Fall Grilling at its Finest

Fall Grilling at its Finest

Although I am sad at how quickly my favorite season has passed us by, Summer has come and gone; Fall is officially upon us as the equinox began on September 23rd. Even though the temps are cooling down, it does not mean grilling season has to come to an end! Allow us to introduce our take on Fall Grilling. We’d like to shine a spotlight on our partners and friends at Chicago Steak Company, a featured artisan of GiftTree‘s since 2017. Did you know that we sell these gourmet, tender, succulent, mouthwatering steaks in our Epicurean section? Allow us to help you think outside the box and treat a special business partner, employee, friend or steak and beef enthusiast with these four unique gifts. We’ve also got the scoop from Food Network on these 50 Grilled Steak recipes that will be a crowd pleaser! First, start with the steak: Epicurean Food & Drink Gifts   Gourmet Grilling Gift: Completely trimmed and tender filet mignon, succulent sirloin steaks, marinated lemon herb chicken breasts and luscious steak burgers create a specially-curated selection of grilling delights. Therefore, making the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues and even yourself.       Premium Angus Steak Selection: Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor; this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company.       Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift: These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...
Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Breakfast, brunch, first meal, brekky, b-fast, whatever term you prefer it is a great way to start your day! Most of us know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it is worth the effort to eat a healthy one and meal prep, sometimes it is the hardest thing to make time for. Whether you are an early riser or a 4x snoozer we have found some simple (from Real Simple) recipes and tricks that will be sure to help you kick start your day!   What is a Balanced Breakfast? There are hundreds of resources about balanced breakfasts and how to make the most out of your meals. Whether you are a creature of habit or like to try new options, a good rule of thumb is to start your day with a little bit of everything to get and stay energized! Whole grains, protein, fruit, veggies, and fiber are all elements to help rev up your day. When you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix, here are some easy tips to remember: Whole Grains (complex carbs) – Oatmeal, sprouted bread, & whole grain English Muffins Protein – Eggs, nut butters, bacon, turkey sausage and hard cheeses Fruit/Veggies – Try to get at least one fruit and one veggie; coconut, kale, spinach, apples, berries, or bananas Fiber – Whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds and flax meal, potatoes Healthy Fats – Avocado, olive oil, nuts and nut butters   Gift Ideas to Brighten your Clients and Employees Mornings Have a brunch lover, health nut, foodie, or go-getter in your life? GiftTree caters to...
Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Here it is – 2:00 PM. Whether you’re sitting in a lecture at college, at the office or just trying to keep up with little kids, the afternoon sure does have a way of bringing on that… sludgy feeling. It’s difficult to concentrate. Motivation and productivity take a nose-dive. We may look to snacks to get us through the final hours of the day, but often times, we reach for the wrong things, like chips or a Diet Coke, and it seems to help, at first. But before long we’re right back to that heavy, drowsy feeling, only worse. Do you have a hard time getting through the afternoon slump? If so, you’re not alone. And fortunately, there are tons of great snacks that are healthy, energy-boosting and good for your cognitive function. Here are some brain-power snacks for the desk and backpack that you can bring to work or school and get that boost of mental and physical energy!   Healthy, Energy-Boosting Snacks for Brain Power   Berries Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries have all shown to have a positive effect on brain function. Loaded with antioxidants, berries improve the communication between brain cells. Keep a baggie of these in your lunch box and you’ll be firing on all cylinders.   Nuts & Seeds Nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) are packed with Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients have linked to better brain function and improved cognition!    Dark Chocolate Chocolate’s main ingredient, cacao, is good for your mental health! According to this study, cacao flavonoids encourage neuron growth and blood vessel function (which increases blood...
May is National BBQ Month!

May is National BBQ Month!

