Bright-hued sweet vegetable pickles are a welcome change from typical sandwich toppers. Paper-thin zucchini ribbons are tender-crisp. Be sure to let the brine cool completely before pouring it over the thinly sliced vegetables. If submerged in hot liquid, the zucchini will quickly turn soggy and won't retain its shape or texture during pickling.
You'd never guess from the floral flavor of rose-colored quince jelly that raw quince is quite tart. The jelly is finished with star anise for a hint of licorice, a classic pairing. Serve this with our Chicken-Liver Crostini.
In a stunning twist on the conventional candy cane, these minty cool sticks are recognizable no matter the exact incarnation. As was common when canes were first fashioned centuries ago, they're still hand-pulled, a task made easier by a second set of hands. Get the packaging how-to for the Peppermint Icicles.
These jam-filled mini pastries are charming and distinctive. In other words, they're perfect for Mom.
Elderflower liqueur has a subtle flavor that upgrades store-bought jam, adding sophistication to rustic tassies (from the Scottish word for "small cup").
Heady with ginger, clove, and nutmeg, these gingerbread caramels make sweet stocking stuffers and party favors. See Caramel-Filled Cones for the how-to. Caramels should be individually wrapped in cellophane or waxed paper to prevent them from sticking to one another.