The Giving Season
FOR FOOD LOVERS
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.
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.
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