Warm up to Pasta Fazool

   While the rest of the country broils in heat, Northern California’s Wine Country has enjoyed lovely cool mornings and evenings, perfect for cooking up and eating big bowls of   peasant soups.     If you’re trying to stretch your budget – and use up some of those delicious veggies from [...]

By | July 22nd, 2010|0 Comments

It's time for SQUAAASSHH!

 The dog days of summer are upon us, and it’s a great time to spend some of this  relatively quiet time in the kitchen, cooking up the bounty of our farms and gardens.      I’m always on the look-out for new recipes for soups and salads that help me use [...]

By | July 20th, 2010|0 Comments

“Spice Dreams” of ice cream

      In my recent quest to find the best ice creams in Sonoma County, I was happy to discover a new, adventurous spirit  that blends the  savory and the sweet. At last, Americans are catching up to the rest of the world, where ice cream and sorbets are routinely made from    spices [...]

By | July 15th, 2010|2 Comments

We be jammin’!

 If you’re serious about getting into canning and preserving this year, the time is ripe.  Sure, the peach and apricot crops are disappointing, but the strawberries and raspberries are rock stars right now.    If you need a little guidance, pick up a copy of  “Put ‘em Up!” (Storey Publishing) [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|0 Comments

This dessert’s just peachy

All over Sonoma County, the farmers markets and farmstands are bursting with  beautiful orbs of stonefruit and berries bursting with juice, all at reasonable prices. This is the time for fruit lovers to bake up some fruity cobblers and crisps for a delicious, summertime dessert.  My favorite crisp recipe comes from  [...]

By | July 8th, 2010|1 Comment



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