About MicheleAnna.Jordan

Michele Anna Jordan has written more than twenty books, including the highly acclaimed Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings and California Home Cooking and the 2015 series, The Good Cook's Books (of Tomatoes; of Mustard; of Salt & Pepper; of Oil & Vinegar and A Food Lover's Journal). She has received numerous awards, among them a James Beard Award for Magazine Feature Writing and a Sonoma County Best Chef award; she is a four-time nominee for the James Beard Electronic Media Award for her radio show, Mouthful, the Wine Country’s Most Delicious Hour, which she both produces and hosts on KRCB-FM. She writes four weekly columns for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and also writes for Sonoma magazine. She lives in Sebastopol with her two black cats, Poe and Rosemary, and two miniature longhaired dachshunds, Joey and Lark.

Middleton Farm Gardens Update

The fate of the spectacular eight acres just off Westside Rd. known as Middleton Farm Gardens and overseen with loving passion for more than two decades is now in the hands of trust attorneys for Malcolm Skall's estate.

By | February 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Nancy Skall of Middleton Farms, RIP

Nancy Skall of Middleton Farms passed away Jan. 23, 2015.

By | January 24th, 2015|12 Comments

January is Tonic Time, with recipes

The virus that is sweeping through the North Bay this month is tenacious and enduring. I've been under its thrall, so to speak, since Jan. 2 and I'm still not back to normal. When I feel up to cooking, I poach a chicken and then use the carcass and breast [...]

By | January 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Summer Tomato Sauce, with the last of the year’s love apples

Summer Tomato Sauce with Pappardelle.© Liza Gersham, 2014. Pappardelle with Summer Tomato Sauce • Serves 2, easily doubled This is my grandson Lucas's favorite pasta. Lucky for me, he was born with a subtle, eager and adventurous palate and he loves my cooking. This very simple pasta came about [...]

By | October 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Posole: Classic Mexican Soups for Halloween

About a decade ago, I made pozole and took it to a friend's house for Halloween. The next year, after many requests, I made it again. It is now a Halloween tradition. Here are four versions, along with a voluptuous appetizer and colorful salad.

By | October 31st, 2014|6 Comments

Update: Eggplant

  2014 Update: Today's Seasonal Pantry features recipes for Baba Ghanoush and a simple ratatouille. You can read that column here. Orange eggplant may be oblong as seen here, or small and round. Eggplant is the topic of today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here. In the [...]

By | September 3rd, 2014|1 Comment

Moroccan-Inspired Soup and More Mediterranean: North Africa & the Middle East

In today's Seasonal Pantry, I explore the Mediterranean diet, which is enjoying a resurgence of popularity. You can read that article here. As promised in that column, here are links to some Mediterranean-inspired recipes from the Pantry's archives. This post focuses on flavors of North Africa and the Middle East [...]

By | August 6th, 2014|3 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Handlebar Farm

If you have been looking for fresh soy beans, you'll find them at Handlebar Farm's booth at the West End Farmers Market.

By | August 5th, 2014|0 Comments

UPDATE: Your favorite Gravenstein Recipes?

This year our beloved Gravenstein apple came on strong and fast. The crop is down because of warm weather in January, early drought and then rain right during bloom. If you love Gravensteins, don't miss this weekend's Gravenstein Apple Fair.

By | August 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Open Field Farm

Open Field Farm offers a delicious harvest from their organic farm in west Petaluma.

By | July 31st, 2014|0 Comments