Food gifts found through the Grapevine

      You heard it here first. The Grapevine Trading Co. will hold its annual holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m . Sunday at the warehouse at 738 Wilson St. in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.     Bottled under the California Harvest [...]

By | December 5th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 28th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 21st, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | November 4th, 2011|0 Comments

Tempting apples, squash and pomegranates

   Pomegranates and hard  squash are both flooding into the farmers markets right now. I like to think of them as the utility players of autumn, alternately providing our dining tables with vibrant colors and shapes while  lending their  flavor and texture to fall feasts.    Last weekend, I bought three [...]

By | October 26th, 2011|0 Comments

Celebrate! from Where Women Cook

      Where Women Cook magazine profiles creative home cooks, popular bloggers and other entertaining women as they plan baby showers, Halloween parties and other celebrations of the season.      Just in time for the holiday season,   the editor-and-chief and co-founder of the magazine, Jo Packer, has written and released  “Where [...]

By | October 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Spicy spaghetti for a slow-food Sunday

This Sunday, Sept. 17, home cooks around the country are going to be cooking thousands of Slow Food meals that cost no more than $5 per person, the cost of a typical fast food “value meal.” The idea is to show that Slow Food shouldn’t cost more than fast food, and [...]

By | September 16th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 11th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 5th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 1st, 2011|1 Comment



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