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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Rustic Bakery

More than 18 months ago, we were invited to a party in San Francisco to celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite cheese makers, Cowgirl Creamery. Many great American cheese makers brought their best cheeses to the celebration. But what we remembered most following that assembly of fine fromage were the enchanting, irresistible flatbreads from Rustic Bakery, a small artisan enterprise which had started up only nine months earlier. It was by no means ready to set up an e-commerce operation, but we kept calling regularly with high hopes. We simply had to have a steady supply of such great flatbreads to accentuate cheese, soup, salad or as a great munchie with a glass of wine or beer.

Each time we called to find out when we could order online, the product line had expanded. One time it was panforte crostini, the next time, cookies. Finally, the e-commerce engine turned over, and now those of us not within driving distance of Larkspur, California (across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) can experience these unleavened luxuries and their classy cookie cousins. While the company name, Rustic Bakery, honors a 50-year-old heritage, there’s nothing rustic about these sophisticated stunners.


The Hazelnut & Sultana Panforte Crostini
is just one of the remarkable artisan
products from greater San Francisco flatbread and cookie baker, Rustic
Bakery.
Oh, how lucky the Larkspur locals are, to be able to have their morning java with these glories, or to take afternoon tea with a plate of such special cookies. The rest of us can order up a bunch, put some flowers on the table and imagine we’re on vacation at a spectacular inn. Each bite makes you proud to be part of the American artisan food movement. For surely, our role, to purchase and savor such fine products, is as important as the role of the artisan who crafts them. The products are made with organic ingredients. Read the full review on TheNibble.com, as we describe each delicious bite.

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Hot Dog Trivia


Man bites dog: 150 million of them on July Fourth alone!
  Like sausage? Enter this week’s Gourmet Giveaway: The lucky winner of our hot dog prize will get to enjoy two large gourmet sausages, Mild Summer Sausage and Spicy Summer Sausage, with matching mustards: Sweet ‘n’ Hot Mustard, Hickory Mustard and Hot Mustard, from Dan The Sausageman. The sausages are 20 ounces each, and can be enjoyed as snacks, on pizza, in pasta, old-style with sauerkraut or as part of a mixed grill. Retail value $30.99. This and other sausage gifts are available at DelightfulDeliveries.com. Enter the Gourmet Giveaway by answering a few fun trivia questions about hot dogs; you don’t have to answer correctly to win. Find more of our favorite gourmet sausages in the Sausages & Charcuterie Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Ham & Goat

Instead of Swiss or Cheddar on your ham or turkey sandwich, spread an ounce of fresh goat cheese (chèvre). Add your lettuce and tomato, and for an exciting extra dimension, some chopped fresh basil. Fresh goat cheese is so moist, you may not need mustard or mayonnaise; but look to mayo rather than mustard so as not to overpower the flavors of delicate chèvre. Our favorite: Lemonaise or Lemonaise Light from The Ojai Cook—you’ll never go back to regular mayonnaise again! If you don’t like fresh chèvre, get an aged goat cheese—there are goat Cheddars, goat blues, glorious goats in almost every style of cheese, just waiting to be discovered. Click here to learn more about goat cheese on TheNibble.com.  
Gourmet goat cheese: Crottins of Chavignol, an AOC-designated goat cheese from France.
 

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Chobani Greek Yogurt


Probiotics with panache: Here, we added
fresh blueberries to Chobani’s blue-
berry yogurt (the Chobani fruit is on the
bottom).
  Chobani Greek Yogurt is a welcome newcomer to the yogurt case. More like sour cream than American-style yogurt, it will overcome resistance from some people who don’t care for the tart tanginess of traditional yogurts. And, packed with probiotic cultures, it will help those who have digestive problems. In 0%, lowfat, full fat plain yogurt, and in six 0% flavored varieties, the line is certified kosher, all natural, rBGH-free and gluten-free.

“Chobani” means shepherd in Turkish. This lovely yogurt line has been carefully shepherded by an emigré whose family makes yogurt and feta in Turkey. Using the same classic techniques to produce thick, triple-strained yogurt—known as Greek-style in the U.S.—Chobani Greek Yogurt is the thickest and most sour cream-like line of Greek-style yogurt we have found to date. People who should eat more yogurt or calcium in general, but don’t like the consistency or tanginess of most yogurts, may be very happy with Chobani.

Chobani is a very rich and ultra-creamy way to get your probiotics and protein—or simply to enjoy a delicious cup of yogurt. All-natural and low in sugar (the plain nonfat is 100 calories a serving and the fruit flavors are 140 calories), the line is made with hormone-free milk. It contains live and active cultures as well as probiotic cultures (see our Probiotics Glossary for the difference). And, at 14g of protein per 6-ounce serving, it has two times the amount of protein as traditional American yogurts. Read the full review on TheNibble.com.

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TIP OF THE DAY: Tortellini Kebabs

Tortellini and cheese kebabs are a different twist on a party favorite—and they go great with wine and beer. Cook, cool and marinate cheese and/or spinach tortellini in a vinaigrette or bottled Italian dressing. Drain and alternate on skewers with cubes of ham, salami, cheese (small mozzarella balls or perlini are perfect) and chunks of bell peppers. Then, watch them disappear! You can serve the skewers on a tray or stick them in a crusty round loaf of bread, a brick of cheese, a halved winter squash or a pumpkin. Get more hors d’oeuvres ideas on TheNibble.com.  
Make your own tortellini kebabs or buy
these frozen ones from Kabobs, a NIBBLE Top Pick.
 

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