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“America’s Thanksgiving Table 2013″ Report Showcases A Desire For Twists On Traditional Holiday Favorites

PILLSBURY THANKSGIVINGTradition holds true across the country when it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving meal. However, according to a new survey conducted by Pillsbury, today’s holiday table may have a new look as families seek to modernize classic recipes and incorporate time saving techniques. America’s Thanksgiving Table 2013 Survey reveals how the Thanksgiving meal will look for the majority of the nation, including the desire for new foods or preparations, and some of the challenges that people face while preparing the big meal.

According to the survey, 92 percent of households will not stray from including turkey on America’s Thanksgiving table. However, there is a desire for modern twists from today’s holiday food lovers, particularly with side dishes and desserts. In fact, nearly three-in-five Americans indicate that they like to try new and different foods each Thanksgiving, showing that there is room to update traditional recipes. The desire for variety in the holiday meal is especially strong among millennial households with 65 percent of respondents indicating their preference for new foods. Additionally, Thanksgiving hosts are trying to balance serving homemade foods with the time it takes to prepare them. Eighty-nine percent feel that preparing homemade foods is how to show loved ones how much they care, but nearly half of Americans admit that the Thanksgiving meal is the most stressful holiday meal to prepare with 72 percent of respondents looking for tips and tricks to prep the holiday meal more quickly.

“Pillsbury provides easy holiday food ideas that help families save time while still wowing guests with homemade holiday breads, side dishes and desserts,” said Madison Mayberry, Pillsbury food editor and entertaining expert. “By marrying traditional ingredients with modern flavors, such as adding salted caramel to a classic pecan pie recipe, you can easily make a modern homemade dish for your guests this Thanksgiving holiday.”

More results from America’s Thanksgiving Table 2013 Survey by Pillsbury include:

– Most, but not all, will indulge in Turkey on Thanksgiving. While the vast majority of Thanksgiving tables will include turkey as the mainstay, one-in-six (16 percent) say they’ve started offering turkey alternatives or are likely to try different preparations for the bird. Additionally, while Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, there is still room to infuse cultural traditions from other countries as one-in-10 respondents like to serve foods specific to their family’s culture like pastas, borscht, tamales or pierogis.

– Vegetable variety reigns on the Thanksgiving table. Vegetables like corn, carrots, broccoli, peas and green beans- especially in casserole form for more than half of Americans – make popular side dishes and vegetables are being included in more and more holiday meals. Other Thanksgiving side dish staples include stuffing/dressing, potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes, as well as cranberries.

– Bread, in a variety of forms, is a prominent participant in the holiday meal. More than three-quarters of families will pass a bread basket at the Thanksgiving dinner table, including rolls (62 percent), and another third (35 percent) opt for biscuits or crescents as their bread of choice.

– What’s for Dessert? Pie, of course! For nearly nine-in-10, Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without pie. Pumpkin is the traditional favorite across the U.S. (67 percent), with apple on 56 percent of the tables in the northeastern U.S. and pecan served on 43 percent of the tables in the South. Of those surveyed, 37 percent exclusively serve homemade, while the others don’t have time, don’t know how, or believe it is too difficult.

A New Pantry Staple

By Lorrie Baumann

Roland Foods is just introducing a new product that’s going to become your pantry staple for those times when you’re just one great appetizer away from hearing, “Let’s just order a pizza,” when you have to leave the kitchen to explain that you might have miscalculated your cooking times just a tiny bit, and dinner now looks like it might be still an hour away.

Piquillo Peppers stuffed with leftover roast chicken, minced deli ham and Le Gruyere cheese

Piquillo Peppers stuffed with leftover roast chicken, minced deli ham and Le Gruyere cheese

May I introduce you to the bounty of appetizer goodness offered by the piquillo pepper. These are sweet red peppers about the size of a smallish Roma tomato, and there are about eight of them packed into Roland’s 6-ounce jar that retails for around $3.50 or a little less. There’s no heat to them — the flavor’s like pimento.

You just slide them out of the jar, open them out, fill them with something and, depending on the filling, you might toast them for a few minutes in the oven. They’re soft enough to tear easily, so handle them delicately. If you decide to put them in the oven, a muffin tin works well for holding them upright.

Piquillo peppers stuffed with deli ham and feta cheese

Piquillo peppers stuffed with deli ham and feta cheese

As for how you fill them, that just depends on what you have on hand. The traditional Spanish tapas fillings for piquillo peppers are Manchego cheese and/or chorizo, but if you have a can of sardines or tuna in the cupboard, those will do nicely too. A couple of deli slices of ham and some feta bring a nice salty note that enhances the sweet flavors of the pepper.

