By Ann Fulton, Fountain Avenue Kitchen
By mid-December each year, I promise myself that I will start my Christmas shopping earlier the next time around, and sure enough, the following December I have procrastinated again.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the holidays. But finding the right gifts for the special people in our lives can be a challenge.
Enter the gift of food. What thoughtful neighbor or hard-to-buy-for friend wouldn’t relish a break from weeknight cooking, especially during the holidays? Teachers, coaches and friends might also enjoy a homemade cookie mix, which can be easily prepared after the deluge of Christmas cookies has evaporated.
Packaged in a reusable Mason jar, the following two recipes are sure to delight any recipient, yet they need not be reserved solely for gift-giving. The ease and taste may make them year-round favorites in your house, too.
SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI SAUCE
Yield: 3 quarts
Packaged in quart-size Mason jars, this hearty and healthy sauce needs only a bow to become the perfect gift. This recipe will fill three 32-ounce containers. To make the gift into a complete dinner, consider including a box of pasta and a baguette or some crusty rolls.