Thursday, June 24, 2010
Gourmet Gluten-Free Food Gift Baskets from California Make Fantastic Gifts
Food is just about always a welcomed gift, especially for those who are gluten sensitive. Just imagine receiving a cheerful basket, artfully wrapped, and filled with delicious cooking items or snacks. This is a great gift hands down. Now imagine that all these foods are suitable for a gluten-free diet! This can be a terrific gift for any occasion.
There are many food companies who are now making high quality, delicious gluten-free food items, gourmet, if you will. You just have to know where to look.
Sending a gift basket of items for cooking is just about the best! High quality olive oil is a great place to start. In many parts of California olive trees thrive, and there are many small artisanal food companies making superior quality olive oils. In California’s Central Coast area, you can find many outstanding olive oils. For instance Homestead Olive Ranch in Templeton makes a delicious olive oil that has a bold, leafy green and grassy flavor. Carriage Vineyards in Paso Robles is another excellent company. Their Arbequina olive oil has a smooth flavor with a touch of pepper. These can be purchased fresh, so they have a high concentration of the nutritional characteristics you want from olive oil. Try this in your next salad dressing!
California is the second largest rice growing state in the nation, and there are some excellent rice products from 'The Golden State'. For instance, you will find several wonderful rice blends from Lundberg Farms in Northern California. Lotus Foods of El Cerrito also has many outstanding types of rice. Many of theirs are imported heirloom varieties such as the Forbidden Rice imported from China. From Lundberg and other companies there are also many rice pastas; another staple for any gluten-free pantry.
If you like olives, try an olive tapenade. There are the traditional olive tapenades made with capers, garlic and sometimes anchovies, and others that are made with a variety of vegetables such as artichokes, eggplants, red peppers and carrots. Hand to Mouth Edibles is a company in Los Angeles making scrumptious tapenades. Try their Green Olive Provençal. It’s made with green olives, extra virgin olive oil, red bell peppers, capers, Italian parsley, carrots, garlic, basil, lemon juice, herbs de Provence, red pepper; all gluten-free. Tapenades make a great addition to many recipes. Try adding it with rice, quinoa or pasta.
These are just a few gluten-free items that make a fantastic gift. You can find all these foods and much more at Garrett’s Emporium, a small family run company where they believe you can eat a ‘gourmet’ gluten free diet. Since its inception in 2006, Garrett's Emporium has accumulated a diverse collection of high quality foods and wines made primarily in California. To see the complete selection of gift baskets go to http://www.GiftsGoneGourmet.com and to see the complete collection of foods and wines see http://www.GarrettsEmporium.com.