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When working from home, I often find myself forgetting about lunch {too engrossed in work} or too lazy to whip up something from scratch. So I love it when I can stock my freezer with a few staples that make an easy lunch even more special with a few fresh toppings...like these Gorditas from Trader Joe's! The corn masa pouches are filled with cheese, beans, and roasted chile. I love topping them with sour cream, corn salsa, and hot peppers {shown above}...or another favorite topper...avocados and bacon jam! — Joy

jam sessions...

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I have deep affection towards any kind of "something of the month" club...whether it be bacon, fruit, cheese {or shoes!}, so I love the idea of sending these artisanal jam sessions to the fruit jam enthusiasts in my life. Dagstani & Sons in Denver makes small-batch jam that is sourced locally, organic, and wild whenever possible for pairings that are out of this world. I had a chance to taste the Meyer Lemons and Cara Cara Oranges and the Pear Vanilla jams, and they taste like grown-up candy in a jar. I partnered the Pear Vanilla jam with goat cheese, mixing the sweetness of the jam with the slightly tart goat cheese for a creamy, salty, and sweet version of cheese and crackers... — Joy

{top photo by Michael Wright, bottom photos by Oh Joy, jam from Dagstani & Sons*}

{taste it}: pupusa...

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Originating from El Salvador, a pupusa is a thick, hand-made corn tortilla {made with rice flour or corn flour} that is filled with cheese, meat, and/or beans. One of my favorites in Los Angeles is Delmys Pupuseria located at the Silver Lake Farmer's Market on Saturdays or the Hollywood Farmer's Market on Sundays. Topped with pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and sour cream, it's rich, savory, chewy, tangy, and spicy...a perfect {and hearty} weekend snack!

{photo by Oh Joy}

{taste tested}: magic milk straws...

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I've never been a big fan of straight milk. I love it in ice cream, I love it in a latte, I love it in cheese...but pure milk on it's own has never been my thing. However, ever since my friend Kelley told me about these straws last year, I knew it might be the solution to my calcium-deficient woes and had to get my hands on some!

While Got Milk's Magic Milk Straws were probably made to lure kids into getting more Vitamin D, I have to say they're kinda my new best friend. Available in chocolate, strawberry, cookies n' cream, and vanilla...simply sip on any kind of milk with the straw and it tastes transforms into that flavor! The little flavor buds slowly dissolve giving you enough sweetness for one full glass. I kid you not, I had 4 glasses of milk within 2 days just cause this is so fun and GOOD! And, for these chilly nights lately, it does wonders in a warm glass of milk. The straw contents melt faster in heated milk, leaving you with best approximation of a warm milkshake that I've been able to find or create.

{photos by Oh Joy}

currently snacking on...

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...roasted pumpkin marshmallows {coated in guanaja chocolate} from the San Fracisco-based Tell Tale Society's December bag. I've been sending this mixed bag of sweet & savory delights to friends & colleagues recently as gifts and just treated myself to one this month...and LOVE it...

{photo by Oh Joy}

bacon jam goodness...

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If you've never had bacon jam before {and assuming you eat and like bacon} then you've pretty much got to stop whatever you're doing now and get {or make} some STAT. Bacon jam is like savory, sweet, delectable morsels of bacon in spreadable form. I bought a jar from Perishable in LA, and it's been the shining star of my condiments shelf ever since. I put it on toast {topped with eggs, blue cheese, and/or avocados}, on burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, scrambled eggs, apple slices...really, anything {I bet it would be amazing on maple ice cream too!}.

If you don't have an artisanal or gourmet shop near you that sells it, this version from Skillet Street Food and this recipe will give you more reasons to salivate.

{photo by Oh Joy. Above: sourdough toast topped with bacon jam and Point Reyes blue cheese}

currently snacking on...

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...maple cashew chocolate crackle from Dufflet. It's kind of like crispy, nutty, sweet, salty, chocolaty magnificence. They call it crackle...but it should just be called CRACK...highly addictive, but waaaay safer...

{Available in the States right here, photo by Dufflet.}

currently snacking on...

Yellow-raspberries

...the golden raspberries I picked up this weekend at the Hollywood Farmer's Market. I am loving variations on a typical fruit that you often find at local markets. It adds a certain unexpected taste {and color} that I just love. If you've never had golden raspberries, they're a bit more tart and sweet than the standard...and so lovely to look at.

{photo by Oh Joy}

{taste it}: dragon fruit...

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I never thought that hot pink existed in nature, until I came across the dragon fruit. Spotted at the Silver Lake Farmer's Market, I had to see what this tropical electric fruit was all about. Also known as a pitaya, it's the fruit of several cactus species. Housed in a succulent-like exterior, the pulpy interior has the taste and texture similar to a kiwi {but more mild}, mixed with a bit of melon and cactus flavor. They taste best after being chilled, simply slice in half and scooped out with a spoon!

{photo by Oh Joy}

very enjoyable cupcakes in {los olivos}...

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If you haven't seen either of Enjoy Cupcakes' shops yet, they're painfully pretty and so much fun. With one location in Los Olivos and the other in Solvang, it's a nice day escape for those in the LA and surrounding areas. I had the pleasure of trying out some Enjoy Cupcakes last week which shipped directly to my house {yes, they ship!}.

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