Purple Haze, a three-inch disk of fresh goat cheese embellished with lavender buds and fennel pollen, is one of the numerous chevre-tacular cheeses from Cypress Grove Chevre. Universally wonderful at breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails or snacks. Photo by B.A. Van Sise.
THE NIBBLE Gourmet Food Magazine
Names The Top Specialty Food Products Of 2007
December 17, 2007, New York — When you taste more than 3,000 specialty food products a year, some are bound to stand out. The editors of THE NIBBLE, the online magazine about specialty food (TheNibble.com) spend their time reviewing the best products for a national readership of fine food enthusiasts. At the end of the year, they look at everything they’ve enjoyed, to see what has truly stood out.
“We love all of the products we write about,” enthused Karen Hochman, founder and editorial director of THE NIBBLE. But some are meant for entertaining, some for special occasion indulgences and some for luxurious gifts. Our five best products of 2007 are specialty food items that can be enjoyed everyday, and are affordable by almost everyone.”
The Top Picks of 2007 are made by artisan producers from coast to coast. They were selected from the magazine’s Top Picks Of The Week for the year.
- Cypress Grove Chevre, a northern California cheese maker, creates a broad variety of creative fresh and aged goat cheeses, including the popular Humboldt Fog.
- Peeled Snacks, of New York City, makes nutritious, grab-and-go fruit and nut mixes in innovative packaging that keeps the fruits moist and the nuts crisp. Better than a candy bar, say the editors.
- The Ojai Cook reinvents mayonnaise into something flavorful, fabulous and worth every calorie. Made in a variety of flavors from lemony to Latin, any recipe that these mayos touch will be vastly improved.
- Pierre Marcolini Confitures, the only import on the list (from Belgium), are jams unlike any in the marketplace. Using so little sugar that diabetics can enjoy them (20% or less), these velvety, spreadable fruits have the richness of a curd without curd’s calorie- and cholesterol-laden eggs and butter. Truly a jam miracle.
- Starr Ridge Bread Sticks, from Phoenix, are so flavorful that they require no embellishment—although a tapenade or other dip makes a splendid hors d’oeuvre. The five flavors—Asiago Cheese, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese With Black Pepper, Roasted Garlic and Seed—can be served at elegant dinners or for casual snacks.
Read more about each product by clicking on the links above; or read summaries of each in next week’s Top Pick Of The Week: Top Picks Of 2007 on TheNibble.com. The Top Pick Of The Week is also available by email or by RSS feed (sign up on the website).
About THE NIBBLE
THE NIBBLE™, “Great Food Finds,” is an online magazine about specialty foods and the gourmet life. It is the only consumer publication and website that focuses on reviewing the best specialty foods and beverages in every category. THE NIBBLE staff tastes more than 3,000 specialty foods every year and chooses a few hundred “best of the best” for review in the online magazine. In addition, the editors’ Top Pick Of The Week is e-mailed to opt-in subscribers. The magazine also covers tableware, gourmet housewares and other topics of interest to people who love fine food. The monthly magazine, featuring dozens of product reviews, articles and reference materials, was developed to meet the demands of readers—and to meet a gap in the consumer marketplace—for more extensive information about specialty foods. Content, which is free of charge, is also available via RSS and is archived on TheNibble.com for permanent reference. There is also a daily news feed at Blog.TheNibble.com.
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