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First Friday Event

Time, Nature & Silk, March 2nd 5-8 pm

  Guest artist Terra Shideler will introduce her eco-dyed silk scarves.  Terra harvests from her surroundings to create unique and original dyes with alder, chokecherry, dogwood, and wild spiraea to name a few.  Listen to Terra explain her process and choose your purchase from a curated collection.  Take your pick between crepe de chine, habotai, or charmeuse silk.  Refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Taste the Difference!

 Here at the store we’re starting off the New Year with an explosion of tastes.  Our January First Friday event offers you the opportunity to taste award winning artisan balsamics and olive oils.  Our Ritrovo Selections  are all organic, aged in oak barrels and produced in Italy.  

Organic Citrus Balsamic Vinegar:  inspired by the sun-drenched lemon groves of Sorrento, this bright balsamic vinegar is a blend of lemon juice, Trebbiano white grape must, and wine vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  finish grilled or smoked salmon; drizzle on fresh garden salads; add zest to fruit or berry deserts; drizzle on ice cream; use in seafood, chicken or tofu marinades; blend in Shrubs for a Spritz or cocktail (Shrubs are a blend of fruit, sugar and vinegar, originally created during the Colonial Era to preserve fruit long after harvest. The vinegar provides a distinct tangy bite); pair with a Tuscan blend or milder extra virgin olive oil for a sunny dressing.

Organic Tomato Balsamic Vinegar:  delivers an invigorating sweet and savory flavor.  Serving suggestions:   use for tomato vinaigrette; pair with extra virgin olive oil for caprese or tomato salads; use in seafood salad; drizzle on grilled tuna, halibut or oysters; use on burgers instead of ketchup; add to tomato-based soups and stews; ideal on bruschette; add zest to Bloody Marys; drizzle on oven roasted tomatoes.

Organic Apple Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of organic Trentino apples with organic Modena white grape must which produces a balanced “agrodolce” vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  use as a finish on pork chops; use on roasted beets; drizzle on fresh fruit and cheese plates; use on spinach salads; add to BLTs; blend with olive oils for dressings; pair with a fruity extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, and Fennel & salt.

Organic Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of Italian raspberry juice and Trebbiano white grape must.  Serving suggestions:  use in salads with spring greens, feta cheese, fruit, and pine nuts; drizzle over grilled radicchio; use as a sauce for duck; drizzle over cheeses or yogurt; drizzle over fruit cobbler or pie; pair with a fresh mint-infused olive oil for an exotic dressing; pair with a milder extra virgin olive oil for vinaigrettes.

Enjoy.  I wish you healthy eating in the New Year!


First Friday Event

Bandhani--A Time Honored Tradition

The Khatri Brothers ScarvesJoin us First Friday as we bring you a collection of silk scarves crafted by The Khatri Brothers of western India and curated from the International Folk Art Market.  Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri use vegetable dyes in their work, thus involving their friends and community members in their process of making art.  They’ve received the UNESCO Award of Excellence for their work.  Sign up for a door prize and enjoy refreshments as we herald in September in Interior Alaska.

First Friday Event

2015 Specialty Foods Introduction, Oct. 2, 5-8 pm

IMG_3141Join us First Friday for the introduction of our 2015 Collection of Specialty Foods. From pastas and sauces to chocolates, mustards, figs, lemon curd, and spices. We take cooking to the next level with our curated selection. Throughout the season you’ll have a chance to sample some of our delicacies and talk with us to get ideas for incorporating our choices into your cuisine. We’ve filled the larder to inspire great dishes and gift-giving ideas.

