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Food Fete Fall 2015: The Recap!

Chopin Display
Cheers to the Chopin Vodka Booth (All Photos By Gail)

For Foodies and Food Writers alike, the change of seasons brings on excitement for holiday foods and ideas for entertaining! It also means that it’s time for Fall Food Fete, a great event to sample new products and get in the mood to celebrate. Here are few of our favorite products from the show, which took place on October 27th!

Chocolate Martini

One of the first things we always do once we check in for the show is grab a cocktail from the bar! In this case, it was a refreshing and delicious Chocolate Martini, made with Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur and Chopin Vodka, a featured exhibitor at the show. Made with artisanal small-batch craftsmanship, the award winning Chopin — named after the famous Polish romantic composer Frederic Chopin (“Sho-Pan”) — is family owned and crafted from the most traditional vodka ingredients. In a word: Smooth!

Chopin Vodka Sample Bottles of Alcohol

Show attendees received miniature sample bottles of Chopin’s Potato, Rye and Wheat Vodkas to take home and enjoy! Find out more at Chopin Vodka Dot Com!

Bottles of Alcohol

Other featured spirits included luxury wines from Paul Mas, Rutini and Vina Zaco. Remember: for those who indulge, alcohol makes a great gift!

Coney Island Brewing Company

Coney Island Brewing Company was also a bar sponsor for the event. Friendly representatives provided generous tastings of some of the brand’s unique craft beers including their Mermaid Pilsner, Overpass IPA, Coney Island Lager, 1609 Amber Ale and their most recently launched Hard Root Beer — which is amazing!

Coney Island Hard Root Beer

It is too bad that summer is already behind us, because Hard Root Beer is the summer-vibe beverage of the year! Find out more about Coney Island Brewing Company and their fine beverages at This Link!

National Potato Board

At their busy booth, the National Potato Board partnered with popular Caterer and Event Planner Mary Giuliani to showcase cocktail party food ideas featuring the fabulous Potato!

Cocktail Party Potato Bar

Food Fete attendees were treated to a Hash Browns bar with their choice of toppings — an easy and fun party dish!

Potato Fixings Bar

Hash Browns in Mason Jar

A lidded mason jar made it easy to add the toppings of your choice to the potatoes and then shake it all up to mix the flavors!

Cocktail Party Book

Mary, who is lovely, signed copies of her exciting new book The Cocktail Party (Love, Mary) — a must-have guide to all facets of holiday entertaining! This book would   make fantastic Holiday gift for the food lover and party planner in your life! Access and download recipes, entertaining ideas and nutritional information from the Potato Board’s Wow! You Can Do That With Potatoes?! at Potato Goodness Dot Com!

Mangalitsa Booth

Mangalitsa by Mosefund (the nations’ largest Mangalitsa pig breeder and processor) has launched Mangalitsa by Mosefund Salumi; a new, 11 product line of All-Natural Dry Cured Meats (charcuterie and salami)!

Pancetta

Often referred to as the Kobe of pork, Mangalitsa  boasts the highest level of unsaturated fat of any domesticated animal species. The meat is succulent, delicate in texture and richly flavored, making it one of the most delicious, nutritious and healthy choices of any meat option. Likewise, Mangalitsa meat is considerably higher in the monounsaturated, or ‘good,’ fatty acids and lower in undesirable saturated fats! Seriously, you can see the high quality from the photos above.

Better Than Butter

Along with these delcious meat products that you will surely want on your holiday party table,  Mangalitsa by Mosefund showcased its four flavor Better than Butter, which is a  whipped, seasoned lard0 (back fat) that can be enjoyed as a spread on crackers or bread, and used in cooking. Flavors include Orange Fennell, Rosemary/Garlic, Monti Nebrodi, and Hot Pepper. Find out more about Magalitsa by Mosefund, and its many fine meat products, at This Link!

Zemas Baking Mixes

Home baking is a big part of the Holiday season, and Zema’s Madhouse Foods makes cookie, muffin, pancake and brownie mixes that are all about balancing healthy cooking, baking and finding the right on-the-go snacks! Created by a Mom of five active kids, Zemas Baking Mixes are gluten-free, ancient grain based products that are also non-GMO and free of the top 8 allergens. And they taste amazing!

Zemas Cookies

Zemas will be launching a ready-to-eat cookie line in March of 2016, which will make snacking healthy even more convenient! Get more information and shop for Zemas Madhouse products online at Zemas Foods Dot Com!

Fish People Signage

Quality and convenience combine for winning results with seafood products by Fishpeople. With Fishpeople, seafood lovers can enjoy hassle-free indulgence in gourmet quality creamy bisques and hearty chowders, Entrée Starters containing wild caught salmon or tuna in a savory sauce (simply heat and combine with your favorite vegetable, pasta or rice), and the Comfort Seafood collection of ready-to-eat meals!

Fish People Booth

As a certified B Corporation, Fishpeople only harvest ten sustainable species, helping to ensure those fish will be around for generations to come. Learn more about Fishpeople Seafood at This Link.

A2 Milk Booth

There are those who experience discomfort and digestive issues when consuming milk, and easily assume  that they are lactose intolerant. However, A2 Milk Company believes that may not always be true:  in many cases, Post-Dairy Digestive Discomfort (PD3) may actually caused by the A1 Protein found in cow’s milk.

A2 Milk Signage

Milk is made up of different proteins, including the A1 and A2  proteins. Studies show that these two proteins digest quite differently from each other and, for some people, the presence of the A1 protein can  result in the discomfort after drinking milk which may be mistaken for lactose intolerance. At the A2 Milk Company, cows are specially selected and produce fresh milk containing only the A2 protein, and no A1 protein. As a result, many more people can enjoy the nutritional benefits, and delicious taste, of fresh real milk. At Food Fete, A2 Milk Company not not only gave away cute little cows, but also sample bottles of their delicious milk, which tastes like absolutely nothing is missing! This is great news, just in time for cookies and milk season! Find out more about A2 Milk Company at This Link!

