Obligatory End of Year Holiday Gift and Cooking Guide for 2009

Well, 2009 is coming to an end and the webosphere is bursting at the seams with holiday guides tossing out ideas for those who are stumped on what to give or cook. Here is my little contribution for those seeking to add a little Argentinean flair to their holidays.

Gifts

I know there are many in the Northern Hemisphere who pack their grilling equipment away in the colder months because they somehow associate cooking food over hot coals as something you do only in the spring or summer. Maybe they are weak and fear standing outside in the cold for just a few minutes at a time when the meat needs to be flipped. Or maybe they are part of some eat local/seasonal cooking movement that asks you to eat casseroles, squash, cabbage, potatoes, beets, stews, and soups because that is what you have to eat during the fall and winter. Who knows, but if you want to give a gift to someone who wants to prepare an asado, even if they won’t use such gift until four to six months from now, check out the shop page I have set up. There you can find links to various simple grill racks that can help your friend or loved one recreate that tasty grilled meat experience they had in Argentina. There are also a few excellent books listed with recipes or information on the various foods in Argentina as well. [Asadoargentina.com's Shop]

Know someone whining about how they miss yerba mate, alfajores, seasonings, or dulce de leche from Argentina? If you are in the U.S. check out Amigofoods.com. They have a pretty decent selection of products from Argentina from pan dulce to Terma non-alcholic bitters to Rosamonte yerba mate. You can also check out my Find a Butcher page that lists a few shops that sell these products although most are in major metropolitan areas.

Cooking

Throwing a Christmas or New Years party with an international theme? Want to introduce your family, friends, or neighbors to some Argentinean dishes that are served during the holidays in Argentina? Check out my Christmas & New Year’s Eve Food in Argentina post for ideas. There not a lot of linked recipes but those can be found easily through a quick search online. If you can’t find any in English, most recipes are simple enough to pass through Google Translate or any online translation tool. Fire off a message to me if you have any trouble with particular ingredients or directions. You can also contact me through Twitter if you have an account.

Hopefully this will not be the last post until the new year but if so, ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS AND BE SAFE!!

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