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Archive for Great Gifts

FOOD HOLIDAY: Original Saratoga Chip Day

Original Saratoga Chips in a replica of the
original 1800s packaging. Photo by Hannah
Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

 

Where would we be without potato chips?

Today is the 158th anniversary of the invention of the potato chip by Chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, a restaurant on Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Read the whole story, which started with a sort of food fight between the crusty chef and a wealthy older patron who complained that his fried potatoes weren’t crisp enough. It led to the invention of the potato chip.

That day will be commemorated today as Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott T. Johnson proclaims August 24th as “Saratoga Specialties Original Saratoga Chip Day” on the steps of Saratoga City Hall.

Two years ago, two friends from Saratoga launched the Saratoga Specialties Company to reintroduce the original chips, which hadn’t been made since the 1920s when regional brands of chips became prominent. The friends’ inspiration was seeing one of the original packages at the Saratoga Museum. The Mayor’s proclamation will recognize the entrepreneurs’ considerable effort to recreate the product for the nationwide consumer market.

 

We love the chips so much, we sell them at TheNibbleGourmetMarket.com. Take a look at the delicious options, which pair the original 1853 chips with more modern sour cream-based dips.

Celebrate Original Saratoga Chip Day by treating yourself to a box of chips. Just be sure to get the larger box. While we love the small, 1.5-ounce size for party favors and stocking stuffers, any chip eater will want the 9-ounce box—several of them, in fact.

  

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GIFT OF THE WEEK: The Best Barbecue Sauce

Grandville’s is the best for barbecue. Photo
by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

 

If you’re invited to a July 4th barbecue, don’t bring a bottle of wine. Bring something memorable!

We recommend Grandville’s Barbecue Sauce, the best barbecue sauce we’ve ever had. It’s so thick, flavorful and chock-full of the best ingredients—not loaded with sugar or HFCS—that creator Steve Gerst calls it Barbecue Jam.

It’s what we’re bringing to our July 4th hosts.

Each flavor is packed with minced onions, bell peppers, chiles, garlic cloves and, depending on the flavor, pineapple and other real fruits, vegetables and herbs. This fresh bounty of nature provides the deep texture and memorable taste of Grandville’s sauces.

Flavors include Cajun Kick, Ginger Glaze, Pineapple, Original Spicy, Extra Spicy and Mild.

Treat your hosts, treat yourself. Select your favorite flavors:

  • Two-pack
  • Six-pack
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    COUPON CODES FOR 10% DISCOUNT: Dad2011 through June 30th, 1776 for July.

    Read our full review of Grandville’s, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Gourmet Gift Certificate

    No decisions required: Send Dad a gourmet
    gift certificate.

     

    It’s getting close!

    If you haven’t figured out what to get your favorite dad(s) for Father’s Day—or you don’t have time to run out and buy it—we have a delicious solution:

    A gift certificate to The Nibble Gourmet Market.

    We created our gourmet marketplace to make it easy to find our favorite foods, most of which have been NIBBLE Top Picks Of The Week (the rest are future Top Picks). So many readers write to ask what to give their girlfriends, grandmothers, kid’s teachers and so forth. The Nibble Gourmet Market makes it easy.

    And what makes it even easier is a gift certificate. It gets emailed as soon as as your order is processed, so if you can’t get around to it until Father’s Day, this Sunday, it will still arrive “on time.”

     

    Those who don’t get around to it can always send a belated gift certificate on Monday.

    A gift certificate also eliminates the decision making: Does Dad want our favorite whoopie pies, artisan salame, fresh-picked oysters or single malt chocolates, for example. Let him decide!

    Visit TheNibbleGourmetMarket.com. There’s a link for Gift Certificates at the top of the page.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Brownies

    A stack of round brownies from
    Sugardaddy’s. Photo by Melody Lan |
    THE NIBBLE.

     

    Some people bake brownies as Father’s Day gifts. Others look for the best artisan brownies, and send them.

