Specialty Foods

First Friday Event

Introduction of our 2016 Collection of Specialty Foods, October 7, 5-8 pm

IMG_3502Join us First Friday as we introduce our 2016 Collection of Specialty Foods. Dried fruits, sauces, spices, oils & vinegars, flatbread, cookies & crackers, and chocolate are only a few of the curated selections that await you this year. We’ll have some items to sample and there will be a door prize drawing. This is a great opportunity to check out items for holiday gifting and entertaining.

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 Signature Event

2014 Specialty Foods Collection October 3, 5-8 pm

IMG_2281Join us First Friday for the introduction of our 2014 Collection of Specialty Foods. You’ll be amazed by the oils, vinegars, mustards, appetizer and tapas selections, chocolates, pastas, bread dips, sauces, and more. We’ll have samples to taste. An If Only Signature Event!

First Friday Event

Specialty Foods Friday October 4, 2013 5-8 pm

photo (92)Join us for the debut of our 2013 Collection of Specialty Foods. Choose from a wide selection of pastas, sauces, oils, vinegars, olives, pickles, crackers, cookies, crackers, chocolate and much more. We’ll be able to answer questions, provide serving suggestions, and you’ll be able to taste selections from the collection.

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.

First Friday Event

Specialty Foods 2012, Friday October 5th, 5-8 pm

?Join us for the introduction of our 2012 collection of specialty foods.? From olive oils to dips to chocolate, chocolate, and more artisanal chocolate, we have chosen outstanding foods for this season, some traditional favorites and many new choices.? We also have some exceptional serving ware to accompany your food selections.? This is your chance to check out the 2012 Collection and savor some samples.

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.

Ordinary Cracker? NOT!

?17 December 2011?? Sometimes you have to go a far distance to get something wonderful.? It?s a bit of a jaunt to get to the Polka Dot Bake Shop from here.? They serve up some delicious cupcakes and such in Charlotte,North Carolina.? So we?ve done the next best thing— bring their amazing Cracked Pepper Sweet Potato Crackers to Fairbanks!? Made in small batches with real sweet potatoes, they are seasoned with savory ingredients to provide a unique taste.? Plus, they?re gluten free!? So come on in and get some for serving at your holiday parties.? They are great by themselves or with hummus, soups, or salmon.?? We speak from experience.

?Gift Idea Number Seventeen😕 Pair a box or two of Sweet Potato Crackers with some of our Rill Soups for a healthy, hearty twist on holiday giving and receiving.


A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

16 December 2011?? I just love chocolate, so we have LOTS of choices in our 2011 Specialty Foods Collection.? Gosanko Chocolate Art from Auburn,Washington, creates masterpieces in an old world tradition.? They revived the art of sculpting and manufacturing workable moulds, and the result is colorful and fun.? We have fish, from dark chocolate halibut to colorfully foil wrapped milk chocolate salmon and fingerlings?great for the fisherperson?s stocking!? There are also colorful hard hats, solid chocolate for the construction workers in your life.? The chocolate used in these creations is Guittard, crafted using European methods and containing a special blend of rich, handpicked cocoa beans.? We also have colored holiday lights and lights on sticks (to make hanging stockings look sensational).

Gift Idea Number Sixteen😕 fill your tote with lots of these chocolates, great for stocking stuffers, party favors, or to top off a monstrous mystery box under the tree.

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!