Dove Sorbet Bars

 Mars Chocolate is introducing the latest in tasty frozen novelty treats: Dove Sorbet Bars in two delicious varieties! Dove has always been known as a true innovator in frozen desserts, and for these new bars fruity sorbet is dipped in silky smooth Dove Chocolate for a refreshing and delicious taste. At only 150 calories per bar you can indulge in Raspberry Sorbet dipped in Dark Chocolate, or Strawberry Sorbet dipped in luscious Milk Chocolate (my personal favorite).

Dove Strawberry Sorbet Bar
Dove Strawberry Sorbet Bar: Doesn’t that look Yummy?

Dove Sorbet Bars will be available in boxes of six at your favorite grocer beginning in the Spring of 2016. Find out more about Mars Chocolate and Dove brand treats at This Link!

Loacker Minis Booth Display

You know those light and crispy little wafer cookies that everyone loves? Loacker has been baking those for 90 years! And they certainly were generous at Food Fete — handing out sample bags of their Quadratini  bite-size wafer cookies in special flavors like Tiramisu, Hazelnut, and Raspberry Yoghurt  (Heaven!) that are all so scrumptious, but so light you could eat the entire bag without  feeling guilt.  Loacker wafer cookies are the go-to holiday treat for sharing at gatherings, and also for gifting, and there are so many varieties to choose from! Loacker belongs on everyone’s gift giving list. It’s just a no brainer!

Loacker Minis Packaging Display

Be sure to also pick up a box of their Rose of the Dolomites Hazelnut and Chocolate fine candies! Everyone will thank you! Plan your Holiday Shopping early by visiting Loacker USA Dot Com!

Stemelt Pinata Apple Booth Display

We last saw Family-owned Stemilt Growers over the summer, promoting their awesome Skylar Rae Cherries  — our favorite summer fruit! At October’s showcase,  Stemelt introduced to their orchard’s  newest sensation: the Pinata Apple;  an exclusive apple variety. The Pinata’s heirloom parentage (it’s a cross between Golden Delicious, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and the  Duchess of Oldenburg  varieties) gives the Apple its unique color, shape, and flavor. Pinata apples are crisp and juicy for the tropical is sure to surprise your taste buds. They are excellent for eating out of hand, in salads and for baking.

Now it its fifth generation of family operation, Stemilt continues the company’s legacy of innovation, sustainability and production of the best-tasting fruits. Learn more about Stemilt World Famous Fruit at Stemilt Dot Com!

Stemelt Pinata Apple Signage

Wusthof

And last but not least, Wusthof, maker of top-of-the-line Knives and Cutlery, was in the house to show off their fancy kitchen stuff that is world-renowned for its awesomeness and deserving of the name Cadillac of Cutlery (we just coined that). Forged with high-carbon, stainless steel, Wusthof Knives will not only perform beautifully in your kitchen – but in your children’s and grandchildren’s kitchens, as well. Quality has no expiration date! Plus, everyone got a Grand Prix II  knife (which retails for $125, wow!) to take home! Wusthof is the best!

Thanks to Jeff Davis for another excellent show! See you in the Winter!

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More Thanksgiving Recipes Featuring Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry!

Sausage Stuffing Pastry
Sausage, Cranberries & Stuffing Pastry, Recipe Below!

A traditional Thanksgiving meal often means a chance to enjoy all of your favorite holiday dishes, but it can also be about changing it up and discovering new and innovative recipes to please yourself and your family! A good place to start for easy and delicious recipes is Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Check these out!

For Sausage, Cranberries & Stuffing Pastry, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is woven around a comforting mixture of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing, sausage, green onions, mushrooms and dried cranberries, and baked until golden to make a festive and delicious dish. It’s also a great idea for using up any leftovers! I always have so many left overs, ever since I got one of the best vacuum sealers for my birthday, I’ve been saving food like a pro!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. water
2 eggs
1/2 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 cup Pepperidge Farm® Herb Seasoned Stuffing
4 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
3 oz. chopped mushrooms (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup sweetened sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. dried sage leaves, crushed
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed according to package directions
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s Turkey Gravy, warmed (optional)

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375°F. Beat the water and 1 egg in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.

Lightly stir the sausage, stuffing, green onions, mushrooms, cranberries, sage and the remaining egg in a medium bowl.

Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. With a short side facing you, cut slits 1-inch apart down both sides of the pastry sheet, from the outer edges to the fold marks. Spoon the sausage mixture down the center of the pastry sheet. Starting at the short side closest to you, fold the pastry strips over the sausage mixture, alternating sides, to cover the sausage mixture.

Place the pastry onto a baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Slice the pastry and serve warm with the gravy, if desired.

Find out more about this and other recipes at This Link!

Turkey Pot Pies

Creamy Turkey Pot Pies are a fantastic idea for using leftover Turkey. Convenient products like puff pastry shells, frozen vegetables and cream of mushroom soup allow you to whip-up mouthwatering, individual pot pies in less than an hour. They make a great weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request )
1/2 cup milk
1 pkg. (10 ounces) frozen peas and carrots
2 cups shredded or cubed cooked turkey or chicken
1 pkg. (10 ounces) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions

Directions:

Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir the soup, milk and peas and carrots in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the turkey and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

Spoon the turkey mixture into the pastry shells. Add the pastry “tops,” if desired.

Get more information about this recipe at This Link!

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas from Pepperidge Farm

Harvest Spiced Envelopes
Harvest Spiced Envelopes – Recipe Below!

Hey what’s up. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and you’ve got some cooking to do, I know. You might recall that this past July we ran a sumptuous holiday feast preview, courtesy of our friends at Pepperidge Farm, which you can revisit now to get some awesome recipes as well as ideas on menu planning and decorating. You’re welcome!

One of my favorite Pepperidge Farm products is their puff pastry, which is super versatile, easy to work with and can be used for both savory and sweet creations. Let me share a couple new Dessert recipes that you might like to try out for this holiday season.

Harvest Spiced Envelopes are a tempting dessert features white chocolate, apples, cranberries, cinnamon and walnuts enveloped in puff pastry and baked to a golden brown. The combination of flavors is outrageously delcious!

