Tuck Into Some Local Preserves

Posted on March 24

Instead of reaching for that Costco-sized jar of Smuckers jam the next time you make a pb&j, consider trying a locally crafted preserve instead. I found three recently that delighted me: Auburn’s Flour Girl Strawberry jam, with its charming, rustic label, sang with the bright, lush flavors of summer-ripe, organic strawberries. I wouldn’t waste this jam on a sandwich, however . . . try drizzling it on good-quality vanilla ice cream, plunking a blob onto warm poundcake, or simply eating it straight out of the jar. The Good Stuff cherry jam I tried—produced right here in Sacramento—was also fabulous. Intensely flavored, and crammed full of whole cherries, it would be a dazzling addition to a cheese platter or smeared on freshly-baked bread with sweet butter. The Good Stuff, which believes in “promoting the small family farmer and that everyone should have access to quality organic produce,” contributes 5 percent of its sales to Soil Born Farms—another wonderful reason to support this small local business. And if your palate needs to be seriously revived, stick a spoon deep into Sutter Buttes Meyer lemon-ginger soft set jam—this zingy, vivacious preserve will not only greatly enliven your pb&j’s, pancakes and French toast, it can also—according to the company—be spread on baked chicken, pork chops and roasted carrots; or be mixed with soy sauce and sesame oil to create a unique embellishment for salmon, tofu or a stir fry.

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Hair Wars for HeartSong Animal Rescue

Hair Wars for HeartSong Animal Rescue

Local hair salons put their talents on display during the third annual Hair Wars Saturday, April 24 2015 at the Morgan Creek Golf Club in Roseville. Proceeds from the event benefited HartSong, a rescue program that provides care for special needs animals.

Published: Saturday, April 25, 2015