“Toast: The Cookbook”
$25; 120 pages; Phaidon Press; www.phaidon.com
Food writer Raquel Pelzel takes toasted bread to the next level in “Toast: The Cookbook,” which includes 50 recipes for savory and sweet toasts, organized by the four seasons. Winter recipes offer toasts topped with roasted beets, lentil-bacon-cabbage, spiced lobster and more.
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Donsuemor sablé shortbread cookies
$2 per two-pack; in select markets in April; www.donsuemor.com
Berkeley-based Donsuemor debuted its sablé cookies at the recent Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The cookie is a “sandy,” meaning shortbread with granular texture. Our taste testers loved the buttery texture and crunch of both flavors – chocolate-cinnamon and vanilla bean.
Tank House tots
$6; 1925 J St., Sacramento; 916-431-7199; www.tankhousebbq.com
Tyler Williams, owner of Tank House BBQ & Bar, knows what his customers like, and that includes tater tots with unusual toppings. His Dirty Tots (cheese sauce, pulled pork and ’cue sauce) and Tiki Tots (pineapple, pulled pork and Polynesian sauce) are menu staples. In observance of National Tater Tot Day (Feb. 2), he and his crew have added six more variations to the menu, to be sold only on Tot Day. The additions include Buffalo Tots (Buffalo chicken, celery, blue cheese dressing) and Tot-Chos (smoked chicken, black beans, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, cheese sauce and roasted salsa).
Budweiser Clydesdales at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery
Feb. 3-14; Tour Center (3101 Busch Drive, Fairfield); www.budweisertours.com
The Budweiser horses made their debut delivering beer to the White House after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. An enduring favorite, they’ll be on hand for almost two weeks in Fairfield – including two photo days (2-4 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10) where fans can cozy up for a shot.
Yulicious Premium Gourmet Sauce
$7.99 for 15 ounce-bottle; Raley’s, Nugget and other retailers; www.yuliciousgourmet.com
Tired of regular BBQ sauce? Try this tangy and slightly sweet (but not smoky) concoction by an Elk Grove husband-and-wife team. It’s a hit on chicken, beef or whatever you’ve got cooking.
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