The trend, at least among my friends, is all about downsizing, getting rid of junk, and only wanting gifts that can be worn out or used up--not one more thing to put on a shelf or in a closet. Books are always good, but sometimes it's hard to choose if you don't know the person well.
To that end, I offer you my favorite, DIY, comestible gift. It's quick, it's easy, and paired with a box of crackers and a nice bottle of wine, it's the perfect offering. I like to pack it in Christmas-y ramekins.
|Cheddar Ale Spread|
6 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1 1/2 lbs)
3 oz cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup ale or beer (not light, you want a robust flavour)
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper