• Freeport Bakery’s Bunny Bread
Whether you need a clever centerpiece or plan on tearing off paws and ears to eat, this too-cute bunny bread from local favorite Freeport Bakery is the perfect addition to an Easter meal. Soft and deliciously chewy, with a dyed egg in the center, it will charm kids and impress adults with the baker’s skill (Freeport’s co-owner Marlene Goetzeler was recently named president of the Retail Bakers of America). But order by Wednesday, or take your chances in line – these critters sell out quickly.
• Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix
Want a hearty breakfast that’s as full of flavor as it is healthy benefits? Look no further than the weighty waffles and double-thick pancakes you’ll make with this whole-grain mix that includes wheat, rye, oat, triticale, barley, corn, oats, brown rice, soybeans and flax seeds. Stone milled in Oregon (though the company first started in Redding), it has a rich, satisfying taste. With syrup and butter, these flapjacks won’t quite be guilt-free, but close enough.
In theaters in May
Jon Favreau teams up with his “Ironman“ co-star Robert Downey Jr. (not to mention Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara and Dustin Hoffman) in this dramedy he also wrote and directed about a fired chef who finds redemption and inspiration inside a food truck. Debuting at SXSW, “Chef” was labeled “food porn” by some critics who cited its extensive (and loving) close-ups of edibles, but it still managed to slide by with a PG rating.
• Cry Out! Chili Sauce
$6.25 (for a 6-ounce bottle); osopeppercompany.com
Tabasco. Tapatio. Cholula. Sriracha. Crystal. The list of quality hot sauces goes on and on (and on), so a new product really has to bring something special to the table to stand out. Cry Out! Chili Sauce does just that. Produced by San Jose-based Oso Pepper Co., the ochre-colored sauce is sui generis among tongue tinglers. Made with jalapeño, red bell, habañero, serrano and chipolte peppers, Cry Out! has some front-end sizzle (and more back-end burn), but it’s far from a four-alarmer, exhibiting an intriguing, creamy/chunky texture almost reminiscent of Indian curry. It’s sweet, smoky, distinctive and a welcome addition to the condiment aisle.
• Fiorello’s Tony Spumoni Artisan Gelato
$5.79 per pint, www.fiorellosgelato.com
Long before gelato became trendy, way back in the ancient 1980s, Marin-based Fiorello “Tony” Bonviso was whipping up artisanal batches of creamy, decadent concoctions in grown-up flavors like caramel balsamic and coconut almond chip. While there isn’t a bad pint in the freezer, the pistachio, almond and chocolate trio in this update of a traditional spumoni is so irresistible you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down.
— Bee staff
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