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More Mediterranean: Sicily

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I discuss the resurgence in popularity of the Mediterranean diet and its special relevance to California. I also promise to post links to Mediterranean dishes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.  This is the first of a series of posts, each one focusing on a specific region. I’m starting with Sicily. Formaggio All’Argentiera Silversmith’s Cheese Citrus Salad Bulghur Wheat Salad with Parsley & Lemon Sicilian Frittata Pasta with Ricotta, Lemon Zest and… 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 »

Cooking with Wine: Some Favorite Recipes

As I promised in today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I’m posting links to some of my favorite recipes that call for wine. Because I use it so frequently, it is impossible to include all the recipes here. I’ve chosen those most suited to fall and winter and have also selected examples that defy the common wisdom of white wine with fish, chicken and vegetables and red wine with red meats. Cooking with White Wine: Firehouse Clams and… Read More »

Citrus Primer, with Photos & Recipes

DeSantis Farms has made uncommon citrus–Seville oranges, citron, Buddha Hand, limequats and more–readily available in the heart of Santa Rosa. Here are photos, along with favorite citrus recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.… Read More »