Holiday Gift Guide 2012


1.) State of California cutting board, Etsy, $28. (they have other states, too)

2.) 8" Round Ash Wood Cutting Board, Terrain, $20. (they have larger ones, too)

3.) Hickory Wood Coasters, Terrain, $26.

4.) Temporary tattoos, Tattly, $5 for set of 2. (fun stocking stuffer!)

5.) White Floating paper Sky Lanterns, Amazon, $15. (for New Years Eve?)

6.) Scratch Off World Map, Urban Outfitters, $34. (like a lottery game, scratch off places you’ve been!)

7.) Tiny Silver Letter pendant, Etsy, $15.

8.) Whiskey Stones, Sur la Table, $20. (so you don’t water down that precious bourbon!)

9.) Cocktail Mixing Glass Set, Umami Mart, $50.

10.) The Forest Feast Recipe Greeting Cards , Umami Mart, $15. “Cocktail Party Pack” of 8 different recipes for entertaining. (order by Friday for Xmas delivery)

11.) CSA, $20 to $350. Buy someone a CSA (community supported agriculture) membership for a weekly box of local produce delivered from a farm. To find a farm near you, click here. Prices and subscriptions vary- but an average 14 week membership for an individual is about $200 (and approx $350 for a family size box). By paying for the produce at the beginning of the growing season, you can really help a local farmer. Some farms offer subscriptions for about $20/week.

12.) For a charitable gift, I recommend making a donation in someone’s name to Edible Schoolyard, Alice Waters’ organization that aims to build a sustainable food curriculum for all schools.

Holiday Gift Ideas


I have designed some Forest Feast products that are now available at the Umami Mart Shop in Oakland (and also online). Order by Friday and receive them by Christmas. The recipe cards and little prints make great stocking stuffers for foodies!

1.) The Forest Feast Recipe Greeting Cards “Cocktail Party Pack”. 8 different recipes for entertaining, $15. (available on the online shop, order by Friday for Xmas delivery)

2.) The Forest Feast mounted fine art photo prints are for sale, various sizes and prices ranging from $25 (5x7") up to $300 (30x40"). To order send an email to:

3.) Stool upholstered in my orange tree photograph: $150. At the shop in Oakland or by special order:

4.) Antique wooden chair upholstered in my orange tree photograph: $400. At the shop in Oakland or by special order:

Umami Mart is at 815 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 575-9152

Persimmon Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving! Jonathan and I left the woods for the beach and we’re spending the holiday weekend with my family in Santa Barbara. I am blogging for Better Homes and Gardens now, so I tried their New Cranberry Sauce recipe this year and it’s delicious! It has onions, garlic and persimmon, which give it a fantastic flavor. For more photos of this dish and my beachy Thanksgiving, check out today’s post on the Better Homes and Gardens website.