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Put on the Ritz with oysters

 Last week in the Press Democrat, we collected some of our readers’ favorite recipes for Thanksgiving and ran them as part of our turkey day coverage.  The torn and tattered recipes inspired Bob Bergman of Santa Rosa to send in an original  poem, “Leftovers,” as a tribute to all the creative cooks out there. The poem suggests all kinds of dishes – from pot pies and  potatoes Lyonnaise to tetrazzini and savory soufflés – and ends with this tribute: “Ah… Read More »

Scopa celebrates meaty tome with pork fest

   If you’ve never had a chance to taste Ari Rosen’s melt-in-your-mouth cuisine,  here’s your chance. Rosen is hosting services a  Sagra Di Cinghiale e Polenta – Wild Boar and Polenta Festival – at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14,  at Scopa on the Healdsburg Plaza. The special party is  a book release party for “Primal Cuts” by Marissa Guggiana. Rosen is featured on page 239 of the meaty tome, along with a recipe for his favorite pork dish, Porchetta. The traditional,… Read More »

“Gifts Cooks Love” and love to give

Is it my imagination or have the holidays arrived early this year? There are Christmas Carols playing in the stores and lines out the door. It feel s like the week before Christmas, and I haven’t even ordered my Thanksgiving turkey yet. One way to cope with this madness is to start planning to make a few edible gifts from your kitchen. A tin of cookies, a jar of chutney or some hand-mixed barbecue rub are gifts of love that… Read More »

A sweet vision for Sebastopol

I met local chef and gardener Tucker Hemquist at a  party last month for Katherine Leiner’s new book, “Growing Roots: A New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists.” A former  olive oil maker at Skipstone Ranch in Geyserville, Hemquist is spearheading a  project to open a cooperative marketplace in Sebastopol that would work hand-in-hand with local farmers. In his dreams, Hemquist also envisions a café at the marketplace that would showcase the talents of a rotating array of… Read More »