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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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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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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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Date Nut Bread ~ A Delicious, Low-Fat, Easy to Bake Treat

pistachios and dates work well in this simple date bread recipe

Did you do any special baking projects for the winter holidays? Our family usually bakes 5-6 different cookie recipes, dozens apiece to give as gifts. In the 1950-60s when I was a child, homemade & home-baked items were traditional holiday gifts for friends. November to January happen to be the busiest months for our graphics […]

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Christmas Gingerbread Kids ‘Portrait’ Cookies

eggless gingerbread cookie recipe decorated as portrait of girl

WE always bake some sort of special holiday cookies for Christmas…to nibble…and give away as gifts. Christmas 1998. This particular year, I decided to give our neighbors’ grade-school & high-school age kids fancy hand-decorated Gingerbread cookies as gifts. Marc & Bri were up from southern California visiting family for Christmas and always enjoyed holiday food […]

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Extreme Halloween Candy: Skull Truffles

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HALLOWEEN has always been my favorite holiday. When it comes to dessert, my tastes have matured towards the more gourmet. But just because I am an adult doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the fun of Halloween candy. This year, I wanted to create a Halloween treat for adults. Something not to be gobbled, but savored. […]

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Creamy Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus ‘Butter’

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~ Am planning to make candied citrus peels & slices for the holidays, so we should have a small supply of Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus Syrup and/or Butter. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll keep some for you! Meyer Lemon & Orange Citrus Butter *Out-of-Stock* 8oz~$12 ea, 4oz~$7ea, 2oz~$5 Gift Basket Sampler […]

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Preserving Magic: Candied Citrus (Lemon Slices, Orange Rinds & more)

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We ~ culinary creatives ~ may take both chemistry and magic for granted. Working with primordial elements of Fire, Water, (produce from the) Earth, Air and inspired by etheric elements of Passion & Creativity… We COOK! Transforming a potpourri of ingredients into something attractive, delicious, and nourishing. 2-14-2010 This is the second of our entries […]

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