No matter what language you speak, a basket filled with herbs designed for Italian cooking would be molto splendido! Just imagine a basket filled with top quality seasonings like dill weed, garlic, Garlic N Herb Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, oregano, parsley leaf, rosemary leaf, sage leaf, sweet basil leaf, and thyme leaf--and the delicious Italian meals that can be created with this herb collection! Line a basket with bold red-and-white checked oversized cloth napkins, fill it with the bottled herbs, a bottle of olive oil, a stainless steel garlic press, and perhaps even a bottle of red wine, and you've got a gift that's an Italian sensation.
If you have friends who enjoy the flavors, textures and health benefits of Asian cooking, this would be an excellent--and easy!--gift idea. Our 14-inch non-stick Stir Fry Wok would make a perfect "basket," filled with our Bamboo Tool Set (Rice Paddle, Slotted Spatula and Stir Fry Spatula), set of five Silk-Wrapped Chop Sticks, or another appropriate accessory, and a collection of herbs and spices frequently called for in Asian cookery. This web site is an excellent source for these ingredients, including agar-agar, chili peppers, Chinese Five Spice, Chinese parsley (cilantro), chives, cinnamon, curry, ginger root, lemon grass, Oriental mustard, sesame seeds, star anise, and Thai Seasoning. This basket will bring a year's worth of culinary joy to the person who receives it.
South of the Border Basket
Who wouldn't love this? Fill a Terra Cotta Tortilla Warmer with top-quality spices chosen specifically for Mexican dishes. While Mexican fare features a wide variety of herbs and spices, some basics you'll want to include are sweet basil leaf, red chili pepper flakes, Fiesta Chili Powder Blend, Mexican Seasoning, cilantro, coriander seed, cumin seed, oregano, sage leaf, and thyme leaf. For added zing, add some Simply Organic Fajita and Southwest Taco Seasoning Mixes, then sit back and watch this gift sizzle.
Time for Tea Basket
Here's a gift for the tea drinkers on your list. Fill a basket with a selection of Frontier bulk loose-leaf teas, which feature whole, intact leaves that retain the full flavor of the tea. (Tea bags, on the other hand, use tiny fragments of tea, known as fannings, that are left over from sifting. For tea lovers, loose leaf is definitely the tea of choice.) Fill and label attractive 4 oz Japanese Tea Tins (also available in 2 oz.) with choices of their favorite kind of tea-- Black and Oolong, Green and White or Herbal Tea --or mix it up and give them a great selection for every tea-drinking mood. Add an attractive infuser or other tea accessory and you're good to go. But if you really want to wow your tea-loving friends, stash some teas inside a new teapot like the six-cup Cobalt Blue Porcelain Teapot or Brushed Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle. What a thoughtful gift, inside and out!
(A nice small gift for a tea drinker is to put an infuser and some tea in a pretty tea cup or handsome mug.)
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