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Piquillo pepper stuffed with Russian-style egg salad

Look at this piquillo pepper stuffed with a Russian egg salad made with a recipe I got from Molly Wizenberg’s blog here. This is a delicious salad, but Molly had it exactly right when she pointed out that it’s a little deficient on the visuals. But these peppers do for an unlovely egg salad pretty much what the right red dress does for my attractions. Which reminds me — I need to go shopping for a new dress or two for holiday parties. And a new pair of cute boots.

Roland’s Piquillo Peppers are definitely worth keeping in mind during the holiday season, especially if you’re either going to be entertaining or required to bring a dish to a potluck supper. Two of these make a nice appetizer portion, and three are a good lunch portion.

Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto Scoops The Holiday Spirit Into Its Pints With Peppermint Bark And Old World Eggnog Gelato

imagesWithout a doubt, what makes the holidays special is the taste of tradition. This holiday season, Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto captures the holiday spirit in a pint with a hint of tradition in its newest holiday flavor, Peppermint Bark gelato.

Available nationally for a limited time only, Peppermint Bark combines deliciously crunchy morsels of semisweet Belgian Callebaut chocolate with a rich, creamy peppermint gelato for the ultimate seasonal treat.

Back by popular demand and for a limited time only, Talenti is also re-introducing its festive Old World Eggnog, a sumptuous gelato made with fresh egg yolks, pure vanilla extract, fragrant nutmeg and no alcohol for a family-friendly treat.

“This season, we wanted to create a memorable gelato that would instantly evoke holiday cheer with just one bite,” said Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto. “Our new Peppermint Bark does the trick with its winning blend of classic peppermint and decadent chocolate. And as with all Talenti flavors, it’s crafted with great care, using the best ingredients we can find. We hope our fans will enjoy it as much as we do.”

And be sure to save lots of room for dessert, because there’s much more that Talenti can bring to the holiday table. Are you a fan of candied apples? Try topping off your apple pie or crumble with lush Sea Salt Caramel. Add another level of decadence to timeless classics by topping your favorite pumpkin pie with a scoop of Tahitian Vanilla Bean, or marrying pecan pie and Double Dark Chocolate for an extra rich sweet treat. Who says you have to choose just one perfect pairing? This is the season of indulgence and the possibilities are endless.

With about 30% less fat than regular ice cream, Talenti is one delicious treat that won’t challenge your New Year’s resolution. And, of course, Talenti upholds its commitment to using only the finest ingredients – that means fresh milk free of growth hormones, extra fine pure cane sugar, real vanilla beans, premium chocolate and much more.

Consumers will find Peppermint Bark and Old World Eggnog, along with other Talenti gelato and sorbetto flavors, in major food retailers nationwide from November 11 through December 31, at a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99.

Pukka Herbal Tea Launches in U.S.

Pukka Herbal Teas is now launching in the U.S. to garnish kitchens, to please taste buds and to relax the mind. For years, Pukka has been England’s best-selling organic fruit and herbal tea brand and now it has come across the pond to make the holidays a lot more stylish with the new Exquisite Collection, which includes Love Tea and Peppermint and Licorice Tea in a beautiful tin.

At the hand of a team of skilled herbalists and with meticulous attention to the quality, Pukka teas are all certified organic and are carefully blended using only the most potent, vibrant herbs available.

Pukka Herbal TeasLove Tea is a unique blend of rose and lavender to warm the heart, elderflower and chamomile to relax and soothe and marigold petals to balance and nourish.

Peppermint and Licorice Tea is a blend of refreshing peppermint to support digestion and naturally sweet, soothing Fair Wild licorice to calm and nourish. This tea is full of vibrant flavors with soothing properties.

The Exquisite Collection gift tin retails for $14.95 and is available at a variety of natural foods stores in the Northeast.

Made with the powerful philosophies of Ayurvedic medicine and ingredients known to aid in digestion, immunity, weight management and more, tea drinkers are able to indulge in tea time and do something good for their body as well.

Survey Finds Consumers Seek Time-Saving Twists on Holiday Favorites

Tradition holds true across the country when it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving meal; however, according to a new survey conducted by Pillsbury, today’s holiday table may have a new look as families seek to modernize classic recipes and incorporate time saving techniques. America’s Thanksgiving Table 2013 Survey reveals how the Thanksgiving meal will look for the majority of the nation, including the desire for new foods or preparations, and some of the challenges that people face while preparing the big meal.

