On Monday, I played hooky from work and spent a day strolling the Fancy Food Show with camera in hand. I tasted some amazing things, including delicious cheeses, shatteringly good chocolates and snack-y items galore. But since this is a blog (mostly) about food that comes in jars, those were the items I sought out and made mental notes about. Here goes…
Harvest Song Artisanal Preserves is a New York-based company that imports handmade preserves from Armenia. All their spreads are divine (my friend Tenaya gave me a jar of the Tea Rose Petal preserves for my birthday last year. That jar didn’t last a week) but these Baby Walnuts are just amazing. They pick them green, brine them and then pack them in a sugar syrup. They are soft, tender and delicately flavored. I’ve never before tasted anything like them.
I loved these boozy flavored jellies from Cherith Valley Gardens. They also have a product called Spirited Peaches that are essentially wonderful canned peaches packed in a syrup to which some almond liqueur has been added. I think I know how I’m doing my peaches this summer!
A mini-trend I spotted was that everyone seems to be making a Nutella-like chocolate hazelnut spread. This one from Justin’s Nut Butters was sweet tooth satisfying. However…
This one from Askinosie was far richer and more intriguing. Made from scratch with hazelnuts from Lyndon, Washington and roasted cocoa nibs and cocoa powder (both made by Askinosie with beans sourced from Davao, Philippines), it made this dark chocolate lover do a dance of joy right there in the aisle (and then squat down to get a better picture).
They say that tumeric has a number of positive effects on health. Sadly, most Americans don’t get enough in their diets (unless they’re Indian food junkies). This product, called Nutmeric, combines the flavor and spreadability of almond butter with the vivid health benefits of tumeric. It also happens to taste really good.
Root Cellar Preserves makes a mean pickle. Seriously. Those Zesty Sweet Pickle Chips go in all tangy and gentle and just when you’re least suspecting it, the spice leaps out and grabs the back of your throat in a most fabulous and tasty way. I aspire to make some bread and butters just like this in the very near future.
These goats milk caramel sauces were everything a caramel sauce should be, with just the smallest hint of the complexity of goat’s milk. The fact that they come from a place called Fat Toad Farm just makes them that much better.
Okay, so these aren’t edible, but I was smitten with them nonetheless. I’ve been actively trying to reduce my consumption of plastic utensils of late. I do this mostly by keeping a set of mis-matched silverware at my desk at work. However, I do wish I had a set of these Bamboo Utensils to keep in my bag. I think it would help me be even better. Plus, what a cute carrying case they come in!