First Friday Event

Scarves From Around the World, Friday September 6, 5-8 pm

photo (75)Join us for the debut of Farzana Sharshenbieva’s handmade silk and wool felted scarves from Kyrgystan. Farzana and her family combine traditional designs and local raw materials to create exquisite scarves you’ll welcome for warmth and style in the coming season. We handpicked these scarves at the International Folk Art Exhibition in Dallas, so you’ll see our entire selection during this event. These scarves are one-of-a-kind and are representative of traditional crafts of the area. We will also feature our fall collection of asian scarves at this event as well. It’s a great opportunity to get a head start on the fall and holiday season. 5-8 pm on Friday September 6. We’ll serve refreshments and you can sign up for a drawing.

Spicing Up Afternoon Teatime

?01 December 2012 I’m sharing with you some of our favorite Specialty Foods during the days leading up to Winter Solstice.  Since 1919 Vermeiren Traditional Belgian Biscuits have added a spicy treat to coffee or tea time. These biscuits, made with raw cane sugar and cinnamon, are 100% vegetable. They contain no milk, eggs, animal fat, preservatives or coloring agents. In other words, they are healthy as biscuits go. I suggest you brew a pot of your favorite tea (we have several flavors of Sipping Streams Tea), set these biscuits on a dessert plate for a treat, and enjoy conversation with a friend. It’s a good way to chase away the winter blues during this chilly weather we’re having. Yes, Vermeiren Belgian Biscuits are available right here at If Only…a fine store. They are a new this year to our Specialty Food Collection, so give them a taste and let us know what you think.

Salt Adds a Finishing Touch

21 December 2011? We chose some of the most interesting salts for our Specialty Foods Collection this season.? Limited Edition affordable packages provide the opportunity to taste amazing salts without purchasing large quantities.? Beautifully presented, the Classic, Gourmet, and Smoke contain five individual salt jars with cork tops and three bowls with spoons.? For example, Fumee de Sel is premium Fleur de Sel crystals that are cold smoked over oak wine barrels that have been used for years to age fine Chardonnay wine.? This is one of a kind salt –excellent as a finishing salt on salads, veggies or meat.?Durango is Smoked Sea Salt?created when Pacific sea salt flakes are naturally smoked with untreated Hickorywood, resulting in a full, smoked flavor without turning bitter.? There is no liquid smoke or artificial? flavor added.? This salt is a natural with ribs and burgers, or any red meat, for that matter.? Salish is Pacific sea salt that is cold smoked over red Alderwood.? No artificial coloring or flavoring is added.? Salish is excellent on salmon, red meat, creamy pasta dishes and baked potatoes.?Bali is a hand harvested sea salt, slowly smoked over coconut shells with a hint of lime–great for use on grilled chicken, seafood or rice dishes.? And finallyYakima is a salt smoked with Applewood from theYakimaValley.? Aged Applewood is one of the most popular of the fruit woods used in smoking.

We have other Limited Edition packs that include everything from Himalayan Pink (harvested from ancient sea salt deposits deep in the Himalayan Mountains) to Murray River Flake Salt fromAustralia.? They are all fabulous compliments to every day cooking.? Talk about pumping up the flavor and limiting your salt intake at the same time!

Gift Idea Number Eighteen😕 Limited Edition Sample Packs are great gifts.? Choose one for yourself and keep one on hand for last minute gift needs over the holidays.

From the Peanut Patch

15?December 2011?? The World’s Best Peanuts, and that’s the whole truth.? The Feridies family selects the top 2% of the peanut crop each year to ensure the best extra large peanuts.? They roast in small batches in pure peanut oil.? The result is a superb, extra crunchy, full-bodied peanut full of flavor and freshness.? You can enjoy these peanuts from our specialty food collection three ways:? 18 oz. cans of peanuts come salted and unsalted.? I like to purchase one of each and mix them together-that way I reduce my salt intake by half over time, plus I love the peanut taste over the salt, but not well enough to go totally saltless!? We also have 4 oz cello bags of salted peanuts, perfect for stocking stuffers or to pack for that plane trip to Hawaii over the holidays.? An added bonus, Feridies is a Kosher Certified company.