Ingredients

1 orange
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cups diced Gala apples
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 dash salt
3 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pistachios, toasted
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips

Directions

1.Heat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Finely grate 2 teaspoons zest from the orange.

2.Heat the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples and cranberries and cook for 6 minutes or until the apples are tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Season with the salt. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the walnuts and orange zest. Let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.

3.Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into 12 (4×3-inch) rectangles. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.

4.Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons white chocolate chips in the center of each pastry rectangle. Top each with about 1 tablespoon apple mixture. Brush two opposite corners of each pastry with water. Pull one corner up over the filling. Pull the opposite corner up over the filling and tuck it under the pastry, enclosing most of the filling but leaving the ends open. Place the filled pastries on the baking sheets.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let the pastries cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.

6.Heat the remaining white chocolate chips in a double boiler until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Drizzle the white chocolate over the pastries.

7.Recipe Note: Parchment paper keeps the pastry from sticking to the baking sheet and also makes for easier cleanup. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the baking sheet with cooking spray instead. However, cooking spray may cause the bottoms of the pastries to brown more quickly, so begin checking for doneness 5 minutes early.

8.Flavor Variation: To serve these pastries as a gourmet appetizer, omit the white chocolate and substitute 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced, for the apples.

More information on this and other recipes is available at This Link!

Mini Pumpkin Pie Brulees
Mini Pumpkin Pie Brulees

You will absolutely wow your guests when you serve these Mini Pumpkin Pie Brulees for dessert! Puff pastry cups are filled with a rich pumpkin mixture and baked until golden. Dressed up with a caramelized sugar round, they’re guaranteed to earn rave reviews.

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
3 tbsp. granulated sugar

Directions

1.Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray 36 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups with vegetable cooking spray. Beat the egg yolks, pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk.

2.Sprinkle the flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into 36 (2-inch) squares. Press the pastry squares into 36 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups. Spoon about 1 tablespoon pumpkin mixture into each pastry cup.

3.Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown and the filling is set. Let the pastries cool in the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove the pastries and let cool completely on the wire racks.

4.Place the oven rack in the upper third of the oven. Heat the oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Create 18 (2-inch) circles of sugar on each baking sheet, using about 1/4 teaspoon sugar for each circle.

5.Bake one baking sheet for 5 minutes or until the sugar circles are bubbly and a deep caramel color. Let the sugar circles cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining baking sheet. Using a small metal spatula, remove the sugar circles from the baking sheets. Press 1 sugar circle at an angle into the top of each pastry.

More information on this and other recipes is available atThis Link! Bon Apetit, Everyone!

Food Fête Fall 2014: The Awesome Recap!

Pumpkin Votive Candle
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Food Fête‘s fall showcase officially kicks off the Eating Season: with lots of holiday cooking and entertaining to look forward to, as well as gift giving and a general period of guilt-free pampering and self-indulgence during the colder months. Let’s eat!

California Grapes Display
Check Out That Stylish, Grape Cluster Wig on the Pumpkin!

When I was a kid growing up in California, I recall an animated TV commercial from the California Grape Growers featuring just a bunch of grapes on screen and two people talking off-screen about how Grapes were so “Sweet and Juicy” that somebody should “package them and sell them for snacks,” adding that “Grapes” was also “a catchy name”! It was hilarious, but also made a lot of sense in that Grapes are a delicious natural snack that don’t need a lot of tarting up to make them appealing to consumers.

At Food Fête, Grapes from California offered a delicious and easy to make Grapes treat called Tuxedo Bites, which are just fresh red or green grapes dipped in melted milk, dark or white chocolate, or melted caramel, and dipped in nuts or crushed candy. So easy to make for your holiday party! Get more great grape recipes at This Link!

Aardvark Straw Display

Continuing along in a nostalgic vein, another item I remember from childhood is Aardvark Paper Straws, which are making big comeback, and it’s about time. Aardvark, the original paper drinking straw, reentered the market in 2007, primarily in response to the growing anti-plastic movement. Now manufactured by PPG, these colorful straws are more durable and more sustainable than any paper straw on the market.

Aardvark Straws Table Display

Aardvark Paper Straws are 100% biodegradable, so their use can help reduce the plastic in our landfills and waterways – good for the planet and everyone who lives on it! They are also fun for parties and can be inspiring in the creation of all kinds of fun crafts for kids! Find out more about Aardvark Paper Straws by visiting them online at This Link!

Aardvark Straw Signage

Kohana Coffee Signage

Hey, do you like Coffee? Who doesn’t! New coffee products are always so exciting, and Kohana ready-to-drink, cold brew ice coffee is a delicious new drink that will attract your attention with a gentle “Aloha”! Organic, low in acid, and lightly sweetened with all natural monk fruit extract, Kohana cold brew ice coffee is available now in 8-ounce, shelf-stable cans that have a 9 month refrigerated shelf life! Flavors include class Black, White (with Milk), Salted Caramel, and Vanilla. Find out more about Kohana Cold Brew ice coffee in a can at Kohana Coffee Dot Com.

Kohana Cold Coffee

Nature Box Table Display

NatureBox Snacks is an idea you should put on your Holiday Gift Giving list for anyone who loves receiving delicious and wholesome snacks delivered directly to their door! NatureBox is a snacker’s dream come true, in that they offer highly customizable subscriptions to receive boxes of packaged healthy, natural and – most importantly – insanely delicious snacks each month! You can design your NatureBox subscription to receive as few as five or as many as twenty bags of tasty snacks shipped right to your home. Likewise, you can also select whether you’d prefer to choose the snacks you will receive or be surprised. Personally, I like surprises, because it is like Christmas. Christmas! Give a nature Box gift subscription – or start one for yourself – right now by visiting Nature Box Dot Com!

Nature BoDark Chocolate Nom Noms
NatureBox Dark Cocoa Nom Noms. Yummy!

Pistachio Power Clusters
Favorite NatureBox Snack: Pistachio Power Clusters!

