4505 Meats Chicharrones
All I want for Christmas are pork rinds. But not any pork rinds. These fluffy clouds of fried porky deliciousness are kissed with a sweet spicy sprinkle of love and melt in your mouth instantly. You don’t get it until you get it. Get ’em here.
Schools Plus Dancing Bear Salsa
Eat salsa and help Santa Rosa’s school kids fund sports, music and art. Available at at G&G, Oliver’s, WHole Foods, Pacific Market and Molsberry’s.
Breville Pie Maker
Pie is the new cupcake. Bake up to four individual pies at the same time. $79.95 at Williams Sonoma
BR Cohn Virtual Tasting Kit
A stroke of brilliance. Bruce Cohn does a virtual wine tasting through 6 50 ml bottles of his wine. This fun kit is a great way to taste with friends or just share Wine Country. Unfortunately, the kits have been so popular they’ve sold out, but will be available again in January — so give a coupon. $22.
The Compost Cookie From Momofuku Milk Bar
Everything but the kitchen sink goes into these cultish cookies from NYC’s Momofuku. Pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips butter, unbleached wheat flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crumbs, pretzels, potato chips, whole oats, cream, milk powder, coffee grounds…and more. $10 tin from momofukustore.com/cookies.html
Sock monkey wine cover
Nothing says class like a sock monkey. Cover your wine bottle in style. $9.95 at Sur La Table
Terra Sonoma Verjus
A French word meaning “green juice” it is used to add zest and flavor to cooking from salads to marinades, for braising and in sauces. Use Verjus instead of lemon juice or vinegar for a more delicate acidity. Terra Sonoma Verjus is produced in limited quantities, made from green, semi -ripe wine grapes that are picked from their vineyards to allow the remaining grapes to ripen more evenly for winemaking. $18 at Jimtown Store
La Caja China Roasting Box
Our favorite chefs love these old school roasting boxes. Line with charcoal and throw the whole hog in. Several hours later, you’ve got a barbecue to remember. $319 at http://www.lacajachina.com/
What are you dying to get for the holidays?