The 36th Winter Fancy Food Show was amazing! 80,000 speciality foods and beverages were on display from 1,300 exhibitors – man was I in heaven! I browsed and tasted my way though (somebody had to do it) two exhibit halls looking for products that would be helpful to you in your cooking & entertaining experiences. Good news… I found lots of specialty food products that will help you strike the balance between homemade and a reasonable time commitment for week night meals as well as weekend entertaining and wanted to share my favorites:
Products I Can’t Live Without:
Wine Snaps: the Napa Cookie Company introduced a surprisingly sweet and spicy shortbread biscuit. Wine country caterer Melissa Teaff drew on her many years experience working alongside noted Napa vintners to create this versatile cookie designed to bring out the very best in wine. Each delicious Wine Snap is handmade in small batches in her Napa Valley kitchen using all-natural, preservative-free ingredients. The Wine Snap (made with Red or White wine) would be delightful alone or as the perfect complement to wine, cheese, and the good life!
Verjus is an acidulant for cooking – to use in place of Lemon Juice, Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar or Rice Wine Vinegar made by Terrasonoma.
This centuries old ingredient can be used in place of vinegars in your favorite vinaigrette recipe, splashed over fresh cut seasonal fruit, used in place of water for steaming vegetables or light white fish, and used for deglazing pans to name just a few culinary uses. Seriously, this is sooo good!
Emmie’z Croutons. The essence of good bread is at the heart of emmiez croutons. Each bag of emmiez croutons starts with a loaf of homemade bread, baked with all natural ingredients – no artificial flavors or powders in emmiez kitchen. These tasty little bites come in three flavors; Cranberry Pecan – great in a goat cheese and spinach salad, Rosemary Parmesan Olive Oil – how about adding to an arugula and prosciutto salad, and Monterrey Jack Jalapeno – how fun to add to a bowl of chili!
Good News! You’ll be able to purchase these great products on my website just as soon as they become available from the manufacturers. Stay tune…