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The Perfect Sip For Fall — From Randall Grahm

Friday, 4. October 2013 5:25

Randall Grahm's latest endeavor sparkles.

Randall Grahm’s latest endeavor sparkles.

 

Randall Grahm, the visionary behind Santa Cruz’s Bonny Doon Vineyard has always followed his own path.

When Chardonnay dominated, he fostered a thirst for lesser-known Rhone varietals.

When he opened his tasting room, it wasn’t in the faux Mediterranean style so en vogue, but a most quirky spot adorned with spaceships.

Now, leave it to him to think outside the box again by veering into the realm of hard-cider making.

His Bonny Doon ¿Querry?, which I had a chance to sample, is not your usual sparkling alcoholic apple cider.

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Gourmet Crackers and A Food Gal Giveaway

Monday, 30. September 2013 5:25

New Milton's crackers (front to back): Blueberry Multi-Grain, Honey & Corn, and Chocolate Multi-Grain.

New Milton’s crackers (front to back): Blueberry Multi-Grain, Honey & Corn, and Chocolate Multi-Grain.

 

Chocolate in a cracker? Blueberries in a cracker? Say, what?

Milton’s Craft Bakers has created just that and more with its new line of baked snack crackers that are made from organic wheat, corn, oats and honey. They’re also kosher.

Recently, I had a chance to try samples of the five new flavors: Original Multi-Grain. Honey & Corn, Chocolate Multi-Grain, Blueberry Multi-Grain, and Honey Multi-Grain.

The sturdy crackers have good crunch and can stand up to being dunked into the thickest dips.

The chocolate crackers are not cookie-tasting in the least. They have little sweetness and a faint dusty, cocoa taste. They’d be quite nice with a glass of red wine and cheese.

The blueberry crackers have specks of wild, organic blueberries in them. The berry note is subtle but present.

My favorite of the bunch was the Honey & Corn variety. It does taste a bit like buttered corn with a restrained drizzle of honey.

The crackers have about 110 to 130 calories per serving (6 crackers), depending on the variety. A 6.5-ounce box is $3.99. The crackers are available at Whole Foods, Alberton’s and Sam’s Club.

Five new varieties (three shown here).

Five new varieties (three shown here).

CONTEST: One Food Gal reader will get to try samples of all five flavors of the Milton’s crackers. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through midnight PST Oct. 5. Winner will be announced Oct. 7.

How to win?

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British Crisps Debut in the U.S.

Friday, 27. September 2013 5:25

Tyrrells veggie chips.

Tyrrells veggie chips.

 

Crisps? That’s potato chips to you and me.

Tyrrells, the U.K. snack producer, recently launched its products in the United States, including at Andronico’s and Draeger’s markets in the Bay Area.

I had a chance to try samples of the chips, which are made from potatoes and other veggies grown in the Herefordshire countryside in England.

The English crisps come in some rather unusual flavors, including Honey Roast Ham & Cranberry; Lobster, Chili & Garlic, and Sunday Best Roast Chicken.

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New Gourmet Mayo by Sir Kensington

Wednesday, 18. September 2013 5:25

A homemade shrimp salad made with Sir Kensington mayo.

A homemade shrimp salad made with Sir Kensington mayo.

 

New York’s Sir Kensington’s is betting it can get you to switch condiment camps.

A year or so ago, it took on Heinz by creating a hand-crafted, all-natural ketchup with a true tomato-y taste. Sir Kensington’s ketchups, which come in Classic and Spiced flavors, are made with vine-ripened pear tomatoes, real onions (as opposed to powdered or dehydrated), cane sugar, honey, agave, apple cider vinegar, coriander, lime juice and allspice.

Now, the company is turning its attention to mayo, believing the standard Best Food (Hellman’s) could use some improvement. It has created a non-GMO mayo in two flavors: Classic and Chipotle. Both are made with sunflower oil and organic cage-free eggs. They’re also gluten-free. A tablespoon of each has 90 calories.

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Can’t Beat Peanut Butter and Chocolate for the Long Holiday Weekend

Friday, 30. August 2013 5:25

An ice cream sandwich that you don't need an ice cream machine to make.

An ice cream sandwich that you don’t need an ice cream machine to make.

 

As a native San Franciscan, I’m proud to say that my first encounter with an ice cream sandwich was with the It’s It, the iconic treat invented here way back in 1928.

In our freezer at home, my Dad would often stash a few of those big-fisted oatmeal cookie sandwiches filled with vanilla ice cream and dunked in chocolate. As a kid, I couldn’t even eat an entire one at one sitting.

I’ve been a sucker for ice cream sandwiches ever since.

So when a review copy of “Ice Cream Sandwiches” (Ten Speed Press) landed in my mailbox recently, I leafed through it with the utmost nostalgia. The book is by Donna Egan, founder of the Buttercup Cake Shop, London’s first cupcake bakery. After opening in 2006, the bakery added ice cream sandwiches to its repertoire five years later and has never looked back.

The book features 65 recipes for all manner of ice cream sandwiches. The “Peanut Butter Dream” caught my eye because, well, who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together?

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