“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 KitchenProject.com. “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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Potato pancakes are associated with cuisines of many European and Middle Eastern traditions including Austrian and German (Kartoffelpuffer) and Jewish (Latkes).
Latkes are a popular treat during the eight-day Festival of Lights. The oil for cooking the latkes symbolizes the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is [...]
Judy Rodgers, the influential chef-owner of Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, died this week. She was 57 years old and had been battling cancer.
We were regulars at Zuni for years. Judy was one of the young chefs who were instrumental in creating “California Cuisine.” She inspired other chefs, including Traci Des Jardins, who founded Manzanita [...]
“Local foods have garnered much attention in recent years, but the concept is hardly new: indigenous peoples have always made the most of nature’s gifts. Their menus were truly the ‘original local,’ celebrated here in 135 home-tested recipes paired with stories from tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs,” according to Minnesota Historical Press, reporting [...]
Our region is lucky because of the abundance of fresh, local turkeys that are available for the holidays. Some of them are sold by national food retailers such as Williams-Sonoma, but the turkey farms are in our own backyard. Here are some of our favorites. You can find many of them at markets throughout the [...]
Peeling a pile of potatoes for your mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving can be a laborious task. Here’s a “kitchen game changer”: Peeling potatoes with your bare hands.
A recipe for mashed potatoes from the “Pioneer Woman” is here.
The video from “Chow” is here:
(Photo: Pioneer Woman)
Now is the time to be enjoying the jewel-like pomegranate. Pomegranates are ripe in early autumn: October and November.
The pomegranate is associated with the most ancient civilization in the Middle East.
Many consider it a “superfood.” Here’s how to make your own fresh pomegranate juice: