1.5 oz. Zodiac Black Cherry Vodka
1 oz. DeKuyper Raspberry Liqueur
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
1 each. Orange Wedge Half-Squeeze & Discard
---Shake and strain into Tulip glass
4 oz. Top with Prosecco
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Zodiac Vodka is an all-natural, true craft spirit. It employs a Single Source Distillation® method, as the potatoes are regionally sourced and the entire distillation and bottling process occurs at the company’s Rigby, Idaho-based distillery. The water for Zodiac is drawn from the Snake River Aquifer which runs beneath the distillery. The product is produced using 4-column fractional distillation and is filtered using hand-cut Canadian Birch Charcoal. Zodiac is distilled once - by design, allowing the vodka to retain a naturally sweet, distinctive taste. Zodiac is produced from non-GMO ingredients and as a 100% potato vodka, is gluten-free.
Black Cherry 75
1.5 oz. Zodiac Black Cherry Vodka
1 oz. DeKuyper Raspberry Liqueur
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
1 each. Orange Wedge Half-Squeeze & Discard
---Shake and strain into Tulip glass
4 oz. Top with Prosecco
Garnish with a Lemon Twist
Olbas Instant Herbal Tea is carefully blended in Switzerland with a mixture of 20 soothing herbs and enhanced with pure essential oils you can enjoy anytime, either hot or iced. Because it’s instant, there are no bags or straining! The Lozenges are also nice as a cough suppressant or soothes a sore throat.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and finding the right gift can be challenging for those you love! In lieu of chocolate for the foodie, the following companies offer unique ideas!
Ravioli Perfected - Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin
Slow down, roll up your sleeves and cook a meal with someone you love! Now you can make beautiful, handmade ravioli with ease in the comfort of your own home for Valentine’ Day with the Fonde (fon-dee) Ravioli Rolling Pin from Repast Supply Co. BEAUTIFUL in design and handmade in the United States from sustainable solid hardwood, the rolling pin creates perfect ravioli every time. All Repast Supply Co. rolling pins come pre-treated with food-grade mineral oil and with proper care will last a lifetime. Repast Supply Co. believes very strongly in sustainability, which is why they plant 100 trees for every tree used in production.
Watch how perfect ravioli is made every time with the Fonde Ravioli Rolling Pin! https://youtu.be/NvMqJN577_U
Marlo's Bakeshop Original Soft-Baked Biscotti
The Original is a delicious mix of dark chocolate-covered raisins, toasted walnuts & Guittard dark chocolate chips with a mixture of cinnamon & sugar. They are all-natural, non-GMO & ridiculously delicious. Additional flavors include Double Chocolate Espresso "Midnight" Soft-Baked Biscotti (Dairy-Free) and Banana Bread Soft-Baked Biscotti (Gluten, Dairy & Soy-Free).
Did you know gluten-free pumpkin seeds have 42% more protein than almonds, 258% more iron than peanuts and 322% more magnesium than sunflower seeds, according to the USDA?
Kathie’s Kitchen, the maker of SuperSeedz gourmet pumpkin seeds, has redefined the traditional plain pumpkin seed into a variety of innovative flavors like Really Naked, Sea Salt, Cinnamon & Sugar, Coco Joe, Tomato Italiano, Curious Curry, Somewhat Spicy and Super Spicy and can be enjoyed as a standalone snack, or as a welcome addition to cereal, yogurt and more! Their newest flavor Maple Sugar & Sea Salt ($4.99) have been met with great success; and their new 1-ounce packages are great for school lunches, afternoon snacks or anytime you need a healthy pick-me-up.
SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt offers all the decadence of real maple, only without the mess! Each seed is seasoned with 100-percent pure maple sugar and unrefined sea salt, and boasts the following nutritional benefits per serving (1/4 cup):
· 7g of complete, plant-based protein, meaning they contain the nine essential amino acids needed for a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, pumpkin seeds traditionally offer more plant-based protein than other nut sources such as peanuts, pistachios, almonds and chia seeds!
· Non-GMO Project Verified
· Free of cholesterol and trans-fats
· 2mg Iron; 10 percent of your RDI
· 2mg Zinc; 15 percent of your RDI
· Allergen friendly – peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, soy-free and made with gluten-free ingredients
Eight O’Clock®, made with 100% Arabica beans has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to help to ensure its coffee beans are grown and harvested using environmentally and socially responsible practices and is 50% Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Available on grocery store shelves across the country, Eight O’Clock’s 100% Colombian coffee is cultivated exclusively at a high altitude in Colombia’s rich volcanic soils. These coffee beans are harvested at their optimum ripeness, providing a delicious, medium roasted flavor with winey notes and a rich, elegant aroma and full-bodied finish.
Gratitude Gourmet had the most amazing Tea and Spa Getaway to Healdsburg last weekend.