    Here are two of our favorite brownies that are sure to be a hit on Father’s Day:

  • Geoff & Drew’s Brownies, in Chocolate Candy (think M&Ms), Chocolate Chip, Mint (with a large chocolate peppermint pattie) and Toffee. These fudgy brownies are deep in chocolate flavor and extremely moist. Each brownie is individually boxed, so you can also use them for party favors.
  • Geoff & Drew’s Brownie & Cookie Assortment. The brownie flavors above, plus large cookie flavors in Chocolate Chunk, Double Fudge and White Chocolate Cranberry.
  • Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties. Six delicious brownies, in your choice of 15 flavors of brownies, blondies, and spicy brownies. In addition to being delicious, these round brownies are charmers.
  • Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties. Ten of the same wonderful brownies.
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    Today is the last day to order for Father’s Day delivery with ground shipping! Order by 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Fresh Oysters

    You deserve fresh-picked oysters. Photo
    by James Antrim | IST.

     

    Willapa Oysters are grown in beds in the cleanest estuary in America: Willapa Bay, in Oysterville (yes, Oysterville!), Washington. They’re picked and shipped to you the same day, avoiding the distribution chain, where they can sit and fade for 10 days or more.

    With Willapa, you eat an oyster that’s not only pristine from its surroundings, but as fresh as can be without a visit to the ocean. Two-day express shipping is required. Even with shipping, though, the cost is the same or less than you’d pay at a restaurant–and the oysters are so much better. It’s an experience you won’t believe…and an indulgence you won’t want to give up.

    Willapa Bay oysters are perfect for the half shell lover wanting a bit more meat from every fresh oyster. They’re also ideal for grilled oysters, oyster stews, bisques and Oysters Rockefeller.

    For many decades, the pleasure of sitting down to dozens of freshly opened oysters was a local one. Today, with online ordering and overnight shipping, the pleasure can be enjoyed by anyone fortunate enough to learn about Willapa Oysters.

  • Three dozen small (2-3/4 to 3-3/4 inches) fresh Pacific oysters, $48.00.
  • Three dozen extra-small fresh Pacific oysters, $48.00
  • Four dozen fresh-picked Kumamoto oysters, $76.00.
  • Two quarts fresh-shucked Pacific oysters, $58.00.
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    NOTE: Order early for Father’s Day. Oysters are shucked each Tuesday and packed and shipped on Wednesday for Friday arrival. You need to order by Monday, June 13th if you want your oysters in time for Father’s Day.

    Willapa Oysters are a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Read the review.

    Check out the different types of oysters in our Oyster Glossary.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Gary West, The Best Jerky

    One of several gift packages of Gary West’s fine jerky. Photo courtesy Gary West.

     

    If your favorite Dad likes jerky, the crème de la crème of jerky is made by Gary West, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

    This premium jerky is so tender, it belongs in a specialized class we’ll call “The Best Gourmet Jerky.” We’ve even tossed it with pasta!

    Memorable Gary West jerky gifts can be had from $19.99 to $79.99.

    The yummy beef jerky is available in Traditional and three flavors: Cajun, Cracked Black Pepper and Teriyaki.

    Hubby may especially enjoy the Beef Jerky Bouquet: one dozen “long stemmed” jerky strips, packaged like long-stemmed roses.

    Take a look at these tasty options:

     

  • Gift Pouch: Your choice of Cajun, Cracked Black Pepper, Teriyaki or Traditional Beef.
  • Beef Jerky Bouquet: Like a dozen long-stemmed roses, but with individual long jerky strips instead of the roses.
  • The Motherlode Sampler: beef (traditional and three flavors), Certified Angus, buffalo/bison and elk.
  • Pepper Trio: Cracked Pepper Beef Jerky, Hot and Spicy Cajun Beef Jerky and Pepperoni Sticks.
  • Single Servings Sampler: 16 sticks of jerky in your choice of four different flavors or all one flavor.
  • Wild Game Sampler: 4 ounces of buffalo/bison, 4 ounces of elk rounds and 4 ounces of traditional beef smoked strips
  • Bull In A Box: Gift sampler in 16-ounce and 32-ounce sizes—two pounds of delicious jerky.
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    Read our review of Gary West Jerky.

    Find more special Father’s Day gift ideas at The Nibble Gourmet Market.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: The Best Whoopie Pies

    You’ll want many bites of these whoopie pies. Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

     

    We’ve had many a whoopie pie, and can attest that the absolute best are from artisan baker WannaHavaCookie.

    We wannahav lots of these cakelike cookies:* perfect recipes of moist cake and buttercream. Each one is a pillow of comfort food.

    *A whoopie pie is not a pie, but a sandwich cookie. It’s made not from cookies, but from cake. Confusing? Well, that’s how the industry classifies it. A cookie is a handheld food; a piece of cake requires a fork.

