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Friday, December 18, 2009

A Gardening Gift per Day 12 18 09


Need some last-minute gift-ideas for your favorite gardener? Want something tasty? Don’t fret. Take Annie’s advice for avoiding the fruitcake re-gift syndrome - give something yummy with a bit more practicality. Try Panettone –the traditional Italian Christmas bread. Available in supermarkets and specialty shops, last-minute shoppers may opt to purchase the store-bought bread. A word of warning: if you decide to give it a go and make this bread, Mary Ann Esposito’s recipe in ‘Ciao Italia’ takes a number of days. Panettone is excellent when toasted but is absolutely scrumptious in your favorite French toast recipe. Another hint: use your left-over Eggnog instead of milk in your batter. It’s delectable and ideal French toast for your New Year’s Day brunch. This tasty treat is a brilliant idea for your gardening friends.

To give this bread the horticultural flare it deserves, find a clay pot big enough to hold the wrapped Panettone and finish off with some decorating ideas of your own. Add packets of seed, a trowel, a few bulbs in a satchel and you have an instant gift for your favorite gardener. You can even add in a recipe or two to ensure the bread is consumed and enjoyed by all.

So it’s time to prepare for snow, cold and Monday’s upcoming winter solstice. As Edith Sitwell said, “winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” But most of us can relate to the anonymous view that “winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.” Have a great weekend, shop wisely and enjoy the holiday season! Annie

Panettone Image from Internet to assure you purchase the right bread!
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