The Summer Fancy Foods Show just ended and some of the new foods we found are perfect for the car, or if you are going on a picnic. We looked for new foods, not foods that were gooey that would melt all over the car, but fun foods to eat. Some of the foods go in the cooler, but they were so tasty ( and the packaging was so adorable) that we included them.
Goat cheese gone wild!
Laura Chenel has some of the most adorable little buckets of tasty marinated Cabecou goat cheese, flavored goat cheese logs, and goat brie.
The disks of Cabecou is a marinated goat cheese button with a dense texture. They are cut from fresh logs and placed on racks to dry for 5 to 7 days. The new Spicy Cabecou is marinated in Jalapeno olive oil and crushed Chilies that give a spicy punch to the chevre.
For a gourmet superfood snack that is packed with nutrition, health benefits, and the flavor Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, or Merlot try wine grapes called Rayzyns.
Located in Napa, California, three generations of organic farming experience prompted these wine from the vine Rayzyns. Love the idea, love the taste, just wish there was a way to extract the seeds before packaging.
You have to make some spicy jerky if you’re an ex-lawyer gone rogue, and he does. Start with 100% New Zealand grass-fed beef, throw in some intense flavors with a soft texture and no sugary coatings, and you’ve got an excellent array of flavors; Sweet Sriracha, Aloha Teriyaki, BBQ Spare Rib, Honey Chipotle, Mango Habanero, Japanese Curry, Pho.
For over 34 years Robert William Garcia has been creating verified non-GMO and certified gluten-free chips. Sweet Potato, Kale, Harvest (pumpkin & blue corn), Sweet Beet, Sweet Pea, and Quinoa artisan crackers, Black Bean, Lentil, or Chickpea and roasted red pepper, Blue Corn and Stone Ground Yellow Corn, Blue & Yellow, Red & Yellow, and Veggie tortilla chips
Thinking of dinner for a large group of people? How about good ole’ fashioned spaghetti, with a twist – red lentil spaghetti noodles and tomato basil sauce! Of course, you can add meat or vegetables, maybe even some cheese, but the foundation starts with Lidia’s Tomato Basil sauce and Explore Cuisine noodles. For a smaller group, I would use the gluten-free green lentil lasagne with thinly sliced vegetables and a small amount of marinara sauce.
If you want something with a little more foreign flair, try the taste of Thailand. My favorite is always peanut sauce anything, but Pad Thai is a quick second. While the essence of green curry derives from Thai basil and green chilies, Watchare has created a blend of sour, sweet and salty flavors that tickle the tongue and hint at Thai cuisine. If you like garlic and coriander, try the massaman curry. With origins in India, the massaman curry was created in Thailand over 200 years ago by court chefs to King Rama II (1809 – 1824).
I was going to save these to put on top of the dessert because of the cinnamon and cocoa coverings, but these superseedz could be used in Thai dishes or desserts. Like I said previously, I love nuts on just about anything. This gourmet shelled pumpkin seeds come in Maple Sugar & Sea Salt, Sea Salt, Somewhat Spicy, Cinnamon & Sugar, Coco Joe, Super Spicy, Tomato Italiano, Curious Curry, and Really Naked.
A new twist on an old favorite, ketchup. I love this idea because my friend Sam loves jam. Blackberry Patch ketchup comes in Blueberry Balsamic, Blackberry, and Raspberry Chipotle. I can’t wait for the Fourth of July when we’re barbecuing steaks; I’m going to render red wine and chocolate with some Blackberry ketchup. I’m hoping it turns out as good as I think it will.
A different ketchup a different twist on ketchup; Sun-dried tomato and Sriracha ketchup. This ketchup celebrates the tomato, not the sugar, “Our California Sun-Dried Tomato Ketchup truly celebrates the tomato,” said Willie Traina, CEO of Traina Foods. And now we are turning up the heat by blending it with Sriracha. The result is an intense tomato flavor with a spicy, tangy finish. It can be used in place of hot sauce or ketchup, as a condiment or base for sauces or marinades, even cocktails like Bloody Marys or margaritas,” he added.
One last item, then we’re onto dessert and drinks! You can’t forget to pack some spices; The Spice Lab concocts some extra special spices from all over the world. If you’re grilling chicken try the Caribbean jerk chicken spice or the citrus ‘n garlic. Both go great with a bottle of tangerine wheat beer.
Ice cream toppings galore! Get some ice cream, top it with one of Blackberry Patch berry toppings; Blackberry Ice Cream Topping, Raspberry Ice Cream Topping, Blueberry Ice Cream Topping, Strawberry Ice Cream Topping, Blueberry Yogurt Topping, Blackberry Yogurt Topping, or a Raspberry Yogurt Topping.
Add a hazelnut, almond, or pistachio Nutterly snap chip, baked in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Grab a crio bru delicious all-natural coffee alternative made from the finest fair trade cocoa beans, roasted, ground and brewed just like coffee, only it’s cocoa.
elephantea caffeine-free herbal tea, or an ethical bean cup of coffee and let the world go by as you finally have time to sit and relax.
All of these new Summer foods pack well in your car for your vacation dinners and desserts with the people you love.
Drive carefully, enjoy life.