According to the survey, 92 percent of households will not stray from including turkey on America’s Thanksgiving table. However, there is a desire for modern twists from today’s holiday food lovers, particularly with side dishes and desserts. In fact, nearly three-in-five Americans indicate that they like to try new and different foods each Thanksgiving, showing that there is room to update traditional recipes. The desire for variety in the holiday meal is especially strong among millennial households with 65 percent of respondents indicating their preference for new foods.

Additionally, Thanksgiving hosts are trying to balance serving homemade foods with the time it takes to prepare them.  Eighty-nine percent feel that preparing homemade foods is how to show loved ones how much they care, but nearly half of Americans admit that the Thanksgiving meal is the most stressful holiday meal to prepare, with 72 percent of respondents looking for tips and tricks to prep the holiday meal more quickly.

More results from America’s Thanksgiving Table 2013 Survey by Pillsbury include:

  • Most, but not all, will indulge in Turkey on Thanksgiving.  While the vast majority of Thanksgiving tables will include turkey as the mainstay, one-in-six (16 percent) say they’ve started offering turkey alternatives or are likely to try different preparations for the bird. Additionally, while Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, there is still room to infuse cultural traditions from other countries as one-in-10 respondents like to serve foods specific to their family’s culture like pastas, borscht, tamales or pierogis.
  • Vegetable variety reigns on the Thanksgiving table. Vegetables like corn, carrots, broccoli, peas and green beans– especially in casserole form for more than half of Americans – make popular side dishes, and vegetables are being included in more and more holiday meals.  Other Thanksgiving side dish staples include stuffing/dressing, potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes, as well as cranberries.
  • Bread, in a variety of forms, is a prominent participant in the holiday meal.  More than three-quarters of families will pass a bread basket at the Thanksgiving dinner table, including rolls (62 percent), and another third (35 percent) opt for biscuits or crescents as their bread of choice.
  • What’s for Dessert? Pie, of course!  For nearly nine-in-10, Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without pie. Pumpkin is the traditional favorite across the U.S. (67 percent), with apple on 56 percent of the tables in the northeastern U.S. and pecan served on 43 percent of the tables in the South.  Of those surveyed, 37 percent exclusively serve homemade, while the others don’t have time, don’t know how, or believe it is too difficult.

Pillsbury can help modernize classic Thanksgiving recipes without adding stress to the feast preparations, including classic twists to traditional side dish and dessert recipes using Pillsbury® crescent dinner rolls and pre-made pie crusts, such as Fresh Herb Crescent RollsSweet Potato Casserole Crescents and Salted Caramel Pecan Pie For more information on Pillsbury including products, holiday recipes and food ideas, visit www.pillsbury.comFacebook and Pinterest.

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Breads Now Available in Target Stores Nationwide

Consumers searching for gluten-free breads can now enjoy the convenience of Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free breads in Target® stores nationwide. The family-owned, dedicated gluten-free bakery announced today the expanded distribution of four of its gluten-free breads in more than 750 Target stores across the United States.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, 69 percent of Americans are trying gluten-free products, and 1 in 133 Americans are living with Celiac Disease. With the gluten-free diet on the rise, the demand for gluten-free breads with real-bread taste and texture has increased. Made with 100 percent whole grains and only clean ingredients, Canyon Bakehouse breads are made artisan-style, providing healthy gluten free options the whole family can enjoy.

“This is an exciting opportunity to provide consumers with a healthier, tastier and more convenient option for finding gluten-free breads,” said Christi Skow, co-founder and owner of Canyon Bakehouse. “I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007 so I understand the need for breads that taste ‘real’ and don’t make me compromise on taste, texture or quality, and that’s really what we’re here to provide.”

Arriving this November, Canyon Bakehouse breads will be sold at room temperature on bakery shelves, and will offer four loaf varieties: 7-Grain, Mountain White, Deli Rye and Cinnamon Raisin, with an SRP of $5.49. Canyon Bakehouse breads can also be found in major natural and conventional grocers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Kroger and Publix.

Canyon Bakehouse is a dedicated gluten-free bakery located in Loveland, Colo. The family-owned bakery opened for business in 2009, recognizing the need for great-tasting, gluten-free products that combine great flavor with soft texture and healthy ingredients. Made with 100% whole grains and only real-food, clean ingredients, the bakehouse has continued to expand its distribution, including more than 1,000 stores nationwide.

Slightly Sophisticated Sweet Potato

If you’re looking to add interest to your Thanksgiving sweet potatoes and yams in an absolutely effortless way, try a drizzle of Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Peach Whiskey Sauce. And the flavor will do your turkey or ham a few favors too.

Melitta Ventures Further into Single-Serve Coffee Market

Melitta USA is evolving even further into the booming single-serve market with its premium Melitta Café de Europa Gourmet Coffee option for Keurig-style machines*.

