“Favorite Recipes of Our Apple Hill Farms”
$20;142 pages; Apple Hill Growers; www.applehill.com
Northern California day-trippers will miss the 50 or so farmsteads of Apple Hill as they begin closing for the season over the next few weeks – though a few will remain open year-round (as will most of the wineries). What to do until the farms reopen in the spring? To the rescue comes “Favorite Recipes of Our Apple Hill Farms.” In its well-designed pages, vibrant with color photographs, is a trove of recipes from Apple Hill growers – green apple salsa verde, apple pizza, pumpkin soup, apple cream pie, and more.
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Pok Pok Som
Looking to get in on the drinking-vinegar trend? Give Pok Pok Som a whirl. The “full-strength drinking vinegar,” from the Portland, Ore.-based Naam Som company, comes in nine flavors, including ginger, Thai basil, tamarind, turmeric, honey, pomegranate and pineapple. Mix one part vinegar to four parts water, and enjoy. We sampled several flavors and found the drink to be sweet-tart, sharp and clean.
‘Dying For a Donut’ launch party
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15; Face in a Book (4359 Town Square Blvd., El Dorado Hills)
El Dorado Hills’ Face in a Book is hosting a launch party for “Dying For a Donut,” written by Sacramento author Cindy Sample. The book (CreateSpace, $15, 286 pages) is the latest in her five-title “Dying” humorous-mystery series starring soccer-mom-amateur-sleuth Laurel McKay. This one is set in Apple Hill. For more information about the free event: (916) 941-9401 or www.getyourfaceinabook.com
Kettle Brand maple bacon popcorn
$4.29 for a five-ounce bag; local markets; www.kettlebrand.com
Three of our favorite things all in one bag. The popcorn is crisp – not over-salted – and the flavor is more bacon than maple, though the aroma is more maple than bacon. Ingredients include maple sugar, dried molasses, chili pepper and “natural flavors including smoke.” Oh, and it’s gluten- and MSG-free, with no preservatives, which makes it that much better.
$3.25 each; Gunther’s Ice Cream (2801 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento); gunthersicecream.com
San Francisco can keep its It’s Its. Gunther’s has a hometown version with rich oatmeal cookies (with a hint of cinnamon) and creamy vanilla ice cream, all ensconced in a crisp chocolate shell. They make the River City proud.
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