• food,  Gift Guide,  San Diego

    ‘Fall Four’ the Holidays with These ‘Fab 4’ New, Delicious Recipes from Celebrity Chef George Duran

    ‘Tis the season for food and family, which is why Celebrity Chef George Duran has teamed up with the popular and innovative brands Mighty Sesame Co.®, Dorot Gardens®, and Absolutely! Gluten Free® to create some incredible dishes for your holiday table. These tasty recipes are simple and full of flavor, using the best better-for-you options you can choose!

    First on the menu is a delicious snack to get dinner started on the right foot. Begin with a Roasted Garlic Dip for family and guests to enjoy while the rest of the meal is being prepared.

    Dorot Gardens Roasted Garlic Dip
    by George Duran


    • 6 frozen cubes of Dorot Gardens Garlic
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 frozen cubes of Dorot Gardens Parsley
    • 2 frozen cubes of Dorot Gardens Basil
    • 8 oz sour cream
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Absolutely! Gluten Free Crackers


    1. In a small saucepan, add frozen garlic cubes and olive oil and heat on medium. Cook and stir until garlic starts to brown, about 5-6 minutes.
    2. Remove from heat and mix in frozen parsley and basil.
    3. In a small bowl, mix sour cream with mayonnaise and add in the garlic mixture.
    4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with Absolutely! Gluten Free Crackers or Flatbreads.

    Serves 4.

    Next is a sweet potato side dish that’s sure to be a hit with everyone, combining sweet and savory flavors for an incredible taste experience. Don’t fill up yet, though, because there are two more recipes to go!

    Mighty Sesame Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Tahini
    by George Duran


    • 3 medium sweet potatoes
    • 2 cubes of Dorot Gardens Garlic
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus more for garnish
    • 1/4 cup Mighty Sesame Tahini, plus more for serving
    • Salt and pepper


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Wash and clean sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork throughout. Roast for 50-60 minutes until soft and tender, flipping halfway through.
    3. Allow sweet potatoes to cool for 15-20 minutes before peeling and placing in a medium bowl.
    4. Microwave garlic cubes with olive oil for 1 minute.
    5. Combine cooked garlic, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and Mighty Sesame Tahini. Mix and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Drizzle with more tahini and sprinkle with cinnamon before serving.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Next, it’s time to whip up an easy yet oh-so-delicious side that will suit any spread this fall and holiday season, beautifully accompanying any ham, turkey, or main dish casserole you may be serving. Using a medley of Dorot Gardens frozen herbs, George Duran’s Dorot Gardens Herbed Roasted Brussels Sprouts are an explosion of fresh flavor and amazing textures. Check out the recipe here so you can try it for yourself!

    Last, but most certainly not least, is a healthy and delicious appetizer or entrée. “This is easily one of my favorite fall dishes. The tahini sauce adds richness to the butternut squash with a nutty complexity,” says Chef George Duran. “Mighty Sesame allows me to easily squeeze the tahini directly into the sauce, saving me on time and cleanup!” Check out George’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Honey Tahini Sauce here.

    “The fall and holiday season is the best time of year to try new, savory, and delicious recipes to include in your spread,” says Laura Morris, Associate Marketing Director of Kayco Beyond. “We’re delighted that Chef George Duran is a big fan of Dorot Gardens, Mighty Sesame and Absolutely! Gluten Free. For dishes that are not only appealing to the family, but healthy too, these brands make that more possible than ever, allowing you to easily incorporate delicious and nutritious ingredients.”

    These recipes by George Duran are delicious, innovative, and easy to make, and these brands make it possible:

    • Mighty Sesame Co., the maker of all-natural, squeeze-and-serve tahini: the most versatile new kitchen staple made from whole, sustainably sourced sesame seeds. The popular superfood complements just about everything, from sandwiches, to burgers, to dips, and beyond. Try adding it to your cheese and charcuterie boards or use it the same way you use your favorite hot sauce, ketchup, salad dressing, nut butter, or other spread. All flavors of Mighty Sesame Squeezable Tahini are available for an SRP of $6.99 per 10.9 oz. bottle. Visit mightysesameco.com for nutritional information, recipe ideas, distribution locations, and more. Also follow Mighty Sesame Co. on Instagram (@MightySesameCo) and Facebook (@MightySesame).
    • Absolutely! Gluten Free, the top innovator in gluten-free snacks, offering high-quality products with a brand commitment to flavorful, gourmet gluten-free snacks with a modern twist. The delicious line includes an assortment of sweet and savory snacks made with clean and wholesome ingredients that are perfect for any occasion. Add them to your lunch for school or work, serve them for family dinners and celebrations, or make a special, gluten-free appetizer. All Absolutely! Gluten Free products are all-natural, certified gluten-free, and OU certified kosher. To learn more about Absolutely! Gluten Free, visit absolutelygf.com or follow the brand on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (all @AbsolutelyGF).

