foods for sophisticates

Prize Winning Preserves: Organic Rhubarb Raisin Jam with Citrus & a touch of Ginger

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2011 RED RIBBON Winner! This tasty jam, technically a conserve of mixed fruits,  took prizes at both the 2011 Marin & Sonoma County Fairs. Organic Rhubarb Raisin Ginger Citrus Jam (April 2014 ~ Back in Stock!) 8oz~$12 ea, 4oz~$7ea, 2oz Gift Basket sampler Jars~$5ea Today was a surprise. Though there was only a 20% chance […]

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Sweet Madness: County Fair Prep Frenzy

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Eagerly anticipating this year’s county fairs! Have already signed up to enter several unusual jams & jellies in the 2011 Marin County Fair…with fingers crossed & high hopes the judges will like them. I’ve decided to participate in our local 2011 Sonoma County Fair as well, though haven’t any idea what the competition’s like. Playful […]

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Prize Winning Preserves: Meyer Lemon & Honey Jelly ~ Red Ribbon Winner!

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*2012 Marin County Fair RED RIBBON Winner (2nd Place)* May 2013 Meyer Lemon & Honey Jelly 8oz Jars~$12 ea, 4oz Jars~$7ea (Out-of-Stock), 3oz~$6 or 2oz~$5 Gift Basket Sampler Jars 3-13-2011 Early spring is Meyer Lemon season in northern California. Lots of folks have shrubby, small lemon trees in their yards…and many of those lemons go […]

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Rustic Apple Tart with Almond Paste and Tart-Sweet Sundowner Apples

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Still planning holiday desserts? Rustic Apple Tart’s a FAB easy-to-bake treat…inspired by browsing through a recent Earth & Vine ‘Provisions’ catalog recipe and photos on the side of a box of Odense Almond Paste. Baked this simple apple tart with two Sundowner® (Cripps Red) apples, leaving skins on the thin slices. Sundowner apples  (available November […]

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Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie, Our Thanksgiving Holiday Treat!

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My all-time FAVORITE Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Pie. Because my hubby and I are lacto-vegetarians and don’t eat or bake foods with eggs, we always miss out on this yummy treat unless I bake an eggless pumpkin pie myself. So, that was my plan this Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I purchased a Sweetie Pie […]

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Farm Market Finds: Stonehouse Persian Lime Olive Oil

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Season your meals with a splash of California sunshine! Discovered Stonehouse’s California grown & blended incredibly delicious Persian Lime Olive Oil at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market on Saturday. Oh, my goodness! Such delightful FLAVOR. Came home and promptly drizzled it over a salad of baby spinach greens, fresh pea sprouts (another farm market find), […]

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Prize Winning Preserves: Honey Rose Petal Jam ~ Best of Show!

Rose Petal Jam is a lovely gourmet treat!

~ This lovely, subtle, sophisticated jam needs a day or two to mellow, blending the flavors (a month is even better). The honey tones are dominant, the rose more of a aromatic nuance and secondary flavor. It’s best for savoring. Honey Rose Petal Jelly 8oz~$16ea, 4oz~$10ea, 2oz Gift Basket Sampler Jars~$7ea *Out-of-Stock* We’ll be making […]

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Asparagus and Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pizza

asparagus and cheese toppings on a lemony springtime pizza

Meyer Lemon Inspirations 2010 ~ Recipe #2 With a delicate fresh flavor, protein packed ricotta cheese brightened with Meyer lemon makes a wonderful base for seasonal asparagus in this deliciously unusual, quick, easy-to-make pizza. This is the second recipe in a series of lemony delights that I’ve been cooking in March & April inspired by […]

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