Magazine article Sunset

Artisanal Fever: Elevate Your Summer Spread with These Top Picks from Our Food Editors

Magazine article Sunset

Artisanal Fever: Elevate Your Summer Spread with These Top Picks from Our Food Editors

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1 | Tomato sauce

Amber Balakian's heirloom-tomato sauces from Reedley, California, come in transcendent flavors like Green Zebra, Yellow Roman, and Pink Oxheart. "They taste like you've just squeezed a ripe tomato into your mouth." From $10 for 16 oz.; balakianfarms.com-MARGO TRUE, FOOD EDITOR

2 | Bread-and-butter pickles

"Super-crunchy and salty-sweet" with a "serrano chile kick," Sonoma Brinery's pickles are fresh-packed, not heat-processed, so they still taste like cucumbers. $4.49 for 16 oz.; sonomabrinery.com for stores. -ELAINE JOHNSON, ASSOCIATE FOOD EDITOR

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3 | Vanilla bean extract crush

Sonoma Syrup's extract contains "actual seeds from a fresh vanilla pod, so you don't have to decide between vanilla beans and extract when you bake." In a face-off with cookies made with a regular extract, it won every time. From $12 for 4 oz.; sonomasyrup.com-AMY MACHNAK, RECIPE EDITOR

4 | Cherries

"Forget the neon maraschinos of the past." These plump, all-natural Bada Bing cherries from Oregon have the right balance of tart and sweet, and make your cocktail or banana split taste like summer. $6.99 for 13.5 oz.; tillenfarms.com-A.M.

5 | Smoked salmon

Rich, buttery, alderwood-smoked salmon from Seattle's Pure Food Fish Market is moist and tinged with a caramel sweetness. …

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