Your St. Patrick’s Day Traditions + My Recipes

It is a three-leaf shamrock and not a four-leaf clover that is a national emblem of Ireland. The weather certainly is cooperating when it comes to celebrating Irish cooking, isn't it? Rain, fog and rolling green hills make lamb stew, corned beef, botxy, colcannon, soda bread and such [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|0 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 14th, 2018|1 Comment

Chile & Pepper Season

Note: Sometimes my two columns that appear in the print version of the Press Democrat make it on line, sometimes they don't. When they don't, I post them here, as I'm doing now, with last week's Seasonal Pantry, which appeared in print on August 17.  Chilies and peppers are ripening [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|0 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

Blueberry Recipes: Chutney, Salsa, Risotto & More

Blueberry season calls for blueberry recipes.

By | June 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Jook , Congee, Porridge: Delicious and restorative.

Jook, congee, porridge, as a soup of rice and stock is called, is a one of the world's great comfort foods, perfect during a storm or when convalescing from almost any illness. But does it prevent hangovers? Why not try it and let us know?

By | February 11th, 2015|2 Comments

It’s Asparagus Season!

When of spring's most delicious delicacies, asparagus, is now available at local farmers markets. Here's you'll find delicious recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives.

By | March 24th, 2014|2 Comments

By Request: Stinging Nettles

As promised in today's Seasonal Pantry, here are more recipes using stinging nettles, including stinging nettle pasta, which is both delicious and beautiful.

By | January 29th, 2012|1 Comment

Perfect Roasted Chicken & More

Got chicken? Roasting it is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy it. Here's a foolproof recipe, along with links to Malaysian-style poached chicken, black rice jook (made with chicken stock) and more.

By | March 9th, 2011|5 Comments

Why the price of produce has soared

Why pay a premium for out-of-season produce when local crops are by definition in season and delicious? Eat This Now looks at the soaring price of produce and features recipes perfect for the season.

By | February 17th, 2011|8 Comments