This year, I collected some of my favorite Southern food items to create a gift baskets for friends and family. It’s a great way to give someone a taste of the South. Here’s what is included:
My Southern Pantry Pecan Smoked Sea Salt by Virginia Willis
Y’all. (As Virginia Willis would say). This salt smells and tastes incredible. I have to confess that I’m addicted to the smell of this salt — almost like a campfire. But if you can stop smelling it, try seasoning your meat with it and you will receive high praise. Virginia Willis also has a recipe on her website for collard greens with the pecan smoked salt. If you plan to order it, don’t delay. My Southern Pantry closes next week or if you’re lucky, you might still find it at The Cook’s Warehouse. ($7.95)
Riverstead Provisions Yellow Grit Sandies
Made with yellow corn grits from Anson Mills, these cookies give a taste of the South. Buttery and rich, they are made fresh to order and contain no preservatives. They can be purchased online. ($9)
Date’n A Pumpkin Granola by Goodness Gracious Granola
This granola, made by a small company in Suwanee, is made with fresh-roasted pumpkin and tastes just like the holidays. Goodness Gracious makes a large selection of granolas, which can be ordered from their website. ($4)
Moonshine Jelly by David’s Garden
This little jelly makes a fun Southern-themed gift. It is a sweet jelly with just a hint of moonshine flavor — not enough to knock your socks off. You can purchase it at David’s stand at the Stewards of the Earth farmer’s market at North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. ($6)
Duncan Creek Wine by Château Élan
This muscadine wine will bring any Southerner back to their childhood. You may have read my blog post about this wine, explaining my fondness for it. The wine can be purchased directly from Château Élan or at Total Wine & More.
Batdorf & Bronson Coffee from Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
Okay, so this may be cheating a touch. Batdorf & Bronson’s coffee is roasted in Olympia, WA. But, the retail store is here in Atlanta (Dancing Goats). As it’s one of my favorite coffees, I decided to include it in the basket. It has a very full and rich flavor with hints of chocolate. I first had this coffee at Miller Union and promptly sought out the maker. You can purchase it at Dancing Goats, Alon’s Bakery, or at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market.
What would you include in the basket? Do you have any favorite Southern or local specialty items?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.