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Spring in California
Vol. 12 No. 4

Tsoureki bread with a red egg is traditional for Greek Orthodox Easter. Easter Tsouréki, above, is a sweet yeast bread, flavored with traditional mahlepi and mastic and sprinkled with sliced almonds, that is twisted or braided and baked with a red hardboiled egg (colored using non-toxic onion skins). Easter Tsouréki is available annually during the month before Greek Orthodox Easter (April 16, 2017) from Glyká Sweets.

Among the designs you can choose for the pastry top of an Elegant Brie is the Easter Basket, above. Other choices include: grapes, leaves, a wine bottle, and more. Choose the design, then choose the filling for a custom-made appetizer that's a crowd pleaser.

21 Missions Organics' Agave Syrup is the sweetener for fresh ripe strawberries in Strawberry Yogurt Parfait, above, topped with thinly sliced almonds. Good any time of day from breakfast in the morning to a late night snack.

After you've eaten the pickles from a jar of Pernicious Pickling Co. pickles, the brine can be used to pickle all sorts of things, such as the hardboiled eggs and whole onion on this spring platter, above: Pernicious Pickled Eggs.

The name Noodles from Hell gives an indication of the spiciness of this salad, made with Jenkins Jellies' Hell Fire Pepper Jelly, above. It's also light and refreshing, and full of healthy ingredients.

Genuine Grub's new Fried Rice Sauce joins its two Korean BBQ Sauces. The Fried Rice Sauce makes this versatile dish so easy. Leftover rice is actually good to use, and any cooked vegetables you have on hand can be added for a satisfying side or main dish. For this time of year, try Fried Rice with Spring Vegetables, above.

A refreshing salad for the first warm weather is Sweet Ginger-Basil Chicken Salad, above, made with the Sweet Ginger-Basil Sauce from Arawak Farm. Sweet ginger and basil are blended with fresh vegetables, herbs, and the heat of Serrano and Habanero peppers.

Blessed Passover and Blessed Easter

We wish everyone a happy new season of spring, and a blessed Passover and blessed Easter.

We hope each of you will find a delicious spring dish to celebrate with your family and friends.

Grilled fresh spring asparagus gets all dressed up topped with grated Manchego cheese and Romesco Sauce from Jimtown Store: Grilled Asparagus with Romesco and Grated Manchego, above.

Resolving to get fit this season? Here's just the meal to help you along. Spring "Fit" Pizza, above, is made with low-carb, low-calorie Cauliflower Pizza Crusts from 545 Not Found.

For a different approach to spring's asparagus bounty: Asparagus with Apricot-Ginger Glaze, above, made with Dried Apricot Preserves from B & R Farms.

The combination of Artichokes with Hummus, above, is acceptable for Passover, as long as no bread or crackers are served. For an authentic taste of Israel, serve with Yamba Hummus. Eating artichokes leaf by leaf, working your way to the heart as you dip, is rewarding and convivial.

The peak season for arugula is early spring and fall. The secret ingredient in this arugula salad is Wild Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch: Arugula Salad with Blackberries, Cucumber and Fennel Pollen, above.

Strawberries and avocados may seem like an unusual combination, but the real surprise is the dressing for Strawberry Avocado Salad, above. In addition to typical ingredients, such as oil, vinegar and garlic, one of the ingredients is Striking Strawberry Frosting from The Frosting Queens.

These Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream Cookiewiches, above, are bright and cheery bite-size treats that are a new take on the classic Strawberry Shortcake recipe. Made with Mr. E's Freeze's Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream.

Mamie's Pies' Strawberry Pocket Pie, above, is unbaked, frozen and preservative free. Just simply pop them in the oven directly from the freezer and enjoy.

The first ripe strawberries are irresistible -- especially when dipped in sour cream and crumbled B.toffee. But you have to keep from eating all the toffee before it gets onto the strawberries! B.toffee Dipped Strawberries, above.

Spring is California cherry season. By the end of April, if all goes well with the weather, these luscious fruits will be available for purchase from cherry farmers C. J. Olson Cherries, either online or at their Cherry Stand, at the corner of El Camino and Mathilda in Sunnyvale.

Endorfin Foods doesn’t roast their cacao beans or use dairy milk, which delivers an antioxidant-rich style of chocolate. Try their Chocolate with Coffee & Cardamom, paired with strawberries, above.

The Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, above, from San Francisco Cheesequake is made using locally made jam with local fruit. Garnish with fresh strawberries for a delicious no-fuss-no-muss dessert.

Cocoa Parlor / Tonic Scene Premium Organic Chocolate Bars made from fairly traded cacao beans, sustainably grown, responsibly harvested. Totally soy/lecithin-free and gluten-free, non-GMO. Strawberry Mermaid, above.

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