▪ Delici Belgian Desserts Chocolate Mousse
$10.99 for six desserts; available at Costco; www.delici.be
Don’t be fooled by the formidable, plastic egg-carton-looking packaging. These are elegant dinner-party-ready desserts. Made with 72 percent dark Belgian chocolate, these rich mousse/ganache combos come in individual, petite glass cups and are a no-fuss, decadent treat ideal for a night of easy entertaining.
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▪ Crème Brûlée: The World’s ‘Most Famous’ Dessert
$9.99; Spruce, 64 pages
As a cookbook, “Crème Brûlée” may seem familiar to some devotees; it was originally released in the United Kingdom in 2003. Published this time around by Spruce (a division of Octopus Publishing and distributed in the U.S. by Hachette Book Group), this newly repackaged United States edition translates the measurements for American cooks. The food styling makes you want to break out the blowtorch and try your hand at every variation of this classic dessert or its savory alter-ego (a surprising egg-rich brunch suggestion). Available from Amazon and other retailers.
▪ Boudin Bread’s Rustic Stuffing Bread
$2.99 for an 8-ounce round; $7.99 for a 2-pound loaf; www.boudinbakery.com
Didn’t get enough Thanksgiving stuffing? Boudin Bakery, which has been baking real San Francisco sourdough for more than 150 years, has put a twist on this holiday staple with its Rustic Stuffing Bread, available through Dec. 31 at Boudin Bakery locations. This cranberry-studded sourdough contains several ingredients usually associated with turkey dressing: celery, onions, garlic, sage, rosemary and parsley. These additions give the bread a slightly green tint as well as loads of flavor. The bakery also offers specialty sandwiches made with the bread. In the greater Sacramento area, Boudin Bakery cafes are at Loehmann’s Plaza (2573 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento) and Fountains at Roseville (1017 Galleria Blvd., Suite 100, Roseville).
▪ Fish ’n’ chips at Streets
$12; Streets (1804 J St., Sacramento); (916) 498-1388; streetsoflondon.net
Under new ownership, Streets of London Pub has simplified its name to Streets, expanded its menu and slicked up its logo to show profiles of Sacramento’s Tower Bridge and the Tower Bridge in London. But the pub’s fish ’n’ chips remain four-star. We recently enjoyed a “full order” of “legendary” beer-battered Icelandic cod and twice-cooked fries ($12; half for $7.50). The hefty fillet of fish was moist, flaky-tender and steaming hot, so good that it really didn’t need the sweetish tartar sauce (made with pickle relish) or the malt vinegar served with it. The house-made batter includes Newcastle Ale as an ingredient.
▪ California Apricot Honey Fruit Spread
$11 for a 9-ounce jar; available at Davis Food Co-op, Dixon Fruit Market, Sprouts and other outlets; zspecialtyfood.com
Savor the tastes of a Northern California summer in every bite of this best-seller for Woodland-based Z Specialty Food – a combination of bits of dried Blenheim apricots and creamed Yellow Star Thistle Honey. Smear it on a biscuit or in a Russian holiday cookie. Sample it and other products at the company’s fifth annual open house (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13, 1250-A Harter Ave., Woodland).
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