1. Taste of Tea has a Lounge, Tasting Bar and Relaxation Room which is an Experience we highly recommend. We enjoyed the Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Miso Ginger Vinaigrette and Milky Oolong Tea pairing, Green Tea Kyoto Bancha where the leaves are buried for 3 years to take out tannins and is superhigh in antioxidants paired with Japanese Ramen and local organic Edamame. Afterwards we enjoyed the Spa and Guided Tasting Flight with Kyoto Karigane Green Tea (Green Tea is an anti-inflammatory) and Face Mask. It was Heaven with rejuvinated skin as a bonus! In the Tasting Bar, we enjoyed Siphon Pot Tea with Chrysanthemum Gogi Berry Puerh Tea paired with Matcha Cheesecake topped with Raw Cocoa and Fresh Strawberry then enjoyed the Emerald Cocktail with Coconut Milk and Matcha.
2. Sonoma Cider gave Gratitude Gourmet a special Tasting in their company headquarters which is not open to the public. Breakfast Cereal Cider as well as the Sarsaparilla Vanilla Cider were two NEW flavors we enjoyed as we've positively reviewed Organic Sonoma Ciders here!
3. Dinner at Valette. Valette was born from two brothers’ lifelong dream of creating a unique dining experience in our hometown of Healdsburg, and their goal is to provide a canvas for local farmers, winemakers and artisans to showcase their crafts. The ambiance is very nice for a group of friends to gather together and enjoy eachother's company and enjoy good food and wine that is friendly to many, including vegetarians.
4. Hotel Les Mars is a luxurious hotel a 5-minute walk from Healdsburg's restaurants, shops, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and wineries and includes rich fabrics, some antique furnishings and a beautiful wood panel library including books that date from the 1800s! The room had beautiful white roses, a 4-poster bed, marble shower, soaking tub with bath salts, and a gorgeous gas fireplace. Turndown service provided a nice chocolate surprise wrapped in a beautiful box along with a chocolate cupcake! A Continental French Breakfast was delivered in the morning with French Press Coffee, croissants and freshly-made granola with yogurt and honey. Very nice hotel!
5. The Spa Hotel Healdsburg provided a a well-needed signature massage. Ask for Beth. The Spa offers Biodynamic treatments, locally sourced products are included in their philosophy that nature combined with nurture ignites the body’s own healing abilities. There are six treatment rooms, garden patio, Jacuzzi and access to the swimming pool in their own olive grove.
6. Shed is a local food-focused modern store hosting a market, cafe & fermentation bar. We got Kombucha to-go in a growler (jar :)). Everyone we talked with was raving about Shed and when you go you will see why!!
Enjoy your trip to Healdsburg!!
Taste of the NFL is proud to announce that San Francisco based, multi-platinum selling Third Eye Blind will be the entertainment at the 25th annual Party with a Purpose® to be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the legendary music venue Cow Palace in San Francisco. The premier sanctioned NFL event, is a star-studded evening celebrating two of America’s favorite pastimes—food and football— bringing together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs, celebrities, NFL players, coaches, legends, and more, all to support the fight against hunger.
"We are pleased to be playing at the Taste of the NFL's Party with a Purpose in support of food banks, especially those in our home San Francisco,” said Stephan Jenkins, singer, songwriter for Third Eye Blind. “Though having its moment in tech and some of the best food and restaurants in the world, it is still a place where one in five people have food insecurity. This especially affects children and can contribute to learning and behavior issues as well as health problems.”
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Event Time: VIP Experience begins at 5:30pm; General Admission begins at 7:00pm; Third Eye Blind will perform a 60-minute set beginning at 9:00pm
Location: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014
Tickets: For ticket information about Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
About Taste of the NFL
Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising awareness and funds for hunger relief organizations in the 32 NFL cities and across the country. Proudly celebrating its 25th anniversary at Super Bowl 50, the organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year, culminating in the annual Party with a Purpose on Super Bowl Eve. Since its inception, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $24 million, which has provided more than 192 million meals for Americans. 100% of proceeds raised for directly to supporting food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities.
Check out the NEW San Francisco Gardening Classes HERE.
Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) is making the world a better place, one chocolate bar at a time.
Not only are each of its tasty milk and dark chocolate bars and bites made with ethically traded, shade grown cacao and natural ingredients (i.e. Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee, Sea Salt & Almonds, and Forest Mint), but 10 percent of net purchases benefit conservation efforts around the world! 10% GiveBack program has donated more than $1.2 million for its carefully chosen beneficiaries. ESC is pleased to announce its 2016 -2018 10% GiveBack Partners: Rainforest Trust and Wildlife Conservation Network.
