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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. … Read More »

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 couple of changes; use corned beef for the meat and replace the cotechini with lamb riblets or simply omit it. It won’t be strictly traditional but it will be delicious… Read More »

Asian Salt Eggs & Spicy Salt Egg Sauce

Asian Salt Eggs are delicious and easy to make at home. In the March 9 Seasonal Pantry, I promise to post my recipes for both Asian Salt Eggs and the Spicy Salt Egg Sauce I make using them in my blog, so here you go. (You can read the column here.) Both recipes are from my book, published in July, 2015, The Good Cook’s Book of Salt & Pepper. Asian Salt Eggs • Makes 1 dozen Salt eggs, made with duck… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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. … Read More »

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.… Read More »

International Year of Soils: Farming, Food & Film at Healdsburg’s Shed

The United Nations declared 2015 International Year of Soils and Shed(25 North St., Healdsburg) celebrates it this week with three events about farming, food and film.… Read More »