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Frog Hollow treats & the Fig Lady

Windy | Nov 25, 2005 11:00 PM

I was at the Ferry Building Wednesday afternoon, scarfing down oysters and Prosecco with a friend. She wanted something sweet, so we wandered over to Frog Hollow to taste all the open jams.

They were sampling two very attractive pies, and although I protested that I don't like pumpkin pie, the proprietor informed me his wife had made it so I felt obliged to taste. (I still don't like pumpkin pie).

The other pie was a pecan made with bits of dried cherries and some kind of bourbon ($20). I'm not crazy about pecan pie either (okay, I'm just not a pie lover--pumpkins and pecans are both wonderful without having to puree them and slap them into a buttery crust). This was excellent. I'm already looking for a holiday event to order one for.

I also picked up a bag of tiny cherry chocolate chip cookies for $3. They reminded me of the excellent cookies from Desiree, and they're quite a bargain with 20 or so cookies. Simple and delicious--ideal for stocking stuffers, or mouth stuffers. (They'll be accompanying Mitchell's peppermint ice cream at my first Christmas party of the season).

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On the way home, we came out of the BART station in Glen Park at dusk, where a woman held out a flat of home-grown figs and sweet limes for sale. We walked by and then circled back to check on the price. They were only $3 for two smallish baskets, but the real treat was having her explain in a faint German accent the various way she prepares them--with lemon and ginger and sugar. I thought about bringing my figs along for Thanksgiving but instead have been savoring them.

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