A Few of My Favorite Things

Sometimes I just get so excited about new products that I have to share them, and in the past month, I’ve come across a few products I hope you might enjoy as much as I do.

First up:
Olia Fig Vinaigrette
from Israel. On a recent trip to Israel, I visited the Tel Aviv Shuk (market) where I stopped by the Olia stand. I had a chance to taste a few of their products including a range of olive oils and even whole grain mustard, which I enjoyed immensely. But the product I’ve been using almost on a daily basis is their Fig Vinaigrette. Mixed and ready to go, it’s a great simple, sweet (but no too sweet) salad dressing. Time features Olia in their Tel Aviv city guide and yes you can order their products online!

Next up:
Spectrum Organic Butter Flavored Shortening
. I know – you think this might sound a bit gross. But I promise – I have found it bakes far better than any pareve margarine I have tried. I even used it in my chicken wings sauce recipe, and it turned out GREAT. You can probably find this at a Whole Foods near you, which is where I purchased it.

I am obsessed with more Trader Joe’s products than I could even write about in a single post. But my most recent infatuation has been with their
Gourmet Jelly Beans
. The flavor selection (18 natural flavors) is really varied, and they really do taste like raspberry, licorice or strawberry smoothie! At $1.99 a box, its an indulgent and fun (not to mention cheap) sweet treat.

Last but not least is
PB & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful

Peanut Butter
. I happen to love many flavors that PB & Co offers, but I recommend this one in particular because I think it makes a great pareve frosting. Substitute the White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter for regular PB in any number of recipes and I think you will be delightfully surprised with the richness of flavor it brings to your baking. You can now find PB & Co peanut butter products at mainstream supermarkets, or you can also order online.

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