Straight from the Big Island of Hawaii are Royal Hawaiian Orchards Fruit & Macadamia Nut Crunches, that combine the rich, buttery taste of roasted macadamias with almonds, fruits and berries. Snack on delicious flavors like Mango Pineapple, Kona Coffee Banana, and Mauka Blueberry Pomegranate before your workout too. These Hawaiian snacks are also Non-GMO Project Verified, OU Kosher, and free of gluten and wheat without anything artificial.
Numi Organic Tea works diligently to reduce their impact on the earth by being committed to sustainable agriculture, use of non-GMO materials and eco-responsible packaging. Gratitude Gourmet has been a great fan of this company and teas for many years. The Jasmine and Gunpowder Green Teas are some of our favorites.
Numi Organic Tea’s award-winning sustainable packaging uses the most innovative materials available to minimize impact on the environment. We use recyclable, cardboard outer packaging made of 85% post-consumer waste and printed with soy-based inks. We do not use plastic shrink wrap, and we use natural, biodegradable filter-paper tea bags rather than nylon or GMO-origin tea sachets. Most elements of our packaging can be recycled or composted!
Annually, Numi’s practices save 9,037 trees, reduce water usage by 4,052,562 gallons and cut down on net greenhouse emissions by 817,335.
Check out these great Mother's Day Gifts!
Mother's Day Delight -- This Mother's Day, show Mom she's special with this stunning combination of irresistible treats. Inside two separate boxes, Mom will find arrangements of incredible snacks, both healthy and indulgent. Boasting exquisite, slow-melting truffles, extra-fancy dried fruits, and a variety of premium nuts, this elegant gift is sure to impress any mom. $79.99 at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
Mother's Day Gardening Gift Basket -- This is the perfect gift basket for the Mom with at least one green thumb. This basket has several essential gardening tools, as well as delicious gourmet treats to help her power through all of that hard work planting and weeding. From sweet, crisp cookies, to almond cashew clusters, to pretzels with a tangy raspberry honey mustard dip, your favorite gardener will have both a tasty and functional gift that she'll remember every time she tends to her plants. $69.99 at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
Check out these NEW Recipe Books!
1. THE QUICK SIX FIX by Stuart O’Keeffe (March 2016) https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062419750/the-quick-six-fix
Stuart O’Keeffe grew up in Ireland cooking alongside his mother and learning how to make fresh home-cooked meals made with more love than labor. By working efficiently, keeping the kitchen space clean and cooking with minimal yet flavorful ingredients, Stuart believes that anyone can make great meals fast—with just six key ingredients. A professional and celebrity chef, Stuart brings his philosophy to everyone’s kitchen in his first cookbook and includes helpful tips and reminders along the way. In THE QUICK SIX FIX, Stuart begins with the pantry essentials and tools readers will need to whip up a range of tasty dishes at a moment’s notice. Teaching readers how to make smart shortcuts, like pairing key store-bought items with homemade ingredients, Stuart demonstrates how to cut kitchen time, save money, and get out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less.
Stuart believes that fewer ingredients afford higher quality. With an inventive menu and meal-planning sections filled with wholesome shareable dishes--plenty of vegetarian options too—plus more than seventy-five full color photos.
2. Ronaldo Linares, is author of CHEF RONALDO'S SABORES DE CUBA Diabetes-Friendly Traditional and Nuevo Cubano Cuisine. http://www.shopdiabetes.org/1902-Chef-Ronaldos-Sabores-de-Cuba.aspx He is a Cuban/Colombian/ American, salsa-dancing, Cross Fit training, former US Marine, classically trained chef and restaurateur living his dream. Born in Colombia during the turbulent Cartel wars of the 1980s, cooking has been the main ingredient in Ronaldo’s journey from young immigrant to rebellious teen to successful chef and media personality. Ronaldo has showcased his Cuban-inspired, passion-infused culinary style on Food Network’s Chopped, BBC America’s cross-country chef competition Chef Race, and appearances on Better TV and Telemundo. When not in the kitchen, Ronaldo is active in the community, speaking to schools, youth groups and corporations about his life's journey and healthy living.
