We thought we’d help you add on some winter weight. And just in case you need some tasty gifts for the people in your life (or yourself), we’ve put together a collection of vittles. While you’re thinking, or if you’re headed to Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday, might we also suggest you get a mini flask ($12) at Mash Handmade. [The Westport curio shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24.] And with that, here are five edible things we hope you get this holiday season.
5. Polish sausage from Krizman’s Sausage (424 N 6th Street, Kansas City, Kansas) — Hit the links over winter break. Krizman’s has been making tube meat for 75 years and the staff there are sausage sages. Tell them how many people you have, what you’re serving and what you’re cooking with (grill, oven). They’ll do the rest.
4. Sauerkraut from Fair Share Farm at The Sundry Market & Kitchen (1706 Baltimore Avenue) — You need something to sit atop your sausages and the punchy kraut from the farm in Kearney, Missouri, is a good place to start. [Full disclosure: I was a member of Fair Share Farm’s community supported agriculture program this past year.]
3. Gates Mild barbecue sauce from Gates Bar-B-Q — A little less vinegar and a little less pepper, but still plenty of depth. This is how you train the children in your life to love barbecue sauce. It’s what we call a gateway sauce. It can lead to the harder stuff in just a few short months.
2. Bacon Jam from Our Sassy Pantry — Bacon jam hits the taste bud jackpot with sweetness from brown sugar, some heat from the chili flakes and a bit of salty smokiness courtesy of the bacon. The world is agog over pork belly and this spread will show you why.
1. Ethiopian Harrar from Revocoup (11030 Quivira Road, Overland Park) — The kind of coffee that demonstrates why milk and sugar can be optional. Revocup is the kind of shop where you can learn what you like from folks who just want to find you your coffee mugmate.