Quince Slices You’ll Love

Quince is definitely not the easiest fruit to work with but if you’re willing to put some effort into it, it’s worth the eating reward.  I’m finding I like this darn hard fruit more and more.  I keep getting grocery bags full of seasonal fruit from various friends and just got one with the largest […]

Tender: farmers, cooks, eaters

Tamara Murphy, Seattle chef owner of Elliott Bay Cafés, and James Beard Award winner is releasing a book in time for the holidays.  I was lucky enough to have a close extended peek while recently in Seattle and liked it enough to want to share. The book celebrates local farmers, wanting people to know them […]

Making Whoopie Pies

Are whoopie pies the next big thing in desserts? Cupcakes have certainly had their run, and some argue that unusual ice cream flavors are still king. My vote is for the gourmet doughnut craze to reach Sacramento, but in the meantime, I’m hedging my bets with whoopie pies. What are whoopie pies, you ask? They’re […]

Term of the Week: Jujube

Little did I know the jujube fruit, also called red date or Chinese date is highly desired by several Asian cultures.  The Chinese have long used jujubes to treat anxiety and insomnia.  They also invigorate the digestive system and are used to make restorative tea.  Who would know this little drupe (the technical name) could […]

A Donut for the Ambivalent

Rumor on the street is donuts are back.  How unexpected stumbling upon a Times Magazine article indicating such.  And I, one who doesn’t like donuts happened to try a very worthy gluten-free donut earlier this week. I was approached by the frozen food buyer, Jose at Whole Foods Market in Sacramento.  His extended hand holding […]

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time

Celebrating the release of Beaujolais Nouveau is a global phenomenon and a great excuse to party the French way.  Officially released for sale the third Thursday of November each year amid fanfare and excitement, the race is on to get the first bottles of the vintage to Paris and other markets, then the party starts […]