Chef Ronaldo Linares combines fresh ingredients with big flavors to make Cuban classics delicious and diabetes-friendly. The book is bilingual, with English on one side and Spanish on the other, and features 100 dynamic, healthy, and flavorful recipes, infused with Chef Ronaldo’s personal cooking style. Classic and “Nuevo Cubano” treats include:
Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) is returning Bug Bites, and announcing their newest flavor dubbed “Eagle bar” - Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt.
Bug Bites are squares of natural milk and dark chocolate and ESC has partnered with past 10% GiveBack partner The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to introduce a new set of educational, interactive insect trading cards that spotlight fifteen key at-risk insects. New, smarter packaging integrates the card into the chocolate’s outer wrapper, increasing production efficiency and eliminating 400 pounds of material use annually.
“Bug Bites are a wonderful way to show people just how amazing insects truly are,” said Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society. “Too often swatted away, these beautiful animals help keep our environment healthy and without them we would lose many foods, including chocolate.”
ESC’s debut bar, the Eagle bar features rich dark chocolate surrounding handcrafted, organic caramel with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. As a Steward sponsor of The Peregrine Fund, ESC collaborated with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit to utilize the inside of the Eagle bar wrapper to tell the story of how Endangered Species Act protections have helped American Bald Eagle populations make a remarkable recovery.
To sweeten the deal, purchases of any of ESC’s products, including Bug Bites and the Eagle bar send financial support to help protect at-risk species – ESC donates 10 percent of net profits annually to partnering conservation organizations. The current 10% GiveBack partners are Rainforest Trust and Wildlife Conservation Network.
“Collaborating with wildlife partners like The Xerces Society and The Peregrine Fund on our product packaging ensures that we are giving our consumers factual stats on at-risk species,” said Curt VanderMeer, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate. “This allows us yet another way to be stewards of conservation non-profits.”
Bug Bites and the Eagle bar are currently available on Amazon.com, and Whole Foods nationwide
What are your summer plans for 2016! Toast to new adventures this summer with Segura Viudas, sparkling wine from Spain!
Segura Viudas Brut Minis and Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva are great options to bring to the beach and watch the sun go down.
If you’re setting up camp for the night… An exquisite and aromatic Cava, Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad will impress your friends with its pewter-embellished bottle, and its smooth taste pairs well with any campfire treats you bring along. After a long hike, this bubbly is a great option!
Segura Viudas Brut Cava pairs excellently with spicier foods since the heat of the spice is not amplified by the heat of the alcohol. Your friends will be impressed by your cooking and Cava skills!
Segura Viudas Rosé Brut is the perfect complement to any outdoor affair and different cuisines. Pack your picnic basket with this versatile wine so start your summer off right!
Mike Ward is Executive Chef of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Prior to that he lead the kitchen as Executive Chef at Tyler Florence’s El Paseo in Mill Valley. Mike is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet and I highly recommend you try his uniquely flavorful and beautifully prepared meals for lunch or dinner.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards features California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients including produce from The Restaurant’s organic garden. The seasonal menu changes daily and the award-winning wine list offers more than 1,000 selections, providing numerous options for wine pairings.
Gratitude Gourmet recently dined at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards for Lunch and every single bite was perfection! See the Picture Slideshow below.
We started our meal with Homemade Rosemary and Black Pepper Bread with Olive Oil and a Garden Inspired Cocktail:
(1.5 oz bourbon, 1/4 oz ginger juice, 1 oz strawberry juice, 1/2 lemon, and 1 egg white. Shake all ingredients with 3 ice cubes until ice is dissolved. Strain pour into a coupe glass and garnish with fresh flowers or an orange slice.)
(Gratitude Gourmet highly recommends this World Class Wine!!).
Wente Limited Production Winemakers Studio Lot No 001 2012 Livermore Valley Red Blend (45% Petit Verdot, 40% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot)
For Appetizers: we greatly enjoyed the flavors of the Hamachi Crudo (crispy ginger salad, kumquat, fermented wasabi, aoili, shiso) and Market Green Salad (strawberry vinaigrette, riesling soaked strawberries, manchego cheese and walnuts).
