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Panzanella heats up on the grill

Now that the local tomatoes are finally getting ripe, it’s time to start dining on the Florentine bread salad known as panzanella.  Here’s a recipe for a Grilled Chicken Panzanella from Jamie Purviance, author of “Weber’s On the Grill: Chicken & Sides.” This recipe is the perfect way to use up half loaf of old  bread, which soaks up all the juices of the tomatoes. And the basil vinaigrette allows you to take advantage of all the herbs out there,… Read More »

Sip as you shop at K-J farm stand

This Saturday, farm market enthusiasts may want to stop by the Kendall-Jackson Farm Stand in Santa Rosa for some coffee and pastry, cheese and wine, plus a wide selection of garden produce and tasty street food.  Where else can you drink wine while you shop and rub shoulders with some of Sonoma County’s finest chefs? The once-a-month market starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 6  and runs until 1 p.m., offering a wide array of mid-summer veggies: leeks and green beans,… Read More »

Apples herald the fall of summer

 The apples are coming, the apples are coming. And that means that the bounty of fall can’t be far behind.  During a girls’ getaway to the Mendocino Coast this past weekend, we meandered up through the Anderson Valley, stopping at  Mosswood Market in Boonville for lunch, Navarro Vineyards & Winery for a little pinot tasting and  The Madrones in Philo for a  shopping stop at  Sun & Cricket,  a delicious home and  lifestyle store  with a great cheese counter  and… Read More »