    Send any dad an assortment of scrumptious Wannahavacookie Whoopie Pie Classics.

    The mixed dozen includes chocolate, red velvet and vanilla cake whoopie pies (the best red velvet cake we’ve ever had). They’re filled with chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, mint and peanut butter buttercream fillings, and are packaged in a reusable bucket tin.

    Order them at TheNibbleGourmetMarket.com.

    We bet Dad will say “Whoopie!”

     

    WHOOPIE PIE TRIVIA: Legend credits an unnamed Amish woman with the invention of the whoopie pie. She allegedly took some leftover cake and frosting and made a handheld treat for her husband’s lunch box. He opened his lunch box and exclaimed, “Whoopie.” However, according to food historians, the real credit likely goes to a Boston bakery that created the whoopie pie sometime during the Depression. Details.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Handmade Italian Salame

    Some foods, once tasted, can never be forgotten. Nothing will ever be as good.

    That’s how we feel about the handmade Italian salami (or salame, as it is properly called in Italy) from Creminelli Fine Meat of Seattle.

    The Creminelli family has been producing artisan meat products in Italy since the 1600. More recently, in 2007, master artisan Cristiano Creminelli brought the family’s recipes and techniques to America.

    The pork-based salami will be a revelation to Americans for whom Old World artisan traditions have long since disappeared. From the first bite, you know you are eating recipes made with skills passed down from generation to generation.

    If Dad/Hubby/Grandpa enjoys a good piece of salami, treat him to some from Creminelli salami for Father’s Day. There are two scrumptious selections in handsome wooden gift crates:

     

    Truffle Salami, our favorite, shown here with white Oregon truffles. Photo courtesy Creminelli.

     

  • Classic Artisan Salami Selection: Casalingo, Piccante and Sopressata
  • Gourmet Artisan Salami Selection: Barolo Salami With Barolo Red Wine, Tartufo Salami With Black Truffles and Wild Boar Salami
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    Read our full review of Creminelli salami, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

    Favoloso!

    You can also brush up on the different types of salami.

      

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    FATHER’S DAY GIFTS: The Best Gourmet Gifts, 10% Off

    Our father always liked a bargain, so in his honor, we’re offering a 10% discount on everything in our gourmet e-store: Father’s Day Gifts as well as everyday treats.

    For Dad, there are:

  • Heart-healthy gifts, like fresh-picked avocados and the finest gourmet nuts.
  • Indulgent gifts, like the best toffee (also available sugar-free), chocolate and whoopie pies.
  • Calorie-free gifts, such as our favorite coffee (your purchase helps the rainforest).
  • Much more, including the best barbecue sauce—so thick, it’s called barbecue jam.
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    Just enter promotion code DAD2011 at checkout to receive your discount. The promotion is valid through June 30, 2011.

    While you’re buying for Dad, you can pick up a treat for yourself.

    And share the code with food-loving friends.

    TheNibbleGourmetMarket.com

     

    Stupendous handmade salami in Black,
    TruffleBarolo and Wild Boar. Photo
    courtesy Creminelli Brothers.

     

      

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    GOURMET GIFT: Fresh-Picked Avocados & Avocado Recipes

    A fresh-picked, healthy gift.

     

    Last month we wrote about California Avocados Direct, a business started by a fourth-generation California farm family.

    The plump Hass avocados are fresh-picked to order and shipped that day, along with a note from the farmer about when they’ll be at peak ripeness (in about 10 days, so there’s plenty of time to plan how to serve them).

    We sent some gift boxes to family members as a Cinco de Mayo surprise, and got such enthusiastic thanks that we’ve added the avocado gifts to our new gourmet gift store, TheNibbleGourmetMarket.com.

    Avocados are a perfect gift for healthy eaters, anyone with allergies (gluten, lactose, etc.), vegetarians and vegans. And since fresh fruit and vegetables are de facto kosher, we’ll be sending them as gifts to kosher friends as well.

     

    Check out these lovely avocado gifts, and think of them as a healthy and nutritious present for Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21st). Shipping is included in the price, and your gift supports family farming in America.

  • Avocado health benefits, how to select avocados and an avocado omelet recipe.
  • Avocado ice cream (a very popular flavor in Mexico).
  • Turmeric-Spiced Chicken Avocado Tacos.
  • Tuna & Avocado Chirashi Sushi.
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