Strawberries: Proof that Mother Nature love us and wants us to be happy

25th April, 2016 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

I made a long overdue visit to one of the local Farmer’s Markets in Midtown Sacramento yesterday. If you haven’t hit one up yet, this is a great time of year to get re-acquainted. All the spring fruits and veggies in full display and the early summer stuff is starting to make an appearance. One […] Read More

End of summer dip

2nd July, 2014 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Originally published in the Grass Valley Union on Sept 7, 2011 Spend enough time around food and eventually you develop very specific opinions about certain items.  A chef buddy of mine can deliver an entire treatise on why kosher sea salt is the one salt to season them all and table salt is of the […] Read More

Italian garnishes the easy way

24th June, 2014 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Originally published in the Grass Valley Union on Sept 7, 2011 A lot has been written about Italian cooking, (possibly the biggest understatement to ever come off my keyboard), and frankly, most of what’s been written makes it sound like a massive undertaking. Italian cuisine is mostly about attention to details: making sure that the […] Read More

India’s contribution to jam

17th June, 2014 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

The nights have been getting cooler and the days are starting to follow suit. Which means it’s getting time to strip whatever is left out of the garden and either saute it in some olive oil for dinner or figure out how to stash it in the freezer for later. One classic way to preserve […] Read More

Salads dream of bacon

21st January, 2014 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Bacon is having a moment in the spotlight, having migrated from the breakfast plate to the dessert course. The one thing that bacon does really well is act as a flavoring. The smokey, saltiness can be added to a lot of dishes without including the actual meat – not that you couldn’t, of course. Now […] Read More

Quick Asian Green Beans

11th August, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

As we head into Week 2 of Eat Local Month, the question gets raised of how local should we be? Personally, I’m a big believer in the perfect being the enemy of the good. In other words, even though it’s nearly impossible for every meal to be made up entirely local ingredients, there’s no reason […] Read More

Zucchini stuffed for summer

3rd August, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

This is the time of year when people sidle up me at the growers market with a desperate look in their eye and beg me for any and all recipes for zucchini. This is also the time of year when anonymous bags of squash get left in my car during the night, but I try […] Read More

Low-fuss pickling

19th July, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

One summer when I was around twelve, my mother got the questionably brilliant idea to can a bunch of dill and sweet pickles. Neither of my parents were big gardeners at the time, so where this bumper crop of cucumbers came from remains a mystery. At the time, we lived in a house without air […] Read More

Fries off the grill

30th May, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Now that we’re post-Memorial Day, it is – in theory, any way – grilling season. Because hamburgers are a classic grill item, we’re going to take a look at what goes them: french fries. Outdoor grilling is popular because it’s easy. Fire up the grill, wait for everything to get to the appropriate temperature, toss […] Read More

Tofu the Asian way

17th May, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Back in the land of really flat states, beef is the go-to protein for any meal that’s not chicken. Soy products and tofu are looked upon with something akin to suspicion – people who eat these things and enjoy them are considered colorful at best and possibly socialists at worst. Because of these attitudes, I […] Read More

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