Ultimate 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for the Local Food Lover

From handmade shucking knives to artisanal cocoa, we've got something you can pick up on your way home for every hungry belly on your list.

 Ultimate 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for the Local Food Lover | WGBH | Craving Boston

In order to compile a list of top holiday gifts, we tracked down a group of five Boston-area boutique owners, cheesemongers and even a "resident oyster dude" to find out what's looking fresh at shops all over the city.  

Real people, reccomending real New England-made products, sold at stores just around the corner from you. We're taking "buy local" to a whole new level this year.

1. Olives & GraceSofi Madison, Owner

  • December 10, 2015

For Classic Holiday Sweets, Head to Rockport

A family of candy-makers turn out holiday treats at Tuck's Candies.

For Classic Holiday Sweets, Head to Rockport | WGBH | Craving Boston

Until recently, Rockport was synonymous with the beach for me. But a free candy-making demonstration was intriuging enough to take a drive up the coast on a rainy and humid autumn morning. The weather is important because, as third generation candy-maker Dan Tuck explained during the demonstration, “moisture impacts candy making."

  • December 9, 2015

The 6 Best Bottles To Gift A Whiskey Lover

A warming present at every price point.

The 6 Best Bottles to Gift a Whiskey Lover | WGBH | Craving Boston

Winter has arrived!

With it comes sweater weather, roaring fires, twinkling lights and a switch to warm, bracing beverages of browner hues. Whisk(e)y, bourbon, rye and scotch— served neat or warmed up in a toddy—are the perfect drinks (and gifts) for the season.

First, a quick primer. 

Whisk(e)y can be spelled two ways. Scotch whisky (it may only be called Scotch if it is made in Scotland) and scotch-inspired liquors are spelled without the “e.” Whiskey made in Ireland or America is spelled with an “e.”

  • December 7, 2015

What Were Early Thanksgivings Really Like?

The kids' table has been around longer than you think. 

What Were Early Thanksgivings Really Like? | WGBH | Craving Boston

When I say "Thanksgiving," what image pops into your mind? You might picture your family sitting around a long table laden with food, or that time your grandmother ate the entire bowl of gravy thinking it was soup (true story: she said it was good, but a little salty, and laughed along with us once she realized her mistake).

  • November 20, 2015

Honoring Native American History within Modern Cuisine

Thanks to Chef Sherry Pocknett, the food at this museum café matches its mission.

Honoring Native American History within Modern Cuisine | WGBH | Craving Boston

Sherry Pocknett, the food and beverage manager at The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Mashantucket, Connecticut has some devoted fans. A quick peek at the museum’s Instagram feed reveals Chef Sherry's hearty venison stew, a side of salmon roasting over an open fire, and clam chowder with the comment, “I love Sherry's cooking!

  • November 18, 2015

Top 5 Nutritionist Hacks for Turkey Day

You can enjoy your favorite holiday treats without wrecking yourself. We promise.

Top 5 Nutritionist Hacks for Turkey Day | WGBH | Craving Boston

I can smell it already… the turkey at our family Thanksgiving dinner in Newburyport. This truly is my favorite time of year. In the weeks leading up to Turkey Day, Boston becomes a seasonal food mecca. Restaurants are filled with pumpkin and autumn spiced dishes, and attention soon turns towards the big feast itself. During Thanksgiving, one of the last things we think about is our weight. But did you know that the average American gains one to two pounds during the holiday season?

Allow me to share with you my nutrition hacks for Thanksgiving and beyond:

  • November 16, 2015

Getting A Taste Of The Pilgrim Life

Take a trip to the Massachusetts dinner table circa 1624.

Talk about scratch cooking! Women at Plimoth Plantation work on homemade sausages for their lunch. (Photo: Amanda Balagur)

The mist lifts and the sun comes out as I walk into a small, dusty settlement in early November. From my vantage point, I can see the slate blue ocean in the distance beyond the dark bare branches of the trees. The unpaved path before me leads between rows of teeny wooden houses, each with its own garden brimming full of herbs, leafy greens and root vegetables. The tantalizing smell of wood smoke is in the air, and my stomach grumbles in response. Something’s cooking. I’m on the hunt to find out what it is. I step forward into Plymouth Colony. The year is 1624.

  • November 13, 2015

East Somerville Bridges City's Past And Present

Take a long lunch break in the timeless and eclectic neighborhood and you're bound to find something delicious.

East Somerville Bridges City's Past and Present | WGBH | Craving Boston

Somerville is a city in transition. The three-time All American City Award-winner is currently experiencing a boom, becoming a new Somerville. A place that comes $30,000 over asking price. The one with all the beards. But not everything moves at the same pace. Part of the city still clings to an era when Ford built motorcars in Assembly Square and you could place bets in the basement of the pub. There’s an intriguing blend of old and new going on in East Somerville, the forgotten corner of town east of the McGrath Highway.

  • November 12, 2015

What’s in Your Shaker?

Harvard Square’s Salt & Olive elevates sea salts to specialty food status, and shows us how to use them in the kitchen.

What’s in Your Shaker? | WGBH | Craving Boston

Harvard Square’s Salt & Olive elevates sea salts to specialty food status. Liz Koch shows us how to use them in the kitchen.

  • November 11, 2015