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.
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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