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.

The Stag Cookbook & a Tribute To a Friend

In today's Seasonal Pantry, I talk about my friend, John Kramer, who died late last month, and his love of artichokes. You can read that column here. In the article, I promise to post a feature story I wrote in the late 1990s, before the paper had a web presence. [...]

By | March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Homemade Yogurt, Raitas and More

In this week's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I explore local yogurts and the difference between Greek yogurt and others. I also promised to post links to some favorite recipes, including for raita, an Indian condiment based on yogurt. Here you go, along with instructions for making yogurt [...]

By | February 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Chicken au Vinaigre: A Great Match with Zinfandel

In today's pairing column, which you can read here, I promise to post my recipe for Chicken au Vinaigre, which is a lovely companion with our wine of the week and other zinfandels. Here is the link to that dish. Please note: The on-line version cut off the amount of [...]

By | January 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Rabbit Dijonnaise, Fricassee de Lapin and More

Once you get the hang of it, cooking rabbit is quite easy. But there is a learning curve, because it vanished from American kitchens for decades and has only recently begun making a comeback.

By | January 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Cauliflower Lovers, This Is For You

In today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I offer two recipes, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Pecans, Soft-Cooked Eggs and Warm Bacon Maple Vinaigrette and Cauliflower with Wild Rice and Brown Butter. Here are more recipes for cauliflower, one as a link and the others as text, as they appeared [...]

By | January 22nd, 2014|2 Comments

Saturday’s Wine Library Book Sale has some remarkable treasures

This Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Sonoma County Wine Library (139 Piper St., Headsburg) hosts a sale of new and used books on topics that range from the wine business, wine tasting and wine history to enology, viticulture, cooking, home winemaking and more, along with [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|2 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market

In mid-November, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market expresses the intersection of the seasons, with the last of summer’s tomatoes, peppers and grapes surrounded by fall’s bounty. Several vendors, including The Patch, Ortiz Farms, Paul’s Produce, Hector’s Honey  and Oak Hill Farm , are harvesting both late summer and mid-fall [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: EarthWorker Farm

“I like to think of my farm as an experimental farm,” George Marcros of EarthWorker He has three quarters of an acre, with a quarter acre devoted to wild flowers and half an acre to crop production, which takes place in the soil, not in trays or hyrdoponic equipment. Farm [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch in Sonoma Still Has tomatoes

“Are you still buying tomatoes?” a customer asked me at the Sebastopol farmers market on Sunday. She wanted to know if they were still good enough for salads and because I had not finished my shopping yet and tomatoes are, at this time of year, a moment-to-moment consideration, suggested she [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|3 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Hale’s Apple Farm & Pumpkin Patch

In early October, hay bales, fresh gourds, pumpkins and winter squashes of every shape and size are piled everywhere in a glorious profusion of fall colors at Hale’s Apple Farm and Pumpkin Patch, which opened for the season in August. Boxes of apples--this week, Baldwin, Winesap, Jonathan, Pippin, [...]

By | October 16th, 2013|0 Comments