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The Localist: Mr. Wittle’s Pie Filling

Mr. Wittle’s Fine Foods pie fillings are my newest obsession. I love to bake and I am in no way opposed to products that make the process a little easier. Of course I wish I could make each baked good completely from scratch but for me, and I’m sure lots of other “hobby bakers” out there, sometimes that is not an option. I am grateful for companies like Mr. Wittle’s that make products from the “freshest ingredients, never cutting corners,” so that I can.

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The Localist: 1888 Dirtiest Martini Mix

Odds are when you think of Texas cocktails, a martini is not the first to pop into your head. But with products like 1888 Dirtiest Martini Mix being bottled right here in Dallas, it should at least be on the list. 1888 is the first and only authentic olive juice pressed from whole Spanish olives. And it’s by far the best olive juice I have ever tasted.

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The Localist: Full Quiver Cream Cheese Spread

Full Quiver Farms is located in Kemp, Texas, about 30 miles east of downtown Dallas. They milk their cows twice a day, turning out several different types of cheeses. The farm offers Grade A raw milk, fresh mozzarella, cheddar, colby, monterey, and jalapeño jack cheeses and different yogurts. They also sell eggs and meat from the farm directly.

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The Localist: Woats Oatsnack

Granola has always been one of my favorites but I had never tasted it in this way. Woats uses whole grain oats, in combination with other all natural ingredients, and bakes them perfectly into these amazing little chewy nuggets. The shift from crunchy granola most of us are accustomed to, to this, was a genius idea. My favorite is the Peanut Butter Graham Slam. It combines creamy all-natural peanut butter, crisp honey graham crackers, butter toffee peanuts, and of course, oats and honey. It’s a great balance of sweetness and the nugget size is perfect for grabbing a handful on the run.

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The Localist: Zukali Chipotle Kafé Salsa

Here in Texas, many of us use salsa on everything. It’s pretty much the equivalent to salt and pepper for some Texans — spicing up any dish. Having grown up in Dallas, I can confidently say that I have tried a ton of different salsas, and Zukali Chipotle Kafé Salsa is by far one of my favorites. It is locally made, and the main ingredients include chipotle, roasted tomatillo, and coffee. That’s right, coffee.

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The Localist: Tribal Cold-Pressed Juices

The onset of a new year often leaves me feeling resolute. I reflect on the prior twelve months and often scour up resolutions to follow in hopes of improved wellness. One focus this year is to be more health conscious and develop an awareness of the foods I put into my body. One change I vowed to make was to moderate my taco, cheeseburger, and barbeque intake and replace it with vegetable juices and vegan fare.

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