I'm also known for giving cookbooks as gifts, which, by the way, is no surprise to my friends and family anymore. LOL. Well we have to be known for something? So I started with my usual search on the Internet and found an awesome cookbook entitled, What Can I Bring? by Anne Byrn, which I reserved for pick-up at my local bookseller. This book was rated pretty highly and thought it would be perfect for a young couple that entertains and socializes quite a bit. I also thought to encourage them to use the cookbook, they would need something to carry their dish(es) in, so I did a search on casserole carriers and found the blog TAYLORMADE at http://www.itstaylormade.com/2011/10/casserole-carrier.html, which ultimately took me to the tutorial: 2 Little Hooligans at http://www.2littlehooligans.com/2010/10/24/casserole-carrier-tutorial/. I then made my casserole carrier incorporating features from both of theirs. Here it is:
And of course I picked up a casserole dish to put inside. So my themed gift for potluck became a real gift--not just something I had in mind. By the way, the gift-ee loved it!