    • Dorot Gardens, creators of innovative flash-frozen packages of fresh, pre-portioned herbs that eliminate the process of peeling, chopping, and measuring. All it takes to season and flavor a dish is a cube of the right spice and a simple pop of the tray, and Dorot Gardens is there to make flavoring quick and easy, so you can focus on enjoying the finished product. The lineup consists of Garlic, Ginger, Basil, Sautéed Onions, Cilantro, Turmeric, Parsley, and Dill, all of which have a two-year shelf life, allowing you to have fresh herbs year-round. Dorot Gardens products can be found in the frozen veggie aisle of grocery stores including Kroger, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Albertsons, and Whole Foods. For recipes, nutritional information and more, visit dorotgardens.com or follow Dorot Gardens on Facebook and Instagram (@DorotGardens on both).

    About George Duran

    Known for his Food Network show Ham on the Street and TLC’s The Ultimate Cake Off, polylingual chef and comedian George Duran has acted as a host and culinary contributor for Good Morning America. He has also guested on Live with Kelly, NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Tamron Hall Show and many others. He is the author of the popular cookbook, Take This Dish and Twist It, which is packed with useful tips, amusing anecdotes, and most importantly: mouthwatering recipes for deliciously unexpected takes on comfort foods and snacks. You can follow George on Instagram (@ChefGeorgeDuran) and Facebook (@GeorgeDuranEats) and at www.georgeduran.com for fun food photos and culinary inspiration.

    About Kayco Beyond

    Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. It has expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Absolutely! Gluten Free®, Beetology™, Mighty Sesame Co.®, Wonder Melon™, Wonder Lemon™, and Dorot Gardens®, among others. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com)




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    If you are looking for pantry staples that will satisfy just about the every family member, the Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea come to the rescue. Both brands have stepped up to the “ho-hum” plate with shelf-stable products you can use to add variety and versatility to your daily routine.

    Consider today’s tahini trend. At a time when hummus is the new “it” food – seriously, who could have predicted a Snickerdoodle hummus revolution? – consumers are excited about tahini, the smooth sesame paste that’s so essential to traditional Middle Eastern hummus.

    The healthy-minded people at Mighty Sesame Co. know a thing or two about tahini. In a recent taste test of 18 tahini brands on the market, no less an authority than Epicurious anointed Mighty Sesame Tahini The Best Tahini You Can Buy. They praised the clean, delicious taste and smooth texture that make it “a great tahini to use for anything and everything,” and applauded the no-stir convenience of the squeeze bottle.

    So, think of Mighty Sesame Tahini as a game-changer for sandwiches, marinades, dips, baked goods, desserts, salads, and even cocktails. Use it in soups or drizzle it over meat and fish. Why not start a hummus revolution of your own? Just let your imagination take the reins. (MSRP $_5.99_per 10.9 oz. bottle.)


    SERVES: 8
    • 14 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
    • ½ cup tahini
    • 1 ½ cups AP flour
    • 1 t baking powder
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup orange juice
    • 1/3 cup rum
    • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. In a bowl, mix chocolate, tahini, orange juice, rum ad powdered sugar. Incorporate all ingredients well.
    3. Sift in flour, adding slowly. When finished add baking powder. Mix well but do not over mix.
    4. Pour into a greased 8” baking pan. Bake for 16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when brownies are pierced.
    5. Cool, cut and serve.
    6. Enjoy!

    Mighty Sesame has also made a splash for snackers with three varieties of all-natural tahini bars – Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla – each at only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats promise a premium-quality product that is gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, 100% guilt-free, and delicious. It all adds up to a healthy and exciting change of pace for the back-to-school days ahead. (MSRP: $3.99 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.)

