For The Holiday Sweet Tooth
Nothing says Christmas like a fluffy, buttery, sweet panettone.
And nobody makes them as irresistible as the Bay Area’s Emporio Rulli.
Chef Gary Rulli makes this 16th century Italian specialty in the time-honored tradition.
The Panettone Milanese, which I had a chance to sample, is made with plenty of butter, egg yolks, golden raisins, acacia honey, and Italian candied orange and citron peels. It’s yeasty bread meets cake.
Enjoy a big wedge on its own, or toasted and smeared with butter or jam, or as the foundation for an over-the-top bread pudding or French toast.
Rulli only makes them at this time of year. So don’t miss out. A small is $23.95; a large is $29.50.
For The Outdoor Enthusiast
If you thought Patagonia only made outdoor clothing and gear, you’re in for a surprise with its Patagonia Provisions, a line of food products made to be enjoyed on-the-go. I had a chance to sample a few.
The “Wild Sockeye Salmon, Lemon Pepper” comes in a shelf-stable package. The salmon is rich and meaty tasting, and not overwhelmed by a heavy-hand of smokiness.