How’s the weather in your area? Most of the United States is in full-blown Spring mode right now. That makes us think about one thing: grilling. May is National BBQ Month! It’s time to wheel out that barbecue and get grilling. Whether you use charcoal, gas, a smoker or a portable for tailgating, grilling is essential to this time of year. What will you be grilling this summer? If you’re looking for some delicious options, we’ve got your meats! Chicago Steak Company Gifts What began in 1963 as a small family run butcher shop called Meats by Linz, Chicago Steak Company is now one of the nation’s leading home deliverers of USDA prime beef. Chicago Steak Company is proud to continue the rich tradition of delivering midwestern corn-fed aged USDA Prime Beef and Premium USDA Choice steaks to homes and businesses across America.  A proud partner of Chicago Steak Company, GiftTree is delighted to offer four exclusively curated gifts for the grill. You won’t believe how luscious these steaks are, and what great summer gifts they make! Premium Angus Steak Selection Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor – this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company. Gift Includes: Two (2) 6 oz. Filet Mignons, Two (2) 10 oz. Boneless Strips, Two (2) 8 oz. Sirloin Steaks, Two (2) 8 oz. Ribeyes. Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...
Five Luscious Chocolate Recipes for Fall

Five Luscious Chocolate Recipes for Fall

Feeling like every single sweet thing is pumpkin-spiced these days? We feel you. Good news! This Sunday October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Above the caramel, above the peanut butter, above the -dare I say it- *lowers voice to whisper, looks around* pumpkin spice, it’s no secret that chocolate reigns supreme when it comes to desserts and sweets. Of course it’s always fun to put a little twist on your baking to celebrate the current season, so here are five luscious chocolate recipes that are perfect for Fall. National Chocolate Day – October 28   Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Cookies Cinnamon adds that deliciously warm flavor that’s absolutely perfect for Fall baking. Besides, who wouldn’t love the flavor of Mexican Hot Chocolate encased in a warm, fudgy cookie? Two, please – one for each hand! This recipe comes to us from Love From The Oven.   Tahini & Halva Brownies This recipe is from NPR’s awesome food podcast The Splendid Table, via Yotam Ottolenghi, an incredible Israeli-British chef, bestselling cookbook author and restaurant owner. The recipe might sound a little off the beaten path, but the combination of savory and sweet is to die for. No one, and we mean no one, will be able to resist these. Bring them to Thanksgiving at the in-laws and gain major brownie points! (See what I did there? Eh? Nudge Nudge.)   Chocolate Pecan Pie What kind of recipe blog would this be if we didn’t mention the Queen herself? We all know pecan pie; that divine southern dessert that simply defines fall and comfort. Now add dark chocolate.   Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake Coffee is...
Gift Trend: Dried Fruit and Fancy Nuts

Gift Trend: Dried Fruit and Fancy Nuts

Here at GiftTree we love to stay on top of the most current trends in gift giving. As a matter of fact, most of the time we find ourselves creating the trends, themselves! With all of the health-conscious foodies, nutrition fanatics and dietary limitations these days, we decided to introduce a few gifts to our line that highlight healthy eating.   That’s why we’re loving this newest gift trend: dried fruit and fancy nuts!   Indulgent Harvest Crate: An enduring crate features an open window glimpse into healthy indulgence. This gift includes a dried berries and nuts mix of almonds, walnuts, cherries, and blueberries. It also carries dried pears and stone fruits including peaches, plums and apricots. To top it all off, there are jumbo cashews and even a few chocolate dipped apricots to add a little bit of indulgence.   Trio of Nuts Tray: Spoil someone special with this delicious trio of roasted and salted nuts. Cashews, almonds and pistachios overflow from a handsome wooden tray.   Artisan Fruit and Cheese Hamper: Arranged with healthy fresh fruit and artisanal cheeses, this gift includes choice dried fruit picked from California’s fertile valleys. Includes apricots, plums, and more – a wholesome, delicious snack from Torn Ranch. It also carries fresh California pistachios harvested in peak ripeness, gently salted and a wholesome snack.   Grand Indulgence Gourmet Gift Basket: This lovely basket is one of our bestsellers. This summer it had a very interesting and special dried fruit – California Crisps Persimmon Slices. Beautiful, natural persimmon slices can be enjoyed as a snack on their own of course, or with iced tea, cocktails,...