    Tea is an elixir for the blues and good times alike. Nothing says ‘cozy’ like a good cup of hot tea. And nothing says ‘summer’ like a tall glass of sweet tea with plenty of ice. Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion.

    Its Artisan Spiced Tea collection artfully pairs hand-selected premium black tea leaves with market spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Serve Salted Caramel ChaiGinger and Turmeric,Spiced Nana MintPumpkin Spiced Chai – or any of Wissotzky’s premium teas and infusions – hot or iced. Now you can indulge in a trip around the world without leaving home. (MSRP $3.99 Nana Mint;  $4.99 Chai)

    Mighty Sesame brand products and Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America. They are available at Whole Foods, Publix, Walmart, supermarkets and independent and kosher food stores across the U.S. and on AMAZON.

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    3 TOTALLY OFF-THE-WALL COCKTAILS YOU NEED TO TRY FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Surprising mixers that are surprisingly good for you

    They’re cozy, they’re delightfully tasty, and they’re definitely the most unique cocktails you’ll mix this season. Say “cheers!” to the brilliant folks at KAYCO (www.kayco.com), who came up with a trio of toast-worthy mixed drinks starring today’s trendiest beverages – watermelon juice and beet juice.

    Wait – did we just say watermelon juice and beet juice? Well, consider today’s unquenchable consumer demand for clean, healthy, and flavorful new refreshment options. Wonder Melon and Beetology have become the “it” drinks when it comes to 100% all-natural superfoods. And they’re flying off the shelves.

    Available in a selection of tantalizing varieties, these juice-powered beverages tickle everyone’s taste buds while delivering a powerhouse of nutrients. They’re sensational “straight up” or with ice. So why not push the envelope into cocktail territory?

    This holiday season, go ahead and punch up your craft cocktail menu with the Spiced Wonder Melon Vodka Punch, raise a glass (and eyebrows) with the Whiskey Beet Cocktail, or warm up a nippy night with the Beetology Berry Sangria. See recipes below.

    All Beetology and Wonder Melon products are cold-pressed, 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. They are non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, and contain no preservatives, additives, sweeteners, artificial colors, or flavors.

    Check out WonderMelonjuice.com and Beetology.com for store locators and additional product information.

    Cheers – To your health!

    Beetology Berry Sangria


    • 2 cups fresh blackberries
    • 1 orange, sliced
    • 1 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
    • ½ cup brandy, rum, vodka (optional)
    • 1 (8.75 oz.) bottle Beetology (Beet + Berry, Beet + Cherry, or Beet + Tropical Fruit recommended)
    • 1 bottle red wine
    • Unflavored club soda or seltzer
    • Fresh thyme to garnish (optional)


    1. Add the blackberries, orange slices, and pomegranate arils to a large pitcher. Add the brandy/rum/or vodka (optional) and Beetology juice and gently muddle to extract the flavors of the fruit into the juice and alcohol.
    1. Pour the red wine into the pitcher and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    1. When ready to serve, fill a glass ¾-way full with sangria. Top off each glass with bubbly water, if desired. Garnish with fresh thyme, if desired.

    Whiskey Beet Cocktail


    • ¼ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
    • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
    • 2 Tbsp. simple syrup (or honey)
    • 4 oz. Beetology Beet+Ginger+Honey Juice
    • 4 oz. Whiskey
    • Ice
    • Tonic water


    1. Muddle the pomegranate arils, cranberries, simple syrup (or honey), and beet juice in a cocktail shaker.
    1. Add whiskey to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake well.
    1. Fill two Old Fashioned glasses with ice and strain the chilled cocktail into each glass, dividing equally between the two.
    1. Top each drink with tonic water. Serve garnished with sliced lemon and additional fresh cranberries and pomegranate arils, if desired.
    This holiday season, go ahead and punch up your craft cocktail menu with the Spiced Wonder Melon Vodka Punch.

    Spiced Wonder Melon Vodka Punch


    • ½ cup vodka
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 2 cups Wonder Melon, Lemon-Cayenne flavor
    • 1 cup lemon sparkling water
    • 4 cinnamon sticks
    • Lime and lemon slices


    1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, and Wonder Melon in a pitcher.
    1. Divide between 4 glasses and top each glass with 2 ounces of sparkling water.
    1. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, lemon, and lime slices.

    About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

    Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free,Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).