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Herb vinegar and herb oil in a flavored rice blend in a gourmet in the family. TEXACO 2750 Photo by Kelly Dachenhausen matching wavy I ltUes; ra l m /vinegar, and decorative bag, these are favorite gifts for the Gas & BUFFALO TRADERS CLOTHING & MERCANTILE COMING SOON Main * Susanville • Gas • Groceries • Car wash • Cold Drinks • Hot Dogs • Beer • Wine • Liquor • Lotto • Propane Sandwiches • 257-4076 Give gourmet gifts that are easy to make, fun to give, and p By Kelly Dachenhausen tie you already have.) Pour the hot vinegar Homemade goodies and specialty elach bottle. Seal tightly with a foods have become a large part of our and store in cool, dark place two! holiday celebrations. Creatively pack- four weeks before giving. aged, they also make wonderful gifts, bottles. Rena Sparks, owner of Rena's Foods Tie the neck of the bottle with in Sutter Creek, shares her recipes for or ribbon and attach a gift label. herb vinegars and oils, spice rubs and the gift label and sut rice blends. They are easy to make, and vinegar in meat are a nice addition to gift baskets, dressings. Stores in refrigerator uP months. Raspberry Mint Vinegar 1 12-ounce package frozen, unsweet- Herb vinegar ened raspberries or 3 cups fresh rasp- The sky's the limit on berries create; almost any herb or spice 4 cups cider vinegai" used, and no cooking is 2 cups dry red wine fill a bottle with desired in 3 teaspoons dried mint, crushed, or and top off with white, distilled six fresh mint sprigs gar. Experiment with different cre- ations until you find your favorite Thaw frozen strawberries, or rinse Take a clean dry bottle and fdl and drain fresh berries. In a large a combination of any of these bowl, combine raspberries, vinegar, ingredients: peeled garlic cloves, and wine. Cover; let stand overnight, of::rosemary, basil, In stainless steel or enamel saucepan, tarragon, whole peppercorns, heat vinegar mixture to boiling. Boil, pers, lime, lemon or orange rind. uncovered, for three minutes. Strain, Herbed Vinegars are a great discarding solids, season a salad without heavy dresS" Place 1 teaspoon dried mint (or 2 ings, and are good fresh mint sprigs) in each of three 16- For an elegant touch, write ounce clean, dry bottles. (Local craft outside of the bottle with a gold stores carry many different shaped bottles, or you can reuse a favorite bot- See Gifts, Continued from page 39 and affordable to get creative with hol- iday decorations. ' dding your own personal touches to holiday accents lends a special spirit to the season," said Healy. "It's a great way to exercise your imagination, have fun and delight friends and family with your creations." Fun and Festive Holiday Ideas • Gather a group of ture frames and paint with green, colonial red or metallic display festive holiday photos. • Turn old clay pots into centerpieces by spraying silver. Tie bows around the top pots and fill with a green add eucalyptus branches, or with old-fashioned colored glass ments. • Decorate old glass jars with a sPe cialty frosted glass spray paint. with blue, red or green tissue cellophane wrap and stack cookies inside. tissue paper over lid and tie with dinated ribbon (perfect for hostess gifts). • Spray pinecones, acorns and boughs with silver or gold Arrange on a table with tea votive candles (being careful to them away from live greens) for a zling tablesetting. • Spray a wicker basket with an ( white and add a silver bow handle to hold holiday • Give an old menorah new life matte silver or burnished gold.