Ginny Bakes Gluten Free Cookies

Ginnybakes is a line of outrageously delicious and nutritious organic, gluten free and non-GMO Cookies, Bars and Baking Mixes that is family owned since 2010. At Food Fête we had the chance to sample a variety of their cookies and Ginnyminis — 6-count bags of Ginny’s best-selling cookie flavors that are perfect for snacking or to toss into a lunch box. We also love their slogan: “Indulge Mindfully!” Find or more about Ginnybakes’ line of tempting baked goods that are good for you at This Link.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Ginnyminis

Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Treat
Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Bars

One indulgent dessert that is going to be convenient, delicious and guilt-free are selections from Weight Watchers line of frozen bars. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bars feature a rich, dark chocolate coating on the outside and cool, low fat raspberry ice cream on the inside. It’s all the sweetness you crave with just 90 calories and 0 grams trans fat per bar.

Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Frozen Treat

Also brand new are Weight Watchers Salted Caramel Ice Cream Candy Bars — perfectly cravable for lovers of the continually trending sweet and salty taste of low fat caramel ice cream topped with salted caramel covered and in a milk chocolaty coating. You would never believe these decadent bars are only 120 calories, 6 grams of fat and 0 grams trans fat each! Find out where you can buy these bars and other fine Weight Watchers products at This Link!

Little Miracles Tea and Juice Drink Display

One stand out new product we were introduced to at Foot Fête is Little Miracles, a UK-based Tea and Super-Juice Blend that tastes fantastic! Organic and sweetened only with natural agave, these healthy beverages come in four unique tea/juice blend varieties but our favorite was the White Tea & Cherry (with ginseng and acai berry) which, seriously tasted like Christmas. And that does not mean it tasted like a pine tree but, rather, that its delicious and honestly refreshing flavors were experienced as pure joy in the mouth. Find out more about Little Miracles by heading over to Drink Little Miracles Dot Com.

Honest Tea Drinks

And while we’re on the subject of Flavored Tea Drinks let’s give shout out to one of our favorite brands, Honest Tea, who introduced two new flavors at the show. Orange Mango flavored Herbal Tea is made with organic grape, orange, lemon and mango with notes of lemon balm. Pomegranate Blue flavored Herbal Tea contains the flavors of organic pomegranate, grape and blueberry, infused with organic hibiscus. Both varieties are just 100 calories per bottle! These new flavors will be in stores starting January 2015!

Honest Tea Kuerig Cups

For Keurig users, Honest Tea also introduces both Green and Black Tea K-Cups so that you can brew fresh, unsweetened iced tea one cup at a time! Just brew hot tea over a cup of ice! Honest Tea K-Cup packs are available now. Get more information about Honest Tea at Honest Tea Dot Com.

Dove Berries Display

If you watch the fantastic TV show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, then you probably recall a recent rant that John went on where he described Cranberries as being like “Cherries that hate you.” Despite the great belly laugh inspired by that line, we do not agree! Dove brand — famous for their fine chocolate and chocolate-dipped ice cream bars — are now bringing their way with chocolate to the popular venue that is whole fruit dipped in dark chocolate – sweet, delicious Cranberries included!

Dove Berries Display2

Dove Whole Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate combines real whole berries dipped in smooth Dove dark chocolate in cranberry, cherry and blueberry varieties — which are the top selling fruits in the market. , Six-ounce standup bags of the Cranberry and Blueberry varieties were introduced in September, with a SRP range of $3.59 to $4.79. The six-ounce Cherry variety will debut in January, 2015 along with 2.83-ounce standup bags of Cranberry and Blueberry with a SRP range of $1.99 to $2.59, so get ready to stock up for the holidays! Find out more about the Dove brand at This Link!

34 Degrees Crisps Display

Last time we saw 34 Degrees Crisps at a Food Fête they were showcasing their sweet Chocolate Crisps — which are simply divine! New for fall are two savory flavors, Poppy Seed and Tasted Onion, both of which will be available for limited time only. Versatile Poppy Seed goes sweet or savory; from creamy cheeses and fresh fruit to cured meats and veggies. Bold Toasted Onion plays well with big flavors. Think tapenade, smoked meat or aged cheese. The lightness and highly appealing crispness of these crackers is unequaled and simply must be tasted to be believed.

34 Degrees Crisps Snacks

Look how gorgeous they are! Check out 34 Degrees products online at 34 Degrees Dot Com.

34 Degrees Crisps Display

Farm Rich pepperoni Bites Packaging

Hot snacks from the oven are a perennial favorite for all home entertaining, and Farm Rich brand frozen snacks were on hand to debut their newest offering, Pepperoni Bites! These hearty snacks have a yummy pizza taste and are made with real mozzarella cheese that maintains an authentic “pull” when hot and melty. Find out more about the Farm Rich brand of convenience foods and get money-saving coupons at Farm Rich Dot Com.

Farm Rich Pizza Snacks and Mozzarella Sticks
Farm Rich Favorite Mozzarella Sticks and New Pepperoni Bites Snacks!

Jarlsberg Display

Cheese in every form is also a holiday favorite and Jarlsberg is global brand we’ve known and trusted all our lives, it seems. Get Jarlsberg product information and recipes at This Link.

Jarlsberg Singage

Que Pasa Chips and Salsa

Que Pasa Tortilla Chips are an organic, Non-GMO and Gluten free snack that are as versatile as they are delicious!

Que Pasa Chips Samples

Find out how to make the above pictured Cilantro Pesto and Sundried Tomato Crostini (substituting Que Pasa Tortilla Chips for the tiny Crostini rounds) plus tons of other amazing dishes featuring with Que Pasa Chips and Salsas at at This Link!

Aloutte Signage

Alouette spreadable soft cheeses are a must-have on hand product for the holiday season and all year round. They are so versatile!

Alouette Toasted Everything Spread

New Flavors due in stores in February 2015 are Toasted Everything (perfect for your morning bagel!) and New York Cheddar.

Alouette NY Cheddar Cheese Spread

Get a printable coupon for $1.00 Off any Alouette Cheese Product by visiting This Link.

