Cooking For Others this Holiday Season

Holidays have become quite a commercial event over the years and it’s easy to caught up in buying the latest and greatest toy, gadget or outfit for everyone on your list.  This year we encourage you to make your holidays a little simpler. Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall, head to your kitchen and spend a little time making some homemade gifts for friends and family.

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There are lots of easy, edible gift ideas that can be made right at home. Have kids who would like to help? Enjoy the added bonus of spending a little extra time with your little ones during the holiday season. Plus we’re pretty sure you’ll save some money — always a nice when it comes to holiday gift giving!

Here are a few ideas:

Mixes and Morning Meals – Use mason jars to layer ingredients for muffins, breads, pancakes, cookies and more. Or drop off the makings for these Cranberry Apple Pecan Overnight Oats with mason jars for a total breakfast upgrade for the holidays. Attach a fun tag with recipe instructions and you’ve made it easy for the recipient to whip up a tasty treat!

Cranberry Apple Pecan Overnight Oats

Freezer Meals — Make  life easier for those you care about by whipping up some pancakes, soup or this Cauliflower and Hamburger Casserole to stock in a friend’s freezer for a busy night.

Cauliflower and Hamburger Casserole

Baked goods and treats – Feel like doing the baking yourself? Whip up a batch of muffins, cookies or these Apple and Cheddar Oat Bars and deliver them to friend and neighbors.

Apple and Cheddar Oat Bars

Or try this Cheddar Cheese Fudge – a decadent treat to share with friends & family:

Cheddar Cheese Fudge

Build A Cheese Board — Sharing a bottle of wine with a friend at the holiday is often a welcome gift, but what about including the makings for a wine and cheese tasting? Help friends create this classic cheese board by including the ingredients with that bottle of wine.

Gourmet Cheese Platter

Snack Mixes – Make ’em sweet or savory by customizing traditional snack mix recipes with their favorite ingredients — think additions like smoked paprika, rosemary or sage for savory or maybe even a little chili powder to your favorite sweet chocolate snack mix.

Healthy Snacks To Go: Red, White & Green

Spiced Nuts– Make them sweet, spicy or a combination of both!

People will love these homemade gifts because they come from the heart. They’re easy for you to assemble and also make the recipient’s life easier!

Need a few more ideas to bake or freeze? Try these:

Carrot Quinoa Breakfast Bread

Carrot Quinoa Breakfast Bread

Apple Cranberry Cheddar Muffins 

Apple, Cranberry & Cheddar Muffins

Easy Turkey Potato Casserole 

Easy Turkey-Potato Casserole

Sharing meals with those you love serves as a gift – and a nourishing meal! Something that everyone can enjoy. Here are a few more meal ideas for cooking for others.

Homemade Holiday Gifts

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,000 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1,000 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


evalyn brown | December 02, 2016 | 1:41pm

I love the photos of cows. Also enjoy recipes, so you can put me on that list. Thanks.

Victoria Davis | December 12, 2016 | 9:27pm

Your great products have been part of our family for years, but since our diet went low carb/keto a couple of years ago your recipes have been less friendly tho’ the products are in daily use. Was pleased to see the Hamburger and Cauliflower Casserole, and the Cheddar Cheese Fudge…Both can easily be tweaked for our needs and sound just great! Thanks and have great holidays!

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