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Foodie Holiday Gift Suggestions: Homemade

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Looking for that special gift for a foodie friend?  Someone on your list is hard to please?  Maybe something to give someone with everything? Try these suggestions on making your own unique gifts.  There are many great websites you’ll find under each section, but there are an infinite number of possibilities. The queen of the holiday homemade is definitely Martha Stewart – click HERE to see her array of hand-crafted holiday gifts. Another great website we found was AllRecipes (click HERE to see their DIY gifts).  With each of these homemade gifts, packaging can really make the difference.  Tins, bottles, and festive boxes can be found on-line or at cookware stores. Here are our suggestions for easy to make, Serious Foodie quality hand crafted gifts – especially for those on your list who have everything.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449160325073{background-color: #cccccc !important;}”] Simple Syrups [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3612″ border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text]Simple syrups are just that – simple.  Once made, they last a long time, and can be used to flavor cocktails, desserts, or just used as a condiment over ice cream.  We found a very nice, festive holiday syrup on MidWestLiving.com using cranberries (click HERE). While we like the fruit […]

Five Sexy Meals Ideas

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] There is nothing sexier than making a great meal for your sweetheart.  Why battle the hungry hoards on Valentine’s Day, and putting up with dumbed-down menus to accommodate the folks who venture out only on Valentine’s Day.  Besides, this is THE DAY for the Serious Foodie to impress with a hand-crafted meal for the significant other(s) in our life, with matching wines, candle light, flowers, and other romantic touches.  Before you dive into the recipe details, you should also take a look at the Serious Foodie 10 Steps for Sexy Meals (click HERE to see the article now).   While doing our research, we came a across some fun websites that talk about sexy meals: Bon Appetit poles 11 celebrity chefs on their sexiest meals ever (click HERE). There’s a website call Seduction Meals – the title says it all   (click HERE). Food & Wine gives a very broad selection of menus (click HERE). We really liked the meals selected by Delish for Valentine’s Day (click HERE). What about the vegetarian in your life?  Take a look at this great Buzzfeed article (click HERE). Here’s five of the Serious Foodie favorite suggestions on what to serve that special […]

The Serious Foodie 10 Steps for Sexy Meals

We have a saying at the Serious Foodie – there is nothing sexier than good food and good wine.  This is especially true for Valentine’s Day, which is our second least-favorite day to dine out (next to New Year’s Eve).  Why?  The good to great restaurants are packed, the kitchens are stressed, the prices are higher, and many places will dumbed-down the menus to accommodate the folks who venture out only on Valentine’s Day.  Besides, this is THE DAY for the Serious Foodie to impress with a hand-crafted meal for the significant other(s) in our life, with matching wines, candle light, flowers, and other romantic touches. Besides recipes and ingredients, you should also consider certain DO’s and DON’Ts.  Here is our Serious Foodie 10 steps for sexy meals which will help you to impress your date, get another date, and who knows what else? [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”black”][vc_column_text] 10 Steps for Sexy Meals [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Not all great food is date food! Make sure you find out likes/dislikes before you start getting your ingredients together (“Didn’t you know that I’m allergic to shellfish??!!!) Don’t just buy the most expensive ingredients, especially if you haven’t had experience with them.  For instance, do you really […]

A Serious Foodie Guide to Unique Holiday Gifts: Chocolates

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449153480399{background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.13) !important;*background-color: rgb(0,0,0) !important;}”] Belgian Chocolates [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” image=”3790″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text] Some might argue over which country makes the best chocolate, but there is no argument over the quality and the service from Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus.  Go to their website, take a look at their video, then order for you and your significant other.  Other Belgian chocolates you might want to try are Leonidas and Planete Chocolat. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449154921840{background-color: #cecece !important;}”] Italian Chocolates [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4678″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” border_color=”black” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text] It’s not surprising that the best Italian chocolates come from the areas that border the French and the Swiss, primarily in the Piedmont region.  There are a number of popular brands, including Perugina (their Baci can be found everywhere now), Pernigotti, and Ferraro, and all can be found at Amazon.com.  Check out the amazing Venchi chocolates at Worldwide Chocolates. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1418397537479{background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.13) !important;*background-color: rgb(0,0,0) !important;}”] French Chocolates [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” image=”3757″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text] French chocolates are decadent in both flavor and price, but well worth the splurge.  We were first introduced to La Maison du Chocolat in their small NYC store, and they remain our favorite French chocolate.  You can go to […]

Foodie Holiday Gift Suggestions: At the Movies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Happiness is often just sharing some time with someone you love – so here are three simple steps to getting a gift you can share. Select a good foodie movie. Stream it, rent it, or buy it Get a nice bottle of wine, and share a themed dinner around the movie’s menu. Here’s our top 9 favorite foodie movies of all time: [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1418229279702{background-color: rgba(129,215,66,0.78) !important;*background-color: rgb(129,215,66) !important;}”] [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”green”][vc_separator color=”green”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449159029395{background-color: #cccccc !important;}”] Babette’s Feast [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3540″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text]Babette’s Feast is very close to the heart of the Serious Foodie in many ways.  It’s a beautiful movie with great acting – and great food.  The title meal of the movie was a grand gesture of gratitude, but difficult (and outrageously expensive) to re-create. Molly O’Neill from the New York Times has a simplified recipe of the movie’s main dish, quail in puff pastry, which you can certainly do at home (click HERE).  You can cheat a bit, using Cornish hen or poisson if you can’t get hold of quail.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1449159095899{background-color: #cccccc !important;}”] Julie & Julia [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3749″ style=”vc_box_border” border_color=”black” img_link_target=”_self” img_link_large=””][vc_column_text]Amy Adams may not be anything like the real Julie Powell, but Meryl Streep […]