Among the fifty-some local food artisans I talked with in 2012, there were some real standouts, products I purchase again for myself and as gifts. Some of them are straight-out-of-the-package delicious, while others play a shining supporting role in preparing other foods, but they're all pretty spectacular.
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The city's food artisans offer up myriad products to help you through the holidays, whatever your particular needs may be. Here's a guide to just some of the locally made specialty foods to help set your Thanksgiving table.
Gloribell Taveras was shocked by what passed for sofrito, the vegetable cooking base omnipresent in Latin cooking, when a time crunch forced her to buy ready-made instead of making her own. Faced with options that were either loaded with fillers and preservatives, frozen, or both, she decided to bring a fresh, preservative-free sofrito to market.