Food, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Wine Down Box Subscription Gift Savings

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Every month, our team hand-selects incredible wine, cheese and charcuterie pairings, which are delivered directly to our customers’ doors. Our sole focus is to bring people closer together, and what brings people closer together than wine and cheese?

From movie nights and date nights to parties and picnics, it’s that kind of time that’s genuinely irreplaceable. That’s what creates memories. That’s what truly lasts. And that’s what we work so hard to deliver. Besides what can be more perfect than being sent a monthly box of wine and cheese?

Wine Down Box Savings

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Food, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

How Do You Share Your HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays?

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Every Sunday is football time for us. The past 2 weeks our Seattle Seahawks have had a Monday and a Thursday night game which threw off our Sundays a bit because we love our lazy Sunday Seahawk days. So when they don’t play on a Sunday it’s hard to get everyone together on the weekday evenings. With Thanksgiving I had another opportunity to share a game day favorite with my family. The HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays are a Sunday favorite and became a Thanksgiving day favorite this year as well…while watching football of course.

What is it about those HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays? The cheese is cut into perfect sizes and the meat is always so fresh. I even found a tray this year that included olives! I know that Walmart carries these and I can also check their convenient store locator to find more places to pick up this game day and Holiday favorite.

From culinary pairings with crafted meats and cheeses to snack trays and party trays the size of your crowd is no issue. Because depending on the HORMEL GATHERINGS® product you choose you can enjoy them alone or as a large group.

The large HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays come in 3 varieties: Honey Ham and Turkey, Hard Salami and Pepperoni and Supreme Party Tray with salamis and Peloponnese Pitted Olives. Everyone will gather around these trays. It is the first food attacked at our table. As you continue through the holidays and many more football games to go, bring the party tray that promotes a fun gathering.

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La Tourangelle Artisan Oils Gift Packs

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La Tourangelle Artisan Oils Gift Packs

Authentic. Quality. Natural. These 3 words are how you describe the artisan oils  of La Tourangelle. They also make great gifts. You can either keep them together in the box or separate them to add around the inside of a gift basket. La Tourangelle is one of the last remaining mills still in operation today that roasts and presses nuts and kernels into oils based in Saumur, France.

They are priced very well ranging from $17-$31 for the 3-pack gifts. You are getting quality oils full of certifications you will love. These oils are certified gluten free, USDAOrganic, Non GMO, Kosher, Fair Trade and the nut oils are handcrafted in a California mill.

The choices are wide from Walnut or Almond oils to Pumpkin and Basil oils. Once you flip off the top, you get a handy spout built into the oil package. This makes using and storing so handy. I love to choose these oils for all dishes from serving with warm sourdough breads or baguettes to using in the wok with meats and vegetables.

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artisan oils

When finding holiday gifts this season, consider visiting La Tourangelle to find these fantastically packaged oils for gift giving. These always make great gifts when you have a someone that is hard to shop for.

Find the oils in singles or gift packs on Amazon and have them in 2 days if you are a Prime member!

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Meatless Monday Recipe – Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad

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What is your Meatless Monday go to dish? Goya challenged me with a creative Meatless Monday recipe and I had to use Goya Coconut Milk and/or Cream of Coconut. This recipe is a hybrid. I make a peanut sauce we all love and then took the contents of a standard broccoli salad and instead of the vinegar and mayo, I used my peanut dressing. Hence, the Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad. It was a hit!

My peanut sauce has a bit of a twist from a standard peanut sauce recipe. I use coconut milk and instead of red pepper flakes I use chili powder. It has a kick! The key thing to note is my peanut sauce recipe makes more than you need for the broccoli salad, so keep the rest in a jar to use for another meal that week!

If you like this recipe, try my other recent Goya recipe HERE!

Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad
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Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad


  • Salad
  • 2 Heads Broccoli (just the florets, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of Craisins or raisins
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seed kernels (sliced almonds are good too instead)
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Goya Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsp rice vingear
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Wok or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder


  1. Mix all together for the sauce and pour over salad ingredients. You can serve right away or chill and omit the sunflower kernels for right before serving.

Goya has partnered with the Meatless Monday campaign to promote Goya;s “Can Do” initiative. For every can of Goya Coconut Milk purchased in November and December, Goya will donate products to Feeding America. The food will then be distributed to families in need at local food banks across the country. The ‘Can Do’ campaign is part of Goya Gives, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes.  By the end of the year, Goya will donate at least 600,000 pounds of food.

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Gift Ideas For The Foodies On Your List

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Gift Ideas For The Foodies On Your List

In this round-up of gifts for Foodies, I an excited to feature these 2 unique snacks. We have Meatcrafters Artisanal Skinny Salamis and Sanaia Applesauces. I have to say that my idea was to do a taste test and feature that for you on both of these brands but I can only partially do that. The Salamis arrived first on game day, with friends over and they tore into them faster than I can hide them. They were such a hit. So when the applesauces arrived I was a bit more stealthier and kept those aside so we can taste test those on camera for you.

The Taste Test of Sanaia Appplesauces

About Sanaia Applesauces

Sanaia Applesauces are made with organic green apples with the skins left on then add exotic fruits and flavors. These are fantastic for those who love flavor and natural foods. There are 6 flavors – Guava, Hibiscus, Tamarind, Lychee, Ginger and Lavender Pear.

The applesauces offer a more tart taste yet with the added exotic flavors to eat alone or even use to add to oatmeals and bake with. They are made to order so they ship right after a fresh batch. At only $3  a jar you can order all 6 flavors for a fun gift basket to gift.

About Meatcrafters Artisanal Skinny Salamis 


Like I mentioned before these were a hit on a recent Seattle Seahawks gam day. The boys tore into these and started devouring them. I had one rule and that was to leave 1 of each out for me so I can get a sapling in too. Meatcrafters has salamis and sausages that are handcrafted and the Skinny Salamis are made with the highest quality meats and the finest herbs and spices. They are slow cured, antibiotic free and no added hormones.

lamb salami

There are six different varieties using Duroc Pork, Black Angus Beef and All-Natural Lamb. More flavors are coming soon. I love the Black Angus Beef!

Both of these products come packaged well enough to gift or add to baskets. Sanaia Applesauces can be ordered directly from their website and the Skinny Salamis are available on Amazon.

Food, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Serve Graeter’s Ice Cream for the Holidays

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Serve Graeter's Ice Cream for the Holidays

Only the best for the Holidays! I think we all strive to serve only the best to make the Holidays as special as possible. Maybe you buy the same foods and use the same recipes each year. Maybe you like to introduce something new at times. I know that as soon as the pies come out for gathering the kids are asking for the ice cream.

Can you believe they hand-pack every pint? Graeter’s ice cream is made one batch at a time in 2 1/2 gallon batches and uses only the finest chocolate, fruits from the Pacific NW and fresh local dairy.

black raspberry

The ice cream is frozen then hand packed. The low glycemic varieties have half the sugar but the same great taste. The sweetness in this variety comes from monk fruit. It meets the certifications of the Glycemic Research Institute®’s criteria for a low-glycemic food suitable for people with type 2 diabetes(statistic info. here).

Graeter’s can be found online and in select grocery stores. You can use their store locator to find the brand near you. You can order a few to many pints all delivered together and packaged to stay frozen and enjoy right away. You can shop their dessert sauces, fine candies, merchandise and even some ice cream sandwiches called, Wheelies.

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