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Cinnamon Rolls for the New Year

Cinnamon Rolls for the New Year

The last six weeks of 2012 came and went.  Endings and beginnings hit with a bang all at the same time.  Several life changing decisions presented themselves.  Amongst the craziness, time was carved out on New Year’s day to start on a fresh, healthy and taste-so-good-you-can’t-eat-just-one note.  That note was a high cord belting out outrageous cinnamon rolls. You may be thinking how can these be healthy.  They mostly defy the norm. The less healthy part will put a smile on your face. There are cinnamon rolls with more of a croissant like dough and a sugary icing drizzle.  Then... [Read More]

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Wine

A Wine To Basque In

A Wine To Basque In

A curious wine popped onto the Sacramento scene recently (and I’ll bet you can find it in many areas).  Its less familiar name draws attention then challenges one’s pronunciation.  The color charms with its hue, while taste has you second-guessing its tickle, then whop!  Drawn in for another try to make sure you’re really drinking a what? The Basque country in northern Spain produces a stand out wine. I say stand out because it does; a still wine with a spunky character. The Txakoli region, pronounced “Chak-oh-lee” is filled with family growers and smaller producers... [Read More]

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Eating Around

Cucina Povera, an Old World Workshop

Cucina Povera, an Old World Workshop

Along with eleven others and four instructors, I recently attended a Plate 2 Page workshop in the small town of Pistoia, Italy.  We indulged in food, wine, conversation, writing and photography.  The following shares an afternoon experience. ——- Nestled in the Tuscan hills surrounded by olives and vines, colors changing from green to fall, we gathered around a table.  Nicoletta stood in the kitchen doorway holding the first course of our Tuscan lunch, Serafina behind her.  They began setting down plates and bottles of wine.  On the cheese plate, a young pecorino with its natural... [Read More]

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Artisan Products

Newcastle Produce: Food Lover’s Paradise

Newcastle Produce: Food Lover’s Paradise

A rainbow of fresh produce on display. You’ve been hearing a lot from Lynn lately, happily gallivanting about Spain for a month, but you haven’t heard much from me in a while. I founded Sacatomato five years ago with Jennifer Cliff and then welcomed Lynn as a co-blogger several years later. As fellow food fanatics, we’re always excited to talk about something we’ve eaten, grown, cooked, bought, or heard about. However, just as our gardens grow and change with the seasons (and years), so my interests have been growing and changing. Therefore, I’m not going to be blogging... [Read More]

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Happenings

Pig Roast in Sacramento

Pig Roast in Sacramento

Celebrating farmers and food in the Sacramento area, the Jubilee Farm Pig Roast is coming up on Saturday, May 12th at the Oak Park Farmers Market.  The market starts at 9 a.m. with the pig roast following at 1 p.m. Chef Brad Cecchi, Executive Sous Chef at The Grange in Sacramento is at the helm of the roast.  His...

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Celebrate Pork January 29th

Celebrate Pork January 29th

Anything to do with swine and consuming porcine gets two thumbs up in my house.  That’s why we’re excited about Cochon 555 in Napa on January 29. Cochon 555 is a touring culinary event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.  It lands in St. Helena at the Culinary Institute of America this...

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Mandarins in the Mountains

Mandarins in the Mountains

Products from Newcastle based Snow’s Citrus Court were my first foray into the world of northern California mandarins.  Raylene Snow whipped up a half dozen or so varieties of wraps then graced them with her sauces, dips and dressings.  I fell in love.  That year it was just in time for the Mountain Mandarin...

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Hunt, Gather and Cook – First Hand with Hank

Hunt, Gather and Cook – First Hand with Hank

Sacramento based Hank Shaw, author of the recently released book Hunt, Gather, Cook – Finding the Forgotten Feast will share his experiences in the field, garden and kitchen Saturday June 11 at Café Bernardo.  Shaw, a journalist, former cook and man behind the award winning blog Hunter, Angler, Gardner, Cook is...

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Term of the Week

Term of the Week: Jujube

Term of the Week: Jujube

Little did I know the jujube fruit, also called red date or Chinese date is highly...


Term of the Week: Gluten Intolerance

Term of the Week: Gluten Intolerance

I’ve been wondering lately about gluten intolerance. It seems like everyone...


Cackleberries – Term of the Week

Cackleberries – Term of the Week

“There’s nothing like cackleberries on a fine-morning like this!” I turned...


Term of the Week: Fig Wasp

I have a friend who refuses to eat figs because she’s heard of fig wasps....


Tsukemono – Term of the Week

Tsukemono – Term of the Week

Satomi is from Japan.  She knows exploring food and cooking happens at my house...


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Cookshelf

Guest Post: Inspired by a Quarter Acre Farm

Guest Post: Inspired by a Quarter Acre Farm

I didn’t catch the latest Slow Food Sacramento book club selection, Quarter...


Booklist: Summer Food Reading

Booklist: Summer Food Reading

A fraction of my collection. I’m a bit of a book addict. I have them stacked...


Peach Farmer’s Daughter

Peach Farmer’s Daughter

“There’s dirty dirt and then there’s clean dirt. Dirty dirt is city dirt when...


Blood, Bones & Butter

Blood, Bones & Butter

My birthday present to myself this year was a copy of Blood, Bones & Butter:...


Read Your Toast

Read Your Toast

Toast was the last selection of my book club.  I probably would not have read it...


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