Gifts from the Kitchen: Savory Treats

Gifts from the Kitchen: Savory Treats
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Savory gifts from the kitchen are great for men's holiday gifts, especially teachers or co-workers. The mustards would be great in a basket with sausage and cheese for dad or grandpa too.

Horseradish Mustard


1/2 cup dry mustard

1/4 cup mustard seeds

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

3 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Store in air tight containers in refrigerator up to several months. Makes 1 3/4 cups. Gift Basket Suggestion: Place mustard, a summer sausage or salami, pumpernickel bread and some good hard cheese in a wicker basket for a spicy gift!

Garlic Mustard


8 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 8 ounce jar Dijon-style mustard

1/2 tsp. basil leaves

1/4 tsp. oregano leaves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place garlic in a small baking dish and drizzle with oil. Roast 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently until garlic is soft. Mash garlic, removing any tough pieces. Combine with other ingredients and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors. Makes about 1 cup mustard.

Fruited Rice Curry Mix


1 cup long grain rice

1/4 cup mixed dried fruits, chopped

1/4 cup slivered almonds

2 tablespoons light raisins

1 tablespoon minced dried onion

2 tsp. curry powder

2 tsp. beef bouillon granules

1/2 tsp. salt

In a bowl combine all ingredients and place in airtight containers. Directions to enclose: To prepare rice, combine mix with 2 1/2 cups water and 2 tablespoons margarine in a saucepan; cover tightly. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes. Do not lift cover. Makes 4 cups.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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