TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Jeff’s Famous Jerky

We’ve had Top Pick jerkys before, but they are few and far between. Even small-batch artisan brands can be too tough for us, and/or leave remnants of gristle. Not so with Jeff’s Famous Jerky. Each variety we tried was melt-in-your-mouth tender, with exquisite flavor. When you can say jerky has exquisite flavor, you know you’ve…
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GIFT OF THE DAY: Horseshoe Brand Hot Sauce

We receive lots of hot sauce samples. Most of them are fine, but not special. Enter the special: Horseshoe Brand hot sauce, developed by two entrepreneurs in New York State’s food mecca, the Hudson Valley. All natural, made in small batches, you can’t help but say, “This is good stuff!” Why? The hot sauces are…
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GIFTS: Stocking Stuffers, Part 1

For stocking stuffers, we look for special items around $10 (or less). Here’s the first bunch of gourmet foods we’d like to find in our stocking. ANNIE B’S CARAMELS In polka dot gift bags of 20 caramels, Annie B’s caramels are sure to please. The Signature Mix includes Butter Rum, Chocolate, Sea Salt and Original…
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PRODUCT: Christine Ferber Jam

Connoisseurs worldwide prize the exquisite jams of Christine Ferber, who is called the “queen of confitures”* by strangers and “the jam fairy” by her friends. The jams are served in such posh places as the Connaught in London, the Crillon and George V in Paris and the Four Seasons in Hong Kong. Mlle Ferber makes…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Sixth Course Chocolates

At a fine restaurant, after a five course dinner, including dessert, the sixth course is a dish of chocolates or mignardises with coffee. The founders of Sixth Course Artisan Confections describe them selves as “good pastry chefs [gone] rogue.” The Bay Area confectioners used Guittard couverture chocolate, made in San Francisco, along with local dairy…
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