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 […]

Holiday Recipe Collection

  Broccoli smiles and food literacy.  Amber Stott  has lots to smile about these days. The California Food Literacy Center, a Sacramento based non-profit that she started July 2011 is successfully teaching kids all about food.  In a pilot program pre-test, when asked K-1st graders if healthy snacks taste good; 82% of kids said “no.” After […]

This Plum is Worth a Visit

  At first blush, Sacramento may seem to have its share of vegetarian restaurants. Asian and Indian inspired eateries catering to the non-meat crowd speckle the landscape.  And you can usually find a few vegetarian items on most menus in the area.  But what about taking things to the next level?  Well it’s been done; […]

Pears & Pomegranates & Figs

Sneak peak at what’s happening with a bag full of pears and last of the figs. and pomegranates, a shopping bag full. I used to think seeding pomegranates wasn’t worth the time and effort.  I’ve since changes my mind.  Pomegranate possibilities are endless: molasses, liqueur, vinegar, ice cream or sorbet, pomegranate-cello, yogurt cream cheese pie […]

Walnut Fig Bread for Fall

Nuts. I’ve come into walnuts the last few weeks and lots of them.  Perfect timing for the Twelve Loaves October challenge which is all about nuts, seeds and grains incorporated into home baked bread.  There are just times you feel like a nut…or a seed…or a grain! My quick bread is partly the result of […]

The Art of Dumpster Diving

I was a junior in college.  Taking a full load, working, and trying to make time for exercise and a boy friend.  That was just as hard as trying to make ends meet.  I was on my own, I was paying for school but one thing I wasn’t paying for was certain food.  Yes, I’m […]

Fig-a-licious Tart and a Guest Post with Chef Dennis on A Culinary Journey

Today I’m sharing a tart creation- kind of savory and kind of sweet- in a guest post over on Chef Dennis’ blog, A Culinary Journey.  Can’t recall how I discovered him but have thoroughly enjoyed his humor, ideas and creativity.  He, and a few other people I’ve gotten to know this year have rubbed off […]

Fig and Goat Cheese Stuffed Fougasse for #TwelveLoaves

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with figs.  It all started with my dad showing me a fig tree.  He plucked one, and in his usual way when something tasted good said “Um, um! Man-o-man those are good!” I can hear and see him doing so in my mind.  […]

A Sandwich for California Food Literacy Month

  Yes, you heard it!  We’re smack in the middle of California’s first official food literacy month.  Thanks to Amber Stott, founder of the California Food Literacy Center, and several volunteers, the first half of the month was action packed. Right about now you may be thinking, “What’s Food Literacy?”  It’s about understanding the impact […]

Port Wine + Cherries = Mustard

Message from husband: “Can you make some mustard for me?  Any kind will do but something out of the ordinary is better.  Oh, add some kick too please”. I made something different. The very first mustard I made required cooking the mixture down.  I’ve since opted for less time consuming versions like this easy one […]

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