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Gourmet Foods – THE NIBBLE Blog

Adventures In The World Of Fine Food

Last Build Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:34:51 +0000


TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Aldi For Christmas Entertaining

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:34:51 +0000

Recently, we went to our neighborhood specialty food store to buy appetizers for a get together with wine. Sure, the cheeses we picked were $25 a pound; our favorite crackers from La Panzanella and Raincoast Crisps aren’t inexpensive. And we do tend to buy too much. But when the cashier said, “$146.76 please,” we were […]

GIFT OF THE DAY: Gourmet Dinners From Babeth’s Feast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:01:02 +0000

One of the many dinner combinations you can order from Babeth’s Feast.   What to get for the fine food lover who doesn’t cook? As long as someone has an oven and knows how to turn it on, we suggest a gift of Babeth’s Feast. There are more than 300 dishes, flash frozen, that heat […]

FOOD FUN: Poinsettia Hors d’Oeuvre

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:35:34 +0000

Turn spinach dip into poinsettia hors d’oeuvre. The ones in the top photo, from Mackenzie Limited. They have a base of focaccia bread topped with creamy spinach dip with a hint of truffle oil. The flower is made from piped goat cheese flower. We created our own version of the canapés, which pair well with […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Create Ice Cube Art (Designer Ice Cubes)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:56:15 +0000

We have long made “designer ice cubes” for cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks by: Adding fruit to the ice cube for sweet drinks. Adding herbs to the ice cubes for savory drinks.   You simply fill the ice cube tray with water and drop a piece of fruit or an herb into each compartment. Here’s our […]

HOLIDAY COCKTAIL: Christmas Martini Recipe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:07:40 +0000

[1] [2] It’s a Christmas Martini (photos courtesy World Market). [3] You can find actual rose and purple cauliflower heads at farmers markets, but at this time of year, you may have to color your own with beet juice. Here’s a recipe for pickled cauliflower and beets from The Galanter’s Kitchen. [4] Castelvetrano olives are […]

GIFT OF THE DAY: Bacon Curing Kit

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:56:30 +0000

What can you get for the bacon lover? There’s the Bacon Of The Month Club, but that’s $400. There’s always an assortment of the finest artisanal bacon brands from small producers who craft premium bacon the old-fashioned way: hand-rubbed spices, slow curing methods and real wood smoke. They can be double or triple the price […]

RECIPE: Pomegranate Cheese Ball

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:11:23 +0000

[1] The Christmas Cheese Ball, festive with cocktails. This recipe, from How Sweet Eats, is made with with white cheddar, mascarpone and sage. [2] The Café Sucre Farine is made with Monterey Jack, pecans, rosemary and thyme. Minced parsley accents the arils for an even better holiday effect. [3] Our original inspiration was this red […]

TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas Crudites, A Gingerbread House Alternative

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:59:07 +0000

[1] A good-for-you Christmas treat. [2] Start here (photos #1 and #2 courtesy Green Giant). [3] A chocolate house, made with molds from King Arthur Flour.   How about a vegetable cottage instead of a gingerbread house? Created by Green Giant; we found it on It was originally posted on Green Giant’s Facebook page. Here’s […]

RECIPE: Lemon Cream Pie

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:16:55 +0000

[1] A yummy way to celebrate National Lemon Cream Pie Day (photo courtesy The Baker Chick). [2] You can use any extra lemon zest to garnish the pie, with or without the candied mint leaves (photo courtesy Sunkist).   It’s November 29th: National Lemon Cream Pie Day. We adapted this classic recipe from one of […]

GIFT OF THE DAY: Swedish Gummy Horse Stocking Stuffers

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:19:50 +0000

[1] and [2] Swedish Gummy Horses, the best thing since Swedish fish (photos courtesy Candy People). [3] The painted wood horse that inspired the gummies (photo courtesy Scandinavian Butik).   We love gummy candy. Our entire family does. That’s why it’s so easy to give them what they really want: different types of gummies, which, […]