The endeavor of gift giving can be a tricky task. Finding a thoughtful gift for every friend and family member on the list is daunting. Long ago I ditched last-minute shopping for making food gifts at home. A bit of advance planning and some recipe hounding is ample ammunition to get the task done—both on time and to the delight of your food-loving friends and family. If you’re intimidated by candymaking, some of these recipes might change your mind. Far from difficult, the principal skill required is attention. The best advice is to be prepared and to organize your ingredients like a surgeon does her tools. I do recommend that you invest in a candy thermometer: an indispensable kitchen tool and a candymaker’s right-hand man. Read more….