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Gifts and goodies
Vol. 12 No. 12

Here's a twist on the classic mignonette made with Kokomo Culinary Verjus and served as an accompaniment to raw oysters: Raw Oysters with Verjus Mignonette.

Sesame Oil and Grapeseed Oil from La Tourangelle Artisan Oils go into making these Seafood Pancakes, above, the perfect way to start a holiday meal or for a light brunch.

Make it easy on yourself and delicious for your guests by serving one of the appetizers from The Perfect Bite. They go from the freezer to your oven and then to your guests. One of their most popular is Caramelized Onion & Feta Pastry Kisses, above.

Savory vegetables and Cypress Grove's Bermuda Triangle goat cheese encased in flaky phyllo dough create an appealing and elegant appetizer: Hot Bermuda Triangle Traingles, above.

Christopsomo, above, is a special bread made by Glyká Sweets at the holidays. The name literally means Christ's bread. On the top is the Greek letter Χ (Chi for Christ), and it's traditionally served on Christmas Eve.

Quince, above, will never be under-appreciated again, if you use them -- along with Oat Cuisine Ginger Pecan Granola -- to make Quince, Cranberry, Pecan Crisp.

The pickle-lover on your list will love this gift box from Pacific Pickle Works, above. Another option is to enroll them in the Pacific Pickle Club -- it's a "Big Dill."

This White Chocolate Fudge, above, will make you the most popular person at the potluck. Premium dried Blenheim apricots from B & R Farms and dried cranberries make it festive and yummy.

Buy one or a set of ChocoVivo's charming Italian Fido glass reusable vacuum sealed jars filled with your choice of 3.75 oz of Chocolate Covered Nibs or 5 oz of Chocolate Covered Beans, above.


Top Hat Provisions's Grenadine gives a festive holiday red to Quixote’s Nectar, below.

Give a very California gift: the Organic Gift Pack, Olive and EVOO Combo Set, below, from California Coast Naturals.

Inspired by Chef and Owner Kim Scott of Mama Kim Eats, the Hot Silk & Sake, below, is made with Silk Road Soda's Pomegranate Mint.

They go with everything and are also very tasty all on their own: Laiki Rice Crackers, below.

So welcome on a cold day: Tuber Tonic Toddy, below, made with the herbal infusion of turmeric, ginger, elderberries, cinnamon and black pepper from Mendocino Tea Company / Tuber Tonic.

Vignette Wine Country Soda makes the perfect beverage for guests who want a celebratory beverage that is non-alcoholic: Chardonnay Brut, below, made with wine grapes, but no alcohol.

The Hottest Toddy, below, made with NickelDime Syrups' seductively spicy Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup will warm you up in more ways than one.

After a holiday meal? Yoot Root Teas' Dandelion Root Tea, below, contains prebiotic dandelion and chicory roots to promote digestion, stimulate appetite and balance the intestine’s natural bacteria.

Equally delicious as a pairing with cheese or as a stand-alone dessert, Napa Cakes Panforte is an Italian favorite made with California ingredients. Flavors: Original (above), Apricot-Almond, and Fig-Walnut.

Among the gluten-free offerings from P*DE*Q are these scrumptious mini-pies called Sweet Gems, above. A soft pillowy crust wrapped around real fruit filling of Peach, Triple Berry, and Apple.

For gifting, hand-crafted B.toffee comes in their Signature B.toffee Canisters, in boxes tied with a rich chocolate colored ribbon, and in custom boxes. Or use B.toffee to make their take on breakfast buns for a s special brunch: B.toffee Pinwheels, above.

Wow your guests the easy way by using Maudet's Artisan French Crêpes to make the very festive Crêpe Suzettes, above.

Decorated with a pastry holiday tree, above, your Elegant Brie is customized with your choice of gourmet sweet or savory fillings, such as Cranberry, Pecan, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon.

For the discriminating chocolate-lover, a gift box from Endorfin Foods, such as this beautiful wooden box with bean-to-bar chocolates made with coconut sugar,, above

Truly the gourmet popcorn gift for grownups: The Art of Caramel's Gift Box, containing Kentucky Bourbon Black Pepper, Mayan Chili Chocolate, Vanilla Bean Cocoa Nib, and Bananas Foster with Dark Rum.

Gift the gift of granola with a Gift Bag from AtheenOats, above. You get to choose from their 9 flavors which assortment you'd like in the bag.

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