Holiday Gifts From the Kitchen

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One of the best gifts to give someone is a homemade gift. Making food-related gifts for your friends and family can be a wonderful way to put a personal touch on the holiday and get creative while doing it. If you are looking for some ideas for holiday gifts, join us for our monthly Lunch N’ Learn “Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen” on Tuesday, December 13th at noon at the Person County Auditorium. It will be held. It is only $5 to attend, and your registration fee must be received by December 10th. Learn how to save money with handmade gifts this holiday season. This session will feature demonstrations on how to make a variety of handmade gifts. Food mixes in a jar are just one of the things that makes a great gift for your friends and family. Or join us virtually for free on Tuesday, December 20th at noon. Register online at When you are decorating homemade gifts, be creative and use whatever you have on hand. If you are giving a food gift, you could also add in a gift to help prepare the recipe such as a small whisk, potholder, mixing spoon, etc. And be creative by adding on a bright, decorative gift tag with a cute little phrase. Be sure to take care of food allergies by clearly listing any ingredients on the label or gift tag. If you are looking for other homemade crafts to make and give, then be sure to check out the variety of workshops available this month at the Person County Senior Center.

Try the following recipe courtesy of the University of California (UCI) Health. For more information on Food for Thought programs, check us out online at Facebook or email

Twice baked sweet potatoes

– serves 4

4 sweet potatoes

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

4 Tbsp reduced fat sour cream

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground ginger

Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for one hour. When cooled, split the potatoes and scoop out the flesh. Place the flesh in a large mixing bowl and reserve the skins. Add brown sugar, butter, sour cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and pepper. Mix until well-combined. Put the filling back into the sweet potato skins. Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Information: 257 calories, 12g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, and 4g protein