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A reason to pick up spring veggies this weekend

     This is a terrific time of year to shop at the farmers market for tender, spring veggies like leeks and carrots, peas and asparagus. But sometimes we need an extra push, such as this simple recipe for Braised Spring Vegetables from  Kay Baumhefner, a former chef at Della Fattoria Café  in Petaluma. [...]

By | April 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Comfort food on the cheap from the “Brokeass Gourmet”

Are you feeling a little short on cash this week?  Yes, the deadline for filing those pesky tax forms is looming,  which means that most of us are tightening our belts and looking for relief in the form of cheap, comfort food. For some fresh ideas, check out [...]

By | April 9th, 2012|0 Comments

Dreaming of curds and whey at the Artisan Cheese Festival

   The Grand Tasting of the California Artisan Cheese Festival last weekend  offered some  delicious cheese concoctions, with nearly 30 Bay Area chefs and winemakers teaming up for a smorgasbord of bodacious bites and sips.   Some of the best dishes showcased the cheeses of Sonoma and Marin counties, many [...]

By | March 30th, 2012|0 Comments

Sweet ravioli wins Bake-Off

   Christina Verrelli of Devon, Pa.,, was named the grand prize winner of the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando today,  taking home the $1 million prize for her dessert, a Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.   There were three finalists from Sonoma County competing in [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Cocktail competition will shake up your world

This is a slow time for parties. With  St. Patrick’s Day still a good 10 days off, there’s no good excuse for  indulging in  some delightfully decadent food and drink.     But wait, did you hear that high-pitched, icy clinking? Is that the sound of a cocktail shaker  that [...]

By | March 6th, 2012|0 Comments

How to woo with food and flattery

Have you ever  wondered why  food and love have always been  connected in an intimate dance of the senses? "The most memorable - and sensuous - times of my life have all been around food," said John Ash, chef and cookbook author from Santa Rosa. "Friends, lovers and the dining table [...]

By | February 9th, 2012|0 Comments

“Fat Chef” and the 5 unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011

It’s been a long, strange month for those of us fighting the battle of the post-holiday bulge while trying to get our exercise routines back on track.  By mid-month, we had witnessed a jaw-dropping array of  emaciated, X-ray actresses giving out Golden Globe awards. Forget the Caveman diet. These women [...]

By | January 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

A muffin makeover for new year

Folks trying to get healthy this month may be interested to learn that  studies have shown that low-fat diets are no better for your health than moderate- or high-fat diets. And for many, they may be worse. To combat this "low fat is best" myth, nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public [...]

By | January 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Perfect pair: Prime rib and Yorkshire Pudding

     In our house, the classic prime rib roast has become the Christmas dinner of choice. It’s a decadent, once-a-year treat, and the rare, red meat is delicious  served with a simple au jus sauce and some horseradish .     Last month, Josh Silvers of Jackson’s and Petite Syrah in [...]

By | December 20th, 2011|0 Comments

LaSalette launches “Crab Stewsday” in Sonoma

                                                                                                                                                                              Here’s a good deal for local Dungness crab lovers.  Chef/owner Manuel Azevedo of LaSalette Restaurant in Sonoma has launched a new Crab “Stewsday”  on Tuesday evenings through crab season,  showcasing his mother’s recipe for “ Caranguejo”  Portuguese spiced crab stew.    For $33.95, you can get a complete crab [...]

By | December 8th, 2011|0 Comments



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