Gift Idea Number Fifteen😕 Pair a can of peanuts with some of our fabulous dips, then add a bag of chips-you’re ready with a host/ess gift for your next holiday party.? Or create your own gift bag with some of our favorites, chocked full of wholesome goodness– a can of peanuts, a Prairie Dog chocolate bar, a box of dried cranberries, and some gluten free sweet potato crackers.? Yum!

Sweets for the Sweet

?14 December 2011?? We know you can get good fireweed honey here in Alaska, but we went for Fancy Grade and chose Leatherwood and French Lavender honey from Tasmania, Australia.? What makes this honey so special?? Plenty.? Take the fact that Leatherwood grows in the rainforest on a remote island-latitude 42 degrees South—the Roaring Forties circumpolar winds swoop through and moisten the area with southern rain.? The trees bloom from January to March, and the bees are busy.? Leatherwood honey is truly the “distillate of a magic place.”? Couple that with the fact that the Tasmanian Honey Company uses a low temperature preparation technique in extracting honey from combs.? This preserves both the floral essences and the innate vitality of the honey.? It has a buttery and spreadable texture at room temperature whereas other brands use high temperatures to delay the crystallizing process.? Both of our Tasmanian honeys are organic, rare and delicious, indeed.? Liquid gold!?

?Aloha from Oregon got its start on an island, too.? The company began as a home based business in Hawaii and has, from its beginnings, focused on high quality and great attention to detail.? We chose several pepper jellies for our specialty food collection this year.? Many of them are useful as glazes.? Apricot is a great glaze for chicken or ham, or even slather it on your morning toast.? Cranberry provides a wonderful glaze for poultry or a sparkle for a turkey sandwich.? Habanero is HOT!? It is best used as a final glaze when grilling meat.? Mint Jalapeno is a sensation with lamb or chicken and is great to use in Greek recipes.? Marionberry, the treasure of the Northwest, is great on ham and poultry or with cream cheese and crackers.

Gift Idea Number Fourteen😕 The grill king or queen would do well to have a number of Aloha flavors to finish off a masterpiece or two.? Pair them up with our “Santa Stops in Fairbanks First” cocktail napkins and?some cream cheese. You have a great start for an evening of fun with friends.? Or purchase 3 – 4 pepper jellies and present them in an Itty Bitty Cloth bag.? Pair some Tasmanian Leatherwood or French Lavender honey with some special bread from Lulu’s Bakery. Oooh, what a treat!

Lone Star to North Star

Two German families teamed up in the late 20’s (yup, that was back in the 20th Century) and started making jams and jellies from the harvests of their orchards.? It was the beginning of a long history of two families working together and later growing a business that is still family owned and operated.? From the wide open spaces of Texas we included four of Fischer & Wieser’s products in this year’s Specialty Food collection here at If Only?a fine store.? Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce is the #1 selling condiment in Texas and an award winner.? It’s the product that catapulted the company into food stardom.? A blend of raspberries and chipotle peppers, it is smoky, sweet and spicy-great on salmon, chicken, and pork.? It’s gluten free, too!? Chipotle Chili Ketchup can be used as a dipping sauce as well as ketchup.? Its blend of chilies and Roma tomatoes make it a tasty treat unlike the “57Variety”.? I like it on a grilled ground beef patty.? We? also carry Pasilla Chili Finishing Sauce, which is made from little Mexican chilies, Roma tomatoes, almonds and pineapple.? It is gluten free and delivers unique and definable flavors.? A Salsa Verde Ranchera rounds out our offerings.? It is an all natural and gluten free salsa made with medium hot green tomatillo peppers, great for dipping chips or as a topper for chicken.

Gift Idea Number Thirteen😕 Pair the Salsa Verde Ranchera with Suckle Busters for a bold gift duo.? Or use one of our great itty bitty cloth bags and fill it with F&W. The bag is a multi-tasker and can be used over and over again.? Stylin’, functional, and the contents are delicious!