’s presents.

Rust December 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Being surprised with a ticket to London by my DH, to meet him returning from a business trip.

Jenn December 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM

My favorite Christmas memories are untangling the lights for my grandparents when I was little. It was my job to sit on the floor and untangle them all while watching a Christmas movie.

carrian December 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I want it allllll!

MaryB December 20, 2012 at 3:10 AM

My favorite memory is having our son pick our special Christmas Eve dinner. He started at age 2-1/2 (waffles, green beans and water) and continued on till he got married. Even now, if he is home for the holiday, he still picks his special meal. So much fun to see how his tastes changed over the years.

Lori B. December 20, 2012 at 4:44 AM

I love watching my four boys open their stockings. We do that first…then the rest of the presents one by one…so much anticipation while waiting for their turn!

Phyllis December 20, 2012 at 4:54 AM

I rememember getting a birhtstone ring when I was a teenager. It was a shock because I had no idea I was getting it even though I asked for it. It was too costly for our budget. It was the only gift that year & I cherished it & still have it. I’m 55 years old now.

autumn December 20, 2012 at 6:40 AM

one of my favorite holiday memory involves this little tin of plastic angel decorations. not sure why, but I LOVED them. I waited all year for them to come out.

Lisa Korkowski December 20, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Last year, my husband was due to return from deployment. We weren’t sure if he would get back before or after Christmas, but I told myself it would be after so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Three nights before Christmas, I got a knock on the door and was surprised as I had already put my boys to bed. My husband had arranged for someone from his unit to bring him home. It was a wonderful surprise for me and even greater for my boys to wake up to him in the house the next morning!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 20, 2012 at 8:04 AM

My favorite holiday memory is my dad dressing up as santa for a christmas party I threw in early highschool and he gave out small presents to all my friends!

Jenna@littlekitchenbigflavors December 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

It’s putting up my grandmothers Christmas village. It always brings back memories of being little and sitting around her tree tearing into gifts

Celeste B. December 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Waking up early to see all the presents under the tree.

Sarah Sweney December 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

My favorite holiday memory is making magic squares to eat with my family on Christmas Eve as we wear our Christmas pajamas and watch A Muppet Christmas Carol!

German Lopez December 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

A few years ago when I was in the military, my family thought I wasn’t going to be able to make it home for the holidays. My mom was sad because it was going to be the first Christmas that we werent going to be all together. On Christmas Eve while my family was having dinner, I walked thru the door and surprised everyone. It was great and my mom was especially surprised.

Cassie December 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

My favorite memory just happened. My son is almost 11 months old so this is his first Christmas. He has such wonder when looking at lights and when we light the menorah for Hanukkah. He hoots with delight and it is amazing to rediscover the holiday through his eyes.

Jess Z December 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

My favorite memory is getting together with my mom, aunt and cousins in someone’s kitchen (it rotates each year) and baking five or six different types of cookies along with making fudge, puppy chow and assorted candies to deliver to the neighbors and friends. We spend the entire time singing and dancing along to Christmas music, laughing and sharing stories.

Windy P. December 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Going with a funny one. Growing up my little sister (who’s now all growed up) would do just about anything to get out of doing the dishes. My mom and dad were discussing Christmas presents and where to hide them so that they wouldn’t be found. My dad responded totally deadpan “well put hers in the dishwasher, she’ll never find them there.” :)

Megan December 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

That cheese knife is gorgeous – I love kitchen gear that is stylish as well as useful.
One of my favorite memories is driving around town looking at holiday lights, sipping hot chocolate in the car. I love that we have the Trail of Lights in Austin again so we can have that tradition again (albeit walking)!

Natalie J Vandenberghe December 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

This is my first Christmas without my beloved mother…a wave of fond memories come back. As a child, I remember be more excited about my Christmas stocking than opening gifts. In my parents later years, they moved to Oregon and lived near me. My Mom always treated us to a holiday meal in a favorite restaurant. I miss her greatly.
As an adult, my favorite tradition has been to go to a Trans-Siberian Concert and a performance of Handel’s “Messiah”
Now I have two grandsons (the newest was just born on Monday) and I think we will make many more happy memories!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Athena R December 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

One of my favorite memories of Christmas is gathering with my family on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas movies while enjoying baked goodies and drinking boiled custard .

