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Turn up the heat on home cooking

Slow cooking for the hectic season

    Now that we’ve officiallly hit the holiday season (cookies and parties and cards, oh my),   it’s time to look for a few shortcuts in the kitchen.  As a full-time worker bee, one of my favorite time-savers is to pull out “ye olde” slow cooker, a device originally designed for cooking beans that also works wonders on large hunks of meat, such as pork butts and pot roasts.     But have you noticed that most slow cooker recipes out there  call for canned beans,… Read More »

Chiarello adds a pinch of drama to Napa festival

                                                                                                                                                 An enthusiastic crowd of 1,300 attended the inaugural Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine festival over the weekend, a three-day affair featuring all of Napa Valley’s finest chefs  along with special guests such as Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars.”     Long-time Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Yountville was the driving force behind the festival, so it was a bit of a disappointment to learn upon my arrival on Saturday morning at the… Read More »

Are you tasting along the wine road?

     There are a limited number of tickets left for the 13th annual A Wine & Food Affair this weekend.  The food-and-wine pairing event  at wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys costs $70 online  and includes a beautiful cookbook including all the   dishes being served up at the wineries and lodgings. (wineroad.com)        Since the wineries have to feed an expected crowd of 3,000 people, most of the  recipes are ideal for your fall entertaining needs, when… Read More »