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More about Halal & Kosher

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I explore the halal and kosher, the food traditions of Jewish and Muslim cultures, respectively . In that column, I promise to promise to post Imam Ali Siddiqui’s recipe for chickpeas, which you’ll find below. I also promised to post a link to the episode of Mouthful, my radio show on KRCB-FM, that focused on these two traditions with Rabbi Stephanie Kramer of Congregation Shomrei Torah and Imam Ali Siddiqui, whose… Read More »

My radio is crying

“How could they do this just before Thanksgiving, when we were already on hold with our holiday questions?” a customer at the Sebastopol farmers market asked as she mourned the abrupt cancellation of “The Good Food Hour” by Maverick Media, owner of KSRO AM. Of course, listeners weren’t literally on hold when the news began to spread but such is the popularity of the long-running program that listeners were indeed planning on calling with questions for host Steve Garner and… Read More »

All Things Cheese with Doralice Handal

This Sunday evening, cheesemonger Doralice Handal of The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg will be my guest on “Mouthful, the Wine Country’s Most Delicious Hour.” I have long wanted to chat with Doralice, as she is extremely knowledgeable about cheeses and has a feisty passion for life that I find highly engaging. She’ll be bringing several cheeses to taste as we chat and I’m sure it will be a fascinating hour for cheese lovers. To learn more about Doralice, visit The… Read More »

The History of the Santa Rosa Farmers Market

This Sunday evening on my radio show, Mouthful, the Wine Country’s Most Delicious Hour, I’ll be exploring the history of the Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market. I tend to keep what I do on my two food-related radio shows separate from what I do in print but I’m posting about it here because I think it is an urgent topic. The show will include a recorded interview with one of the market’s original founders, a live discussion with the current… Read More »