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Turn up the heat on home cooking

“Surf’s up” ceviche from Longboard

With the summer heat making our heads melt and our appetites dip, there’s no reason to slave over a hot stove at the end of the day. Why not fix some refreshing ceviche and call it a day?  Up at Longboard Vineyards in Healdsburg, winemaker/owner  Oded Shakked shared this recipe for  ceviche,  a perfect pairing with his crisp and minerally 2010 Longboard Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.   You could substitute snapper or monkfish for the Corvina in this recipe, but make… Read More »

Take a tip from Brazil for Dad’s day

Red meat  has become a rare item around our house, where we’re trying to keep dad healthy with a healthy dose of fresh vegetables, fish and other lean proteins.  But since it is Father’s Day this weekend,  we’ll probably splurge a little and make an exception. If you want to treat dad to something really special,  the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary  Institute of America in St.  Helena is inviting fathers and their families to grill their own… Read More »

Local peaches on parade in Healdsburg

The warm weather this past week has giving us a taste of summer, and despite the unusual bloom and rainy spring,  we can now find fresh, local peaches at our farmers markets. Gayle Okumura Sullivan of Dry Creek Peach and Produce will be at the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market this Saturday with baskets of  first -harvest Rich May peaches. The semi-freestone  is a traditional , yellow peach and a harbinger of the stonefruit harvest to come, including the  30 varieties of peaches planted at the Dry Creek Valley… Read More »

Rock star bladesmith coming to Santa Rosa

Bob Kramer will be slicing and dicing up a storm this Friday night at Sur La Table in Montgomery Village during a knife skills class showcasing his new line of artisan knives.  Kramer is the only chef in the U.S. who is certified as a Master Bladesmith and the only Master Bladesmith in the world who specializes in kitchen cutlery. Handcrafted by artisans in Seki City, Japan, the Bob Kramer Carbon Collection features blades made from straight carbon steel,  brass… Read More »