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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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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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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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Soft Spiced Honey Cookies

Last month, Marc was invited to a surprise October birthday pot-luck for two friends in Santa Cruz. Though the party had been planned awhile, somehow Marc hadn’t seen his email invite.  So getting ready to go was a last minute decision! Marc couldn’t go without bringing a pot-luck dish. But…What to make? It needed to […]

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