Last Minute Gift Ideas
Dear friend of Gourmet Delights,
the holidays are here! Whether you are spending time with family & friends, participating in huge events or small intimate gatherings, one thing that always seems omnipresent is food. We gather around dinner tables and tell stories, attend holiday parties, and sometimes have a celebratory drink and toast to the new year. This is also a time for gift-giving. Small gifts spread out over days, large gifts for that special someone, and stocking stuffers.... a gesture to show those close to us that we are thinking of them. Here at Gourmet Delights we love food. We cook for our friends and family, and wrap up foodie gifts to hand out as presents.
Unlike many merchants who can take 3-5 days to get your order out the door, and then another 5 days for ground shipping, we are shipping USPS Priority 2-3 Day Mail, for FREE, 6 days a week. We are shipping through December 22! And if you get your orders in by 5PM Eastern Standard Time your order generally ships the SAME DAY!!
So yes, you can still order and have things delivered in time for Christmas!
This year we've added some very exciting little treats, perfect for stocking stuffers, using as a small gift as part of a larger celebration, handing out to neighbors, or treating yourself. For a little something sweet try the Fleur de Sel Caramels, Praslines, or some Michel Cluizel Chocolates. We also just got in the most wonderful selection of all natural French jams: Pear-Vanilla, Morello Cherry, and Apple-Pear-Walnut. They are perfect on toast or as an accompaniment to a cheese plate.
Looking for more savory delights? The Fallot Mustards arrived this year and are simply incredible, if you like spices the Organic Peruvian Aji Peppers are just right, tons of flavor with just the perfect level of heat and spiciness, and our vinegar selection continues to grow with our recent discovery of a Napa Valley Pinot Noir Red Wine Vinegar, and a recent delivery of our favorite Belazu Balsamic Vinegar.
We love to entertain but this is a busy time of year so we look for things that are tasty but easy to prepare. No one needs to know we didn't spend all day in the kitchen! Our selection of appetizers is perfect for snacking and cocktail parties. Take some Bonito Tuna Loins, Marcona Almonds, smoked olives, and piparras to make your own tapas plate.... PERFECT. Open a can of Escargots, warm in a skillet with a little butter and garlic for 5 minutes, and you have a very savory, very tasty, first course. Looking for something heartier? Our Duck Terrine and Duck Rillettes are pre-seasoned and pre-cooked, simply open the jar and serve with crackers or a sliced baguette. It does not get any easier than that! Your guests will be impressed with the flavor, and you can be relaxed and spend time with them rather than slaving away in the kitchen.
PLUS when someone unexpectedly stops by, you can pull any one of these out as an impromptu gift, OR go to the kitchen and in 5 minutes look like you were eagerly awaiting their arrival. You are entertaining with grace and style.
And finally, one of my hardest things to decide on, gift giving. What is "the perfect gift" for the people on my list. For mom it is Griottines. She loves them in cocktails, as a pan sauce for duck and pork, they top cookies and cakes, and yes we all tend to sneak a few out of the jar to eat plain. Dad shares my love for wine and for extra virgin olive oil. Tasting the differences between countries and olive varieties is a lot of fun. The most difficult olive oils to procure every year are the Mannucci-Droandi Organic DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tuscany and the Castillo de Canena First Day of Harvest from Spain. I'll also throw some truffle oil in his stocking. My brother loves playing with our salts. Truffle & Salt, Fleur de Sel, and Hawaiian Red Alaea seem perfect! My sister is learning to bake. This is great for all of us as we get to eat her creations. Definitely some Vera Cruz Vanilla, Fennel & Salt (sprinkle on your bread dough BEFORE baking.... AMAZING!), and the Divine Desserts Spice Blend. No doubt she'll steal some of mom's Griottines as well. And my Italian sister-in-law gets Acquerello Carnaroli Risotto Rice, Organic Polenta, and Balsamic Jelly. The dog gets a new bone and rawhide chew toy. (yes even the dog gets food gifts in our household!)
Do you have an "uber-foodie" on your gift list? Then definitely look at the 50 Year Old Gran Capirete Sherry Vinegar, Villa Manodori's 75 year old Extra Vecchio Balsamic Vinegar, and the Savini Truffle Butters. Outstanding!
We here at Gourmet Delights would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays.
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