Specialty Foods

First Friday

Taste the Treasure, Friday February 2nd, 5-8 pm

 Join us for our second tasting of the season.  Taste the Treasure features award-winning artisan marmalades & chutney with roots in Africa, the Middle East, & South Asia.  Sample Tomato & White Sultana chutney, White Pumpkin & Almond murabba, Spiced Raisin and Lemon-Sultana marmalades and learn what pairs well with each.  All are Made in the USA in small batches.  100% free of gluten, MSG & preservatives.

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

Taste the Difference, January 5th, 5-8 pm

 Join us for a special tasting of artisan balsamics.  One organic balsamic we’ll be sampling received the sofi Silver Award for Outstanding USDA Certified Product.  It is a great time of year to plan delicious meals and focus on healthy living. 

We will also discount our sale items an additional 10% during our First Friday event from 5 to 8.  That means you save 50% on all items in our after holiday sale.

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.