“Wildlife Conservation Network is thrilled to partner with Endangered Species Chocolate because of their passion for wildlife and mission to save wild animals,” said Tracy Elsen, marketing and communications manager at WCN. “Funds from the 10% GiveBack program will help WCN tackle the current elephant poaching crisis in Africa and provide conservationists with hands-on training that increases their impact.“
The Real Co features 100% single origin global food, and their three products are available nationally online and in stores –Basmati Rice, Himalayan Pink Rock Salt and Organic Raw Cane Sugar. All products are organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan! More info on Single Origin food: http://thereal.co/index.php/page/151/single-origin
Dark Chocolate Pistachios provide snackers with the heart healthy benefits of pistachios along with the amazing qualities of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Pistachios are chock full of potassium, protein, and fiber, making Dark Chocolate Pistachios an indulgence you can feel good about.
Available in major grocery store chains across the country such as: Bristol Farms, Albertson’s, Associated Grocers, C&S, Fairway, Key Food, Raindew Family Center, Rainbow, Save A Lot, Shoprite, TJ Maxx, Zabars, A&P, Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo, Waldbaum’s, Mariano’s, NY Times, CNBC, etc. They are also available online at Amazon.com and Puritan.com
JUST RELEASED! Christmas Care Package with a Santa hat and reindeer!
Spread Christmas cheer no matter where your loved ones are with this Christmas Care Package. Inside one of GourmetGiftBaskets.com's signature boxes, your recipient will discover a collection of irresistible wintry treats and classic toys. Complete with handcrafted cinnamon speckled popcorn, chocolate-covered Virginia peanuts, and bite-sized gourmet cookies, this fun gift is the perfect way to spread cheer across the globe.
Pure’s Crispy Clusters and Ancient Grains bars are Healthy Holiday Snacks.
The Ancient Grains bars contain quinoa, amaranth, flax seeds, and hemp, and the Crispy Clusters contain gluten-free oats and nuts. Enjoy!
In France, sweet treats have been an important part of holiday traditions for centuries, and this season, home cooks in America can impress holiday guests by incorporating a new product from esteemed French dessert maker PrePat’33.
READY TO BAKE LIQUID BATTERS (www.prepat33.fr) are inspired by actual French recipes. The handy pouches keep for up to a year in your cupboard and bake in 10 – 25 minutes, depending on which delicious treat you prepare. And the best part—no additional ingredients are needed. Simply pour the READY TO BAKE batter into a cake pan or muffin tin, and bake.
A variety of these fabulous desserts are available in stores across the Unites States, and can also be ordered online through iGourmet.com. Caramel Salted Butter Lava Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Gluten-free Brownies, Blueberry Muffins
Amaretto Cheesecake with Madeleine Crust
- 2/3 cup Sugar Bowl Bakery* Madeleine pieces, plus 6 whole cookies for garnish
- 1⁄4 cup whole raw almonds
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp. almond extract
- 1⁄4 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tsp. amaretto liqueur (optional)
- Bittersweet chocolate, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Place 2/3 cup Madeleine pieces, almonds, brown sugar and butter in a food processor and grind until fine. Pour crumb mixture into an 8” springform pan and press firmly onto the bottom and sides.
3. Place cream cheese and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in almond extract and salt.
4. Blend in eggs one at a time, on low speed. Stir in amaretto.
5. Pour batter into the crust.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is just set. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until chilled. Makes 12 servings.
Garnish: Take 6 Madeleine cookies and cut diagonally in half. Melt bittersweet chocolate. Dip the bottom of each cookie into melted chocolate, place on a tray lined with foil or waxed paper, and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens. Place a cookie, chocolate side down, on each piece of cheesecake.
Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break offers more than 45 classic and delicious recipes from cinnamon buns and ginger snaps to rhubarb cordial and rye bread. Sweden is one of the world's top coffee consuming nations. A time to take a rest from work and chat with friends or colleagues over a cup and a sweet treat, Fika is part of the national identity and a marker of the Swedish ideal of taking time to appreciate life's small joys.
Heat Up Your Holidays! Available in two sizes Chef'sChoice Int'l KeepHot™ Thermal Electric Kettle: Models 691 and 692 feature a concealed heating element that delivers 1500 watts of power that will rapidly and quietly boil water and keep it hot for up to four hours to save time and energy from having to frequently re-boil water. (After water boils, the kettles keep water to 176°F after two hours and 155 °F after four hours). Even though water inside is boiling hot, the kettle itself features a cool touch body for safe and easy handling. Crafted from food grade, unbreakable 18/8 stainless steel inner and outer shell the cord stores neatly in base and adjusts to desired length. BPH free. Available for $69.99 for 1.5 liter and $59.99 for 1.2 liter.
Telula has announced the debut of its new shelf-stable, functional juice line. The juices are made from organic cold-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors, and available in the following flavors: Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Citrus, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry Banana Chia & Coconut Citrus Chia. 32oz bottles are available at Kroger, Walmart, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralphs, QFC, and Smiths.
