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.

A Fresh Chutney for Fig Season

The Patch of Sonoma was the first farm with figs this season.  Fresh Fig Chutney • Makes about 2 1/2 cups In the United States, we typically think of cooked chutney like Major Grey's when we think of chutney. But there are many styles of chutney, some sweet, others [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Blueberry Season!

It is blueberry season and what a glorious season it is.

By | July 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Granita & More Delicious Recipes with Blueberries

Blueberry season is in full swing in Sonoma County now. After you've eaten your fill of them neat, here are a few of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

By | July 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: 2014 Farmers Market Update

With nearly all seasonal markets now open--a mid-summer Thursday evening farmers market in Sebastopol is still a possibility--Sonoma County has almost thirty farmers market days each week. Six markets operate year round, providing eight farmers market days a week; the rest are seasonal.

By | July 8th, 2014|2 Comments

Homemade Cherry Ketchup

When slathered on a rare slider or burger, this bing cherry ketchup enhances the resonance between the burger and pinot noir.

By | July 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Buddy’s Farm, Goldie’s Best eggs

Today, Leuschen cares for a flock of about 800 birds, nearly two dozen of which are roosters. Currently, the hens are producing about 30 dozen fertile eggs a day. By the end of summer, when some of the younger birds come into production, there will be about 40 dozen a day. The eggs are sold direct to customers from the farm.

By | June 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch Is Back!

The Patch is back! And how perfect that the Sonoma farm's reappearance coincided with the solstice and the first day of summer. The Patch has two large fig trees, already bearing beautiful fruit. It's a tad later than usual; we typically see The Patch in mid spring, with [...]

By | June 27th, 2014|1 Comment

Fresh From Our Farmers: Healdsburg Wednesday Afternoon Farmers Market

The Healdsburg Wednesday afternoon market began its 2014 season a couple of weeks ago and even though it is a small market by vendor count it is a big market when it comes to its selection of produce. Autumn's Garden, located on Pine Flat Rd. above Alexander Valley, has what [...]

By | June 17th, 2014|2 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Singing Frogs Farm

Paul Kaiser coaxes a remarkable abundance from the two and a half acres he currently has in production at his Singing Frogs Farm in west Sebastopol, not far from Ragle Ranch Park. He operates a year round CSA subscription program with 120 members and attends four farmers markets, two of [...]

By | June 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Summer’s First Blush: Apricots

The Royal Blenheim apricot is probably the most popular variety of apricot. Apricots, as I write in today's Seasonal Pantry, arrived a few weeks earlier than usual this year. This doesn't mean there will be a longer season but rather the opposite; the season will likely conclude earlier [...]

By | May 28th, 2014|0 Comments