Celebrate with glorious food: Christmas is coming

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The days between now and Christmas are narrowing.

Photos By Sue Ade
Photos By Sue Ade
"Venezia, Food & Dreams," by Tessa Kiros, and Emile Henry's artisan ruffled pie dish, a Williams-Sonoma exclusive, are examples of gifts that can be acquired online. Purchase "Venezia, Food & Dreams," and other fine cookbooks, at Jessica's Biscuit, www.ecookbooks.com, and the pie dish at Williams-Sonoma stores, or via their Web site, at www.williams-sonoma.com. For the baking enthusiast, check out King Arthur Flour's extensive Web site, at www.kingarthurflour.com.

Although lots of busy folks, determined not to repeat the mistakes of Christmases past, are close to completing their holiday shopping, many others are not only still looking for gifts, but for the time to get them. If you've paid close attention to the ideas presented in this column over the past several weeks, you may have decided to make homemade cookies and jams for family and friends.

Perhaps you have arranged for the delivery of a gift basket or a supply of fresh pecans to the foodies in your life, or maybe you are still looking for something special for someone who likes to cook or bake. Respected businesses like Williams-Sonoma, King Arthur Flour and Jessica's Biscuit, an online cookbook store in business for 29 years, with somewhere around 14,000 titles, understands our needs by offering catalogues that can viewed online and merchandise that's just a click away. Jessica's Biscuit (named for the company founders' two dogs, "Jessica" and "Biscuit") is currently offering Tess Kiros' new knock-out of a cookbook, "Venezia, Food & Dreams," 40 percent off list price.

William-Sonoma is the exclusive retailer of Emile Henry's beautiful ruffled pie dish, and King Arthur Flour, established in 1790, is selling replicas of antique springerle rolling pins and cookie molds, ideal for the baking enthusiast who may be new to the art.

There's still plenty of time to get all your gift selections delivered by Christmas, but if you want to avoid rush delivery charges, you'll need to start clicking or telephoning soon.

Even Santa has a deadline, and ours is almost here.

Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at kitchenade@yahoo.com.

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