Continuing Melitta’s long-standing tradition of quality and innovation in coffee, the new single-serve cup is designed to deliver a heightened sensory experience to the entire brewing process. Unique to the category, consumers can actually see and smell their coffee (100 percent premium, high-grown Arabica beans, batch-roasted and ground extra fine) from the moment they remove the cup from its individually sealed freshness pack. Each cup is made with a Melitta filter, and upon brewing, water fully saturates the grinds for a bold, flavorful cup of coffee.

One of the enduring criticisms of single-serve cups is that they too frequently end up in landfills and negatively impact the environment. Designed with the environment in mind, Melitta’s single cup coffees are eco-friendly and 100 percent recyclable.

“We’re excited to offer this gourmet option to coffee enthusiasts, who no longer have to choose between quality and convenience in single-serve,” says Vice President of Marketing Chris Hillman. “A lot of time and hard work was invested in developing this new product, and we truly believe that our single cups deliver the best coffee flavor of all options available in the marketplace. The fact that our product is also eco-friendly is an added bonus – just another one of the many points that differentiates our product from others in the category.

Melitta’s Café de Europa Single Serve Gourmet Coffee has recently expanded into all major grocery retailers in the Northeast. The product – available in Classique (medium roast), Vienna Roast (dark roast), Blanc et Noir (a blend of light and dark roasts) and Espresso Toscana (extra dark roast) varieties – is also available for purchase on www.melitta.comwww.amazon.com and at other select retailers throughout the U.S. MSRP for a 12 count box is $9.49.

* Melitta products are not affiliated with or approved by Keurig Inc. Melitta’s single-serve cups work in most Keurig-style brewers, except the KeurigVUE® brewing system.

Ghost Pepper BBQ Chicken

Gourmet News reader Phillip Cahill sent us this recipe featuring Fischer & Wieser Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce

Ghost Pepper BBQ Chicken

Marinade

2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. Fischer & Wieser Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper

Marinate chicken breast for up to four hours, turning chicken every hour.

Preheat oven to 350F

Shake marinade off chicken and place in lightly greased baking pan.

Brush on Fischer & Wieser Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce to cover both sides.

Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Flip chicken and cover with more BBQ sauce.

Remove aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Homemade Gin Kit Introduces Christmas Gin

ginThe team behind the HomeMade Gin Kit has released a new make-your-own Christmas Gin kit. The original Homemade Gin Kit  allows alcohol connoisseurs to make small batch gin at home without costly (and illegal) distilling equipment. The Gin Kit comes with a special blend of spices, botanicals, and flowers, a tin full of juniper berries, two Italian glass swing top bottles, a double mesh fine strainer, and a funnel. The new release is a one-of-a-kind blend of botanicals, herbs, and spices that results in a small batch gin that smells and tastes like the holiday season.

“We’ve toned down the citrus and summery flavors in the original gin infusion blend and laced the new one with cinnamon, clove, ginger, and rosemary,” Gin Kit co-founder Joe Maiellano said. “We came up with a cocktail recipe for the new gin using cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and a rosemary sprig that testers say looks and tastes like Christmas in a glass!”

Complete with a red ribbon adorning the box, the gin kit makes an ideal gift. Customers have the option of giving the whole Gin Kit as a present or making the gin themselves and gifting the finished product in one of the two beautiful Italian glass, swing top bottles included with the kit.

“Our handcrafted gin kit makes the perfect gift for modern-day bootleggers, gin lovers, and anyone who enjoys conducting unique experiments in their kitchen,” Gin Kit co-founder Jack Hubbard said. “In addition to being a great gift, this first-of-its-kind Gin Kit is helping to launch a widespread interest in making spirits at home.”

The HomeMade Gin Kit comes at an exciting time in the liquor world. Craft brewing beer exploded in the 1990s and home brewing beer has become a popular activity. Now, craft distilling is coming into its own with state laws becoming more friendly to small distillers and new distilleries are popping up all over the country. This shift is generating a widespread interest in spirits and, similar to home brewing, the next step for consumers will likely be trying to make liquor at home. Since distilling alcohol at home is dangerous and illegal, the HomeMade Gin Kit provides a safe, fun, and delicious way to create an infused gin.

The HomeMade Gin Kit has been reviewed positively by a number of liquor and lifestyle experts including New York Times, Cigar Aficionado, UrbanDaddy, and TheKitchn.com.

The HomeMade Gin Kit was launched in 2012 in Arlington, Virginia by four friends who enjoy drinking gin together. Visit www.homemadegin.com to buy the original homemade gin kit, the new handcrafted Christmas gin blend, or to learn more.