I love all things Italian; the architecture, art, culture, fashion, the people and their philosophy of “la dolce vita”–but most of all […]
Liquid Gold: A Beekeeper’s Story
These days, Indian Valley based Barba Rossa Farms is literally buzzing with excitement. It’s home to some happy bees, thanks […]
Abundant Apricot-Cherry Crisp
Yesterday I received a big bag of ripe to slightly over ripe apricots from a neighbor whose tree was producing […]
Achadinha Cheese Company: Artisan Goat Cheese At Its Best
It is a mid-Monday morning in June as I wind my way through the rolling pastoral hills outside Petaluma on […]
Just Peachy! The Season Is Here At Last
It’s peach season at last! This summer stone-fruit, perhaps more than any other, denotes simple perfection. Is it any wonder […]
The Spice Of Life: Mendocino Sea Salt & Seasoning Company
Bob and Lora La Mar celebrate a unique relationship with the ocean waters off our Pacific coast. The birth of […]
SLOW Food Defined
Last week I introduced readers to the SLOW food movement. This week, I explore the four components of this philosophy […]
I’m In The MOOO-D For SLOW Food!
Cute, isn’t she? She’s not just another pretty face. She’s part of something amazing that’s been taking hold of discerning […]
CooperCakes: Stealthy-Healthy Cupcakes for Every Body!
Cupcakes. Who could have predicted the craze that elevated this favorite dessert to celebrity status in recent years? Gourmet specialty […]
It’s Strawberry Season
I love this time of year. Summer is just around the corner. The days are growing longer again with the […]
Stemple Creek Ranch: Natural Beef Done Right
Last week I painted a not-so-pretty portrait of life for beef cattle raised on commercial feedlot farms; specifically Coalinga’s Harris […]
NOT ON MY PLATE: Do You Know Where Your Beef Comes From?
Harris Ranch Beef feed lot in Coalinga, California In life there are occasional profound moments of realization. Perhaps the gut-reaction […]
Let’s Get Cooking!
It’s no secret that I love to cook. Taking raw ingredients and applying the kitchen alchemy that transforms them into […]