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Shop local: Maker markets in the West

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Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

Chicken salad is always a favorite. We prefer ours with crisp, smoky bacon and tangy blue cheese.

Recipe: Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

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Green Chile-Chicken Stew

This gently spicy "white chili" is best made up to two days ahead and reheated so it's perfect for a pre-planned tailgating menu.

Recipe: Green Chile-Chicken Stew

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Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad

A taste of summer in a bowl: barbecued chicken, sweet nectarines, tangy goat cheese, crisp salad greens, and toasted pecans. A speedy entree salad that’s perfect for the season.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Nectarine Salad

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Pigeon coop playhouse interior

There’s room to relax on a daybed with a book, draw on a chalkboard, or play at a kidsize table.

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Pigeon coop playhouse interior

There’s room to relax on a daybed with a book, draw on a chalkboard, or play at a kidsize table.

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BLT Chicken Burgers

Poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland. Not these: Jazzed up with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic ― then topped with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce ― they're boldness in a bun.

Recipe: BLT Chicken Burgers

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Ruby

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A sampling of the locally-made products at the Portland Bazaar,December 11-13, 2015.It’s no secret: Our favorite way to shop for produce is at our local farmers markets. Similarly, our favorite way to shop for gifts is at our local makers markets. What beats something expertly crafted by a designer in your own city? And like those farmers, you can meet the makers (and have a good star-struck Instagramable moment) in-person.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite local holiday makers markets happening this month near you:

PortlandThe Portland Bazaar (December 11-13)The Makery Winter Pop Up (December 11-12)Crafty Wonderland (December 12-13)

SeattleUrban Craft Uprising (December 5-6)Renegade Craft Fair (December 19-20)

San FranciscoRemodelista Market (December 12-13)SFMade Holiday Gift Fair (December 12)

DenverThe Holiday Flea (December 3-6)ManCraft (December 4)The Source Denver Holiday Market (December 12)

Vancouver, BCBarter BC Holiday Gift Fair (December 10-24)

Los AngelesUnique LA (December 5-6)Remodelista Market (December 5-6)Renegade Craft Fair (December 12-13)

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'Early Cascade'

Fruits per cluster: 5 to 8

Average fruit length, weight: 2½ in., 3½ oz.

Notes: Large fruit has meaty flesh with well-balanced flavor.

Seed sources: Johnny's Selected Seeds, Tomato Growers Supply, Territorial Seed Company,and West Coast Seeds

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Take it home

Shop like a local at Super Home Mart, where you can wander long aisles of ceramic dishes in traditional Chinese blue-and-white and floral themes, colorful bowls, pots and pans, knives and cleavers, and utensils for every kind of cooking--at prices that hover around wholesale. 988 N. Hill St., Ste. 101; 213/628-8898.

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Dungeness Crab

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Getting there

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JC's "Daily Ration" red blend jug

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Dashe and JC Cellars

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Gaura

(G. lindheimeri)

White flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these airy plants.

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A sampling of the locally-made products at UniqueLA, December 5-6, 2015.