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Gourmet Goodness ...and a Giveaway!

Our latest issue of Gourmet Goodness includes our current cravings for entertaining, saving time in the kitchen, and of course some tasty treats. After visiting the featured websites and checking out all their gourmet goodies, be sure to send us an email to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet, details below.

I may not be able to cook, but I can sure set a pretty table. With Beatriz Ball, it's easy to add a little fancy to even the most casual gatherings. This GORGEOUS two-piece Forest Corteza Dip with Bowl is perfect for crudite and dip or hors d'oeuvres and cocktail sauce. Like every stunning piece in the Beatriz Ball Collection, the irresistible chip & dip is a work of art. It makes a beautiful Christmas, shower, or wedding gift. FDA-safe, it measures 10.5x 9x1.25" and never needs polishing. Gift shop owners, if you're not carrying Beatriz Ball, you should be! $97 at
Your favorite covered dish will be an even bigger hit when it's served up in Westbend's 5-quart Slow Cooker with Insulated Tote from Brylane Home. Adjustable temperature controls and warming setting. Perfect for making your favorite chili for game night, cold weather soups, or Sunday pot roast dinner. The base doubles as a mini griddle. It also includes a easy view glass lid and a snap-on transport cover to avoid spills. Available in green or stainless. Regularly $99.99, it's on sale as of this writing for $69.99 at

For perfectly plump cookies every time, bake them on a 360 Cookware's Large Stainless Steel Cookie Sheet. Cookies bake evenly with no burnt bottoms and will not stick. The cookie sheet is also ideal for heating up hors d'oeuvres or pizza with a crisp crust. Measuring 17-1/2 x 13-3/8", the cookie sheet will not warp or bend. Makes a great gift for the baker in your life. $119 at

For the serious cook, the Ceramic Chef's Knife from the Edge of Belgravia slices and dices meat, veggies, fruit and anything else you can whip up in seconds. The razor sharp ceramic blade helps fight off bacteria and never needs sharpening. The handle design allows for a comfortable secure grip. Available in classic black onyx or, for the color conscious, we love the lime! Retails for £69.90 which is approximately $112

Who doesn't LOVE chocolate-covered pretzels? Something about the combination of sweet chocolate, salt and the crunch of a pretzel. Uncle Petie's Sweeties Pretzel Bows are as yummy as they look. First off, the presentation is spectacular, they arrive in a gorgeous gift box that anyone with a sweet tooth would be ecstatic to receive. Perfectly dipped, they are available in milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate. A box of 6 retails for $6.50. Scrumptious toppings are available for an additional $1.

I always keep a candle burning when cooking {or in my case burning ☺} to absorb odors. Yankee Candle's French Vanilla is perfect for the kitchen, the oil used to create the warm vanilla fragrance is extracted from tropical orchids. It smells like something sweet is baking in the oven. YUM! The large 22-oz. candle has a burn time of 110-150 hours! Lead free with 100% natural fibers for the cleanest burn. $27.99 at

Since 1895, 4 generations of  the Lavazza family have been passionate about creating authentically Italian espresso and coffee experiences. They now bring their new delicious Gourmet Specialty Drip Coffees to America. Four rich flavors including Gran Aroma ~ a medium roast with citrusy notes, Classico {our favorite and probably the best packaged coffee we've ever tasted} ~ a full-bodied medium roast with hints of fruit, Gran Selzione ~ Dark Roast, intense and chocolaty, and Perfetto ~ dark velvety espresso with a caramel finish. Each 12-oz. bag of ground coffee retails for $9.99 at

Switch up your morning java with Urban Accents Coffee Topper Trio. A fun gift for coffee, latte or cocoa lovers, it includes three small shakers of all-natural Cinnamon, Hazelnut and Cocoa. Gluten-free and a tasty way to start or "top" off the day. $9.99 at

I didn't hesitate for a second when the folks at Tetley asked if we wanted to try their new Black & Green Tea. The anti-oxidant benefits of green tea combined with the taste of black tea. Whomever brewed up this idea is one smart cookie! Something tells me the company's stock is going to be boiling hot. If you're a tea lover, add it to your grocery list, you'll love it! SRP is $4.39 for a box of 72 bags.

Save yourself a LOT of time cleaning up with Cookina's Reuseable Cooking Sheets. Separate sheets are available to line baking pans, barbeques and the bottom of the oven. The baking sheet can be cut and used in the microwave. They hold no odor from the previous use and provide fat-free, non-stick cooking.. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth or wash in sudsy water. The baking sheet retails for $12.99 and the barbeque and oven liner are $14.99 each at

I always sneak a chocolate bar into every Christmas stocking as a little sweet treat. Now that they've tried Amano Chocolate, the regular brand isn't going to suffice. This award-winning chocolatier located high in the mountains of Utah sources the world's best cacao beans direct from growers. Their passion is to create the world's ultimate chocolate. Amano Chocolate uses 70% cacoa in its Dark Chocolate Bars, the higher the cacoa the richer, less sweet the chocolate, and adds sugar and vanilla to balance out the flavor. The result is a perfectly decadent chocolate bar. Each bar retails for $6.95. Save 15% thru the end of the year with code "chic13"

Goldwater's Sedona Red Salsa tastes like it was just made in your own kitchen. It's all natural, gluten- and fat-free. It packs a bit of heat which is fine by us. We added it to sliced avocado and tomato and spread it on rice cakes for a healthy snack. Of course it's yummy with nachos too. Several other flavors available that sound delish. $6 for a 12-oz. jar.

The most unique and only non-GMO verified mayo around! Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise is made with all natural ingredients including cage-free egg yolks, lemon juice, safflower oil, black pepper, and ground mustard seed. Smooth, silky and scrumptious. A 10-oz. jar retails for $7.00

Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet

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    Giveaway ends 11:59 PM ET January 25, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 


    Kim J Paxton :

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    (''') ('''). ✿⊰✲⊱✿⊰✲⊱ Ready to sample ALL of these & try out some recipes! ⊰✲⊱✿⊰✲⊱✿

    Kim J Paxton :

    I've LIKED ALL the companies listed above in the giveaway except the Ceramic Chef's Knife because I didn't find any Follow links on their site.

    Mary :

    Done! Thank you!

    Unknown :

    These are great prizes and this is a wonderful giveaway! Thanks!

    Unknown :

    Visited all of the companies websites and sent the e-mail. thank you for the chance!

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