Addie's Cheesecakes and Pies

Here’s another new product that we went completely insane for: Addie’s Fine Foods miniature pies and cheesecakes! Made from the decades old, original recipes of Addie Simon, Addie’s sweet potato desserts (both pies and cheesecakes) are made with two varieties of sweet potatoes. The orange sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, while purple sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants, and both have proven healthful effects. Sweet potatoes are a substantial source of dietary fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing the rate at which food is converted into glucose and absorbed into the bloodstream. You will be amazed that something so good for you can taste so decadently delicious.

Addie's Sweet Potato Cheese cake

Addie has also created luscious Lemon Ice Box Pie and classic Butternut Squash Cheesecakes to the line of healthy pleasures. All of Addie’s desserts are made with less sugar and have fewer calories without sacrificing taste. Trust me, I sampled each of these deserts at Food Fête and simply could not shut up about how astoundingly delicious they were. Find out more about Addie’s Fine Foods — our Number One find at this season’s Food Fête — at Addies Fine Foods Dot Com.

Olives From Spain

Olives From Spain were there to represent for a tiny fruit that not only tastes delicious on its own, but enhances the recipes of many different kinds of regional dishes. After sampling several luscious and flavorful Spanish Olive varieties (we still love Black Ripe Olives the best) we came back home with two cans of Olives and a gorgeous, full color mini Cook Book, which will give us a lots of ideas on creative ways to use them. Explore the world of Olives from Spain at Olives From Spain Dot US.

Niman Ranch Pulled Pork

Recently, we watched an episode of excellent the PBS series, Food Forward, on how  many Ranchers are returning to traditional, grass-fed styles of raising cattle — which made a significant and permanent, thought-changing impact regarding the most sustainable and humane way to raise cattle for food. This is why we love Niman Ranch, a company that offers a complete line of fresh Beef, Pork, Lamb and Cage-free Eggs as well as a variety of smoked and prepared items. All Niman Ranch livestock are raised on hormone and antibiotic free, 100% vegetarian diets and are 100% traceable from farm to plate. It follows then that their products are All-natural, Gluten Free, Nitrite and Nitrate free and MSG Free. Most importantly, their meat products all taste delicious!

Niman Ranch Pulled Pork Display

At Food Fête, attendees sampled three new prepared Pulled Pork vairietes in different BBQ sauces — Regular Sweet Sauce (not to spicy), Smokey Chipotle, and Hoisin Soy BBQ Sauce.
The pieces of pork were large, the meat was tender, and the flavor was delicious. All you have to do is heat and serve for easy pulled pork sandwiches! Find out more about Niman Ranch meats, get recipes and shop online at Niman Ranch Dot Com.

And that’s it for this edition of Food Fête! Thanks as always to Jeff Davis for producing another great show! See you in the Winter!

Editor Showcase Presents: Cooking and Entertaining, 2014!

Editor Showcase Bar
Food Bloggers and Journos Enjoyed a Cocktail or Two while Sampling New Foods at This Season’s Editor Showcase! (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

It’s never too early to start planning for your holiday celebrations, and Editor Showcase kicked off this season with their hotly–anticipated Cooking and Entertaining showcase at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Let’s take a look at a few of the standout new and favorite products from the show!

Davios Pasta Chips

People know the Davios brand for their own award-winning Northern Italian Steakhouses, but Davios has also gotten into the snack foods game with their line of gourmet Pasta Chips. These all natural chips come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors and are made with premium semolina, then quick fried for a light and crispy treat. We especially enjoyed the Cinnamon Pasta Chips which are dusted lightly with sugar, and taste extra delicious accompanied by a sweet dip that you can make with cream cheese.

Davios Pasta Chips Display

Savory Past Chip flavors include Parmesan, Buffalo, Tomato with a hint of Basil, and Herb.

Sartori Cheese Display

Everyone knows that the celebration isn’t complete until you bring out the cheese, and we saw a couple of our favorites exhibiting at Editor Showcase. Sartori Cheese always has something new and delicious and we enjoyed sampling their BellaVitano and Sarvecchio Parmesan artisanal cheeses. Learn more about Sartori Cheese and plan your gourmet food gift giving at Sartori Cheese Dot Com.

Roth Cheese Display and Signage

Roth cheese never fails to showcase some kind of spectacular and delicious product, including their excellent fondues and scrumptious Raclettes! At Editor Showcase we had an opportunity to taste their Grand Cru Alpine–style cheese. Inspired by the tradition of classic Gruyere, Roth Grand Cru has delicious nutty undertones with a hint of fruitiness and a mellow finish – perfect for all of your holiday entertaining needs!

Roth Cheese Display

Sara Lee Bread Signage

Sara Lee baked goods have been around since I was an egg, and it’s a trusted, high quality favorite brand for many. But Sara Lee is about so much more than the delicious frozen cakes you grew up coveting.

Sara Lee Bread

Anyone looking to trim a few calories from their diet while not losing out on great taste will be excited to hear about Sara Lee’s line of Delightful breads, each with only 45 calories per slice. These breads are soft, fresh and have a whole grain taste with absolutely nothing missing but the calories. Delightful Bread comes in many varieties including White, Wheat, Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-Grain and Oatmeal.

Lee Kum Kee Sauces Signage

Lee Kum Kee may not be a household name, but it is the leader of authentic Chinese sauces, bringing delicious flavors to consumer kitchen tables as well as restaurant menus for over 126 years.  Lee Kum Kee showed that they are as invested in innovation as they are in tradition by premiering a couple of exciting new products.

Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Ketchup & Mayo

Outdoor grilling season may be over, but you might need to bring that activity indoors so you have a chance to try Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Ketchup and Sriracha Mayo — bringing an irresistible, spicy twist to two classic condiments that are must–haves for your pantry! You have got to try them directly on a sandwich or burger, or as an ingredient  in a dip, sauce or marinade.  Learn more about Lee Kum Kee  products and get great recipe ideas at This Link!

