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Special diet? You don’t have to miss out on fall treats

Treeline Treenut Cheese makes dairy-free cheese a gourmet addition to cheese boards and veggie trays, as well as topping bagels for brunch. Made with cashews, Treeline varieties are made like traditional dairy cheese in a fermenting process that produces an amazingly rich, creamy taste. This is a great way to include guests who have a dairy allergy or eat a vegan diet, but this cheese is for everyone. Savory flavors, including scallion, cracked pepper and green peppercorn pair well on any charcuterie board. Try the plain cream cheese in dairy free cheesecake or your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. Treeline Treenut Cheese is available in grocery and specialty stores, including Whole Foods, and online at

Divina olives and spreads pair well with cashew cheese and crusty bread. Varieties include Greek Kalamata, Olive Bruschetta and Green Olive made with simple ingredients. Add a sweet fig spread to balance the flavors. Divina spreads are available at grocery stores and through Amazon. 

Don’t leave the kids out when it comes to the holiday snack table. CHUM fruit snacks – a bit like fruit leather bites – are made with just fruit, nothing else. Each package features a different endangered species, with 15 percent of profits donated to Wildaid, to help save those animals. CHUM fruit snacks are available at and through Amazon.

For your post-Thanksgiving cooking, Instant Pot electric pressure cookers are a popular Christmas gift and a buy-for-yourself Black Friday purchase. The “I Love My Instant Pot” Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book by Maryea Flaherty includes 175 recipes specifically designed for this appliance. It is officially licensed with the makers of the Instant Pot. The book is a good primer for new users who are conquering the learning curve and includes a wide variety of recipes for all tastes, including Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup, Cauliflower Hummus, Vegan Asian Noodle Bowls, Carrot Ginger Soup and more.