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Company's coming
Vol. 9 No. 12

Company's coming!

Company over the holiday season -- expected or not -- can be deliciously entertained with these ideas.

Whether you have overnight guests and want to prepare a special breakfast, you want to make some snacks to go with wine or champagne, or you are hosting a party, these ideas will come in handy.

Breakfast

A breakfast treat from Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products: Almond Butter, Yogurt, and Fruit Parfait with Almonds, above. Yummy and very healthy.

Another "nutty" breakfast idea is Peanut Butter Granola, above, using Pacific Beach Peanut Butter.

There's all sorts of good stuff in this vegan (without cream cheese) or vegetarian (spread with cream cheese) recipe for Applesauce Cake with Agave Nectar, above, made with 21 Missions Organics.

An easy, healthy and even pretty brunch dish: Savory Egg White Scramble with Curtido and Broccoli, above. Curtido is a new product from Sonoma Brinery.

Serve a granola buffet with the four flavors of Oat Cuisine -- Organic, Cranberry, Oil-Free, and Ginger Pecan -- and/or make Granola Scones, above.

An Apple Pie Smoothie, above, is a refreshing start to the day for everyone. Make it with Wallaby Organic kefir.

Everybody loves French toast, and ingredients from B & R Farms are what make Baked Orange Apricot French Toast, above, the best they've ever tasted.

Jimtown Store makes Romesco in the traditional Spanish style with roasted peppers, almonds, olive oil, garlic, and herbs. Thick, tangy, crunchy and nutty, it makes a flavorful condiment in Fried Egg Sandwich with Jimtown Romesco, above.

Beverages

Vignette Wine Country Soda, above, is made with only the juice of California varietal wine grapes -- no alcohol. Celebrate with California Brut and Pinot Noir in the 750 ml size. Individual bottles: Chardonnay, Rosť, and Pinot Noir.

Silk Road Soda, above. Organic Mediterranean refreshers with a bit of sparkle and just enough pure cane sugar to stay true to their heritage. Flavors: Original Mint, Cucumber Mint, Pomegranate Mint.

Passed hors d'oeuvres

Caramel Bacon, below. Make these delectable strips with The Frosting Queens' Caramel Butter Cream Frosting, cut into bite-size pieces, and stand back!

Goat Cheese and Honey with Twigs, below, can be cleverly served in glass candle holders. Use Judy's Breadsticks, aka Lovesticks' Sweet Currant Twigs or Coffee Twigs.

Put a little kick in Smoked Fish Dip, below, with the Hot & Sweet Mustard made by Mendocino Mustard.

It's classic: Mix a little dill weed into cream cheese, spread on a Valley Lahvosh cracker, top with smoked salmon, capers, finely diced red onion and maybe a sprig of thyme. Voila!

For the true olive-lover, the organic olives from California Coast Naturals are the best to serve at your party. Shown below: Sun-Dried Black Olives, Pitted Lemon Olives, and Country Herb Olives.

Party buffet

Elegant, indeed, and tasty, and easy: Elegant Brie is the perfect way to enjoy stress-free holiday entertaining. Creamy brie cheese (rind removed), fresh filling ingredients, and a flaky crust create an hors d'oeuvre that goes from freezer to oven to buffet. Choose from many designs; the one above is the dove.

P*de*Q means pao de queso in Brazil, and these little cheese breads are the most versatile item for a buffet. Sliders, anyone? Above, they're used to make mini Sloppy Joes.

The seasonal colors of Bella Chi-Cha's Three-Layer Pesto Torta, above, make it a beautiful addition to your party buffet. The layers are cream cheese and garlic, organic basil pesto, and sundried tomato pesto.

These Open-Faced Sandwiches, above, made with condiments from Jimtown Store, are really easy to make, and it's a good thing, because they will be so popular you will need to make a lot!

The rich flavor of sun-dried Mooney Farms' Bella Sun Luci tomatoes makes the warm Sun-Dried Tomato Artichoke Dip, above, a popular party appetizer, especially for the winter months.

Fresh endive leaves from California Endive Farms are the perfect base for hors d'oeuvres. In Sweet Potato and Bacon in Endive Boats, above, their crisp, clean taste pairs perfectly with the richness of the sweet potato and bacon.

Put a platter of The Perfect Bite Co. Cranberry & Gorgonzola Pastry Kisses, above, on your party buffet table, and bask in the compliments. The best part? They go directly from the freezer to the oven to the table, with no more effort on your part!

A tried-n-true appetizer recipe thatís sure to wow your guests from Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery: tangy-meets-sweet-and-creamy-meets-crisp. Balsamic Strawberry Preserve and Creamy Yogurt Cheese Crostini, above, can be prepared ahead and assembled quickly right before your party.

If you are the guest...

These gifts are so delicious and so beautifully packaged, that you will be your host's or hostess' favorite guest from now on.

Top row, left to right:

D'Vine Crush

Elaine's Toffee Co.

Alice's Stick Cookies

Bottom row, left to right:

Toffee Talk

The Art of Caramel

Napa Cakes Panforte


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