Winter Holidays 2013

About the Artist

  Melissa Garden (yes, that really is her name,) is a sixth generation California native and Oakland resident, with degrees in illustration from the California College of Arts (& Crafts) and UC Santa Cruz. The core strength of Melissa’s work is her ability to skillfully translate the natural world’s diverse beauty and oddity, her subjects…

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More mushroom recipes

Wild Mushroom Pizza By Toby Garrone of Far West Fungi 1 teaspoon olive oil Pizza dough (use pre-made or make your own) 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound assorted fresh wild mushrooms, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices 1 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste 1 8-ounce package cream cheese 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded 1…

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What's in Season

BY BARBARA KOBSAR ILLUSTRATION BY DAWLINE ONI-ESELEH When you’re at the farmers’ market, it’s all about what’s in season. Choosing from items harvested at their peak is your sure bet for fabulous flavor and freshness. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Kiwifruit, those fuzzy little fruits with the big flavor and great nutritional value, are ripe and ready. Cut and…

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PieTisserie

A Random Act of Sweetness Launches Pie Lady BY SARAH HENRY •  PHOTOS BY ROBIN JOLIN In February 2010, Jaynelle St. Jean found herself in a funk. Having traveled cross-country after a relationship break up, she’d just moved back in with her mom in San Francisco and was sleeping on the couch. She didn’t have…

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Bar Dogwood and Stag’s Lunchette

Winning combo in the Heart of Oakland BY SARAH HENRY • PHOTOS BY NICKI ROSARIO Alexeis (Lexi) Filipello knows how to craft a killer sandwich. Feeding folks in the center of Oakland from sun up to sun down, the owner of Stag’s Lunchette and Bar Dogwood stuffs her signature sammies with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients…

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Seven Stars of Winter

 BY JESSICA PRENTICE LINE DRAWINGS BY SARAH KLEIN • COLORING BY MAGGIE GOSSELIN Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein created the Local Foods Wheel to help us all enjoy the freshest, tastiest, and most ecologically sound food choices month by month. Here are seven of Jessica’s seasonal favorites. You can learn more about the Local…

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

The Trend and the Tradition BY CHERYL ANGELINA KOEHLER ILLUSTRATIONS BY IRIS GOTTLIEB   “Food trends start here,” a friend with a deep knowledge of Bay Area food culture once said to me. But in a more recent conversation, we came up with at least one trend that seems to have started on the East…

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CHOLITA LINDA

From Farmers’ Market Favorite to Brick-and-Mortar Business BY SARAH HENRY • PHOTOS BY MELISA SOZERI Oakland local Vanessa Chavez, 32, grew up eating fresh, flavorful, often homegrown food in a multigenerational family of multicultural heritage who valued mealtimes. “A meal was an experience, something to come together and share, and the food was the main event,”…

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City Girl Farm store

Abeni Ramsey moves her mission from Farm to Fork BY SARAH HENRY • PHOTOS BY NICKI ROSARIO Abeni Ramsey (some may know her as Abeni Massey) has attracted national attention for her local urban farming efforts. They began eight years ago when, with the help of City Slicker Farms, Ramsey, who was on food stamps at…

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Editor's Mixing Bowl

It’s coming on Thanksgiving as I’m writing this, so it seems appropriate to take the occasion to reflect on things I’m thankful for. The list is long, and at the top, of course, are all the beautiful and loving people (and dogs) in my life, past and present. Then there’s good health, the astounding beauty…

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