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Frog Hollow treats & the Fig Lady

Windy | Nov 25, 200511:00 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).

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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