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Beach or backyard
Vol. 13 No. 8

The Flambeaux Snack Mix from Becca's Petites is made with traditional New Orleans spices offering subtle heat from cayenne and red pepper flakes. It also makes a delicious salad component: Flambeaux Mix Salad.

Fall River Wild Rice is very versatile. To see some options check out the recipes attached to their page, including Wild Rice and Tuna Salad.

Pollen Ranch's wild-gathered Fennel Pollen enhances many dishes, including Blackberry & Cucumber Salad with Fennel Pollen. Recipe and photo courtesy of Cook in Dine Out.

Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products' Organic Roasted Almonds give the finishing touch to Avocado & Mango Salad with Organic Roasted Almonds and Lime Dressing.

You could skip making a picnic lunch entirely, and just enjoy the wonderful setting of the patio at Jimtown Store, feasting on all Jimtown Fresh's wonderful housemade sandwiches, salads, desserts, snacks. Or...you could buy their Olive Spread and make Jimtown Navy Bean Salad.

If you're in St. Helena, don't miss the Bruschetteria Food Truck at the tasting room of Clif Family Napa Valley. Or for your picnic, make their recipe for Kale Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing.

The great thing about
Italian Valley Wraps made with Valley Lahvosh? The Italian part is the salami and provolone; after that you can use your imagination.

Make extraordinary chicken salad by marinating the chicken breast in olive oil and seasonings from Engage Organics and then grilling them for even more flavor. Prepare for compliments: Engaging Chicken Salad.

There are so many ways that you can use P*DE*Q little Brazilian cheese breads for sliders. A sure-fire hit are the Sloppy Joe Sliders, above, or Bacon Sliders, below.

So convenient, so delicious, and so classy! Fabrique Délices has put their amazing Truffle Mousse into a Påté & Crackers Snack Box.

Change up your BBQ with a Portobello Bacon Cheeseburger topped with Mendocino Mustard's Seeds & Suds.

Any self-respecting California picnic menu simply has to include guacamole, and the best recipe is from Mrs. A's Salsa Buena, made with her Salsa Buena: Mrs. A’s Guacamole.

Take your Spicy Fish Tacos to the next level. The special ingredient? Pacific Pickle Works' Michelada Shrub. Also use the Shrub to make a Michelada to drink with it.

Salmon Filet is perfection on the grill. But first, marinate it in Salute Santé! 's Lemon Grapeseed Oil. Finish at the end with a drizzle of their Reserve Grapeseed Oil.

To make a seafood "burger," use the best tuna from Wild Planet, and then add a spicy element to it: Wild Planet Tuna Sriracha Burger. Whew!

The Taylor Brothers Farms Prune Extract used in this recipe is such a versatile ingredient. It's rich in antioxidants and fiber, making it a healthy alternative sweetener. Use it in BBQ sauce, marinades, and Banh Mi Sandwich with Turkey Meatballs.

This was new to me, but since I love Sonoma Brinery pickles, I figured I'd try it. Grilled Dills will be a delicious and surprising condiment for your barbecue.

Have a pickle buffet at your outdoor gathering, featuring the fun line of Pernicious Pickling Co.'s Pickled Vegetables. An absolute must is their Pickled Red Onions, Sweet 'N' Sour.

For a chocolaty dessert that's lighter and healthier than one made with cream, try ChocoVivo's recipe for Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

This box of Holly Baking Meyer Lemon Butter Cookies is easy to pack in your picnic basket and even easier to enjoy.

The women at Elegant Brie have branched out. Any celebration will be even more festive with one of their Garden Party Cakes. Orange curd, white chocolate custard, and zesty marmalade flow through this tender cake, which is covered by cream cheese frosting, individually hand-piped flowers, and toasted almonds.

Panforte is said to have sustained Napoleon’s troops' march over the Alps, so it can sustain you, too. Whether it’s a vacation car trip, drive to the beach, or a backyard picnic, take along Napa Cakes Panforte which can serve as a life-sustaining snack or a delicious dessert: Original, Apricot-Almond, or Fig-Walnut.

How could ice cream be any better? Make it banana ice cream and top it with Oat Cuisine Ginger Pecan Granola. If you don't use all the granola, you can enjoy it a few hours later for breakfast! Ginger Banana Sundae

So simple, so beautiful, and so easy. Just wrap the gourmet crêpes from
Maudet's Artisan French Crêpes around fresh strawberries and either crème fraîche or whipped cream. Delicious.

These are handy to eat anywhere, because you hold them in your hand! Bake Mamie's Pies ahead of time and make lots, because you will be the most popular person at your block party. Shown here: Blueberry, Apple, Strawberry.

There's something special from Glyká Sweets at every time of the year. You can be traditional about what's enjoyed when, or you can just plain enjoy. Almond Cookies (also known as Amygdalotá) are flour-free almond delicacies, a wheat-free twist on the traditional Athenian cookies.

Why not have soup for dessert? When you try this recipe from Stella Cadente Olive Oil for Chilled Melon Soup, you will be convinced that there's no way to end a meal that's tastier or more refreshing.


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