Goodie Girl Cookies Display

Gluten Free is a buzz phrase that is continuously being taken in innovative culinary directions, and there are always new products to try for those on wheat-free diets. Goodie Girl is a baking company based in Tribeca, NY that specializes in creating gluten-free cookies with surprising flavors and exciting twists on cookie classics. People are calling Goodie Girl the most delicious, nostalgia-inducing gluten-free treats on the market, and with good reason: they taste absolutely fantastic!

Goodie Girl Crunchy Chaos Cookies

We came home with a package of the Midnight Brownie variety — a dark cocoa, brownie cookie packed with hunks of semi-sweet Belgian chocolate — that really holds its own against a glass of cold milk. Learn more about Goodie Girl gluten free cookies at This Link!

Beanitos Chips

If you are looking for something new and a bit different to add to your array of chips and dips, check out Beanitos — the original bean snacks. High in fiber and low in sodium, Beanitos Chips and Puffs offer a healthier crunch. In taste-tempting flavors like Hot Chili Lime, White Cheddar and Chipotle BBQ, there is going to be a variety to please every snacker at the party. Visit Beanitos online at Beanitos Dot Com.

Beanitos Puffs

Saffron Road Display

We’ve previously featured the products of Saffron Road, makers of all natural specialty foods, and we were excited to see them exhibiting again and previewing a selection of their frozen gourmet treats including:

Saffron Road Crispy Samosa

Crispy Samosas frozen gourmet Hors D’oeuvres — just heat and serve!

Saffron Road Dessert Tarts

Dessert Mini Tarts — sophisticated delicacies inspired by the world’s best ingredients and traditions. What’s more, these Mini Tarts require no baking and practically no preparation. Simply thaw and serve. Impressing guests has never been easier! Look for more reviews of Saffron Road products coming soon to The ‘Gig!

National Pasta Association Signage

No one loves to cook with and eat pasta more than we do, so it’s always fun to see our friends Pasta Fits and the National Pasta Association at an Editor Showcase.

Pasta Display

Not only do they consistently have the most attractive display, but they always have something yummy to snack on. Let’s get a closer look at this sexy Pasta Salad.

Bowl of Pasta

I believe we are looking at the Grilled Vegetable Rigatoni with Feta. Find out more about Pasta nutrition and get fabulous recipes at Pasta Fits Dot Org!

Viking Range Signage

And with all of this Holiday Cooking and Entertaining you’ve got planned, you’ll need a state-of-the-art range to cook it all on, amiright? Sure I am. Check out this amazing Viking Induction Cooktop:

Viking Range Photo

This 36-inch cooktop is so beautiful and surely every home cook’s fantasy of a kitchen range! The performance and styling of Viking Professional Induction Cooktops are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Totally transformed, these cooktops provide maximum cooking space and the most energy efficient form of surface cooking. Surprisingly, the cooktop stays cool to the touch, and the push-to-turn metal knobs are childproof, so this range is very safe to operate. Viking signature CoolLit ™ LED Lights illuminate cooking zones when in use, making Viking’s induction cooktops the next hottest thing! Get more information on Viking products at This Link!

Thanks as always to Editor Showcase and the Lovely Ladies of Formulatin PR! See you in the Spring!

Pepperidge Farm and Swanson Present Holidays in July!

Product Display
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

The idea of Christmas in July has always been exciting to me, because I love the Holiday season, but I also love Summer. So it was extremely fun to be invited to a lovely Holiday-Themed Dinner Party thrown by Swanson and Pepperidge Farm that not only featured delicious foods but also easy cooking tips and beautiful home decorating ideas. Win win win!

Holidays in July Signage

Of course, the point of the Holidays in July Campaign is not rush the coming of the season but to point out that it is never too early to start planning!

Holiday Tree

Swanson and Pepperidge Farm (which are both owned by Campbell Soup Company, a fact I did not previously know) had the event space decorated beautifully complete with seasonally appropriate touches including a Tree, Wreaths and Wrapped Presents — very festive!

Cheese Table

Before dinner was served, we all enjoyed a spread of delicious snacks, including this insane Brie En Croute made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

Brie En Croute

Look at this gorgeous thing. Just look at it.

Bar

Pre-dinner cocktails included a signature drink, the Gingerbread Martini, topped with a Pepperidge Farm Gingerman Cookie! You would not believe how delicious and refreshing this cocktail was.

Gingerbread Man Cocktail

Plus, cute.

Table Setting

Nothing gets your guests excited for a delicious holiday meal quite like a beautifully set table. Mixing Christmas ornaments in with fresh flower arrangements really brings the seasonal atmosphere into your home.

Gingerbread House

And look, somebody made a Gingerbread Cookie House from a variety of Pepperidge Farm Cookies!

Floral Centerpiece

Here’s what was on the evening’s menu:

Roast Whole Turkey

Sliced Turkey on Platter

Herb Roasted Turkey and Pan Gravy with Swanson Chicken Stock.

Shortribs

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Swanson Beef Stock.

Two Kinds of Potatoes

Here’s a fun presentation suggestion: serve two different kinds of potatoes side by side in the same dish! Above, you’ll see a Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree nestled alongside ultra creamy traditional Mashed Potatoes. All vegetables were cooked in Swanson Chicken Broth instead of water, which simply enhances the flavor of the food without imparting a chicken taste to the finished dish. This is a tip I am definitely going to put into practice, because the results are outstanding.

Macaroni and Cheese with Crushed Goldfish

Check out this rich Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese topped with crushed Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers. Kids (and Adults) will flip over this!

Three Kinds of Stuffing

Three varieties of stuffing included (Left to Right):

Caramelized Onion with Pancetta and Rosemary Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth.

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.

Baked Apple Cranberry Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Unseasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth. (My Favorite).

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.

There was also an assortment of Pepperidge Farm Bake at Home Breads and Stone Baked Artisan Breads.

Puff Pastry Sheets

After a huge feast like the one I’ve just talked about, everyone needed a bit of a rest before dessert. Everyone was invited into the kitchen to watch one of Pepperidge Farm’s in-house chefs demonstrate how easy it is to make desserts with the brand’s best-selling Puff Pastry!

