Give yummy gifts to the food lovers in your life, with just a couple clicks. All of these delicious products are American-made and available by mail order. You might even want to send yourself some!
Sommer Hof farms' cheese biscuits
This long-time caterer in upstate New York had to give up her party business just to keep with the demand for her delicious cheddar cheese biscuits. Made with top quality ingredients like Cabot cheddar cheese, sweet cream butter, wheat flour and spices--you can't eat just one! Sommer Hof cheddar cheese biscuit tin, $20.
The owner of this Portland, Ore.-based butcher/charcuterie/restaurant grew up with a Greek father who cured his own meat at home. Now he has made a business out of his father's hobby. He starts his salami with a local supply of all-natural, antibiotic-free pork that he and his staff butcher and combine with hand-ground spices. The result is an incredibly smooth and creamy product, with a pungent pork flavor. Sausage sampler of four (including cacciatore, salami nola, sopressata and finocchiona), $40.
The Suzy behind Suzy Sirloin is member of the Strassburger family, which has been delivering top quality prime and aged beef to the best steakhouses in the country for five generations. Suzy, realizing that consumers were growing more health-conscious thereby wanting leaner, all-natural meats, started this company to provide superior American farm-raised beef, pork, lamb and veal that have no hormones or antibiotics and are 90 percent lean. A family favorite: the Kids Cuts sliders. Kids Cuts, $99 for 2 packs each of beef, veal, lamb and turkey sliders.
This award-winning cremerie in rural Alabama is run by a woman who, years ago, fell in love with chevre. Her small company uses European farmstead techniques so the cheese takes on a mild and unique flavor. Each cheese is hand made, but new to her offerings are cheese-making kits that come with all you need to make your own goat cheese at home. Play date gift box, $50, includes 4 varieties of chevre; DIY cheese kit, $29.95.
Back to the Roots mushroom kit
This company was founded by two UC Berkeley students who got the idea during a class lecture about growing mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. After experimenting in their fraternity kitchen, they piqued the interested of Whole Foods. Three years later they reuse 3.6 million pounds of coffee grounds from Peet's coffee and they help families grow over 135,000 pounds of fresh food at home. Mushroom kit, $19.95, grows up to 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days.
Using top quality all-natural ingredients, the jerky comes in a variety of flavors such as basil citrus and lemon garlic turkey, smoky grilled teriyaki beef and pineapple orange beef. It's even 97 percent fat free! Sampler pack, $35 for five bags.
Started by a single mother in Westport, Connecticut, Nothin' But premium snack bars are made with organic oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, organic cane sugar, olive oil and honey. All bars are created in small batches and shipped within 72 hours of baking. Flavors include chocolate coconut almond, cherry cranberry almond, ginger lemon cashew, and peanut butter banana chocolate. $48 for a dozen.
Friends since third grade, the two (yes, it's really just two) babes behind this California pie business have been baking together for 15 years. They source most of their ingredients from local farmers and all ingredients are organic. Try their bourbon pecan or honey walnut pies with classic crusts or try their bittersweet chocolate pecan pie with a homemade gluten-free graham cracker crust. Bittersweet chocolate pecan, bourbon pecan, salty honey walnut pies, $35.
Two sisters started this company four years ago in the small California beach town of Cayucos. Now they have 30 employees who help them brown the butter and hand roll each brown butter sea salt cookie. The cookies are sweet and salty--the sisters' secret version of shortbread. They come in several varieties: original, spice, cocoa, espresso, coconut lime and gluten-free cocoa mint. Brown butter sea salt cookies, $12.95 a dozen.
Started by two sisters who grew up in a baking family and have focused their business on the classic Jewish pastries, rugelah, adding their own twist to them. Try their peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and chocolate, or fig and almond varieties, $20 per pound (about 2 dozen).
Hand-made in the economically hard hit Alleghany County of North Carolina, this toffee company was started with the intent of creating jobs. The special family recipe was given to the company's owner by her mother-in-law and for 15 years she made the toffee for her friends and family at Christmastime, to which the response was always "This is so good, you should sell it." When the economy turned in 2009, she decided to go for it and now employs several fellow Appalachian women. Notti toffee pail, from $20.
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