12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy Cookies

Growing up the Bay Area, it feels like I have been surrounded by good food all my life. But that is not exactly true. Or, if it is true, then I definitely did not notice it until I was a teenager. As a teen, I remember taking the bus to Stanford Shopping Center, just to

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Pick A Peck Pickles, Inc.

Interesting. After reviewing the last few 12 Days of Local Christmas, I realize that most of my gift ideas are sweet. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but suppose you have a friend who doesn’t eat sugar. Then what are you going to do? How about pickles? Now, I make a mean Bread

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Beverly’s English Toffee

Beverly's English Toffee

Beverly’s English ToffeeOne of the reasons I decided to start this little 12 Days of Local Christmas project earlier this year was because of Beverly’s English Toffee. Cindy turned me onto them last year, and the deadline had already passed for Christmas orders. So, my gift to you this year is letting you know about

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Kika’s Treats

All summer long, a group of food trucks has been circling up on Friday nights outside Fort Mason to bring together many different tastes of San Francisco in one place in an event called Off the Grid. I finally snuck in a visit in early November, just to see what things looked like. I had

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Shopping for California Food on Etsy

I love to shop on Etsy and for this 12 Days of Local Christmas, I have tried to think of ways to work in my love of Etsy. I have found 40th birthday presents, baby gifts, artwork for the house, jewelry for myself, so many treasures on Etsy. For those of you unfamiliar with this

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Shop Local this Holiday Season – Small Business Saturday

Keplers Books, Menlo Park

Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: Blue Chair Fruit Company

Don’t miss an update from Kitchen Gadget Girl, sign up for the new email list, which sends a note every time something new is posted. On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – Something to put on my toast in the morning! Blue Chair Fruit is a regular at Bay

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12 Days of Local Christmas, 2010: 479° Popcorn

Don’t miss an update from Kitchen Gadget Girl, sign up for the new email list, which sends a friendly email each time I post something new. Local and organic popcorn? With special collections for the holidays? Yes, it is all possible! For day #2 of the 12 Days of Local Christmas (2 Turtle Doves, if

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Local Meat: Grassfed Beef and Lamb

Lamb Chops

After having subscribed to a CSA vegetable program for 4 years, and more recently, a fruit CSA, I was ready to source more of my food locally. Meat seemed to be the next step, and with encouraging endorsements from the chicken email list I follow, I tracked down two local ranchers offering locally and sustainably

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