Gifts from the Kitchen

Christmas,Featured Article,Holidays,Recipes
November 30, 2011

Homemade sweet sauces are easy, inexpensive and perfect for any foodie on your nice list.

Chocolate Sauce
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

When I was a kid, my best friend, Lisa, asked me to get her a record, or anything “I hadn’t made” for Christmas. I was a crafty kid and rocks stacked, glued together and painted like snowmen was my gift to her the year before. Apparently not a home-run.

However as adults, most of us treasure a handmade gift. Last year, our stylist Teresa Blackburn gave me handmade dishtowels, and another friend gave me homemade pear and fig preserves, which I hid from the kids.

With the economy the way it is, this may be the perfect year to give gifts from your kitchen. As a working mom of two, I don’t have tons of time, but time is still more abundant than money. Here are two sauces that will be most appreciated. And believe it or not, they’re much better than rock snowmen.

—By Jill Melton, Relish Editor


Balsamic Syrup

Turn balsamic vinegar into a rich sauce that complements either sweet or savory.


Butterscotch Sauce

Keep it in the fridge to turn cake or ice cream into a special-occasion dessert.

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

A rich chocolate sauce that's perfect for gifting.


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