Did you know St. Louis food bloggers have love for you. Well we do, and today we’re all posting our lists of 10 local food gifts.
Here you can find the other participants lists. There’s sure to be some overlap, and it will be fun to see where it occurs:
- Anne Cori – Kitchen Conservatory
- Ann Lemons – St. Louis Food & Drink
- Alanna Kellogg – A Veggie Venture
- Stephanie – Iron Stef
- Stefani – Cupcake Project
- Mike Sweeney – STL Hops
Find out what to get me after the jump…
Grandpa’s Berry Farm Pecans
Pecans and Walnuts are grown in our area, but never until last weekend had I actually been to one of the farms that produces them. It was then I saw a sign that read “Fresh Cracked Pecans” with a giant arrow pointing down an unfamiliar road. After a couple miles I came across their stand and bought two pounds for less than $7. They are amazingly fresh and delicious.
Go now before they’re gone.
3031 Sand Rd.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
4 Seasons Baked Goods – Anything Really
I wanted Agi and Aaron Groff to tell me they sprinkled a little something extra into their snicker doodles, but of course it was just a handful of skill and a lot of butter. From cookies like oatmeal raisin and biscotti, to fruit breads like pumpkin or chocolate zucchini, to less traditional breads like focacia and Alsation beer bread everything they make is wonderful.
Thanks to the Maplewood Winter Market being the Saturday before Christmas, you have the opportunity to be a star when you walk through the door with scrumptious baked goods. Check out their website as well.
Gift Certificate to Niche
How do you get the non-foodie on your gift list to go to the best restaurant in St. Louis? Easy, you give them a gift certificate. Niche is my choice, but maybe there’s some place else you’d rather send them. Either way, I can’t imagine anyone being upset with this one.
All summer I was leery of buying chocolates because they melt and I never went straight home. But when the temperature dropped for the last couple markets, it was on. My favorite were the red pepper truffles with their definite zip. Not listed on the website, over summer they also made Fleur de Sel Caramels. Although I’ve not had them, that sounds delicious does it not?
Honey from Esther’s Honey
You’ll definitely have to hit one of the winter markets to get this one, but it’s worth the trip for sure. Just think, you’ll be able to chat it up with the always willing and always fascinating Esther and can ask her questions like, “did you ever think Bill would stop talking?”
She’ll be at the Maplewood Winter Market Saturday December 22.
2007 Schlafly Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout
They say this is like 10% ABV, but if the way I felt after an entire bottle last Saturday was any indication, it’s more like 12-15. With a smell hinting at dark chocolate and oak, it is dark, it is rich, and it just cries out to be paired with a sweet dessert. Perhaps some truffles from Kakao, or chocolate chip cookies from 4 seasons. Last years was great, but this one is even better.
Get it at either Schlafly location or many area liquor and grocery stores.
Centennial Farms Preserves
Every jam, jelly, butter, and preserve Gina makes is fantastic. I am especially a fan of the Peach Jalapeno. It’s great with something simple like buttered toast with eggs, but it’s also a fun addition to pork marinades, or just to smear on pork while it’s grilling.
Baetje Farms Goat Cheese
Heart shaped because it is made with love, Baetje Farms goat cheese is made in Bloomsdale, MO by Vernonica Baetje. It is the possibly the best chevre I have ever tasted.
You can find it currently at The Wine Merchant.
Any offering will probably be better than what your loved ones are currently drinking, but if you’ve got an espresso machine, it’s all about the beautifully smooth Bona Fide Blend. Great as a drip coffee also, it’s what I’ve been pressing and brewing all week.
Hinkebein Hills Farm Bacon
For the meat loving carnivore you care to send the very best, it really doesn’t get much better than an attempt to win their love with a fatty slab of delicious bacon.
And there you have it…I’m a medium if you don’t feel like buying me food.