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Lamb for Easter, Revisited

Leg of lamb is hugely popular for Easter. Here are several favorite recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives, including the first recipe I ever published, Oven-Roasted Leg of Lamb with Sausage Stuffing & Mustard Glaze… Read More »

It’s Asparagus Season!

When of spring’s most delicious delicacies, asparagus, is now available at local farmers markets. Here’s you’ll find delicious recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.… Read More »

The Stag Cookbook & a Tribute To a Friend

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, I talk about my friend, John Kramer, who died late last month, and his love of artichokes. You can read that column here. In the article, I promise to post a feature story I wrote in the late 1990s, before the paper had a web presence. It is long, nearly 3000 words–ahhh, those were the days–and I’ve edited it considerably, taking out the parts about two other local men and their home cooking and removing John’s… Read More »

Homemade Yogurt, Raitas and More

In this week’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I explore local yogurts and the difference between Greek yogurt and others. I also promised to post links to some favorite recipes, including for raita, an Indian condiment based on yogurt. Here you go, along with instructions for making yogurt and yogurt cheese at home, plus a fabulous yogurt dessert.   Cilantro & Mint Raita Ruby Raita Pineapple Raita Radish Raita Banana Raita Coconut Raita Fennel Raita Celery Raita Carrot… Read More »

Chicken au Vinaigre: A Great Match with Zinfandel

In today’s pairing column, which you can read here, I promise to post my recipe for Chicken au Vinaigre, which is a lovely companion with our wine of the week and other zinfandels. Here is the link to that dish. Please note: The on-line version cut off the amount of vinegar called for; you need three-quarters of a cup. Chicken au Vinaigre, a traditional dish from Orleans, France.

Cauliflower Lovers, This Is For You

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I offer two recipes, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Pecans, Soft-Cooked Eggs and Warm Bacon Maple Vinaigrette and Cauliflower with Wild Rice and Brown Butter. Here are more recipes for cauliflower, one as a link and the others as text, as they appeared in columns before they were archived on the Web site. Actually, they appeared before we had a Web site. What is your favorite way to enjoy cauliflower? Let us know… Read More »

Saturday’s Wine Library Book Sale has some remarkable treasures

This Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sonoma County Wine Library (139 Piper St., Headsburg) hosts a sale of new and used books on topics that range from the wine business, wine tasting and wine history to enology, viticulture, cooking, home winemaking and more, along with some rare treasures. Among the treasures are early Harvest Fair posters. The oldest are apparently from 1979 and 1983, both unsigned. Michele Collier’s 1984 and 1988 posts are available and… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market

In mid-November, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market expresses the intersection of the seasons, with the last of summer’s tomatoes, peppers and grapes surrounded by fall’s bounty. Several vendors, including The Patch, Ortiz Farms, Paul’s Produce, Hector’s Honey  and Oak Hill Farm , are harvesting both late summer and mid-fall crops. With October and, so far, November, dry and mild, tomatoes and peppers, especially, just keep on comin’. If you want good fresh salsa on your holiday table, it looks… Read More »