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Squash and zucchini overload? Pickle it

If you’ve got a squash fairy in your neighborhood like I do, you know your  fridge is starting to reach its capacity. And in case you are the one bestowing the squash on your neighbors, here’s a reminder that Aug. 8 is “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day.” [...]

By | December 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Learn to cook like an Italian nonna at VJB

Maria Belmonte, matriarch of VJB Vineyards and Cellars, gained a following for her fabulous cooking when the Belmonte Family owned Caffe Portofino in downtown Santa Rosa for nearly two decades. Along with her son Henry, Belmonte will host a series of summer cooking classes at VJB"s outdoor demonstration kitchen, starting [...]

By | July 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Handlebar Farm popping up in new market spots

    Ian Healy and his wife, Emily Mendell, of Sebastopol ‘s Handlebar Farm are two Midwesterners who met in Alaska, then started their own farm on two acres south of  town.    Boasting everything from  cucumbers and kale to zucchini and zinnias, the Handlebar farmstand has been popping up like a [...]

By | July 10th, 2013|0 Comments

South American grills heat up Wine Country on food show

  Two chefs from Wine Country will be featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Man Fire Food” show at 5 p.m. tonight and 11 a.m. July 7 during an episode on “South American Grilling.”   The show features Chef Stephen Barber of Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena, who built [...]

By | July 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Chef Mark Stark shares his secret of success with CIA grads

   Santa Rosa’s "other" celebrity chef  Mark  Stark has been getting a lot of exposure lately. First, he was nominated by the James Beard Foundation in the category of Best Restauranteur  (but didn’t win).  Then he was chosen to cater the  auction dinner for the  B. R. Cohn Fall [...]

By | June 10th, 2013|0 Comments

Street food from Bangkok Floating Market

   With the weather still hot and the evenings steamy, it’s a lovely time to think about  eating an Asian salad for dinner.    Chef Mei Ibach, who just got back from a two-week jaunt to Asia, shared this recipe from the Street Food class she is going to give [...]

By | May 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

A lesson in making Pad Thai Noodle Salad

    Lately, I haven’t been doing  much cooking at home.  Maybe it’s the fact that my 50-year-old oven is on the blink and in the process of being fixed.  Or maybe it’s just that I need of a break and want to get out and try some new [...]

By | March 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Lighten up with savory, Saigon Crepes for the new year

   Chef Mei Ibach of Eight Cuisine & Wine in Sebastopol  has been making lots of these Vietnamese crepes in the new year for her family and friends. The crepe batter is made with rice flour and coconut milk,  so it is nice and light but filling enough [...]

By | January 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Find comfort in a steaming bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

   As soon as the barometric pressure starts plummeting and the clouds scud across the sky, there’s only one thing to do:  get out the braising pot and make a big batch of comfort food.      You can always roast a chicken and recycle it into a chicken pot pie [...]

By | December 11th, 2012|0 Comments

Try a dry brine for a juicy turkey

   If you are freaking out about how to brine your turkey – and where to find a container big enough to hold the bird AND  the water -  this recipe will come to your rescue.     It’s a dry-brined alternative from Rick Rodgers, author of “Thanksgiving 101,” which calls for [...]

By | November 21st, 2012|0 Comments



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