Main Courses: Roasted Sea Scallops (PAELLA! which was excellent!, clams, spanish chorizo, safron aoili, charred green garlic) and Roasted Sea Bass (mushroom quinoa, red beet yogurt, sunchoke chips, horseradish, trout roe)
Dessert: Savarin (cream cheese, walnut, milk gelato, carrot) and Portuguese Custard Tart (strawberries, cassis meringue, strawberry balsamic sorbet)
We recommend you go to The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and experience this amazing gourmet lunch or dinner yourself! Enjoy!
Gratitude Gourmet enjoyed a great spring day filled with tasting, touring and lunch in the little-known Yolo County Vineyards: Simas Family Vineyard, Matchbook Wine Company, Route 3 Wines, and Taber Ranch Vineyard.
Simas Family Vineyard: You must have the 2010 Mourvedre Capay Valley and Pasture Raised Eggs.
Matchbook Wine Company: You must have the 2013 Arsonist Red Blend (52% Petit Verdot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot)
Route 3 Wines: You must have the 2012 Barberra and 2012 Grenache.
Taber Ranch: You must have the Taber Ranch Red ... and they have a beautiful event center with a lake and gorgeous views of the hills.
View the Picture Slideshow Below for a 'Taste' of Yolo County!
Are you looking for some of the best gelato and cakes you've ever tasted? Check out Leslie Wong's Sweet Orchid - Gelateria, Patisserie, Cafe in Fremont. The Gelato is FRESHLY made and so delicious I had 3 scoops :) and the cakes in the picture are Taro Vanilla and Limoncello. Her wedding cakes are pieces of art.
Sambazon, announced four new açaí flavors: Superfruit Packs, including Performance Protein Superfruit and Supergreens Superfruit, as well as açaí Sorbet flavors, including Açaí + Coconut Creamy Sorbet and Açaí Chocolate.
They will first be available at major retailers in the West Coast, then Nationally later this year.
Check out this great Supergreens Bowl Recipe!
1. Allow the superfruit pack to soften in room temperature for 2 – 3 minutes
2. Peel a banana and break it up into the Magic Bullet cup.
3. Break up the frozen pack with your hands into smaller chunks, then cut off the top of the pack and drop contents into the Magic Bullet cup.
4. Add Chocolate Hemp Milk, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder and Maca and blend on low until very thick.
5. If you are not happy with the consistency, continue to add liquid while blending
6. Pour into a bowl and top with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Granola, Hemp Seeds, Fresh Banana, Golden Berries, White Mulberries, Goji Berries & Bee Pollen
7. If not serving right away: place bowl in the fridge or cooler.
Blend again for a few seconds before serving.
Malnutrition is the #2 secondary diagnosis in cancer patients, and up to 80 percent of all cancer patients experience nutritional issues during treatment. The Meals to Heal Cookbook shares healthy, easy to prepare recipes that not only taste delicious but also mitigate the many side effects of cancer treatment. Recipes are organized by meal as well as by side effect, allowing you to easily find meals suited to your particular health needs. With authoritative sections on a wide variety of common health and nutrition topics, such as healthy non-meat alternatives, and controversial topics, such as juicing and soy, The Meals to Heal Cookbook is a go-to resource addressing all of the major food, cooking, and nutrition questions asked by patients and caregivers in a straightforward, accessible, and supportive manner.
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Check Out MELT Organic’s line of delicious, good-for-you spreads, created for butter lovers seeking a healthier alternative. Here’s what makes MELT so great:
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"Here is to great wine, delicious food, family and friendships. Cheers!" - Fabio Viviani
This is a great quote to describe the wonderful atmosphere and inspiring food producers and vintners at the 2016 Pebble Beach Food and Wine. For example Carlos Enriquez prepared Two delicious items: Vegan & Gluten-Free Chicharron with Coconut, Chili, Lime, Cilantro, Passion Fruit AND Black Forest Cake.
