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Traditional holiday flavors
Vol. 10 No. 11

In Mexican families, tamales are traditional holiday fare. In addition to savory ones made with pork or vegetables Estolia's makes Sweet Corn Tamales, above, that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

In France, the traditional holiday celebration needs to include Foie Gras, above. Fabrique Délices has this delicacy, as well as a wonderful variety of French-style charcuterie made in California: pâtés, smoked and cured meats, truffle butters, and more.

Judy's Breadsticks makes both Crackers and Twigs that are the perfect accompaniment to cheeses and dips. Try Coffee Bean Twigs with Sweet Pumpkin Dip, above.

Customize your Elegant Brie choosing the design you want to top the pastry, such as the Holiday Tree Design, above, as well as the filling that you want, such as Cranberry, Pecan, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon.

Any hors d'oeuvres looks festive on these stars, including this recipe from Valley Lahvosh: Fabulous Fig & Brie Bites on Star Lahvosh Crackers, above.

Take all the stress out of holiday entertaining by ordering delectable morsels from
The Perfect Bite Co., such as Fig, Apple & Onion Jam Pastry Kisses with Creamy Gorgonzola in Butter Puff Pastry, above.

Take it up a notch by making Flat-Roasted Black Truffle Potatoes, above, with Laguna Salt's Black Truffle Sea Salt, one of their line of all-natural, hand-crafted sea salts.

Baked Acorn Squash, above, makes a pretty presentation, and when basted with Zena's SASS' Almond- or Peanut-Sesame Sauce (Regular or Hot), it tastes as good as it looks.

Engage Organics' mission is to produce herb and spice mixtures that bring big flavor without any salt. For instance, Sweet Potato Casserole, above, made with their All-Purpose Blend and just a dash of Sweet Cinn.

Give the griller in your life this bright holiday red Gadget Box, above, filled with Susie Q's Artisan Foods' most popular products.

Urban Foods' Superfood Bites in resealable pouches all contain oats, flax, quinoa, chia, seeds, and fruit. Flavors are: Cranberry-Orange, above, Black Currant-Lemon, Tart Cherry-Apple.

Take your afternoon break up a notch by sipping on a Pumpkin Pie Latte, above, made with Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Pumpkin Pie Syrup and Vanilla Bean Syrup.

C. J. Olson Cherries gave us this recipe that's a twist on a traditional favorite, using their Dried Tart Cherries: Dried Cherry Relish, above.

Perfect with turkey or those after-holiday turkey sandwiches: Apple Chutney, above, made with Kokomo Culinary's Verjus.

A lovely, fresh-tasting salad for the holidays is mixed field greens with blue cheese, dried cranberries and candied walnuts, above, tossed with Walnut Oil, Pomegranate & Apple Vinaigrette, made with La Tourangelle Artisan Oils's Roasted Walnut Oil.

Spiced Pumpkin, Lentil, and Goat Cheese Salad, above, is made with Upland Cress from Hollandia Produce / Live Gourmet.

This simple tartine features Cypress Grove Chèvre Lamb Chopper (aged sheep cheese), sweet quince paste and fresh basil gently melted together atop fresh bread: Lamb Chopper Tartine, above.

Maybe not typical holiday flavors, but certainly holiday color, and certainly delicious with Wild Planet Sardines and Albacore Tuna: Stuffed Peppadew Peppers, above.

You won't taste the Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen, you'll just taste how good this Pumpkin Smoothie is, above. The Fennel Pollen will be your tasty secret.

Looking for a gift or something special to take to a holiday potluck? Their dried Blenheim Apricots make B & R Farms' recipe for White Chocolate Fudge, above, look festive and taste wonderful.

For a jolly start to the day or a sweet snack any time, Red Velvet Poptarts, above, are easy to make with Buttermilk's Red Velvet Pancake Mix.

Cakes, cupcakes, cookies--all your sweet tooth could desire for the special days of the holiday season are made by Kara's Cupcakes, above.

Meyenberg Goat Milk Products' Cream Cheese makes a delectable Pumpkin Cheesecake, above, that even lactose-intolerant folks might be able to enjoy.

Marlo's Bakeshop is making a special flavor for the holidays: Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Soft-Baked Biscotti, above, a delightful blend of real pumpkin, Guittard bittersweet chocolate and familiar pie spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice.

Quince, above, are lovely in a centerpiece and delicious in Quince, Cranberry, Pecan Crisp, made with Ginger Pecan Granola from Oat Cuisine.

Besides enjoying Hottie Biscotti with your coffee, they make an outstanding crust in Pumpkin Custard Torte with Chocolate Biscotti Crust, above.

Now here's a treat to go with your mug of eggnog or snifter of brandy! The Art of Caramel's Brandy Spiked Eggnog Caramel Corn, above. The other flavors from The Art of Caramel: Vanilla Bean Cocoa Nib, Kentucky Bourbon Black Pepper, Mayan Chile Chocolate, Bananas Foster with Dark Rum.

A more adult way to enjoy candy canes, Peppermint Bark, above, is easy to make because you start with a pouch of The Frosting Queens' Peppermint Buttercream Frosting.


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