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

Apricots in Season: Enjoy Them Now or Miss Out Until Next Year

Apricot season is upon us and the time to enjoy them is now I write in today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here. In the column, I feature a fairly formal recipe, Over-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Risotto, that is ideal for a special evening.

By | May 11th, 2016|1 Comment

For the love of traditional tacos

If you've read my columns over the years, you know I love traditional tacos. The simplicity of tender corn tortillas holding delicious morsels of perfectly seasoned foods cannot be improved. They are also remarkable simply to make at home, especially if you keep tortillas, cilantro and hot sauce on hand.

By | May 5th, 2016|5 Comments

Artichoke Season!

Because artichokes are bountiful in the spring, it is easy to assume they are a spring crop. But in California, which supplies 100 percent of commercial artichokes in the US, artichokes are harvested year round, with crops peaking in the spring and again in the fall.

By | April 26th, 2016|6 Comments

Kiss Me, I’m Irish: More Than A Dozen Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Or at least cook with me . . . use any of my Irish recipes and we'll be cooking together,  in spirt. If you have a big family or will be feeding a crowd on St. Patrick's Day, you can use my recipe for Sonoma Boiled Dinner with just a [...]

By | March 16th, 2016|1 Comment

Asian Salt Eggs & Spicy Salt Egg Sauce

You can buy Asian Salt Eggs in Asian markets but why, when we have such outstanding eggs in Sonoma County? Making your own, which is easy to do, has the added benefit of knowing where your eggs are from. Asian Salt Eggs are delicious and easy to make [...]

By | March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Simple Potato, Bacon & Cabbage Soup for a Rainy Week

As rain came down in torrents here in Sebastopol, I made potato, bacon and cabbage soup. Because I had all of the ingredients on hand and also had homemade chicken stock in the freezer, it was so easy, with barely 10 minutes of hands-on work.

By | January 7th, 2016|3 Comments