Holiday Gift Guide 2023: Key, Festive Ingredients For Hosts – Forbes

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As the holidays approach, we all start sorting out what to cook and serve (and bring to our neighbors when they invite us over a tipple). Here are some of my favorite ingredients tweaking classic, and innovative, recipes. I have also included some choice wines and cocktails to enjoy with the meal or while cooking.
The Vinegar
Balsamic brings intensity to so many dishes.
Great balsamic vinegar is irreplaceable. It can be used on salads, as well as vanilla ice cream. It is even great when drizzled on melons. It even adds some zest to blue cheese. Carandini is a classic one.
The Spice
Yemen is home to many great dishes. Sadly we see few of them in the U.S. So finding a little herb-based, hot sauce is so exciting. Is can be used on meat marinades or swirl it over hummus. Zhug is really delicious.
The Yememi dip is divine.

Caviar is always for the holidays.
The Caviar
Think blinis and bliss. Nothing speaks like a little caviar dripped over whatever you are indulging in. Marky’s hits the mark. I particularly like it over eggs in the morning.
Nothing beats well-made pasta.
The Pasta
Good artisinal pasta, that holds its al dente status while consumed, is hard to find. The three-location Italian Food Company in the Florida Keys is shipping this divine stuff around the country (and you would wish you lived in the Keys if you could only taste the pizza!)
The Wine
Classic Bordeaux is great for the holidays.
Bordeaux with a little age on it goes with anything. Saratoga Wine ships a nice selection to customers in the States. Some of the labels include Château Lafon-Rochet, Château Pédesclaux and Château de Ferrand. The company also has gems like Orma and Sette.
The Negroni
The brand features bespoke cocktails.
This classic tipple is one of my favorites. Best had before dinner and limit yourself to at maximum two! This version, the white Negroni by Via Carota, the swank NYC restaurant is made without Campari, hence its pale color.
The corn soup dumplings are new.
The Dumplings
These dim sum have been a salvation for me on nights when I have to work late. They steam up perfectly (in exactly 11 minutes) and taste like something out of the best Chinese restaurant in NYC or SF. They are shipped frozen from the mothership Mila in Seattle and come in a few versions with dipping sauces.


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