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No-labor Labor Day
Vol. 8 No. 7

Picnic Savory Foods

Well, maybe not absolutely no labor -- but very little labor, and well worth it!

Serve something special without lifting a finger: one of Bella Chi-Cha Tortas: Three Layer Torta, with cream cheese, organic basil and sundried tomato pesto (above), Creamy Gorgonzola Torta with Figs, or Creamy Goat Cheese Torta with Apricots.

Jimtown Fresh's Romesco has so many uses, one of which is Garbanzo Bean Salad with Cucumber, Mint, Olives & Jimtown Romesco Sauce.

The light and delicious flavor of Auntie S's Lemongrass Vinegar makes a refreshing Roasted Cauliflower Salad, below.

Fall River Wild Rice, tuna, vegetables and walnuts make a complete -- and colorful meal -- Wild Rice & Tuna Salad, below.

Watermelon -- it's not just for dessert any more. Terra Sonoma's Verjus is the secret ingredient in Watermelon Salad with Verjus, below.

The French are really on to something with Saucisson Sec (below), and
Fabrique Délices is making it right in the San Francisco Bay Area. Slice it up and stand back when people get a taste of it.

Condiments from the girl & the fig can really dress up a sandwich. For instance: Turkey & Apricot Fig Chutney Open-Faced Sandwich (below).

The Best Wings in the World are also the easiest when made with BBQ Sweet Heat Spice Rub and Sweet & Spicy Grill Glaze made by Sauce Goddess.

The Mediterranean Sandwich (below) from Valley Fig Growers fully deserves its dramatic presentation.

Smoothies

Taylor Brothers Farms dried pitted plums add a healthy background note to Tropical Fruit Smoothie below.

Yet another way to get the health benefits of almonds. The almond experts at Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products suggest an Almond Butter and Banana Milkshake, below.

The Strawberry Shake, below, is made with Whole Fresh Meyenberg Goat Milk -- and fresh strawberries, of course.

Hazelnut Chocolate Shake, below, uses two syrups from Sonoma Syrup Co., bringing together a classic combination. Flavored Whipped Cream can be made with your favorite flavor from Sonoma Syrup Co..

Thick and creamy yogurt from Wallaby Organic gives wonderful texture to a Mango Yogurt Smoothie, below. A brilliant idea from Wallaby: Yogurt Ice Cubes.

Kefir from Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery or Lactose Free Green Valley Organics is the most important ingredient in these smoothies, below:
Brainy Blueberry
Go-Go Greens
Pumpkin Pie in the Sky

When dried Blenheim apricots B & R Farms are part of the ingredients for a smoothie, you get a really wonderful, intense apricot flavor: Apricot Smoothie, below.

Picnic Sweets

A dessert, a snack, or a cheese accompaniment? The energy bars from D'Vine Crush (above) are made with wine flavor profiles: Toasted Barrel Chardonnay or Cork Screw Cherry Pinot.

The minute you put Alice's Stick Cookies (above) in your mouth, you will wonder how anything could be so moist, crumbly, buttery, and super rich.

Dress up your baking by using dried tart or sweet cherries from C. J. Olson Cherries. For instance: Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries (above).

Gotta get a serious chocolate fix? Award-winning Dark Chocolate Almond Laceys or Milk Chocolate Macadamia Laceys (above) from
Desserts on Us.

Carla’s Cookies (above), made by Healthy Vida Foods, are all-natural, gluten-free oat and flaxseed cookies in three flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut and Carob, or Cranberry and White Chocolate.

There are at least three ways to eat Oat Cuisine's granola: straight out of the bag, in the conventional manner in a bowl with milk, or in these Granola Cookies (artistically rendered by Linda, above).

Everybody gets to choose their own flavor with these lovely individual cakes (above) from Tia's Bakery: Tropical Banana, Grandma’s Chocolate, German Chocolate, and Strawberry Shortcake.

The Donsuemor Madeleine has: Lemon Zest, Traditional, Chocolate, and Chocolate-Dipped.


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