#HolidayGiving Twitter Party and Panelist Heather Christo

by Mindy Lockard on November 15, 2013

Hello my party people!

It’s that time again, time to gather for a #SheafferLiving chat and share our holiday inspiration before the season is in full crazy, wonderful swing!

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In the coming days we will be introducing you to our fabulous panel!

I’m very excited to share some “goodie” tips from the very talented Heather Christo!

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Heather joins our panel to bring sweet solutions to our #HolidayGiving. After all, it wouldn’t be the holidays without homemade goodies!

The Gracious Girl: When it comes to the #HolidayGiving where do you find your foodie inspirations?

Heather: Family Traditions and Seasonal Food. I love to make the same cookies and dishes that I had growing up. Our family had tons of “food traditions,” most of which are still kept up today: Like Apple Tart on Thanksgiving and cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, or the “bake off” that all of the women in our family have done for decades. I try my hardest to keep these traditions and create new ones with my own family.

The other thing that influences me is the season, and what flavors are naturally better then. So I am using a lot of apples, pears, cranberries and nuts. Winter citrus is starting to get better and more beautiful and the heartier herbs are easier to find right now. Chanterelles and Brussels Sprouts are everywhere, so all of these late fall, early winter ingredients are naturally making their way into many of my dishes.

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The Gracious Girl: We love giving homemade goodies as part of our #HolidayGiving. Do you have a favorite treat to receive?

Heather: Homemade Cookies! Every family seems to have their own favorites at this time of the year and I sure do love to sample them!

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The Gracious Girl: Do you have a simple #HolidayGiving tip for planning ahead in terms of making and giving treats?

Heather: I will often choose to make homemade gifts that will keep well so they can be made ahead of time. That can include pretty much any type of cookie or dessert bar (just freeze them!) I will also do things like Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix or Homemade Mulling Spice because they last quite a while in an airtight container as well. I would suggest making them early in the season and then just pulling from the freezer to package as necessary. Another Gift I love to give is the makings of a great salad dressing. I will make a homemade infused Olive oil and gift it with a bottle of good vinegar. If you really want to make it special, you could add some pretty salad tongs too!

Get to know Heather! Born and raised in a large family in Seattle, Heather graduated from the University of Washington as an Arts major, and promptly left for culinary school in San Francisco. She attended the California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, and graduated with honors.  She was able to win an apprenticeship at one of San Francisco’s top French restaurants, which turned into a job as pastry chef.

Heather soon returned to Seattle, where she opened her own catering company. She spent several years throwing spectacular cocktail and dinner parties as well as serving as private chef for her Seattle clients.When Heather married in 2006, she hung up her chef’s coat to start a family, and began her blog HeatherChristo.com dedicated to great food, drinks and entertaining. “Heather Christo’s Generous Table, Easy and Elegant Recipes Through the Seasons“ is her first book.

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