Martin’s Pretzels

It's no secret that sometimes the simplest of foods offer the most pleasure, and anything made by hand with love and a little obsession adds another dimension. Martin's Pretzels are handmade in Pennsylvania and are simply the best you're likely to find. Anywhere. I've been obsessed with them for years. Their site provides great history of the pretzel, photos and video of the kitchen, information …

Licorice Piglets

Nothing says I love you quite like a box of piglet shaped licorice… Route 29 Napa makes a variety of tasty licorice, but my favorite are the black and red licorice pieces shaped like piglets. The bags are a better deal, but the can (16 oz for $14) is a great gift. The Chewy Peps have a nice balance of texture and flavor and are …

June Taylor Organic Jams

Friends of mine have been receiving little pots of June Taylor's jams for the last few years. It’s been a closely held little secret of mine. Fortunately for all of us, June has settled into her new “still room” in Berkeley and has been able to meet the increasing demand of her hand-made artisinal marmalades, conserves, fruit butters, syrups and other special treats. Superlatives are …