▪ Farmhouse Culture Kraut
$6.99 for 16 oz.; Natural Foods Co-Op, Nugget and others; www.farmhouseculture.com
Forget any fears of weird-flavored fermented cabbage lurking in your grandmother’s refrigerator. These raw, probiotic-filled krauts and kimchis come in flavors so delightful and inspiring (smoked jalapeño, garlic dill pickle) they bear little resemblance to the jarred stuff. Made from organic ingredients sourced near Santa Cruz, they’re ideal for adding some snap to sandwiches or burritos. Our favorite is the punchy – but not overpowering – horseradish leek.
▪ ChocoHigos hand-dipped dark chocolate figs
$9.99 for 4.94 ounces.; Whole Foods
Like pillowy, super-sized chocolate-covered raisins, these just-sweet Pajarero figs from Spain are drenched in rich dark chocolate – simple and satisfying for a more sophisticated sweet treat.
▪ Arts & Eats Oakland
$15.68; 64 pages; www.Amazon.com
The past few years have seen Oakland stepping out of San Francisco’s shadow and earning its own reputation as a culinary destination. This little cookbook is a collaboration between some of the city’s top chefs and Creative Growth, a nonprofit providing art services for disabled adults, whose work is featured here. Check out recipes such as Yen Ta Fu-style hot pot from Hawker Fare or summer corn soup from Oliveto.
▪ Just Cookies
$12.50 for box of eight cookies; 916-439-5600; www.eatsmilerepeat.com
Entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom Kristina Marr of Folsom has something for all you cookie monsters. Her online “bake shop,” Just Cookies, offers from-scratch, crunchy, buttery treats in eight flavors – chocolate chip, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, orange-coconut-cranberry, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, gingerbread and M&M. Marr has run her state-licensed business out of her home kitchen for 18 months. In addition to ordering online, you can buy individual cookies for $2 at Folsom Grind coffee shop.
▪ Buffalo chicken pizza from Hot City Pizza
$19.99 for a large; 5642 J St., Sacramento; (916) 731-8888; www.hotcity-pizza.com
Looking for an easy food idea for Feb. 1’s Super Bowl? Consider the Buffalo chicken pizza from East Sacramento’s Hot City Pizza. A mash-up of two game-day favorites, the moderately spicy pie features breaded chicken, creamy garlic sauce, Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, red onion and crispy bacon on a satisfying whole wheat crust. Ranch dressing comes on the side for dipping. Hot City does pick up or delivery.
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