Manila Clam Chowder

Makes 6-8 servings.
Ingredients (chowder)
1/2 pound high quality bacon, sliced
1/2 small stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 large leek, white part only, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Tbsp. butter
8-10 medium-size Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
6 pounds small, raw Hog Island® Manila clams in the shell, [...]

Lamb’s Victorian Inn Cookie Recipe

These homemade cookies are offered to guests at Lamb’s Victorian Inn in Grass Valley:
In Mixer:
2/3 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 stick browned unsalted butter (whisk when foamy)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sift together
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add sifted ingredients
Then add:
1 cup old-fashioned [...]

Narsai’s marinade with fresh, local lamb from the Sierra Foothills

Editor’s note: Easter is a time to enjoy fresh, local lamb. Ours is from Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn or the James Ranch in Penn Valley. One of our favorite marinades comes from Narsai David, who ran a restaurant in the small East Bay community of Kensington when I was in college at UC Berkeley. [...]

Origins of the Shirley Temple “mocktail”

“Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85,” as the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
“Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist [...]

Lindsey Vonn’s organic banana bread

4 bananas
1 cup sugar (organic brown sugar is recommended)
1 egg
2-3 big sccops of organic apple sauce
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 tsp. salt
A dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix bananas, sugar, egg and apple sauce in a medium bowl. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, [...]

Hawaii’s Alan Wong is one of President Obama’s favorite chefs — and ours too

We’ve been fans of Hawaiian regional cuisine for many years. We have cookbooks from Sam Choy, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, among others.
We’ve owned Alan Wong’s New Wave Luau cookbook since it came out in 1999. (Ten Speed Press, one of our favorites, is the publisher). In Hawaii over the years, we’ve eaten at both [...]

Homemade Eggnog (video)

“From Buckingham Palace to the White House to New England homes everywhere, toasting the holidays with eggnog is a custom rich in tradition,” according to “Historically, eggnog is first mentioned in the early part of the seventeenth century as a beverage used to toast one’s health.”
National Eggnog day is celebrated every year on December [...]

New Cowgirl Creamery Cookbook celebrates artisan cheeses

Founded in 1994, Cowgirl Creamery of Point Reyes Station, CA, has fueled the popularity of artisan cheeses in Northern California.
Some longer-time cheese makers in California include Vella Creamery in Sonoma (founded in 1931), whose customers have included celebrities such as actor Carey Grant. We regularly eat Vella and Cowgirl Cheeses, among others.
In our Sierra Foothills [...]

Artisan Cheese Soup

On a cold day, you can’t go wrong with a fresh loaf of bread and this flavorful and rich soup. Here’s a recipe submitted by Straus Family Creamery.
Our favorite artisan cheese shops in the foothills and Truckee-Tahoe include Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville (and in their “satellite stores” at the Pour House in Truckee, Obexer’s Market [...]

Crusted Top Sirloin and Roasted Garlic Potatoes with Bourbon Sauce

Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings
1 beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 2 inches thick (about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon prepared spicy brown mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Roasted Garlic Potatoes:
2 large russet potatoes, each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges (about [...]

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