Easy Gifts from Your Kitchen

Easy Gifts from Your Kitchen

11/26/2007 AT 06:00 AM EST

Need a gift for a neighbor or your child's teacher? Instead of gift cards, Robin Miller, host of the Food Network's Quick Fix Meals, suggests homemade treats. "The recipient feels special when you give something that takes time and effort," she says. There are plenty of simple recipes that can be whipped up in a couple of hours, and an added bonus, says Miller: "You can do this with your kids, so they learn a thoughtful way to say thank you to the people who take care of them every day."

Puff Pastry Twists with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Serves 4 to 8

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
¼ cup prepared sun-dried tomato pesto
¼ cup grated Parmesan

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
2. Roll puff pastry into a 12 x 15-in. rectangle. Spread pesto evenly over pastry, to within ½-in. of the edges. Fold dough in half lengthwise. Roll dough out again into a 12 x 5-in. rectangle. Sprinkle Parmesan over new rectangle.
3. Cut dough crosswise into ½-in. thick strips. Twist each strip into a corkscrew. Arrange twists on a large baking sheet and press down ends to prevent unrolling. Bake 10 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.

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