Chef Making Pastry

Puff Pastry with Fruit

Puff Pastries topped with Fresh Fruit.

Puff Pastries with Nutella and Hazelnuts

Puff Pastries filled with Nutella and topped with Hazelnuts.

Bananas Foster Pudding with Chessmen

And last but not least, Bananas Foster Pudding topped with a layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies! Delish!

Get recipes mentioned in this post and more by downloading Pepperidge Farm’s Holiday Recipe Booklet at This Link! Happy Holidays!

Dinner Menu

Fall Food Fete Entices with a Preview of Seasonal Delciousness!

Food Fete Welcome Sign
All Photos By Gail

Nothing gets us excited for new seasonal packaged foods and gourmet takes on fresh favorites quite like Food Fete! The Fall edition of Food Fete took place on November 7th, with lots of ideas for holiday entertaining and many new products on preview from some of our favorite vendors — plus a great chance to network with other bloggers and sample lots of tasty treats! Here are a few of the exhibitors that caught our eye this time around.

Apple Cider and Pomegranate Martinis

A festive Martini Bar sponsored by Zulka Pure Cane Sugar got the party started right away. We made sure to sample both the Apple Cider and Pomegranate Martinis, whose sugared rims sparkled with a sprinkling of Zulka. We had to note that Zulka glittered like diamond dust as it adorned the frosting atop luscious brownies, alongside tiny cakes and fresh baked cookies, also provided by Zulka.

Zulka Display

Since Zulka‘s “Morena” pure cane sugar does not undergo a conventional refining process, it retains the complexity and depth of flavor that’s as close to fresh sugar cane as possible. Why not pick up a box for use in your next recipe that calls for sugar?

Bare Apple Chips

Shortly after entering the event space we spotted Bare Fruit Apple Chips. This delicious natural fruit snack is made from 100% baked Washington Apples with no added preservatives or sugars (and, of course, it’s Gluten Free). We took home a couple of bags to sample and have really enjoyed the Sea Salt Caramel variety, which is a new flavor along with the Chile Lime offering. Crunchy, Sweet and Healthy Snacking!

Anna's Breads

Mmm, fresh baked bread, – we love it! A lot of people, unfortunately, have a gluten intolerance and many exhibitors at Food Fete took this challenge in hand. The holidays are a time when baking for the family, as well as for gift giving, is a very popular idea. From Anna offers Gluten and Allergen Free bread mixes that taste as sweet and moist as your favorite recipes from Mom. From Anna‘s line of products let you treat yourself and your family while including those with dietary exclusions. Their Banana Bread mix is a must-try and so easy to make!

Luces Gluten Free Artisan Bread

Luces Gluten Free Artisan Bread was also exhibiting and had many flavors of their fresh baked breads to share, including their new Italian loaf, which bakes into a rich white bread with cracker-thin crust and a very open crumb. Is your mouth watering yet? Luces bread mixes contain all the dry ingredients you need to make a loaf of fresh baked bread in every package, including a bag to bake it in! The best part: no kneading or rising time is required. You have to try this bread!

Divine Chocolate

Chocolate is a big item at the holidays and Divine Chocolate offers exotic flavored Chocolate bars such as White Chocolate with Strawberries, Milk Chocolate with Crushed Ginger Snaps (tastes like Christmas!) and Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Orange among many others! Not only are their products unique and tasty but Divine is the only fair-trade chocolate company which is owned by its cocoa farmers. While Fair-trade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. That’s awesome!

American Pistachio Growers

Nuts and nut products were also featured prominently at the show, including one of our very favorite snacks, Pistachios. American Pistachio Growers hosted a very inviting booth with facts about Pistachios, samples to give away and the most delicious Avocado Pistachio Guacamole dip (which they called Pistachio Mole). We got the recipe for future concocting at home!

Pistachio and Avocado Dip
Oh Man, This Stuff was Good!

Sante Nuts

We also fell in love with Sante Nuts, a company founded by a single mom who had to think creatively when she she needed an income stream to support her family. Sante Nuts come in nine sweet and savory varieties and are made in small batches to ensure freshness. Sante’s candied Pistachios, which are actually only slightly candied, so you can still taste all the flavor of the nut, are out of this world.

OPA By Litehouse

OPA is a brand of delicious, made fresh Greek style yogurt dressings from Litehouse Foods that not only makes salad eating fun, but it also makes excellent dips. Gluten free and lower in fat and calories than the standard bottled dressing, OPA sacrifices nothing in the taste arena to bring you a healthier product. Available in Blue Cheese, Ranch, Caesar and Feta Dill flavors, OPA by Litehouse can be found in the refrigerated produce department at grocery retailers nationwide.

Chicken of the Sea Display

We love their Tuna, but we had no idea that Chicken of the Sea made all of these different types of packaged seafood products. Due to celebrate the company’s Centennial in 2014, Chicken of the Sea showcased two brand new items at Food Fete, including its Kipper Snacks — naturally smoked, wild-caught herring fillets that are a traditional European snack — and their Genova Quad Pack, featuring four cans of all-natural Genova Select Yellowfin Tuna packed in the Mediterranean tradition of olive oil.

Panera Bread Salads

We were also surprised to learn that Panera Bread, one of the healthier quick food chains around, is now offering healthy and delicious salads (although we were told that these salads have actually been available as an off-menu item for some time – who knew?). We will have to check that out next time we pass by a Panera Bread at Lunchtime, because these salads were tasty!

Aldi Markets

If you have an Aldi Market in your neighborhood then consider yourself very lucky, because their foods are awesome! Similar to a Trader Joe’s, Aldi features all its own house brands and offers everything you need to make your holiday party – or everyday life – simply spectacular! Not to mention, but you can see we are about to, the fact that they have very reasonable prices! Visit Aldi Dot US to find out more about Aldi and to see if they have a location near you!

