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Saffron Road Introduces New Dessert Mini Tarts for Easy Holiday Entertaining

SAFFRON ROAD LOGOSaffron Road(TM), the packaged food brand of American Halal Co., is delighted to announce the launch of their new line of Dessert Mini Tarts at Whole Foods Market nationally this month. These bite-size delicacies are inspired by the irresistible flavors of India, South America and France. Saffron Road’s new Mini Tarts make entertaining guests quick and easy as they require no baking and practically no preparation – simply take the Tarts out of the freezer to defrost and then serve. Given their mini size, each guest can decide how much they’d like to eat and not feel guilty about eating too much or leaving a large amount of their dessert on the plate.

Saffron Road’s epicurean dessert line, which is in premium packaging adorned with gold embossed lettering, includes:

—Kashmiri Lemon Ginger – Made with creamy Shrikand, a delicious hand-crafted yogurt cheese formed from strained Dahi, swirled with tangy lemons and fresh pureed ginger.

—Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake with Fair Trade Chocolate – Made with wondrous Fair Trade chocolate and coconut shavings to create a cheesecake beyond compare.

—Salted Caramel Cheesecake – Rich, creamy cheesecake featuring the delightful dance of sweet caramel with the counterpoint of natural French sea salt.

“We’re very excited to introduce these sophisticated delicacies inspired by the world’s best ingredients and traditions,” says Adnan Durrani, CEO of Saffron Road. “Featuring Shrikand, a strained Yogurt cheese from India, Fair Trade chocolate from South America, and French sea salt, we ventured from exotic tastes across three continents to bring Saffron Road’s customers these unique World Cuisine epicurean treats. These elegant Mini Tarts will bring cheer and adventure into American homes for the Holidays.”

“Saffron Road’s decadent new Mini Tarts are perfect for social gatherings and for holiday parties, especially since they are so easy to just thaw and serve. All of Saffron Road’s innovation, product development, consumer and community outreach, and stellar success is a direct result of our win-win partnership with the Whole Foods Market Global Team and we look forward to our further mutual success with this new line at Whole Foods Market,” commented Executive Vice President of Saffron Road, Jack Acree.

“From the day we first started carrying Saffron Road’s products, they’ve delivered fresh ideas and new flavors that our shoppers really love and can’t find anywhere else,” said Dwight Richmond, Global Grocery Purchasing Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “These new Mini Tarts will be a great addition to any holiday table.”

Consumers can find the new Mini Tarts at Whole Foods Market stores’ frozen aisles for the suggested retail price of $8.99 each.

Bananas Foster Brownie Mix Makes For a Decadent Holiday Treat

Rabbit Creek Products IncLooking for a decadent holiday treat? Well then look no further. Rabbit Creek Products has just the thing! Bananas Foster Brownie Mix has decadence in spades, combining rich brown sugar and bananas in with Rabbit Creek’s already famous brownie mix. The product is a succulent dessert that will have everyone fighting over the last bite.

Rabbit Creek’s standard of just a one-case minimum order still stands, and you’re able to mix flavors for each purchased case. Lest you forget, Rabbit Creek also has free private labeling – perfect for that little extra touch.

Rabbit Creek products can be perused at www.rabbitcreekgourmet.com, or if you are feeling chatty, call 913.837.2757.

MODERN OATS for a Quick, Conscientious Breakfast

Innovative Beverage Concepts, Inc’s newest product line is MODERN OATS, artisanally grown and minimally processed oatmeal packed in on-the-go cups that require no microwaving. Consumer or barista simply adds hot water to the oatmeal cup and lets it sit for three minutes before stirring and eating.

MODERN OATS boasts an impressive array of check-offs for conscientious or allergen-sensitive consumers: The certified gluten-free oats are grown on small family-run farms in the Upper Midwest of North America. All of the oats are made from color-sorted kilned, whole groats that are minimally processed by steaming and flaking. Nuts and seeds or dried fruit is then added to the mix for antioxidants and omega-3 values, and the oatmeal is sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice. It’s packaged in recyclable individual cups that are designed to pop on the shelf and speak to contemporary consumers who cares about what they eat, where it’s from and what the packaging looks like as they carry it around.

MODERN OATS retails for an average of $3.25 per cup and comes in 6-cup and 12-cup cases. Cases are available both as all one flavor and as variety packs with each of the six flavors: Mango Blackberry Oatmeal, Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal, Nuts & Seeds Oatmeal, Apple Walnut Oatmeal, 5 Berry Oatmeal and Goji Blueberry Oatmeal. For more information, visit www.modernoats.com.

“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.