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Nov 11, 2006 10:03 PM

Let's Tell Each Other Our Favorite Food Catalogs

I get some of my favorite food treats from mail order catalogs. I love browsing through a good food catalog - so much more relaxing than looking at a website. I bet you do too. So, let's exchange favorite food catalog info. These days, there probably are websites, so 800 numbers are not really vital. Most likely we can get the 800 number from the website or order the catalog through the website.

These are some of mine: Trader Joe's "Fearless Flyer", Dean & Deluca 800 221 7714, Zabar's, Harry & David, Vermont Country Store, Williams Sonoma, See's candy, King Arthur Flour.
I also just got a catalog from Kozlowski Farms in Sonoma County, Calif. Bottled specialty food items: relishes, preserves, dressings. I've never ordered anything from them - anything truly wonderful?

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  1. Divine Delights and Harringtons of Vermont are my favorites

    1. I can't disagree w/any of those mentioned before but here are two others that weren't: Stonehouse Kitchen and Napa Style. I am a BIG condiment fan-anything that you can smear on a cracker or bread I love.

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      1. re: rosielucchesini

        Are you sure it's Sonehouse kitchen? It doesn't show up in an online search. Do you have any contact info.?

      2. I just got one I have never seen before...

        Wolferman's... Fine Foods since 1888. It is basically all about holiday breakfast towers and baskets along with other types of cakey things.

        Signature english muffins, scones, crumpets, cinnamnon rolls, and the like, packaged with jams, jellies, coffee samplers, candies, etc. They all look so good and it seems fairly affordable as holiday catalogs go...

        Anyone hear of them? Has anyone ever ordered from here? I would love your thoughts...Thanks.

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        1. re: Michele4466

          Their muffins are readily available here. Although they are enormous, slicing them in thirds horiozontally is almost a necessity, they don't have the flavor of Thomas' muffins.

          1. re: Candy

            Thanks Candy... BTW: Where is here? :-)

            So, they are not as good as Thomas'? I am pretty loyal to those and I am an english muffin girl. What about their other offerings? Have you tried anything else?

            1. re: Michele4466

              Here is Bloomington, IN. Thomas' has that sourdough tang that blander english muffuns lack. I compare all other muffins to the Thomas brand. I was one unhappy camper when we moved here many years ago and there were no Thomas' to ba had.

          2. re: Michele4466

            I use to be able to find Wolferman's in some of the better food shops in the Boston area, but not anymore. They had the most fantastic cheese english muffins!

            1. re: Michele4466

              I live in Wolferman's hometown -- Kansas City. I grew up with Wolferman's muffins. They were downtown for a long time but moved out to the Kansas-side suburbs maybe 20+ years ago.

              At one time, they had a charming bakery/specialty food/cafe operation in a wonderful old movie theater they converted in suburban Leawood, Kansas (on 63rd Street, not far from State Line). That was at least 20 years ago and was always one of our favorite places to shop and have lunch.

              Their plant and an outlet store were located along I-35 in Overland Park (Shawnee Mission), Kansas and I used to shop their outlet store sometimes, but they've since moved from there and I'm not sure where their plant is now or if they have an outlet anymore.

              Their English muffins are simply amazing however I don't think they are quite as good as they were years ago -- but that may be the jading of the middle-age memory, too.

              In my opinion, the best way to fix a Wolferman's muffin is to fork-divide it, toast it, and immediately smother it in a lot of soft butter while still warm so the butter melts and oozes into all those holes and crevices. Occasionally I'll add some high quality jam but usually not.

              Definitely worth a sample order to see if you like their product.

              1. re: Michele4466

                We lOVE Wolermans. The crumpets and pear butter are to die for!!

                1. re: Michele4466

                  A well-meaning relative sent me some Wolferman's muffins in a gift pack a couple of years ago. I didn't really care for them.
                  I've been trying to get off their mailing list ever since. Just got another one of their catalogs today -- this is after multiple calls requesting they stop sending them!

                2. American Spoon from Northern Michigan is just wonderful. Lots of fruit based condiments and spreads. Yummy!

                  1. Nueske's for bacon and other applewood smoked goods: 800-392-2266.