Gratitude Gourmet had a very nice and relaxing lunch at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. All Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts were delicious and I highly recommend the Saison (Fruity and spicy farmhouse ale made with honey, ginger, hibiscus & Peruvian herb Cat's Claw)!
Mavericks® Brewing, an independent craft brewing company devoted to creating innovative American craft beer in cans, added two more beers to its portfolio: the Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale, which received the gold medal for best French/Belgian Ale at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championships, and the Coastside Pilsner, which received the silver medal for Premium American Lager at the 2015 California State Fair.
The Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale features Pilsner malt that comes together with a touch of wheat. The results are a beautiful golden color and a light, sweet malt background. European hops are then added for a subtle grassy, earthy and herbal flavor. The Belgian style yeast offers aromas of honey, bubblegum and banana with a soft spice character. Belgian clear candy sugar is added for an exceptionally complex and dry finish. Available on draft and in a four-pack of 16 ounce cans. ABV 8.3% & 25 IBUs
The Coastside Pilsner is Mavericks’ take on an American Premium style lager, and is brewed with American 2-Row and German Pilsner malt for a clean malt profile. Both German and American hops create a grassy, woody and floral finish, while California lager yeast rounds out the profile for a remarkably smooth and well-balanced beer that is perfect for a warm coastal afternoon. Available on draft and in a four-pack of 16 ounce cans. ABV 5.5% & 31 IBU
Natural Calm is a solution to restore healthy magnesium levels and to balance your calcium intake—the result of which is natural stress relief. Natural Calm is the best-selling magnesium supplement on the market according to health food supermarket scanner reports. It has won numerous industry awards and features a proprietary formula that provides a highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium.
Would you like to win a bottle? Just go to our Gratitude Gourmet Facebook Page and tell us what you do to make you Calm. A random winner will be selected to win a bottle in 1 Week so share your Calm Thoughts with our Gratitude Gourmet Community Today! God Luck!! :)
National Hot Cocoa Day is coming up December 13th.
GODIVA stores recently launched the “Hot Chocolate for a Cause” national charity program with the Toys for Tots Foundation. For every hot chocolate beverage that is sold in GODIVA stores from through December 15th, the chocolatier will donate $1.00 to Toys for Tots.
Dandies Mini Marshmallows are a delicious fit for topping hot chocolate this winter or for using in dessert recipes for the holidays and New Year’s. Check out this yummy recipe for s’mores truffles: http://bit.ly/smorestruffles
Looking for some red wines that will pair beautifully with your holiday dishes and parties? Here are a few selections for you.
Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva 2009
An elegant wine with balsamic and spicy notes followed by raspberry, plum, and vanilla flavors. Franco Espanolas, which is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, is one of Rioja’s most prestigious and historic wineries. The Reserva is aged for 20 months in wood and then 24 months in bottle.
Angelini Estate Pergola Rosso
With only 3 Pergola Rosso wines available in the US, this is a very unique bottle of wine. Pergola Rosso is an indigenous grape from Italy’s Marche region. This wine exhibits notes of rose petals and lavender and flavors of wild cherry and strawberries; serve with slight chill.
Finca El Encinal Crianza 2011
From the Ribera del Duero, El Encinal Crianza is a harmonious and elegant wine. Its red fruit, cedar, and spice bouquet and flavors of black cherry, plum, and raisin notes make it a wonderful choice for holiday meals.
Sonoma Cider – the award-winning certified organic and sulfite/sulfate free brand in the exploding hard cider category has developed some festive cocktails using their unique ciders.
Please see cocktails recipes below
The Tree Topper
.5oz Luxardo Bitter
.5oz cranberry simple syrup
5oz The Hatchet
1 sprig of rosemary
1 star anise, whole
Ensure the cider is very cold before serving. Pour Luxardo and cranberry simple syrup into champagne flute and top with cider. Garnish with rosemary-anise tree garnish.
For the garnish: Cut rosemary sprigs so that they sit 1" below the rim of the glass. Ensure you trim off the top of the rosemary sprig that is green and soft (cut down to the rigid part). Remove one or two points from the star anise to expose the center circle. Using a push pin or small nail create a hole to insert the rosemary sprig into. Be gentle and don’t go past the center of the star anise when making the hole or it will break.
Cranberry simple syrup
2 1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (8 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender but haven't burst, 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard cranberries.
Cran Master Sage
1.5oz St. George Botanivore Gin
.75 oz cranberry simple syrup
4 sage leaves
.5 oz honey syrup
4oz The Hatchet
Muddle sage with all ingredients but cider. Shake with ice for 15 seconds and strain into glass. Top with 4 oz cider and then fill glass with ice. Garnish with sage leaf and cranberries on a pick.