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Vol. 7 No. 4

Salsas and dips

...are always a hit, whether you're serving a group or just yourself and a pal.

Art of Chipotle has a recipe for Mango Salsa (above) that's just as tasty as it is colorful -- maybe it's even your team's colors!

Culinary Twist's Baja Sauce goes into making Karene’s Chunk Fresh Salsa (above).

With raw vegetables, try Chipotle Lime Sour Cream Dip, made with Wallaby Organic's European-style organic sour cream.

Anchovy lovers will be delighted by California Coast Naturals's Anchovy Olive Dip. Serve with lahvosh crackers from Valley Lahvosh.

Another delicious topping for lavosh crackers is Cypress Grove Chèvre's Goat Cheese and Olive Spread .

Stand-alone breads

These breads are delicious on their own just to snack on, or they can accompany other foods

A selection of Judy's Breadsticks (above) makes an appetizing display, and everyone can find a "favorite."

Rosemary and olive make Savory Rosemary Muffins a filling and nourishing snack for a morning game -- or anytime. The bonus? Made with Meyenberg Goat Milk, they can even be enjoyed by folks who are lactose intolerant.

Recente Italiano makes three varieties of focaccia: Herb & Garlic, Tomato & Cheese, and Pesto & Onion.

Nutty noshes

Almonds from Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products, just plain or flavors such as Cowboy BBQ, Caramel Corn & Almonds, or Country Herb & Garlic.

Spicy Roasted Nuts, made with Pollen Ranch Little Devil spice blend.

The drinks

Your goal? To step up from the obvious and ordinary! The cool thing is that the mixers in these drinks are superb on their own, too.

How about a Moscow Mule (below) made with Fentimans' spicy Ginger Beer.

Vignette Wine Country Soda is non-alcoholic and made with wine grape juice. But you can always add a little Tequila to their Pinot Noir Soda to make a Wine Country Margarita (aka Pinot-rita).

The olive specialists at California Coast Naturals provide the essential ingredient for your Dirty Martini (below).

Hazelnut Iced Coffee (below) is a classic combination, and the best way to make it is with 21 Missions Organics's Organic Premium Blue Weber Agave Nectar.

Numi Organic Tea's bottled teas make it easy to offer gourmet tea choices, such as Berried Treasures (below): “Delicious and fruity, this brilliant ruby 'fruitea' blends dried hibiscus, currants, pineapple, apple, cherries, and bananas for a natural sweetness. The 1-gallon sized iced tea pouch makes tea for a crowd.

Easy apps

Appetizers, that is. Cypress Grove Chèvre's Purple Haze makes this dramatic and tasty appetizer: Goat Cheese-Prosciutto Maki Rolls (above).

Pretty to look at and tasty to eat, everyone likes Brie en Croute (above) made with Marin French Cheese Brie.

Sauce Goddess knows a lot of ways to prepare chicken wings. Among the options: Moroccan Twist Wings with Apricot Glaze (above), which also uses B & R Farms Apricot Preserves.

This appetizer recipe from Wild Planet can please both tuna and sardine lovers: Peppadew Peppers with Sardines and Tuna (above).

A very California take on bruschetta uses C. J. Olson Cherries' dried tart cherries: California Bruschetta.

One of the most popular dishes at Scoma's famous restaurant on Pier 47 in San Francisco has always been their seafood cakes. Have them on hand in your freezer at home, either in entree size or mini size (above), perfect for a game party.

Sweetness

All that cheering and jumping out of your seat, burns up so many calories, that you can splurge on dessert! Here are some ideas, clockwise from top left:

Shelley's Biscotti bakes her many unique varieties of handmade biscotti from scratch the old fashioned way, using freshly ground aromatic spices and house roasted nuts. Shown: Pistachio Hazelnut Biscotti.

Kari's Desserts are a taste of Kari's native South Africa, made in Santa Cruz, California and include Original and Chocolate Malva Puddings, as well as Kari's Fridge Cake. Shown: Original Malva Pudding.

Donsuemor Madeleines are mini-cakes, rich and buttery, soft and moist with lightly crispy edges. Shown: Traditional Madeleines.

Fudge is my Life's fudge sauces are fudgy and chewy when drizzled on cold ice cream and velvety smooth when used for dipping and mixing. Shown: Dark Chocolate on ice cream.


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