My Favorite Things

So you know how Oprah is always doing her “Favorite Things” show around Christmas?  I was thinking about that last night, and realized I should do the same thing on my blog.  I have just as good of taste as Oprah, but my taste is at real people prices.  So here you go, one of my favorite things.

One of my favorite things is made by a company called American Spoon.  American Spoon started in Northern Michigan in 1981, and you can read their story here.  Now I was introduced to American Spoon around 1999 when my husband and I decided to take a trip “Up North” as we use to do as kids. This was our first introduction into the growing foodie town of Traverse City, as well as, American Spoon.

The first thing I remember when walking into their store was the smell of all fruity jams and spicy salsas making my mouth water.  The second thing was the fact you can try every product before buying.  I hate wasting money, so I love when I can try before I buy. A BIG bonus for those of us on a budget.

This year I was introduced to their Heirloom Tomato Preserves.  I was looking to add a little something to our homemade pizzas, and noticed this was recommended for pizza.  Now I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of buying a “tomato jam” but that quickly changed.  The sweet and tangy taste had become a staple for our homemade pizzas.  My husband has also started to use it on sandwiches and caprese salad. So don’t grab the mayo, grab the tomato preserves instead! I promise it will become one of your favorite things too.

I will also point out; American Spoon also has their own blog and list of recipes.  On nights when I am missing the Midwest, I will look at the blog and recipes for a little nostalgia and inspiration.

So there you have it, one of my favorite things. Actually, most of their products would fall into my favorite things category; but for now I am just going to talk about the Heirloom Tomato Preserves.

Please note: I am not making any money for posting this blog; I am merely trying to promote some companies and products I love and support.


Two of my best friends from back home are visiting for the weekend. So what is on the menu of fun this weekend? LOTS!

Friday will see us touring Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Warf. We are then heading over to the Ferry Market Building for macaroons at Miette. YUM! Our dinner reservations are at Wexler’s, which has become one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. As for post-dinner entertainment, I would really like to head back to The Hidden Vine for a final glass of vino.

Saturday will see us heading up to Napa for some wine tasting. All of us have been to Napa/Sonoma a few times, so we are going to visit a few of our favorites. We will start at Elyse, and then over to Groth for their Open House, Stag’s Leap after lunch, and finally Sequoia Grove to finish out our Cabernet adventures. Dinner is planned for Bouchon, which I have never been, so I will have to give a review. And since we will be so close to Bardessono, I might have to stop in for a post-wine tasting drink.

Sunday will see us brunching somewhere before my friends leave. That is still being planned, as I hate brunch. And yes, I know brunch is a HUGE thing to do on Sunday mornings in San Francisco. But I never know what to order – breakfast or lunch? I always feel like I am being cheated out of a meal.

So what are your plans this weekend?