Flavorings and Spices
Although saffron is probably the most sought after and certainly the most expensive spice available on the market, it's one of hundreds of flavoring ingredients that make fine gifts. With more people rediscovering the delights of home cooking, products like specialty olive oils, mustards, chutneys, vinegars and spice blends are helping to create complex flavors with less effort for the cook. This is one area where gift baskets really shine because they group flavor agents by category, like salt varieties or salsa blends, or by cooking style, like Cajun, Italian or Southwestern. Armed with a little information, you can make life easier for the chef-in-training on your list or provide a deluxe assortment that will keep an experienced cook busy experimenting for months.