Kirkland Asolo Prosecco
$6.99 for 750 ml bottle; Costco; www.costco.com
It’s hard to beat this super-dry and drinkable prosecco from Costco for adding the fizz to your brunch-time cocktails. Smooth, clean and without the sugary feel of many sparklers at this low price point, it’s the ideal addition to your O.J.
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CJ Foods Barn Barn Mee rice bowl
$1.99; KP International Market (10971 Olson Drive, Rancho Cordova); www.kpinternationalmarket.com
Give your instant rice an international twist with this Korean combination of regular brown and sweet brown rice – the short-grain sticky stuff with a slightly nuttier flavor. With a whopping 45 grams of whole grains in each serving, it makes a filling side dish or healthy snack.
Milk Chocolate and Sea Salt Brownie Squares
$4.30 for a 4.63 ounce bag; local retailers; www.ghirardelli.com
San Francisco’s venerable Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. recently added some new items to its long list of quality products, including these sweet little brownie-inspired squares that provide a rich and smooth chocolate experience with a splendid salty kick.
Kinder’s Boneless Chicken Thighs
$3.99 per pound; Costco; www.costco.com
Make summer barbeques a snap with these antibiotic-free marinated chicken thighs from Kinder’s – a growing brand that started out as a Bay Area meat market. Juicy, flavorful and tender, they’re an easy meal even for picky eaters.
Creamy & Crunchy
$28; Columbia University Press, 320 pages; cup.columbia.edu
Jon Krampne’s fascinating history of peanut butter is loaded with anecdotes and tidbits, drama and humor – really. To quote: “(These are) the stories of Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan; the plight of black peanut farmers; ... the role of peanut butter in fighting Third World hunger. To a surprising extent, the story of peanut butter is the story of 20th century America.”
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