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Gastronomical-inspired gifts for the holidays




Official White House holiday reception desserts, including cookies created to look like the first family's pets.
Official White House holiday reception desserts, including cookies created to look like the first family's pets.
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‘Tis the season to eat. Rules, diets and promises aside, L.A. Times Test Kitchen Director, Noelle Carter, lavishes her readers (and our listeners) with delicious and practical baking gifts and baked goods.

We’ll explore cookie recipes, a unique gift idea for bakers, the spectrum of olive oil and dessert wines.  Plus, if you’re looking for a regional gingerbread house, how about a beach shack, complete with a fondant beer cooler, and instructions?

What’s the craziest gingerbread house you’ve made? What kind of foods or sweets to you make every year? What’s the best baking gift you’ve received? Ask your burning cookie questions -- we’re here with answers.

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Noelle Carter, L.A. Times Test Kitchen director



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