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

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

Customized black bean burgers

26th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

When I was in college, I fell in with a rough crowd of vegetarians. They had an interesting outlook on food – after giving up meat for a variety of perfectly valid reasons, they then filled their diets – not with fruits and vegetables – but with various fake meat products. Eating with them was […] Read More

Frittata for a healthy lunch

28th June, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

This time of year the vegetables are coming fast and furious and they are all delicious. The problem is that are only so many salads a person can eat before vinaigrette fatigue sets in. So what is another way to prepare lots of vegetables that is quick and doesn’t heat up the whole house? Enter […] Read More

Winter vegetable stew

18th January, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

At the end of the day all chefs go home to their own dinner. Even when not working, they still want to eat well and usually something with minimal effort and fairly healthy. Ratatouille fits the above criteria with the advantage that it can customized with whatever is in the crisper drawer. Originally from France, […] Read More

A roasted salad for autumn

5th October, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

While making my rounds last week, I was asked why restaurants don’t seem to serve roasted vegetables by themselves as an entree. Fair question. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why restaurants don’t serve roasted vegetables as a vegetarian option, but I suspect it’s because most restaurant chefs want to both show off a […] Read More

Summertime pasta salad

26th May, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

We all have days where all we want it is dinner to appear like magic. Wave a hand toward the stove and something delicious materializes. Or when the weather is hot and cooking anything seems like an exercise in sweat. Pasta salad is a good solution for both those situations, or any other time when […] Read More

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