With only a few weeks left before Christmas, bloggers around the state are posting ideas to include a little more Minnesota under the tree this year. In case you’ve got a few people left on your shopping list, I thought I’d pass along some of the Minnesota-made items that we’ll be giving away to foodie friends this year.
Classic Nordic Ware-Every good kitchen needs a Bundt pan. Manufactured in the Twin Cities, Nordic Ware has been around for ages–and with good reason. It’s durable, USA-Made and can be used for your Grandma’s old-fashioned gingerbread Bundt cake or the very hip giant cupcake. Drop into their retail outlet in St. Louis Park and wrap up your bakeware with some of the recipes on their website.
Gourmet Cheese & Sausage from Eichten’s Hidden Acres in Center City, MN. Eichten’s is famous for their True Dutch Gouda, homemade and super tasty. I love their North Country Taste basket, which includes the gouda, sausage, maple syrup, pancake and soup mixes, chocolates, and preserves.
Send the State FruitÂ Aamodt’s Apple Orchard in Stillwater, MN has a variety of online gift baskets available to be picked up or shipped. They will send a case of handpicked Honeycrisp Apples, or a box of Minnesota apple butter, popcorn, and maple syrup anywhere in the U.S. It makes a great gift for a Minnesota native living away from home.
Red Wing PotteryÂ I love the Red Wing Stoneware that sits on my table. It’s full year round with produce from the farmers’ market and holds a loaf of bread for a perfect rise. I’ve also given their large crocks away to my saurkraut-making relatives. If you have a chance to drive to their Red Wing, MN retail location, I’d highly recommend it. Order online or check your local antiques store. Lots of times you’ll find classic pieces going way back to the early 20th Century. A way better gift than that flannel-print cell phone cover you had in mind this year.
The Coolest Lights DisplayÂ This last one is not-so foodie related, but still a nifty wintertime product I picked up at Gerten’s this week. It’s from a Minneapolis company and makes these oh-so-cool ice lantern kits. DIY rockin’ lighted ice sculptures. It’s like you’re own personal Winter Carnival. Wintercraft is also lighting a display in the Linden Hills Business District for the season. Check out what they look like here: