Dried Figs and Apricots in Vanilla Wine Syrup (photo above)1 bottle (750 ml) Gewurztraminer or Johannisberg Riesling
2/3 cup 21 Missions Organics Vanilla Syrup
8 ounces (12-14 figs) Valley Fig Growers Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Calimyrna figs, stems removed
4 ounces (about 1 cup packed) B & R Farms dried apricots, about 12 halves
2 cinnamon sticks, each broken in half
1/2 cup Crème Fraiche or Redwood Hill Farm yogurt
1 tablespoon toasted slivered natural almonds, optional
In a large saucepan combine the wine, vanilla agave syrup and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook over medium low heat, 20 minutes. Add the figs and apricots and cook until the fruits are plumped and tender, about 25 more minutes.
Using a slotted spoon transfer the fruit and cinnamon sticks, to a heat-resistant bowl. Simmer the wine and agave syrup, uncovered, until it is reduced to about 2 cups. Pour over the fruit and stir to blend.
Refrigerate until well chilled, about 4 hours. Top with a spoonful of crème fraîche or yogurt. Garnish with a few toasted slivered almonds.
Makes 4 to 6 servings. Adapted from ”Fig Heaven,” 2004, by Marie Simmons.
Gift-giving for foodiesCookbooks are gifts that last for years, and the gourmet producers on Savor California have some wonderful ideas:
Made in Napa Valley, “Gourmet Every Day”
“Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Cookbook”
Chinablue, “Modern Asian Flavors”
“Jimtown Store Cookbook”
C. J. Olson Cherries, “Life is a Bowl of Olson’s Cherries”
Robert Lambert, “Chocolate Fantasy Desserts”
“the girl & the fig cookbook”
Another long-lasting foodie gift is a lovely organic garlic braid from McFadden Farms.
QuotableDining is and always was a great artistic opportunity.
-- Frank Lloyd Wright
Case in point: Elegant Cheese Cakes' "Starry Night" (below).
When company comes...for breakfastIf you're entertaining for three meals a day, make breakfast easy with healthy, hearty fare.
Oat Cuisine is granola so good that it “tastes like dessert.” Pour a nutritious breakfast right out of the bag.
It’s easy to cook a pan of old-fashioned corn bread, using the Ridgecut Gristmills mix. For variety, add a couple of pinches of Herbes de Provence.
Choose from 7 flavors and whip up homemade pancakes with Bo's Best Pancake Mixes.
Set up a delicious and healthy “juice bar” with Bela Juice organic grape juice or Nana Mae's organic apple juice.
Stock a number of flavors of organic Wallaby Yogurt Company (below), and let your guests choose.
Snacks for SantaA slice of Marcel et Henri’s paté, followed by Donsuemor Madeleines will delight the Francophile Santa.
With a variety of flavors, SnackMasters Jerky is a tasty, portable, protein-rich snacks to take in the sleigh.
If your Santa has an Asian fusion palate, L'Estaci Dolce's Sesame Almond Caramel Corn.
C. J. Olson Cherries’s bright red chocolate-covered Bing cherries are appropriately festive for the season.
Kids and Rachel Ray love Marin Chef’s CJ Stix (below) — so will Santa.
Put out a sampling of pastries from Bovine Bakery. (Our Santa’s personal favorite is the Bear Claw.)
Top a round or star shaped Valley Lahvosh (below) with 116 Not Found Fromage Blanc and lox.
What's newSnackMasters Jerky
No fuss, no mussDuring the holidays, these virtually made-for-you items can really come in handy.
Sierra Soups' hearty bean-based soups are warm comfort on a chilly evening.
Beautiful and tasty appetizers from The Perfect Bite Co. (above) go from freezer to oven to table.
Ling Ling’s potstickers or spring rolls are a fresh-tasting convenience food.
Winter Fancy Food ShowRight after the holidays, the Savor California companies will leap into action at the Winter Fancy Food Show, this year in San Diego, from January 13 through 15.
Bigger than ever, the Savor California booth will actually be a large peninsula composed of 8 booths. An amazing group of 21 Savor California gourmet food and beverage producers will be showcasing their products.
We hope to see all members of the trade at Booth #843.
B & R Farms
Bo's Best Pancake Mixes
Choclatique (Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and Madeleines, above)
Elaine's Toffee Co.
Fall River Wild Rice
Golden Star Tea
Momma Reiner's Fudge
Moon Dance Baking
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