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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. ...
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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...
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Oakland Cooking – Making your own Baked Kale Chips

Just like a bowl of potato 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...
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Kassenhoff Growers tomato tasting: Building community, sampling tomatoes

Helen and Peggy presiding over the tasting. 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
In the back (from left) - apricot jam, brandied cherries.  In front - nectarine BBQ sauce. Share

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,...
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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...
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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 to take...