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Love your lunch
Vol. 6 No. 6

Homemade bread

With a wide variety of bread flours to choose from made by Giusto's Specialty Foods, you can start your sandwich construction with really, really tasty and healthy homemade bread. Giusto's has been making bread, pastry, pizza, pasta, and specialty flours for home bakers and professionals for over 70 years.

Where's the beef?

This was the basis for an amusing ad campaign a few years ago, but it's a question easily answered with one of the cuts of Brandt Beef. Whether you're making a standing-rib roast or a meaty sandwich, you can enjoy the best beef flavor and texture.

Cheeses for one, or two

You can eat these lovely little cheeses all by yourself, or share them with a colleague. It's all up to you.

Awarded Best in Show at the American Dairy Goat Association National Cheese Competition, Redwood Farm & Creamery's traditional French-style California Crottin (above) has a wrinkly rind, fluffy texture and robust, earthy flavor. Also twice voted Best Farmstead Goat Cheese by the prestigious American Cheese Society.

A 4-pack of Artisan Petites (above) from Marin French Cheese will provide you with a different award-winning cheese every day: La Petite Crème, Le Petit Bleu, Le Petit Dejeuner, and Le Petit Camembert.

The Pesto Cheese Torta (above) from Bella Chi-Cha is fabulous slathered on sliced baguette or Country Crackers like the ones below from Judy's Breadsticks, with sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.

Yogurt any time

A great addition to your lunch box, these yogurts made from different milks can suit any taste (and digestive system).

Wallaby Organic uses cow's milk to make organic Australian-style yogurts (above): Blended Low-Fat and Non-Fat, Down Under (fruit on the bottom), Wallababy (whole milk for babies), and Joey (low fat for kids.)

The goats on Redwood Hill Farm's farm in Western Sonoma County provide the milk for their goat milk yogurts: Cranberry-Orange, Apricot-Mango, Strawberry, Blueberry, Vanilla, and Plain (some shown below).

Missed breakfast or want a healthy dessert for lunch? Make a parfait with Redwood Hill Farm yogurt (below).

The yogurts from Bellwether Farms are made from naturally homogenized sheep's milk: strawberry (below), blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and plain.

If you'd like to take a soup in your lunch box, try Michele Anna Jordan's recipe for Yogurt Gazpacho.

Smoothie snacks

A Tropical Fruit Smoothie, using Taylor Brothers Farms Dried Plums (below), packs in vitamins and fiber, but no fat. A perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

This Strawberry Peach Smoothie recipe uses fresh fruit, yogurt, and Blood Orange Syrup from Robert Lambert. The red-juiced blood orange is chemically similar to strawberries and raspberries, giving the syrup a berry/citrus tang.

Sweet finishes

Step away from the usual and treat yourself to one of these extraordinary sweet morsels to finish off your lunch.

Mixed Berry Lemon Creme Pastry Kisses from The Perfect Bite Co. (below) bake up in minutes in an oven-safe tray. Cream cheese is blended with fresh lemon zest, real vanilla and a blueberry raspberry mixture that explodes with flavor when baked. With 12 kisses in a box, everyone in the family can have 2 or 3 in their lunch bag.

Besides their famous Laceys cookies, Desserts on Us makes traditional Baklava (below): flaky filo filled with almonds and walnuts, lightly sweetened and sprinkled with freshly ground pistachios. A triangle of this dessert will definitely jazz up your lunch.

Crunchy, buttery Alice's Stick Cookies (below) simply melt in your mouth: Original Vanilla, Lemon, Orange-Chocolate Chip and Cinammon-Ginger. I think that the original vanilla cookie has a toffee flavor. So good.

Proust justifiably praised the Madeleine (not knowing how delicious Donsuemor's would be a century later), but he never got to try their Cute Cakes (below), bite-sized mini-cakes inspired by the marriage of cupcakes and petits fours.

Filled with walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, and even cookie pieces, you could pack a piece of each of the varieties of Bella's Confections fudge (below).

Of all the wonderful flavors of biscotti from Shelley's Biscotti, you might choose the Apricot Walnut Biscotti, dipped in Dark Chocolate (below). Toasted walnuts and large chunks of dried apricots are enhanced with a strong shot of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, topped off with dense dark chocolate.

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