Stuck for ideas? We’ve searched the province and the internet to bring you a baker’s dozen of unique gifts for the foodie in your life!
Le Creuset Cast Iron Bakers
Available in five sizes, from 0.6 L to 2.8 L, Le Creuset’s new cast iron Oval Bakers are perfect for baking, roasting, stovetop cooking, and serving. As they are wide and shallow, ingredients are exposed more directly to heat, which is great for recipes with crispy toppings. The large loop handles make for easy carrying from oven to table. Offered in a choice of 7 colours. $120-$250
DRØM Pepper and Grinders
DRØM Pepper was launched recently by Canadians Louise and Nigel Biggar, to bring us the exceptional black and red Kampot peppercorns from Cambodia. The pepper is organic and fair trade, and is so special that it has its own protected geographical indication. Black pepper $11.95, red pepper $14.95, includes free shipping. Also available are these beautiful ceramic grinders $99.96. Visit drompepper.com/collections.
Canova Pasticceria Panettone
Edmonton-based Canova Pasticceria Kris Owczarek and Carla Roppo-Owczarek are passionate about food. Through their travels abroad, they have developed an artisan Panettone, an Italian Sweet Bread. Handcrafted the traditional way, it takes 36 hours from start to finish so only 5,000 are made. $15.99 at Sobeys/Safeway, Sunterra, and The Italian Store Scarpones (Calgary).
Offcuts Calgary Charity Chef Calendar
Last year’s calendar raised $33,000 for Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids, so to keep up the momentum, here’s Offcuts 2017 – the irreverent, lighthearted calendar featuring 12 more stripped-down, well-known Calgary food dudes. At only $20, one calendar will provide 20 school lunches. Check out knifewear.com/blogs/news/ offcuts-2017 for your copy.
Poko Popcorn is a new gourmet snack made in Calgary with four locations, but you can also order online and have it delivered directly to someone’s door. It’s good stuff, made from real ingredients with no artificial flavours, and air popped with no oil involved. Grab bags start as little as $2.99 but we love the 1-gallon tin with that comes in a paint can for $19.99. Check out pokopopcorn.ca/order
Spirit Hills Pour Spout
A true Alberta gift for wine lovers! This boxed silver white tail deer head pour spout was designed by Spirit Hills Winery and can be used with any bottle. $25 at Spirit Hills Winery and select sales points. spirithillswinery.com
Saint Q Organic Maple Syrup
From Saint Quentin, New Brunswick, comes the best maple syrup we’ve ever tried. Mellow, warming, and hitting all those pleasure spots in the maple syrup lover’s brain, it might be too good for baking but will elevate your breakfast game to the next level. $50 for 500 mL bottles, smaller sizes available. See The Cookbook Co. and online.
These sweet and crunchy, slow dry-roasted almonds are coated with Canadian maple syrup and a pinch of unrefined sea salt for an original, nutritious and delicious snack. You’ll find them in major stores and pharmacies, as well as in natural food stores and at prana.bio/en_ca/organicproducts. $6.49 for 150g
Soup Sisters Fresh Soup
Since 2009, Soup Sisters have dished up nearly 750,000 servings of homemade soup nationwide to women and children affected by family violence. Now you can buy fresh, ready-to-heat Soup Sisters’ Chicken Noodle, and Mushroom, Bean and Barley soup at Calgary 7-Eleven stores. 100% of the sales go to Soup Sisters, and in turn they support the Food Bank with fresh soup. 1 Litre $10. soupsisters.org/support.php
All-Clad Grille Pan
When it’s cold or snowing outside but you’re still craving barbecue, All-Clad’s Grille Pan is the king of indoor grilling for any season! Made from heavygauge, hard-coat anodized aluminium for durability and even heat distribution, the grille pan is non-stick for easy release and cleaning. At Hudson’s Bay, William Sonoma and other gourmet retailers. 11” SQ Grille Pan $160.00
Botanical Gin Kit
We’re spoiled for choice with the growing selection of gins available in our province, but you can create your own blend of botanicals with Kitchen Alchemist’s Botanical Git Kit, and make your own gin too. Including everything you need to make gin apart from the liquor, the kit contains enough ingredients for two or three 750 mL infusions. $30 from silkroadspices.ca and kentofinglewood.com.
Atco Holiday Collection Cookbook
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen has been publishing cookbooks for over 86 years, and their new 2016 Holiday Collection Cookbook is one of the best yet, transforming your grandma’s beloved recipes into modern classics. $20 from shop.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/book
Deliciously Ella Cookbook
It’s easy to be healthy until you get hungry, so the author of international bestseller, Deliciously Ella, has released Deliciously Ella Every Day, with more than 100 simple yet delicious, plant-based, dairy-free, and glutenfree recipes. $30. Also check out her lovely new Deliciously Ella Rose, Lime & Cucumber Facial Wash $32.00 and Deliciously Ella Rose, Lime & Cucumber Moisturizer $51.00 all at Neal’s Yard, nealsyardremedies.ca