2006 Un-Gift Guide: Grant’s Picks

Grant is our Los Angeles editor and he has a few ideas for some last minute gifts you can make yourself.

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• I’m planning on making chocolate truffles to give as gifts. Who doesn’t love chocolate? To make them extra special I’m going to infuse some with ginger. I’m also going to try an interesting recipe that I saw where balsamic vinegar is added to the chocolate.

• Going along with the infusing theme, a friend told me about homemade gifts the she does – infused vodkas. Just add a split vanilla bean, an assortment of fruits, ginger and lemongrass or even more savory flavors like garlic, chili, and rosemary and then let the vodka sit for 3 to 7 days. Easy and very elegant.

• One of my favorite things to prepare for my loved ones is a Christmas breakfast. I like to make something festive and decadent like Panettone French Toast with Cinnamon Syrup. It’s the perfect finish to a morning spent opening presents.