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Claire 05-15-2006 10:19 PM

Your local food products
I really didn't know where to post this, but I'm curious. In the area where you live (please tell us where), what foods can you buy to bring to people as gifts? What are your favorites? I live in cheese land and hubby and I chase down aged/artisinal cheeses. But much of the regular cheese you buy in a grocery store is made here. Sausages are big. Daddy adores the cheese curds I try to get to him as much as possible. What is unusual to your area? What shoudl I try if I find myself in your home town?

Andy M. 05-15-2006 10:25 PM

I live in Massachusetts and have all of New England to supply me with things like:

Maple Syrup
Boston Baken Beans
New England Clam Chowder (we have chowder contests in NE just like other parts of the country have gumbo or rib or chili festivals)

to name a few

ironchef 05-16-2006 01:37 AM

You can get pretty much anything in California, but here are few if you really want to bring something that is more notable. Many places will pack perishables for long trips (up to 12 hours):

Olive Oil
Beef/Pork/Lamb from Niman Ranch
Point Reyes Blue Cheese
Tomales Bay Oysters
Beer (Anchor Brewery, Mendocino Brewery)

jkath 05-16-2006 01:44 AM

ahem....ironchef....um.....did you forget the world's most perfect food that is so plentiful here in sunny So Cal?

We truly do have amazing produce here, as well as the Tri Tip steak.

ironchef 05-16-2006 01:46 AM

Yeah I did forget the avocados. I didn't put a lot of stuff but I can't think of them all. The amount of different products that is produced by California is phenomenal. Meat, Dairy, Produce, Vegetables, Wine, Seafood, etc. It's all here.

jkath 05-16-2006 01:47 AM

Ahhhh! We do have the artichoke and garlic capitals both in our state! Good call.

ironchef 05-16-2006 02:01 AM

And wine! (As far as the New World wine producing areas go)

jkath 05-16-2006 02:15 AM

Dang! We do have it all! Claire, it's time to visit the golden state!

Ishbel 05-16-2006 10:42 AM

Cheeses such as Dunsyre Blue and Lanarkshire Blue and Dunlop oh, and the best til last... Isle of Mull Cheddar!



Smoked salmon

Smoked venison

Dundee cake

Selkirk Bannock

Clootie dumplings

Edinburgh rock

and, many, many more :smile:

jkath 05-16-2006 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by Ishbel

Clootie dumplings

What exactly is a Clootie dumpling? Such a cute name for food!

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