Local and lovely

Local artist Matthew Price is carrying on the fine woodworking tradition of his ancestor, John Alden, who came over on the Mayflower as the ship's carpenter and built a life here as a woodworker.

This trivet, made from upcycled salvaged wood and laser cut into its weave pattern, is part of his collection of handmade objects.

Jonathan Alden wood trivet, 7-by-7-inch, $20, Philadelphia Independents, 35 N. Third St., 267-773-7316

- Maureen Fitzgerald

Apples + smoke = sublime

You think you know apple butter? Well, here's a 2014 update on the classic that made me think again. Local jammer Spruce Hill Preserves takes organic apples and smokes them before pureeing the fruit with bourbon and maple syrup. The result is like spreading luscious applesauce at a boozy campfire - perfect as a complimentary dab to tangy goat cheese or, even better, as a savory condiment to finish chicken or pork fresh off the grill.

- Craig LaBan

Spruce Hill Preserves Maple-Bourbon Smoked Apple Butter, $6.50 an 8 oz. jar at Metropolitan Bakery, 262 South 19th St., 215-545-6655, or $8 at Spruce Hill's stand at Saturday's Franklin Flea (801 Market St.)