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Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Beyond Obesity: Reframing Food Justice with Body Love

Oakland has been at the forefront of what many would call the food justice movement – a movement to ensure that disenfranchised communities have power over they foods they produce, sell and eat.  Organizations like People’s Grocery have led the way in identifying the intersections between race, income and health.  Phat Beets Produce and City

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Bay Wolf Double Duck Dinner: A celebration of community and alliteration

This past Tuesday, we were delighted to be invited by General Manager Dagny Brown to Bay Wolf’s Double Duck dinner. The dinner celebrates Bay Wolf’s 38th Anniversary! For Brown, the event was really to commemorate the Bay...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Oakland Cooking – Making your own Baked Kale Chips

I know I’m late to the game with this one, but I JUST discovered the joys of making your own kale chips.  Trader Joe’s has a fairly addictive nacho cheese flavored kale chip that is $3.99 per...

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Kassenhoff Growers tomato tasting: Building community, sampling tomatoes

This past Monday, I got to volunteer with two of my favorite women: Helen Krayerhoff and Peggy Kass of Kassenhoff Growers. For the fifth Labor Day in a row, Helen and Peggy hosted a tomato tasting for...

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Bringing a Little Texas to Oakland: Preserving Peppers

These days, I’m usually canning something every week. The criteria for what I can is that it must be in season and available at my local farmers market (woot-woot Temescal and Catalàn Family Farms!). I’ve often been crazy...

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

First Look: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont Neighborhood

Piedmont Avenue has been one of our favorite neighborhoods since we’ve moved to Oakland. It’s a wonderful place for locally-owned retail.  My favorite comic shop—Dr. Comics and Mr. Games—is  there along with my go-to fabric store: Piedmont...

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Breakfast Pastries from a pizza joint! Nick’s Oakland Style Pizza serving breakfast

We’ve been fans of Nick’s Pizza since they opened.  Located on the corner of 62nd and Shattuck, Nick’s is very much a neighborhood joint.  Their standout crust is a wonderful hybrid of the thinness of a traditional...

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Oakland Summer Bounty: How to preserve your stone fruit

It’s the height of summer and stone fruits abound: peaches, nectarines, apricots. Cherries are still going strong at the farmer’s market!  Even though they are not as ubiquitous as the Meyer lemon tree, you can usually find...

Friday, June 21st, 2013

5 great reasons to make strawberry jam this weekend–in Oakland

At Swanton Berry Farm, it’s incredibly easy to pick strawberries.  Not only were the berries plentiful in mid-May, they were raised from the ground to require less bending.  The downside of such ease is figuring out what...

Friday, June 14th, 2013

U-pick strawberries around Oakland (Community Voices)

Jonathan and I were both born in May, so we end up having a joint birthday celebration with our friends in the middle of the month. As a freshly minted, and very enthusiastic jam maker, I wanted...

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