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Tasty holiday ideas
Vol. 13 No. 11

Make it easy on yourself while you’re giving everyone’s favorite holiday party, by serving Caramelized Onion & Feta Pastry Kisses from The Perfect Bite Co..

The festive star shaped Lahvosh Crackers from Valley Lahvosh are the perfect base for this holiday appetizer: Fabulous Fig & Brie Bites.

Sweet potatoes can make a delicious party appetizer, as in Chicken and Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, which is made with the premium chicken from Wild Planet.

This Sonoma Brinery recipe is a delicious combination of flavors and very easy to make when you're busy: Corned Beef & Dill Pickle Rollups.

Judge Casey's Irish Tomato Relish is a unique condiment that is super versatile with a wide variety of foods, way beyond hamburgers and hot dogs. Try it with eggs, on chicken kebabs, in meatloaf or shrimp curry, on pizza, and as a glaze for a festive Pork Loin Roast.

Squash can be special when it's smoked. Rub with Rockin' Rubs' Steak Mojo Seasoning and accompany with whole garlic cloves coated with Porcini Truffle Tango for a side dish that isn't so "side" after all. Recipe: Smoked Squash.

Mendocino Mustard is such a useful condiment to have on hand. For instance, make roasted potatoes a lot more interesting and tasty with Seeds & Suds: Mustard & Rosemary Potatoes.

Orange juice and ginger balance the sweetness of sweet potatoes and dried plums for this recipe from Taylor Brothers Farms for a beautiful and tasty side dish. Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Dried Plums with Ginger.

Engage Organics shared their friend Jackie Gonzales' recipe for a tasty stuffing that gets its flavor from the Engage Organics Seasoning Blends, rather than salt. Jackie’s Ah-mazing Ciabatta Pancetta Stuffing has got "all the right stuff." (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Take this cold-weather favorite up a delicious notch: Split Pea Soup with Savoureaux Mix. The topping is one of the snack mixes from Becca's Petites, and it's equally good on a salad.

Hot and just as spicy as you choose: Creamy Tortilla Soup. You can use either the medium or hot Mrs. A's Salsa Buena.

Just in case you end up with leftover turkey, here's a recipe that's so delicious, you won't even notice how healthy it is: Turkey and Wild Rice Soup, made with Fall River Wild Rice.

Pollen Ranch sells Organic Fennel Pollen and spice blends made with it, including Pollen Ranch Red Devil Seasoning used to make Spicy Roasted Nuts, always popular at any gathering.

The name says it all: Bloody Mary Bar-in-a-Jar from Pernicious Pickling Co. contains an assortment to jazz up your cocktail garnishes. In two versions, Pickled Vegetables and Spicy Pickled Vegetables.

Tuber Tonic, a tea from Mendocino Tea Company / Tuber Tonic, combines with Drambuie Liqueur to make a beverage that's perfect for the holiday season: Tuber Tonic Toddy.

You can be everyone's favorite mixologist if you use premium craft concentrate mixers like those from Top Hat Provisions: Ginger Beer, Cola, East Indian Tonic, Cucumber Tonic, Tea Party.

Jeremiah's Pick Coffee' Holiday Blend, combines Ethiopian Sidamo’s flavor of citrus, pear, and hints of chocolate with the fruity taste of Tanzanian Peaberry. Soft and light with low acidity and a smooth finish to pair with holiday desserts.

Kale & Apple Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing provides a nice counter balance to all the rich foods of holiday meals. It's made with Clif Family Napa Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Pumpkin Pie Syrup and Vanilla Bean Syrup both contribute to this tasty treat: Pumpkin Pie Latte.

Holiday entertaining is complicated, so make the dessert super easy, by using the mix from Les Desserts New York Style Cheesecake, for restaurant-quality results and lots of compliments. Everyone will think you made it from scratch.

When making a recipe with one of Oat Cuisine's granolas, the challenge is to not eat the ingredients before you make the recipe. Here's a tasty one using a heritage fruit: Quince, Cranberry, Pecan Crisp,

Apricot and Toasted Almond is one of the filling combinations for a Baked Brie from Elegant Brie. You can choose from among many shapes for the pastry top, including a holiday tree.

Holly Baking Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Brittle is a deliciously crisp and buttery chocolate peppermint cookie, drenched in bittersweet chocolate and topped with crunchy peppermint candy pieces.

Surprise and delight guests with Ice Cream & Olive Oil. Shown here, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream topped with Stella Cadente Olive Oil Blood Orange Olive Oil and dusted with chili salt. Also to try: Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Stella Cadente Olive Oil Tuscan Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sea salt.

Just Date Syrup. The natural sugar and vital nutrients of organic California medjool dates have been gently extracted to create a rich, delicious, and healthy sweet. Use it in: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

At the holidays Glyká Sweets makes “Christopsomo” which literally means (Christ's bread), a mildly sweet, light, yet rich, spice-infused bread. The cross on top is the Greek letter Χ (Chi, for Christ) and it is traditionally served on Christmas Eve.

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