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By Rebecca Lando, Writer/Producer/Editor of Working Class Foodies

By this point in the holiday season, minor desperation can start to set in. You know the feeling: you’ve got six more parties to attend, at least a dozen gifts still to buy, family dinners to arrange and cook for, a stack of gifts to wrap, empty stockings waiting to be stuffed, and you probably just sent out an email to your closest 100 friends announcing your own “no big deal” holiday cocktail party. You are officially overwhelmed. And that’s perfectly normal.

We asked some of our favorite food minds in Brooklyn to share their favorite holiday food & drink treats, gifts, recipes, and stocking stuffers. Whether you need to some last minute gift ideas for your favorite home cook, a delicious eggnog recipe for your cocktail party, or snacks, beer, or wine to take to a festive gathering, we’ve got picks to help you get over the holiday rush and focus on what really matters: good times and great food!

We hope you enjoy your holidays. Best wishes for a great 2011!

Brooklyn Holiday Food & Drink Picks

Snacks
by Anna Wolf of My Friend’s Mustard
Anna offers her suggestions for holiday snacks, including spicy bacon caramel corn and peppered Old Bay Peanuts, an array of local pickles, and a can’t miss mustard and cheese pairing.

Sweets
by Liz Gutman of Liddabit Sweets
Liz Gutman some of her favorite sweets for the holiday season. Fine & Raw Chocolate, Robicelli’s Cupcakes, See’s Candies, Roni-Sue’s Buttercrunch and Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate all make her list.

Meats
By Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured
Scott takes us on a tour of some old-school Brooklyn meat purveyors for his holiday smoked hams, fresh local turkeys, legs of lamb, antipasti and sausage.

Beers
By Matt Barclay of Bierkraft
Cellar Manager Matt takes us to Massachussetts, Maryland, Brooklyn, Belgium and beyond for his festive holiday beer picks.

More Beers!
By Danielle Cafaro of Brooklyn Homebrew
What does Danielle want for Christmas? Anchors, Rogues, Founders and Pretty Things are all on her list.

Wines
By Ron and Mary Kyle, and Elana Efram of Dry Dock Wine & Spirits
Looking for that special bottle to bring to a party or to cozy up with at home? The crew at Red Hook’s Dry Dock Wine & Spirits will point you in the right direction.

Egg Nog
By Matt Dawson of Henry Public
It’s not officially Christmas until you’ve warmed your heart with a sip of Egg Nog. Matt shares Henry Public’s recipe for this holiday classic.

Some ‘Softer’ Drinks
By Caroline Mak and Antonio Ramos of Brooklyn Soda Works
There’s always an excuse to make merry during the holidays, but we can’t booze it up all month long! Caroline and Antonio have a few alternative beverage suggestions … and a recipe for their Spiced Cranberry Soda.

Stocking Stuffers
By Harry Rosenblum of The Brooklyn Kitchen
Harry has gift suggestions for the home cooks on your list.

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