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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

Slow-Cooker Soups, Polenta & Grits

In December 16's Seasonal Pantry, I haul out my slow-cooker to prepare a Sonoma-style boiled dinner, which takes inspiration from the boiled dinners of New England as well as parallel traditions in Italy and France. In that column, I promise to post links to several recipes from Pantry's archives and so here you go.

By | December 13th, 2015|0 Comments

What’s your favorite turkey dressing? Here’s mine, along with other delicious options.

At heart, I'm pretty much of a traditionalist when it comes to turkey dressing. Here's my favorite way to stuff a turkey.

By | November 23rd, 2015|9 Comments

Book Signing & Tasting at West End Farmers Market This Sunday

I'll be doing a book signing and tasting this Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the West End Farmers Market (901 Donahue St., Santa Rosa). It's a great time to do some early holiday shopping, to treat yourself to one of my new books or to simply stop by, say hi, and sample some of my favorite artisan salts. I'll also have the world's newest olive oil--olio nuovo from DaVero--for tasting.

By | November 7th, 2015|0 Comments

$5 Lunch + Music, This Sunday in Healdsburg

On Sunday, St. John's Catholic Church and the Healdsburg Museum are hosting a special $5 Lunch + Music event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. or maybe a bit later at St. John Catholic Church's Gym (208 Matheson St., Healdsburg).

By | November 7th, 2015|0 Comments