Warm Apricot and Cherry Crisp

From: Wine Country Table: a book review with excerpts   Excerpt from Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable Harvest By Janet Fletcher How clever of nature to ripen apricots and cherries at the same time; the two fruits are so compatible. Toss them with a little sugar and tapioca to thicken their juices,…

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Wine Country Table: a book review with excerpts

WINE. FOOD. LAND Connecting the Dots a book review and excerpts Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’sSustainable Harvest By Janet Fletcher Photographs by Robert Holmes and Sara Remington in collaboration with Wine Institute Rizzoli Publications, Inc., 2019   Saturday June 22, 1–4pm Sonoma Summer Soirée SIMI Winery, 16275 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg Edible East…

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Astonishing Flavors in a Cone

Kristina’s Bookshelf Salt & Straw: Ice Cream Cookbook By Tyler Malek and JJ Goode (Clarkson Potter, 2019) With flavors like Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Pear & Blue Cheese, and Caramel Corn on the Cob, the ice cream makers from Portland’s beloved Salt & Straw prove that it’s possible…

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Just Fix It!

  Don’t toss it, mend it! At Transition Berkeley’s Repair Café, community members help each other fix household items like lamps, clothing, toys, furniture, electronics, appliances, bikes, and more. Bring one item per person and work with other community members to repair it. Free, but please register for one of these activities: 1. Help with…

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Sip, Taste and Tour

  Celebrate the arrival of summer in the Sonoma redwoods at this exciting event, where you’ll enjoy winery-exclusive wines and seasonal dishes. Take a tour of the SIMI cellars, and join Janet Fletcher, author of Wine Country Table, for a wine and cheese pairing presentation. Support Sonoma County artisans like Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery,…

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Early-bird Discount for Sample the Sierra

  It’s snowing in Tahoe this week, but it’s not too soon to think about enjoying a late-summer food and beverage festival in the mountains. Sample local food, brews, and wines as this annual farm-to-fork event celebrates its 10th anniversary. Festival booths pair a winery, distillery, or brewery with a restaurant that features local produce…

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Misoyaki

From A Fish Monger You’ll Want to Hug By Kai Wada Roath Ι Photos by Austin Goldin   At JP Seafood, I often buy butterfish (aka black cod) for this Japanese/Hawaiian dish, which I fell in love with years ago at the historic Manago Hotel on the Big Island. Since the Manago keeps their recipe…

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Favorite Scoops of Summer

Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss | Story by Cheryl Angelina Koehler What’s hot with ice cream this summer? Well first, let’s talk about what’s eternal, since a key ingredient in any icy summer delight is nostalgia. Here in the East Bay, we tip our cones to vintage businesses like Fentons (est. 1894), Dreyer’s (1928), Loard’s (1950),…

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Hot Lips

  From There’s No Poison at the Ivy By Mary Tilson | Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss A signature cocktail at the Ivy, this one goes with the bar’s logo, signifying the giving of love to the people. These are definitely friendly lips. Note: The Ivy does not give out straws unless requested, so prepare to…

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Visionary in a Livermore Valley Vineyard

Gloria’s son Aaron (right), husband Bob (center), and daughter-in-law Salome Garau-Taylor toss the ball for Shadow on the tasting room green. Behind them is one of their certified-organic vineyards. Owls living in the owl box at left help keep rodent pests at bay. Photo by Scott Peterson Family connection and organic growing at Retzlaff Vineyards…

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