Give great gifts! (#6)
Buy a fun binder that has a clear front that you can slip your title into …I usually title mine something like, “From the Fong kitchen to the ___________ kitchen”). Then print out the recipes on 8.5” by 11” pieces of paper and slip them into clear page protectors, while organizing them into sections with dividers. I often add additional page protectors so that the gift recipients can add their own recipes in to the binder in the future if they desire. Also, I may add a page with some fun cooking tips or a page with the cooking temperatures for meat, etc. in the front (because who can ever remember those??!).The fun thing is that once you’ve done this gift once, you can always use the same recipes or some of the same recipes to make another cookbook gift, thus saving you the time of starting from complete scratch every time.
And there you go … a fun labor of love cookbook gift. Below, I’ve included one recipe/note from one of the cookbooks I’ve made in the past in case you are visual like me and need to actually view how I went about writing up each recipe and its note. And by the way, I highly recommend this recipe! Is it healthy? Nope. Is it incredibly delicious? You bet.
Enjoy compiling your own recipes into a wonderful gift for some lucky individual or couple!
Pop 8 quarts of popcorn. Set aside.
Combine the following and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
2 c. brown sugar
1 c. cup margarine
1/2 c. white corn syrup
1 tsp. Salt
After boiling, stir in the following ingredients to the mixture:
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Vanilla
Pour the mixture over the popcorn (this works best in a big bowl or several big bowls) and mix thoroughly. Spread into several 9×13 pans or a large baking pan with short edges. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Dawn’s note: People rave over this every time I make this and can’t believe that you can make homemade caramel corn! Oh contrare – you can! This has been made every Christmas by my mom and grandma for as long as I can remember.