We at Around the House believe that the holidays, above all, should be tasty. And, what’s better than the gift of food? A snap to order, fun to receive, handy to serve to guests and none of that “now where should this go?” for those who have closets filled to the brim!
It is in this spirit that we have compiled a handy list for all of your friends and relatives. Remember, while it’s better to give than receive… you might just want to order some of this for your own table, too.
Tyler is the home of the Greenberg Turkey, a smoky, moist bird that is so well known, even Oprah has praised it. Over 200,000 customers order their bird from the Greenberg family each year— you can do the same at gobblegobble.com.
This Cajun specialty is as fun to eat as it is to explain to the kids “what’s a Turducken, Mommy?” And, no one does it better than Hebert’s Specialty Meats. Order it and then laissez les bon temps rouler.
This barbeque joint is a Memphis landmark and, according to the many fans, if Tennessee ever sees fit to redesign their state flag, the dry rub ribs from Rendezvous need to be featured front and center.
Cypress Grove Chevre
Northern California’s Cypress Grove Chevre is one of the country’s first artisanal goat cheese creameries and, according to many, the best. Order the Holiday Collection—three of the company’s bestsellers—six ounces of Truffle Tremor (a soft goat cheese spiked with black truffles), eight ounces of Fog Lights (an ash-covered ripened mini wheel), and four ounces of Herb Chevre (a classic disc of fresh chevre with herbs).
BAKED GOODS & CANDY
Wicked Good Cupcakes
Layers of tender cake, buttercream and a variety of fillings and sprinkles all packed into a sweet little jar… brilliant. These cuties are made for travel and the Wicked Good website has several holiday flavors that shouldn’t be missed.
This San Francisco bakery has been named one of the top ten pastry shops by Conde Nast and the secret is in the fine, local ingredients and the lovely, modern approach. Order the beautifully wrapped “Classics” box (gingerbread, lemon shortbread, brown butter shortbread, caramels and almond dragées) for the deserving folks on your “nice” list!
Toffee aficionados claim that Coon’s Candies make the best. This is a family-owned company that hasn’t messed with the recipe since 1917. Chocolate-coated, dusted with coconut and available in one, two, three and five pound offerings.
Harry and David Royal Riviera Pears
These pears come wrapped-up like an Academy Award, so who can resist something that’s this delicious and well-dressed? A favorite for 80 years and the hallmark of the Harry and David gourmet name, you can order a smaller amount (nine, to be exact) or a box mixed with cheese and beautiful apples.
Nothing brightens up a cold, dreary day like a little Florida citrus. Harvey’s Groves has been growing and shipping the best since 1926. The Harvey’s Yule Tide is a sweet combination of navel oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, marmalades and chocolates, all delivered in a holiday-themed basket.