'Twas the Night‘Twas the night before New Year's (when resolutions kick in).
Not a creature was stirring, no kith and no kin.
With all of the family now snug in their beds,
Visions of snacking now danced in my head.
I crept from my bed so softly and quick,
To see if some goodies were left by St. Nick.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear:
Dried figs and some choc'late – I had naught to fear!
Paté, a few olives, tapenade, cheese,
Smoked salmon, and ice cream – my palate to please.
To foodies and gourmets I whispered that night,
Happy New Year to all—And to all tasty bites!
Valley Fig Growers
Marcel et Henri
Santa Barbara Olive Co.(below)
Secrets of an AssemblerSonoma Artisan Foie Gras’ Smoked Duck Breast is so special and so easy. Already cooked, you can just slice and serve it. Delicious!
Pair a slice of smoked duck breast with a little wedge of Dry Jack from Spring Hill Jersey Cheese and then topping it with a dollop of Fig-Shallot Tapenade from Made in Napa Valley, or Dried Apricot Chutney made by B & R Farms.
Resolve to have a good breakfastYour mother said it, and she was right. You need to start your day with a good breakfast, and Savor California can help.
Start with Nana Mae's Organic apple juice. Then maybe cornbread made with the easy mix from Ridgecut Gristmills, pancakes using Bo's Best Pancake Mixes, or scones.
Top it off with--Dried apricot preserves from B & R Farms.
Cinnamon-pear jelly from A Perfect Pear from Napa Valley.
Bing cherry conserve from C. J. Olson Cherries.
Festive libationsMake a special cocktail with a syrup from:
21 Missions Organics
Sonoma Syrup Co.
Or add a splash of soda water to Adam's 100% Mangosteen Nectar (below) to bring a little bit of tropical warmth to the coldest winter night.
With bubbly....Nothing pairs with New Year’s bubbly like Hog Island Oysters' succulent delicacies (below).
...and with red wine...Cheese, glorious cheese! To accompany a Cabernet, Syrah or Zinfandel from Chateau Felice, nothing is easier and more likely to please everyone than an assortment of artisan cheeses, such as:
Humbolt Fog from Cypress Grove Chevre (below).
Serena made by Three Sisters Cheese.
A dainty round of Crottin from Redwood Hill Farm.
Meyenberg Goat Milk's Goat Milk Jack.
Rich, golden Carmody or peppery Pepato from Bellwether Farms.
To sip by the firesideWhile you’re sitting by the fire after dinner, enjoy a cup of delicious hot chocolate made with Desperately Seeking Chocolate.
Teeccino’s Hazelnut or Almond Amaretto herbal coffees are caffeine-free, made with ramon nuts from Central America.
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