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  • Santa Rosa plums: How to choose, store and prepare

    Santa Rosa plums: How to choose, store and prepare
    Luther Burbank was one of the most prolific plant breeders ever, responsible for developing the russet potato that bears his name as well as more than 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But while he is probably best remembered for that potato--it and its progeny are still the most widely planted varieties in the world--fruit lovers would argue that his crowning achievement was the Santa Rosa plum. Introduced in 1906, the Santa Rosa is still the gold standard for farmers market plum flavor, though it has fallen out of favor commercially. As late as the 1960s, the Santa Rosa still accounted for more than a third of California's plum harvest; last year, it had dropped to only a percent or 2, as growers have abandoned it in favor of bigger, firmer fruit. Fortunately, they are still available at farmers markets. And after you bite into a rich, tangy Santa Rosa, almost anything else tastes insipid.
  • 10 places for 10 bucks and under

    10 places for 10 bucks and under
    In an era when a movie ticket routinely costs $11 or more, finding any kind of thrill for less than $10 gets harder and harder. So let's thank our stars for national and state parks. If you assume two travelers per car, plenty of parks fit our frugal-...

    10 great hikes of the West

    10 great hikes of the West
    See those glossy outdoors photos on your desktop calendar? It's time to get into the picture. These hikes take you there, from red rocks to rain forests, from cliff dwellings to vernal pools. Complete all of them and you complete a picture of the West &#...

    Where to see gingerbread houses

    Where to see gingerbread houses
    Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., San Francisco; (888) 625-5144, www.westinstfrancis.com. Check online for special holiday packages. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco; (415) 512-1111, sfpalace.com The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Miramontes Point...

    Gingerbread architecture's sweet smell of success

    Gingerbread architecture's sweet smell of success
    Once the realm of family holiday projects, gingerbread architecture has outgrown storybook cottages, gumdrops and marzipan. Tourist attractions and hotels, including the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad,...