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

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

Tomato-free gazpacho

27th July, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

The weather is currently hot and will remain so until we all finally melt. One of the many challenges of getting through a heat wave is eating; it’s too hot to think about cooking and the idea of heating hot meal is less than appealing. This is a good time to start exploring cold soups. […] 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

A simple French dessert for summer

14th June, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

The first farmer’s markets of the season have begun and local, seasonal fruit is finally – finally! – starting make an appearance around here. I tend to eat most of my fruit raw and straight from my hand. My rational being that it’s about as good as it’s going to get, so why mess with […] 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

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