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By Debbie AndersonNovember 23, 2020November 25th, 2020No Comments

The Giving Season


If you know of a home baker who is still dialing in his or her brioche or biscuits, they never can have too much flour. An oversize vintage bread board provides lots of space for working dough of all kinds, $299; Simple Things Furniture Company.

Jonathan Adler’s his-and-her Marseilles linen cocktail napkins make the perfect host/hostess gift. Set of four, $48; jonathanadler.com.

For the tea lover, wrap up vials of loose leaves. At the aptly named Leaves Book and Tea Shop in Fort Worth, Silent Night is a seasonal herbal blend with notes of cinnamon and pepper. For something more traditional, go for the Texas Breakfast, an English style with notes of maple thanks to the addition of fenugreek, $6 each.

Tote your own chopsticks to reduce waste. Mokuzai beech chopsticks with carved black resin tops, $8; Anthropologie.

During a stay-at-home winter, every cook wants to master the most comforting of culinary techniques: mother broths. Soupology: The Art of Soup from Six Simple Broths by Drew Smith makes it easy to conquer 60 recipes — and learn to match ingredients to the most suitable stock, $30; rizzoliusa.com or your favorite bookseller.

We admit we’re dazzled by sharp packaging, but Truff brings the heat — mild and intense — along with those haute bottles. Infusing pepper sauce with truffle oil brings a wealth of flavor to anything that needs a bit of spice. Gift box with a trio of flavors, $69.99; Neiman Marcus.

Wild & Wolf Street Food Lovers 1,000-piece puzzle takes you around the world as you try to piece together everything from peanut kebabs to pierogi, $20; Neiman Marcus.

Know someone who won’t go anywhere without their grill? Dallas-based Nomad Grills’ 28-pound charcoal barbecue grill/smoker defines portability. Aircraft aluminum and anodized finishes offer durability in a compact carrying case with multilayer thermal construction — perch it on almost any surface without fear. A stainless steel cooking grate is tough and versatile; flip it and you have a veggie basket. There’s also a built-in thermometer for precise cooking. $599 with one grate; additional grate, $119. Nomad Fire, all-natural charcoal made from dense fruitwood that burns hot with little ash, is $22 for a 5-pound box; nomadgrills.com. Photo courtesy of Nomad Grills


Anthropologie Multiple locations; anthropologie.com Leaves Book and Tea Shop 120 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth, 682-233-4832, leaves bookandteashop.com Neiman Marcus The Shops at Clearfork, 5200 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth, 817-738-3581, neimanmarcus.com Simple Things Furniture Company 7401 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-332-1772, simplethingsfurniture.com