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Shell Bean Recipes for Fall

In today's Seasonal Pantry, I suggest a reliable short cut, canned beans, which are pretty good and can save a lot of time on a busy weeknight. The column includes three recipes, Pinto Bean Soup, Cannellini Bean Bruschetta, and Chickpea, Pasta & Tuna salad. When you have more time, you'll [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Pairing: Angeline Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Flatters Avocado-Zucchini Pizza

Sometimes my Wine of the Week Pairing column makes it on line, sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, I'll post it here. This column ran in the print edition of the Press Democrat on July 17, 2016. Angeline Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is both inexpensive and utterly delightful [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

From the Archives: Delicious Dishes with Chiles & Peppers

Late summer and early fall are the best times to enjoy chiles and peppers, as we have an abundant local harvest. Here are some of my favorite dishes from the Seasonal Pantry archives. Fried Chiles Padrons, Shishitos & Jimmy Nardellos are all perfect for frying Grilled Chiles For when you are entertaining [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Chile & Pepper Season

Note: Sometimes my two columns that appear in the print version of the Press Democrat make it on line, sometimes they don't. When they don't, I post them here, as I'm doing now, with last week's Seasonal Pantry, which appeared in print on August 17.  Chilies and peppers are ripening [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Ahhh, Magical Soft Tacos: The Best Fair Food, EVER

The Original Soft Tacos returned to the county fair circuit a few years ago.

By | July 22nd, 2016|6 Comments

Tonight at Worth Our Weight

It's a Third Thursday and that means there's a special Visiting Chefs Dinner at Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program (1021 Hahman Dr., Santa Rosa). Tonight's dinner features three chefs, all graduates of the apprenticeship program. There are a few seats left and you can snag one if you hurry [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|0 Comments

More Good News for Lovers of Lavender & for Bees

The Lavender Bee Farm, located in Petaluma, hosts its final open house of the year this Saturday, June 25. Harvest is already underway. Tours are guided and educational, with a honey tasting and lavender lemonade. This is a good thing to note on your June 2017 calendar. Lavender honey [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

LUCKYRICE Feast + Chinese Dumplings

LuckyRice San Francisco Feast takes place at the Bently Reserve this Friday night. LUCKYRICE Feast takes place in San Francisco this Friday, June 24, from 8 to 10 p.m. for the general public ($88 per person) and 7 to 10 p.m. for VIP ticket holders ($150 per person). The [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Heads Up, Lavender Lovers!

Lynn's Lavender, nestled in the gentle hills above Graton off Harrison Grade Road, is hosting its annual lavender harvest and luncheon on July 2.

By | June 21st, 2016|2 Comments

How to Love Lavender

In today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I talk about the importance of pairing lavender with something sweet--a bit of sugar or honey, even a splash of balsamic vinegar--so that its slightly resinous flavor doesn't remind us of soap. This is the crucial element when it comes to using [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|0 Comments