Beasley's Argentinean grill heating up

 Argentinia’s  love affair with beef  started with the cowboys who settled in the Pampas, tending their  herds of cattle. Life was simple, and so was the cooking style. Whole racks of beef ribs were stuck onto metal stakes in front of a roaring fire, and the seasoning was limited to [...]

By | July 25th, 2011|0 Comments

Relish your pizza with Mugnaini

 It’s the heart of the summer, and Sonoma County’s  gardens are ripening with  all of our favorite   vegetables and fruits.  It’s time to get out and celebrate the season with your neighbors and friends. If you want to take a night off from cooking, Relish Culinary Adventures is hosting a [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|0 Comments

Happy National French Fries day!

 What’s not to love about French fries?   Despite their name, they have become one of America’s  favorite foods.  The average American eats a whopping 29 pounds of deep-fried potatoes annually.  Since today is National French Fries day, we’re sharing  a healthy recipe for Roasted Potato Wedges from the Pritikin Longevity Center [...]

By | July 13th, 2011|0 Comments

"Plum Gorgeous" is for fruit lovers

“Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard” by Romney Steele dropped on my desk last week like a perfectly ripe peach. Written by the granddaughter of Bill and Lolly Fassett, creators of Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur, “Plum Gorgeous” is a love letter to California’s delicious fruit,  with artful [...]

By | July 8th, 2011|0 Comments

Pucker up for a pisco lime slushy

The Copa America 2011 launched this weekend in Argentina, and as most soccer fans probably know already, both Chile and Colombia emerged  on top  after the first round of games between the South America teams plus Costa Rica and Mexico.  Having just travelled to Chile this spring, we are cheering for the Chilean [...]

By | July 5th, 2011|0 Comments

"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 [...]

By | June 20th, 2011|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | June 17th, 2011|0 Comments

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  [...]

By | June 10th, 2011|0 Comments

Grilling with a mate from Down Under

Whether you’re getting away this weekend  or staying close to home,  chances are you’ll be someplace near  a barbecue and some cold beer. If you’re looking for some new grilling ideas,  check out Australian chef  Peter Evans’ new cookbook,   “My Grill: Outdoor Cooking Australian Style.” (Welden Owen, $30). The book [...]

By | May 27th, 2011|0 Comments

Let them eat chocolate cake!

If you’re a chocoholic, then this is your time to indulge.  Between Easter and Mother’s Day,  there are plenty of excuses to pay  tribute to the food of the gods. But once the fresh fruit ripens – cherries and peaches and plums, oh my! – the chocolate season will be [...]

By | April 26th, 2011|0 Comments



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