Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley

“PEOPLE BELIEVE THE CAROL TRADITION is old in Grass Valley, but few realize it’s as old as the city itself,” Gage McKinney writes in When Miners Sang—The Grass Valley Carol Choir. The choir, originally made up of Cornish gold miners, has a famous past. In the ’40s, the Grass Valley choir sang Cornish Christmas [...]

Persimmon Cookies

2 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup persimmon pulp
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup nuts
1 cup raisin
Mix dry ingredients and put aside.
Mix wet ingredients well. Add dry ingredients mixing until blended. Add nuts and raisin
Drop by spoonfuls on lightly greased sheets. Bake at [...]

BriarPatch turns 35: Growing and helping to open more co-ops

FOOD CO-OPS WERE BORN IN HARD TIMES. They flourished during the Industrial Revolution, when workers lost their jobs to machines, as well as during the Great Depression and oil crisis of the ‘70s. The cooperatives also have led to a boom in organic foods, now the fastest growing sector of the grocery business.
Northern California [...]

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Sierra Master Chorale Holiday Concerts on Dec. 17-18

InConcert Sierra presents
The Sierra Master Chorale Holiday Concerts
Saturday, December 17, 2011
6:15p.m. pre-concert forum
7pm concert
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1:15p.m. pre-concert forum
2 p.m. concert
Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley
Off Hwy 174
$24 general; $13 youth under 17
available at:
or call 530-273-3990
and Briar Patch Community Market, Grass Valley
Sierra Master Chorale to offer special holiday music
InConcert Sierra’s 60-voice Sierra [...]

FoodWineArt magazine articles now reprinted in Sac Bee

The first of our magazine’s articles is published in the print version of the Sacramento Bee this morning.
It is our article on Page 1 of the current issue titled “Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Treat,” running ahead of the 18th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn this weekend. The article promotes the dozens of Mandarin farmers [...]

High Hand in Loomis embodies farm-to-table dining

“PURVEYORS OF HAND-GROWN FOOD,” IS the motto of the High Hand Conservatory & Cafe in Loomis.
The Conservatory showcases fresh, local food from Placer County’s farms and its own garden. High Hand menus change regularly, based on seasonal availability of fresh ingredients.
The summer seasonal favorites include tomatoes, sweet onions, peppers, peaches, berries and corn. [...]

Soups & Stews: Where to find comfort by the spoonful

Soups & Stews: Where to find comfort by the spoonful in the foothills and Sierra:
Not the traditional roux thickened gumbo. It is a hearty soup topped with gingered greens and served with cornbread. Changes daily. Ike’s has been “keeping it Creole” for a decade.
Ike’s Quarter Cafe
401 Commercial St., NC, 265-6138
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Fresh [...]

Fresh, local feasts for the holidays

In the foothills, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. Here are some suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing it:
Farmers Markets
“They’re only for summer,” you might think. Not so. The Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn is open year-round on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon at the [...]

A “Starr” Winery – a state-of-the-art facility is completed

FOOTHILLS WINEMAKERS continue to innovate despite a sluggish economy, signaling a bright future.
Nowhere is this more evident than at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley, which just built a new wine processing facility. “It’s among the newest, biggest and most energy efficient in the foothills,” says owner/winemaker Phil Starr.
The state-of-the-art winery [...]

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