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Acoustic Chef by Muriel Anderson

A few of our stocking stuffer favorites while we stay safe at home: we selected unique culinary gifts that we enjoyed and look forward to preparing.

Acoustic Chef by Muriel Anderson is a delicious book of recipes and music from around the world. The book features simple recipes with a creative CD that allows you to enjoy the music from the recipe’s country of origin. Some are very simple and a perfect way to prepare with your children in a most unique history lesson. We loved the Nisu Finnish Coffee Bread. Descriptions of the music that accompanies the fish and many other recipes send your mind to a country you have always wanted to visit.

Fruit Cake by Jason Schreiber: With recipes like Passion Fruit Lime Palova and Chocolate Orange Babka, the recipes in this delightful book are detailed with helpful storage hints. The poached Apricot Sachertorte may make the Hanukah dessert table with just a hint of brandy.

The perfect gluten-free stocking stuffer treats come from Flax4Life. These gluten-free baked goods taste yummy, and it’s hard to tell there is no dairy or nuts. The rich chocolate brownies were a fave along with the fruit granolas. You cannot tell they are actually healthy for you. Trust us, you do not have to be gluten-free to enjoy these delicious bites!

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters: As a snobby Bourbon Old fashioned drinker, Chef Judi has been known to carry a bottle of these bitters along with pure Blood orange bitters to restaurants. Cozy up by the fire with a circular ice ball and enjoy a maker’s Mark aged bourbon with Fee Brothers.

Three splashes, and you’ll forget the old-time bitters your uncles used to have. With double, fresh muddled orange slices and the tiniest splash of simple syrup, this delightful cocktail might make you want to break out your old Bing Crosby Christmas albums.

A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Judi has managed restaurants and owned restaurants in the northeast and was the founder of a successful dessert company. Today, she is a sought-after restaurant consultant, TV cook on the ABC affiliate in her hometown, and culinary editor of a city magazine. Her personal passions are culinary travel to exotic places and holiday cooking in her home for huge gatherings of friends and relatives. Her guilty pleasure? Bruce Springsteen concerts. “I follow him around the country and have for years,” she admits. “But, in every city where Bruce sings, I do check out new restaurants and talk to up and coming chefs. I want all the food news I can get.”

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