READY, SET, SHOP! The season’s hottest stuff to give and get: some last minute ideas from ENTREE


We want to solve at least one of your holiday dilemmas—what to get for the most important people on your list…at this last moment.

A book for every stocking: If you like history and oysters: OYSTER, A Gastronomic History is a richly illustrated must-read that brings the oyster’s role in world gastronomy, culture and ecology into focus. Includes 50 impressive recipes. You will never look at an oyster quite the same way again after reading this. Abrams is the publisher.

Cooking up a storm:

Chef’n, a leader in the housewares industry, known for creating fun, innovative kitchen products. Fan-favorites from the brand include the FreshForce Citrus Juicer, GarlicZoomXL, and the PalmZester. We also like the PepperBall, the PalmPeeler and the SleekStor Collection. http://www.chefn.com

Goods & Gadgets:

Protect your home and prevent electrical hazards with Twist and Seal! Use anywhere there is a need to keep power cord connections protected
from the outside elements like rain or melting snow. Perfect for indoor use too! Twist and Seal’s patented designs enclose connectors in a water tight cocoon. It will safeguard your home and family from outages and electrical shock. Available in three sizes: original, mini and cord
dome. Made in the USA. Available at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace and other local retailers. http://www.twistandseal.com; prices starting at $9.98 for a
2-pack.

Food:

Bourbon Blondie Bar and Chocolate Bourbon Sauce from Matthews 1812 House, purveyors of tasty cakes, cookies, bars, sauces, brownies, nibbles, and candies, all made in Cornwall, Connecticut with the highest quality ingredients in small batches, http://www.1812house.com

For the curious cook, a tasting box from Hatchery, purveyors of artisan ingredients. This is the place to go for exotic syrups, spreads, rubs, honey, spices, mustards, sauces, cocktail mixes, and any connoisseur condiment you can think of. http://www.hatchery.co

Pure’s Crispy Clusters and Ancient Grains bars for healthy holiday snacking stories. The Ancient Grains bars contain quinoa, amaranth, flax seeds, and hemp, and the Crispy Clusters contain gluten-free oats and nuts. http://www.thepurebar.com/

For the bar:

Add more spirit to the holidays with Johnnie Walker Select Casks-Rye Cask-Finish, smooth blended scotch with a very distinctive flavor; cask-mellowed Booth’s Finest Distilled Gin and Tanqueray Bloomsbury, a new limited edition gin with prominent notes of Tuscan juniper, blended with additional botanicals such as coriander, angelica, winter savory and cassia bark.

Wines:

Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s classic black grape and the ideal red wine for your holiday menu. You can’t go wrong with Nero d’Avola, an indigenous grape hailing from the original melting pot of flavors on the island of Sicily, and one of the most diverse wine regions on the planet. For more info, visit http://www.winesofsicily.com. Always look for Sicilia DOC on the label to ensure quality and consistency. One of our favorites is Mandrarossa Nero D’Avola, a well-balanced red singing of black cherries and plums.

The Debate, Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, dark brilliant ruby wine, balanced ripeness and power with finesse and elegance all in one bottle, deep fruit and soft cassis/back cherry jam, http://www.thedebatewine.com

And remember–the perfect present is always personal…and given with love.

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