Enjoy the Slideshow Pictures below of the event. Gratitude Gourmet is looking forward to next year!
Simply Gum is an all-natural, premium chewing gum that is biodegradable and not made out of artificial ingredients and other gum bases. Fun flavors include: mint, cinnamon, coffee or ginger. Simply Gum is available at retailers across the nation including Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppes as well as online at www.simplygum.com
Not only will these cookbooks bring families closer together, but they will help parents pass on a valuable hobby and get them interested in a foreign culture.Let's Cook series (Let's Cook French, Let's Cook Italian, and Let's Cook Spanish) brings together popular cultural recipes, gorgeous artwork, and foreign languages to create a family reference cookbook that engages children in the culture, community, and food of a different country. Enjoy!
Save the Park, a game developed by Games for Change, a New York nonprofit, and funded through a $250,000 grant from American Express lets players take on volunteer personas and then complete park-essential tasks like planting trees, securing food from bears, and picking up trash.
There are four roles to play: Mei (who lives in California and already volunteers), Ben (an military vet who does animal protection), Luna (a 19-year-old college student who's favorite hobby is salsa dancing) and Andre (a graphic designer who volunteers with his communication skills). There are three environments (forest, desert, and coastline), and the goal is acquire points by completing tasks or gathering up Easter eggs. That lets you get to the next level. Then they suggest 'Now do this in the real world.' The American Express Foundation is offering to donate $1 to the National Parks Foundation for each download before the end of the year, up to a value of $50,000. Get your copy here.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials today joined 15 national and regional philanthropic partners to announce a new initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems around ten key U.S. cities. The project, dubbed 'Food LINC', will connect demand for local food in ten urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening each region's local food business sector and also increasing consumer access to healthy, local food. The announcement was made at the Wallace Center's National Food Hub Conference in Atlanta."USDA, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority recognized that our investments in local food infrastructure have the most success in communities with strong coordination between producers, food purchasers, and access to shared resources. Food LINC aims to replicate that coordination in ten cities to create market opportunities for the areas' producers, meet demand for locally produced food and create or sustain jobs along that local supply chain," said Vilsack. "More than 160,000 farmers are tapping into demand for local and regional foods, and industry estimates predict more growth in the next several years. With the help from our partners, USDA can 'supercharge' our resources to create lasting impacts for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as a whole."
Nearly $3 million in combined private and federal funding will support coordination by a host organization in each city. A full-time Food LINC coordinator will be embedded in each host organization for up to three years. The knowledge gained through their experiences will help the partnership determine next steps to link producers and entrepreneurs with families and institutional consumers to develop more robust local and regional food systems.
USDA, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), have committed $850,000 in public funds to the project, leveraging an additional $2 million so far from private philanthropic partners.
Host organizations include Common Market Georgia; Louisville's Farm to Table, Kentucky; the Conservation Fund in North Carolina; Rocky Mountain Farmers Union in Colorado; La Montañita in New Mexico; Fair Food Philadelphia; Metro Washington Council of Governments in Washington, D.C.; Appalachian Sustainable Development in Virginia; Soul City Hospitality in Mississippi; and Communities Unlimited in Tennessee.
Philanthropic partners so far include the Agua Fund, CoBank, The Duke Endowment, Gates Family Foundation, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Oak Foundation, The One Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, RSF Social Finance, 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, Town Creek Foundation and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
Additional support provided by the Surdna Foundation will also enable the Wallace Center to spread the benefits of this initiative by documenting the work in each region and sharing best practices with other organizations working to grow similar opportunities in their communities nationwide.
Food LINC is part of USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative (KYF2) supporting the Obama Administration's work to strengthen economic bonds between rural and urban areas, creating sustainable wealth for rural communities and putting more money into the pockets of rural producers. Launched in 2009, KYF2 breaks down bureaucratic silos and takes stock of USDA programs that support the growing demand for local and regional food systems. Learn more about the $1 billion USDA has invested in 40,000 projects to develop local market opportunities at https://medium.com/usda-results as USDA celebrates Know your Farmer Month in April.