Whether you're making a holiday meal, hosting an open house, or looking for a special food-lover's gift, the companies in this "Savory News" have delicious ideas for you.
Elaine's Toffee, above, was famous for outrageously good toffee long before starring in a LegalZoom commercial.
Tart dry cherries from C. J. Olson Cherries combined with chocolate bits, make wonderful Dried Cherry Cannoli.
Chambers Lane's Nut Pâtés instantly take a party up a notch -- and with very little effort from you. Try elegant and tasty Stuffed Dates (above).
Perfect with rich holiday meals, Lemongrass Vinaigrette (on salad, above), is made with beautifully light Auntie Si Lemongrass Vinegar.
For something special and a little bit unusual, with a Christmasy look and taste, try Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Dried Fig Compote from the girl & the fig.
Nothing beats Huevos Rancheros for a holiday morning (or the morning after…), and these are made with the justifiably famous Mrs. A's Salsa Buena.
This year, Napa Cakes Panforte (above) was a Sofi Award Finalist. This award, bestowed by the Specialty Food Association, is the most prestigious in the gourmet food world.
Tia's Bakery is making two of their gluten-free mini-cakes in seasonal flavors: Peppermint and Gingerbread, above.
We think Santa deserves presents, too. Leave award-winning Holly Baking Cookies (below) for Santa to get on his "nice" list.
In addition to their superb Olio Nuovo (below), 202 Not Found makes preserves and even beauty products from the bounty of produce grown on the ranch.
In the spirit of the season, Hottie Biscotti is making "Winter's Gift" (below), delectable peppermint cookies topped with white chocolate frosting and candy cane crumble.
Celebrations need bubbles, so here's a way to have delicious effervescence without the alcohol. Vignette Wine Country Soda's California Brut and Pinot Noir (below) are available in party size 750 ml bottles.
A box of Christmas red cherries from C. J. Olson Cherries will brighten anyone's holidays.
Award-winning baklava, below, from Desserts on Us is made with flaky filo pastry filled with almonds and walnuts, lightly sweetened and sprinkled with freshly ground pistachios.
Named for her daughter, Isabela’s Box, below, from Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products is filled with natural and glazed almonds, almond butter, cashews and pistachios.
Toast the holidays with a nod to James Bond and the License to Chill cocktail (below), made with Robert Lambert's Dark Cherries in Merlot Syrup.
Unexpected holiday company? Bella Chi-Cha to the rescue. Keep these pestos (above) in your freezer for a celebratory cocktail hour or meal without any stress.
A platter of award-winning Cypress Grove Chèvre will please every taste. Be sure to include the perennial favorite, Humboldt Fog.
Star-shaped Valley Lahvosh crackers are perfect at the holidays or for any festive occasion to celebrate the stars in your life. Try Fabulous Fig & Brie Lahvosh Bites.
Any hostess will be thrilled to receive a gift of Alice's Stick Cookies, above, but don't be surprised if she saves them to savor later. They'll make cleaning up from a party, a party in itself!
The Vegetable Pâté from Fabrique Délices (above) is a multilayered loaf of carrots, cauliflowers and spinach. So pretty and so good (for you).
Such an appetizing appetizer: a cheese tray with figs, nuts and Jimtown Fresh's Fig & Olive Condiment and Spicy Pepper Jam.
The holiday advice from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese? "It's not too cold to go for a dip!" Their Blue Cheese Dips, above: Original Blue, Truffle & Sage, Bacon & Caramelized Onion, and Port, Cherry & Pistachio.
Aptly named Royally Creamy Fudge is a sure-fire success because it uses real buttercream frosting made by The Frosting Queens.
Caley & Cobb Artichoke Spread, above, makes an easy and delicious hors d'oeuvres with crudite or pita chips.
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