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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 »

Sunday Fun at “A Taste of Freestone”

The hamlet of Freestone comes alive Sunday with “A Taste of Freestone” from 1 to 4 p.m. Freestone Artisan Cheese will offer samplings of Water Buffalo Gelato (from Di Bufala Dairy), Gypsy Rose Cheese and salad greens from the Bohemian Farmers’ Collective, which will be gussied up with recipes from my latest book Vinaigrettes and Other Dressing: 60 Sensational Recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad. I’ll be there, too, to sign book, chat and… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: West End Farmers Market Opens

Opening day at the West End Farmers Market offered an idyllic scene, as if I had just stumbled into an urban utopian novel. Couples lounged on well-tended grass next to the beautiful DeTurk Round Barn, eating lunch on porcelain plates as little girls in frilly dresses practiced somersaults and headstands. Dogs of all sizes chased balls and sniffed each other in the spacious dog park adjacent to the lawn, as their humans leaned on the fence chatting and offering an… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market Opens for 2013

Update: The Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market opened last Friday night and continues through the last Friday of October. It was an enormously successful opening. On Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market opens for its 2013 season, with many familiar vendors returning and a few new ones joining in at one of the prettiest markets in the county. Occidental is surrounded by towering redwoods, which filter light and provide shade, so welcome in summer’s heat. Coastal fog… Read More »

The Curious Strategies of Insects: Science Buzz Cafe Tonight

Frederique Lavoipierre, founder of Insecta-Palooza, will speak tonight at Coffee Catz (6761 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol) at 6:30 p.m., as part of Science Buzz Cafe, a very cool ongoing endeavor devoted to “bringing science and curiosity back into culture.” Admission is a cup of coffee, a bowl or chili or chili or some other yummy thing to eat or drink. Frederique’s talk will focus on the remarkable techniques insects have developed to protect themselves from the many dangers they face. They… Read More »

More Superbowl Foods, Part 2: Chef Michael Mina’s Cioppino

San Francisco Chef Michael Mina is one of our culinary titans, with 17 restaurants in 8 states. (For details, visit his web site here.)  He’s also a big 49ers fan and is currently in New Orleans for the game. Also, as many top chefs do, Mina uses ingredients that are not in season right now, specifically, basil stems and red and yellow bell peppers. I’ll leave it up to you to decide to use these ingredients or not. As you… Read More »

More Superbowl Foods, Part 1

Today, my feature on Superbowl Bites, which you can read here, includes a promise of more recipes perfect for your big game party. This is the second of three posts that fulfill the promise. The first post is here, with recipes for a delicious Persian dip and a hand-chopped tapenade. In the third post, I’ll focus on Chef Michael Mina’s Cioppino. Chef John Lyle offers some really good advice I hadn’t heard before. “Always serve pie during the fourth quarter,”… Read More »