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Diane Phillips has been giving gifts of baked goods from her kitchen for years. When she discovered that the expensive beer bread mix sold in gourmet shops was identical to her own homemade beer bread, she had a brilliant idea. Why not create her own homemade mixes for gift giving at a fraction of the cost? The result? The Perfect Mix,it's filled with make-your-own-mix recipes for soups, rice, seasonings and dressings, breads, muffins and scones, cookies and cakes, and beverages. Each entry includes clear instructions for preparing the mix; a recipe using the mix; creative gift packaging suggestions, including ideas for gift baskets; and detailed instructions for making decorative gift tags. Give a southwestern gift of chili Mix and California Corn Bread Mix, packaged with chili bowls and bandana-print napkins; or a bean crock filled with Fitz-Patrick's Boston Baked Beans Mix, Mom's Heirloom Brown Bread Mix, and a jar of molasses. Dozens of other imaginative mixes include Shellfish Seasoning, Orange Blossom Rice, Lentil Soup, Dutch Baby Pancake, Scottish Shortbread, and Warm Spiced Cranberry Cider. An introductory section on necessary supplies and a source guide for ordering supplies and ingredients round out this unique collection of homemade and heartfelt edible gifts.
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By Diane Phillips
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Diane Phillips
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Split Pea Soup Mix
Makes 2½ cups
This is an attractive mix of green and yellow split peas with red lentils. Pack this mix into a glass jar and include it in a basket with Honey Whole Wheat Bread Mix (see page 72) and Mulled Cider Mix (see page 119). If available, include a fresh thyme plant in the basket. Omit the dried thyme from the mix and amend the gift tag instructions to include 2 teaspoons snipped thyme added with the water.
1 pound green split peas
¼ cup red lentils
¼ cup yellow split peas
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until blended. Store in an airtight container.
Split Pea Soup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 pound Polish oil sausage, sliced in ½-inch-thick rounds
1 package Split Pea Soup Mix
2½ quarts water
Heat the oil in a large stockpot. Add the onion, carrots, celery, andsausage. Saute until the vegetables are tender. Add the Split Pea Soup Mix and the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, and cook over low heat for 2 to 3 hours.
Apple Muffin Mix
Makes 1 dozen muffins
A great morning starter. Tuck this mix into a wooden apple basket lined with a coordinating napkin. Dried apples can usually be found in airtight pouches near the raisins in the supermarket.
2 cups self-rising flour ½ cup sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup chopped dried apple
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Place the mix into an airtight container.
Makes 1 dozen muffins
1 package Apple Muffin Mix
¾ cup milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease 12 muffin tins. Place the Apple Muffin Mix in a large bowl, and add the egg, milk, and oil. Stir the ingredients until they are just blended. Do not overmix. Spoon the batter into greased muffin pans, filling ¾ full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From the first page to the last, this book is FILLED with great recipes for all occasions. whether you're giving these as a gift for a birthday, holiday, or the passing of a loved one, nothing shows sincerity and love the way that a homemade gift does. The steps are easy to follow and, well, fun. i highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to give a creative gift that's more meaningful than a box of chocolates or a sweater. :)