Chadwick Boyd's Top 10
1 – For the Wine Lover
Decantus Wine Aerator with Stand ($36.99, www.wineaccessory.com/ decantus.htm <http://www.wineaccessory.com/
2- For a Stocking Stuffer
Hint Mints ($35, www.hintmint.com <http://www.hintmint.com> ) – I met these guys at the Fancy Food Show, and they are like rock stars for mints. Their packaging is soooo creative. You just have to keep them around. Plus the mints, well, they rock, too! These mints come in a variety of great flavors beyond traditional mint, like pomegranate and green tea. Plus the artistry cases are something to use over and over.
3- For the Sweets Lover
Tupelo Honey Shortbread ($16.50, www.savannahbee.com <http://www.savannahbee.com>) – Savannah Bee partnered with Willa’s Classic Shortbread to create these delectable cookies. Tupelo is the “gold standard” by which all other honeys are measured. Harvested for only two weeks each spring along two river basins, it is one of the rarest honeys in the world.
4- For the Ginger Lover
Ginger Babies ($7.00, www.gingerpeople.com <http://www.gingerpeople.com>) – So much fun…and cute and delicious! Use these to add to Aged Parmesan or Gouda – YUM! Or, garnish your favorite holiday martini. They are quite versatile. Exquisite baby ginger is crafted into premium crystallized ginger shaped like adorable little ginger tots. Try this deliciously stimulating, mood-boosting treat!
5- For the Cookbook Lover
Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook ($35.00, www.hotandhotclub.com <http://www.hotandhotclub.com>
6- For the Slow Food Lover
Lucero Olive Oils (Prices start under $5.00, www.lucerooliveoil.com <http://www.lucerooliveoil.com
7- For the Grill Lover
Grilling Planks (Starting at $5.99, Lowe’s & www.fireandflavor.com <http://www.fireandflavor.com> ). My favorite thing to grill on…like our Pinot Thyme Basted Pork Belly. Add robust, woodsy flavor to your fish and meats, and vegetables. These planks are all natural with no additional flavorings and unlike many, Fire and Flavor planks are certified sustainable and are select cut for optimum flavor. Use on an outdoor grill or inside with a grill pan.
8- For the Modern Cook
Himalayan Pink Salt Plates (Starting at $16.95, www.saltworks.us <http://www.saltworks.us> ) — A huge fan fave. Himalayan Pink salt is harvested from ancient sea salt deposits in the Himalayan Mountain Range, crystallized more than 200 million years ago. Ancient sea beds were covered by volcanic lava, protecting the salt from pollution, and lending to the belief that Himalayan Pink is the purest salt to be found on earth. Heated plates can be used in the oven to sear light items such as fish, thinly sliced beef or even an egg. These dense blocks cook with near perfect heat distribution. As the blocks cook, they also delicately impart a mild and full taste, providing a new level of flavor complexity to your food. Salt Plates can also be chilled in the refrigerator and used as a serving tray for sushi, cheese or gourmet desserts that require a hint of salt. Functional and beautiful!
9- Fun for the Whole Family
Bella Cucina’s Pizza Kit: Focaccia and Pizza Dough Mix and Pomodoro Pizza Sauce ($25.00, www.bellacucina.com <http://www.bellacucina.com> ) – A huge hit this holiday season…from InStyle to the Today Show. This is an easy, all natural pizza kit that honors fresh flavors with Old Time traditions. It’s ideal for those who want to spend quality time with their families, make a pizza together and add your favorite cheeses and toppings.
10- For the Meat Lover
La Quercia Prosciutto Tris ($59, store.laquercia.us <http://store.laquercia.us> ) – This award winning US-made artisan salumi is made using traditional dry curing. It’s garnered the notice of the NY Times and more. And it’s made in of all place, IOWA. La Quercia uses no nitrates, nitrites or related vegetable derived substitutes. The meat comes from neighboring farms that appreciate the extra care and effort involved in humane and organic animal production. The result is a taste that is TO DIE FOR!!!