Jill J December 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I loved Christmas Eve – the whole family got together and we sat around a small fire watching Frosty and Rudolph, ate cheese/crackers and drank “slush” (a frozen fruit drink crushed/mixed with 7-up). Thinking of it always brings back warm/fuzzy memories

Haley December 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Sneaking down my grandparents hallway with my sister and trying to peek through the slats on the living room doors to see if Santa had come yet!!!

Elizabeth Langston December 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

My favorite Christmas memory was when I was eight. My brother and I came down the stairs and found a kitten under the tree. Angel was with us for many years.

Meagan V. December 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

We would always play all day Christmas Eve waiting for my dad to come home from work so we could open presents and then go to my grandmas house with all the extended family at night. Same every year:) Thank you for the giveaway!

Kelly D December 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

My parents surprised me with my own writing desk one Christmas. My dad stained it in the basement and kept it as a surprise by telling me there were toxic fumes when I tried to come downstairs ,hah! I loved playing “teacher” at that desk.

Malissa W December 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

We had a close-knit neighborhood growing up and every Christmas eve we would gather around the a large pine tree in the neighbors yard and one of the dad’s would dress up as Santa and come out of the woods with gifts that the parents had previously sent over. As a child it was always so magical and I was convinced that it really was Santa. Now I am older and married and close to having children of my own, I still look forward to see Santa come out of the woods every year and the look of joy on the children’s faces. I can’t wait to go home on Sunday! :)

Trina A December 20, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Last year, My in-laws, my parents, Husband’s Aunt and Uncle, Husband, son and I all took our RV’s to the Coast and spent a week. It was a wonderful time!

Trina A December 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Port Aransas to be exact!

Jessi December 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

When we were small, my brother and I would sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to check out what Santa brought and then head back to bed so our parents wouldn’t catch us up.

Wehaf December 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Every year we watch “A Christmas Carol” – the whole family together, on Christmas Day, after opening our presents. It is so warm and cosy and such a perfect family activity. I love it.

Amy Tong December 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

My favorite Christmas memory is building a gingerbread house with my kids for the very first time last year. Yes, it was a first for me as well. It turned out beautifully and I entered the picture to a contest and it won a prize too. What a bonus! My kids just requested that we build one again this year. I think it’s going to be our family’s tradition from now on. :)

Carolyn G December 20, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Every year my family has a traditon of making tamales for Christmas. I remember being around 5 and my mom and grandmother allowing me to join in the fun.

Kristen M. December 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

A favorite Christmas memory is the year my dad built a Barbie-sized dollhouse, complete with working lights.

Sharon December 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM

My favorite Christmas memory is the year I got a chemistry set and made chemical rotten eggs, which wafted throughout the house and made me very unpopular! Thanks for a super great giveaway.

Natalie S December 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM

My favorite Christmas memory is when my dad dressed up as Santa and I helped him give out presents to all my little cousins.

Karen Medlin December 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM

My favorite memory is when my twin sister and I met our father for the first time, and he gave each of us a Raggedy Ann doll.

Jen Johnson December 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

This is fantastic!

Evelyn R December 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

My favorite memory is the Christmas that my then 2 year old daughter insisted that she wanted a turkey from Santa. He did come through with a stuffed turkey that gobbled when squeezed!

rachel December 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

When I was in first grade and got my Felicity doll — one of the American Girl dolls. I had been praying for her and God answered me!

Jackie Watson December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

One of my favorite memories is a Christmas eve when hubby and I were up late wrapping presents, my then 4 year old son woke up and was so mad because he thought we were opening his presents. He got over it but we will never forget it!

susitravl December 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Growing up, we lived away from family, so we would travel by car to visit grandparents and cousins, singing Christmas Carols and other songs all the way. Great memories!

erin December 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

we would read polar express as a family every year right before bed on Christmas Eve :)

Jessica O December 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

My favorite memories at Christmas involve drinking hot wassail before, on the way to, and after the midnight mass service on Christmas Eve. Lots of laughs!

Aneesa December 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Meeting my two older half-brothers for the first time at the age of 16!

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