Food & Drink

Thanksgiving pies can help others

Land O'Lakes baking brochure ready for free download

The 2008 Land O'Lakes Butter Holiday Baking Brochure is ready. That's big news. This is a free annual brochure with holiday baking recipes. A certain food editor we know says “these are always good recipes every year!” Hey, who couldn't use ‘free' these days? The recipes for Peppermint Candy Spritz, Chunky Caramel Popcorn and Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes all look good. So if you're tired of baking the same old holiday cookies and desserts, download the brochure at or call 800-837-7702 for a copy.

Nancy Webb

Bear Naked granola pulls from world's tastes

Bear Naked granola has launched a new Native line – with flavors native to certain parts of the world. The Mango Agave Almond was terrific mixed with vanilla yogurt for breakfast. I was truly sorry when the sample pack ran out. The other new flavor is Yumberry Goji Currant. Buy Bear Naked granolas at Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter or Fresh Market; suggested retail is $4.89 for a 12-ounce bag.


Sahale Snacks glazed line gets total thumbs-up

OK, we get a lot of snacks to taste-test here at the Observer food section. It's not often that new items get a complete thumbs-up, but Sahale Snacks new glazed nut line did. Yum. The flavors are unusual, like “Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla” or “Almonds With Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt.” And these nuts are sweetened with cane juice and fruit, not with high-fructose corn syrup or other processed sweeteners. They're also dry roasted. Suggested retail is $4.99 for a 4-ounce package – not everyday snacking prices, but they would be a hit at any party. Buy them at Fresh Market or Earth Fare.


Thanksgiving pies can help others

Do a little good with your Thanksgiving pies this year. RAIN, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, and Something Classic Catering are holding a bake sale for Thanksgiving pies. You can order them in advance until Nov. 17 and pick them up at several locations Nov. 24-25. Here are the choices:

Pumpkin Spike Pie With Candied Ginger, $20.

Apple, Cranberry and Currant Pie, $20.

Bittersweet Bourbon Brownie Pie, $25.

For information or to place an order, go to RAIN provides assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS in 13 counties in the Metrolina region.

Kathleen Purvis