The worst thing I ever bought myself was a bread machine... 'cause if you're not careful, big bread people can turn into plain ole' big people! That being said, I still love me some bread... and crackers, and pasta, and potatoes... pretty much, carbs in general!
But I digress...
and turn it into this...
You'll need this (all dried herbs):
2 T dried minced garlic
1 T crushed rosemary
1 T Italian seasoning
2 t basil
1 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground pepper
Mix it all together and store in an airtight container.
These are the instructions I used on the reverse side of the labels I made. You could just type them up on a small card as well.
"Instructions: In a small, microwave safe bowl, mix 4 teaspoons herb mix with 1 tablespoon water. Microwave on high 10-15 seconds. Drain excess water; transfer mix to a shallow dish. Add 1/4 cup olive oil & stir to combine. Serve with crusty Italian or French bread".
I used bottles I had on hand that hold about a cup or so and filled it with a good quality olive oil; packaged the mix in a cellophane bag, and topped it with a label I created in Photoshop. I had several wooden boxes on hand that I had made, but you could use a serving dish and wrap everything in a sheet of cellophane, or in a small basket with a loaf of crusty bread. De-lish!
The recipe for the herb mix is enough for 3 servings... which could be split up into 3 separate portions for three separate gifts to stretch it even further. The small tins you find in the bridal section of the craft stores (the ones you fill with almonds, etc to give out as favors) are the perfect size for a single portion. They look good, too!
Now give it a whirl and let me know!