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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.

SuperSeedz Available in Retailers across the Country

United Natural Foods West (UNFI), Nature’s Best, Lassen’s, Mother’s Market and New Frontiers are now distributing SuperSeedz, a product from Kathie’s Kitchen, which produces a full line of SuperSeedz premium dry roasted shelled pumpkin seeds for a nutritional snack that is gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, MSG-free and non-GMO.

Pumpkin seeds are a plant-based protein powerhouse with approximately 9 grams per 1-ounce serving. In addition, they are high in zinc, magnesium and a good source of iron. More importantly, SuperSeedz is packed with all of this nutrition without sacrificing on taste.

“We are really excited to be working with such industry leading distributors like Nature’s Best, and UNFI, while giving health conscious consumers access to SuperSeedz in their backyards. Lassen’s, Mother’s Market, and New Frontiers are all great retailers that share a similar mission—to provide consumers with healthy great tasting food choices,” stated Joe Pelliccio, President of Kathie’s Kitchen.

SuperSeedz product shotSuperSeedz branded premium pumpkin seeds are available in 5-ounce bags and come in the following eight delicious flavors:

SEA SALTJust the right amount of crunch with a light unrefined sea salt seasoning added.

COCO JOEJust the right combination of premium French cocoa, vanilla sea salt and a hint of coffee to satisfy all chocolate lovers.

REALLY NAKEDDry roasted and shelled SuperSeedz without seasoning of any kind. Completely sodium free!

SOMEWHAT SPICY - Cayenne, garlic and sea salt all combined to bring you a truly savory snack.

SUPER SPICYAn intense habañero flavor with a black pepper surprise ending. Just the right amount of kick without too much heat.

ORIGINAL CURRYA great mild and subtle curry blend that is not overpowering, yet memorable.

SUGAR AND CINNAMONIf you like cinnamon buns, you’re going to love Sugar and Cinnamon SuperSeedz.

TOMATO ITALIANOBruschetta on a pumpkin seed! Tomato, basil, garlic, sea salt, pepper and a hint of onion combined.

“We are continually adding top-flight distributors and retailers in our efforts to build a strong national distribution network and product footprint for SuperSeedz. Both retailers and distributors have been very supportive of SuperSeedz and feel consumers are eager for a superior tasting healthy snack,” added Pelliccio.

SuperSeedz-branded line of premium pumpkin seeds are also distributed by UNFI East, KeHE, Davidson, Bozzutos and Carmela and can be found in such fine retailers as Whole Foods, Big Y, Shoprite, Shaw’s, Dave’s Market, Stop & Shop, Fairway Market Stores, Whole Food Markets in Southern California and Arizona, Stew Leonard’s, Akins, Caputo’s, Bristol Farms, Gelson’s Supermarkets and independent stores.

Fancy Food Show Honored for New Brand, New Look

The Specialty Food Association’s 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show has been named a winner of the annual Art of the Show Competition by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, marking its third industry honor this year.

The Art of the Show competition recognizes excellence in promotional materials for the exhibitions and events industry. The 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show won Best Signage & Decoration in the over 150,000 net-square-feet size category.

Attracting a record 24,100 food industry buyers to New York, this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show featured an entire new look with the official launch of the Specialty Food Association’s new brand: Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy. The brand highlights the people and products behind the small businesses that fuel the $86 billion specialty food industry. It was depicted with bold graphics and giant portraits of members on banners and signs throughout the crowded exhibit halls.

“We are honored to be recognized for bringing our new brand to life at our show,” says Ann Daw, president of the Specialty Food Association. “The work brings dimension to `Specialty Food. Craft. Care. Joy’ via the stories of members and their passion for the foods they create.”

Santa Barbara Bar Offers Affordable Superfood Boost with Less Sugar

Santa Barbara Bar, or SB Bar, is a raw, gluten-free nutrition bar packed with flavorful, nutrient-rich superfoods such as chia, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds, cranberries, coconut, chocolate, and whey protein crisps. Each of the three decadent flavors—Coconut Almond, Peanut Chocolate Cherry, and Cranberry White Chocolate—have no added soy protein or refined sugar. The naturally occurring sugar in Santa Barbara Bar totals less than half of the amount of sugar found in other major brands of bars, which can be up to 25 grams.

The Santa Barbara Bar also provides key nutrients such as omega 3 essential fat, complete protein and fiber—all which help satisfy appetite and sustain energy. With only 8 to 11 grams of sugar, consumers can enjoy a Santa Barbara Bar as a meal replacement, pre- or post-workout boost, or anytime snack—and not feel guilty about it. Plus, all this is available at an affordable suggested retail price of $1.99-$2.50, and $23.88 for a box of 12.