Seasonal Milanos

Pepperidge Farm introduce three new seasonal flavors of their popular Milano Cookies: Candy Cane (Available since October), Dulce De Leche and Lemon Chocolate (both in stores starting in February 2014). They are also offering a Gingerbread variety of their Swirl Bread now through January 2014. That probably tastes amazing toasted!

Nosa Yogurt

Do you see how the little paper spoons all have smiley faces on them? That is because they are serving Noosa Yoghurt, which is so delicious, it is just insane. We sampled both the Cherry and Lemon flavors at Food Fete and gosh darn if this isn’t the Best Yogurt we have tasted, possibly ever. Everyone at Food Fete couldn’t shut up about it. We are going to attempt to get samples of Noosa Yoghurt delivered directly to Worley Gig headquarters so that we can review it more thoroughly. Because, insane.

Nasoya Tofu Plus

And to wrap up this wrap up, we want to give a shout out to Nasoya, who showcased their Tofu Plus and Asian Style Wraps (wraps, get it?) by serving healthy and super yummy Tofu Tacos and scrumptious home baked Cinnamon Apple Turnovers, respectively, in their booth. Find out more about Nasoya products and get recipe ideas at This Link!

Thanks as always to Jeff Davis for making the magic happen!

Fall Editor Showcase Highlights Cooking and Entertaining for the Holidays!

Full Room View
All Photos By Gail

In anticipation of an extra festive holiday season — which always seems to arrive sooner than you expect — The fall Editor Showcase food and networking event took place on October 15th at the New York Marriott Marquis. This fun and well-attended event was packed with tastings and cooking demonstrations for over two dozen brands of food and kitchen equipment to make sure everyone is fully prepared for all of the parties and food-centric events that will kick off with Thanksgiving in just two short weeks!

Here are some of our favorite exhibitors from the show!

Farm Rich Snacks

Farm Rich makes a line of frozen snacks that you just pop in your oven to create amazing hot hors d’oeuvres that will win you fans every time. We fell in love especially with their Chili Cheese Bites (filed with real chili, not just chili peppers), which are just insane. Their Toasted Raviolis were also a huge hit with the crowd.

Athens Mini Fillo Shells Box

Athens Mini Fillo Shells are a product that every party hostess will want to have on hand for easy preparation of both sweet and savory snacks! The shells come fully pre-baked and all you need to do is add your favorite filling and heat. So convenient!

Athens Mini Fillo Shells

Of course, Athens had an assortment of prepared mini quiches and tiny cheese cakes, as well as other taste tantalizing surprises, to give use more clever ideas of how to serve these shells at your next party! So yummy!

Legends from Europe SignageLegends from Europe Display

Legends from Europe is a campaign uniting five authentic PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products from Europe, including Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigianio Reggiano — two of our favorite things to eat! Legends from Europe offered show attendees the chance to sample a full spread of snacks featuring its products and also had recipes on hand so you can make these delicacies at home.

Bertolli Olive Oil Display

Bertoli Olive Oil has grown to become the world’s Number 1 Olive Oil brand. Bertoli offers a variety of oils which we were able to sample brushed on delicious Italian bread. Bertoli had something else going for them at their booth which we found hard to resists: Chef Fabio Viviani!

Gail and Fabio

What a charmer he is! Bertoli were very smart to align with Fabio because I’d buy whatever he is selling.

Success Rice Display

Success brand boil-in-bag rice has been a best selling brand for years and it tastes great in a variety of recipes, samples of which they had on hand at Editor Showcase.

Success Rice Pudding

Bourbon Raisin Rice Pudding made with Success Basmati Rice is super easy to prepare and tastes rich, sweet and exotic.

Success Jasmine Rice Balls

Success Jasmine Rice is used in this exceptional recipe for Laotian Nam Khao (Crispy Rice Balls), which were devoured by attendees very quickly!

Alouette Cheese Spreads

Alouette Cheese Spreads had a couple of exciting new “Bold” flavors to preview including Wasabi Cheddar, which is just mind blowing, and Buffalo Cheddar — which is sure to become a favorite as well! While these new flavors will not be available until February, 2014, there are tons of other flavors for you to try in time for the holidays. Alouette Cheese Spreads are convenient for entertaining on the fly, and come in resealable tubs which keep them fresh.

Alouette Cheese Spreads Display

If you want to get super fancy you can even hollow out a pineapple and impress your guests by serving your favorite dip made from Alouette Cheese Spreads right from the pineapple! Crazy!

Pasta Month Display

Just look at this lovely display courtesy of the National Pasta Association. Nobody loves pasta more than I do, so I was way into all of the tasty and healthy recipes they had to give out as part of their Pasta Fits promotion, such as this yummy past salad picture below.

Pasta Month Salad

Ninja BlenderNinja Blender in Action

If you enjoy making your own healthy juices, smoothies and sauces — or just like to cook a lot of recipes that require a first rate food processor — then you will not be able to live much longer without a Ninja Ultima Blender. The Ninja distinguishes itself by the multi-blade core that does a superior job of chopping and pureeing foods. Check out the side by side comparison above: Some Other Brand on the left, Ninja on the right. Behold the clear winner in blended results.  Ninja!

Cooking Plan It Cookie

Cooking Planit was giving out these cookies as well as bad ass magnetic photo recipe cards to promote this super cool website and mobile app that provides home cooks with step-by-step instructions to create full meals. They call it a “GPS for the Kitchen” – what an exciting and fun idea! Visit Cooking Planit at This Link!

Mann's Veggie Mac N Cheese

Okay, here is product that I would literally eat all the time: Mann’s Sunny Shores Veggie Mac-N-Cheese, which contains everything you need to make a fine dinner of Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli in one bag! Also, please note above they it comes in a bacon variety, ‘Nuff said.

Sartori Cheese Gift Bag

Last, but not least, I would like to give an extra special shout out to Sartori Cheese, producers of artisan and premium cheese for seven decades! Sartori makes the most delicious cheese you have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of cheese. They also gifted me with this coveted swag of a reusable insulted canvas tote filled with five different varieties of their awesome cheese plus a set of wine glass charms! Sartori Cheese!

As always, Thanks to Formulatin PR for the Hook Up!