Saturday, December 25, 2010

Homemade Treats from Friends & Neighbors

This year we received an abundance of tasty gifts from friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Stephanie & Tom down the road brought us homemade Strawberry-Basil Jam, Brandied Pears, two kinds of fudge, caramels, and these little meringue pillows with candy-cane dust. You might notice the fudge & caramels got devoured before I could snap a photo.

Anna, Jason & Otis spoil us every year with delicious gifts dropped off on our doorstep - like little culinary elves visited us. Past years have been homemade tamales and homemade s'mores fixins, and this year we came home to a bounty of sweets.

Reverse rocky-road had me very intrigued, and a taste revealed them to be homemade marshmallows with chocolate and nuts swirled inside. Incredibly unique and equally yummy.

Spicy biscotti cookies studded with bright green pistachios and bright red cranberries were more flavorful than any biscotti I've tried.

And taking the award for most beautiful was the chocolate bark, which I still can't figure out how they made. It really looks like chunks of bark, with the intricate pattern of the wood etched into the chocolate, white chocolate and almond treat.

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