Perhaps the gift I was most excited to give this Christmas was a gift to a complete stranger. I signed up for the Food52 secret gift swap weeks ago. Last Monday night, I baked a batch of my favorite ginger cookies, packaged them up with a jar of my homemade roasted tomato jam from this past summer, and tucked in a little woolen fox ornament and shipped it off to Canton, Ohio. I forgot to take a photo, but here’s one taken by its recipient.
I got home late tonight to find that my secret Food52 package had come in the mail. Local honey, smoked salt, and organic soap all from Washington DC. Also a ginger cake, mince pies, and a jar of port and rosemary cranberry sauce reminiscent of my gifter’s many Christmases in the UK. And to top it off, a copy of a novel about Portland that she bought when she visited. Even a Christmas card that incorporates a panda bear! This stranger knows me…
This was so much fun!