Harvest Time! Cooking with Wine!

As I stand at the stove sipping my favorite old vine zinfandel, it occurs to me that the only thing better than enjoying a glass of wine might be the aroma that comes from a delectable dish prepared with it!

Whether using a hearty red wine in a slow roasted Dutch oven creation or a . . . → Read More: Harvest Time! Cooking with Wine!

Zucchini – End of Summer Bounty!

In the summer garden, zucchini is the gift that keeps on giving!  Plant it once and watch it take off!  As a child my parents converted the back half of our large backyard to a garden.  They composted, tilled and planted and all summer long we enjoyed the bounty!  Corn, tomatoes, lettuces, beans and zucchini, zucchini . . . → Read More: Zucchini – End of Summer Bounty!

Salmon Spells Summer!

Salmon is one of my favorite fish to prepare and to enjoy! One of my fondest memories spent with my mom who recently passed was going to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and getting a nice big piece of freshly smoked salmon to share while watching the people fishing on the pier . . . → Read More: Salmon Spells Summer!

Asparagus – One of Spring’s First Vegetables!

April Favorite Food Pick

As a child, I hated asparagus!  I will have to say it’s one of those foods that was an acquired taste for me.  It was years before I was willing to try it again after the first time I tasted it.  Maybe that is because it was so mushy and . . . → Read More: Asparagus – One of Spring’s First Vegetables!

March Food Pick — The Versatile Potato

By Chef Dawn, Dining in by Dawn

Ahhhh, the potato! Who doesn’t love them? So versatile, so tummy-warming and just plain yummy! The perfect cold-weather staple that can be used in soups, stews, or stand-alone dressed with bacon and cheese!

Potatoes come in many forms that lend themselves to various methods of cooking, the russet is perfect for . . . → Read More: March Food Pick — The Versatile Potato

Dealing with all these apples

By Chef Polina, www.caliblini.com

My friends’ apple tree has gone crazy this year. It’s seriously over-producing. There are more apples then leaves, and the branches bend all the way to the ground and threaten to break. My friends use any excuse to get me over to their place to pick apples.

The apples are Rome Beauties, medium-size, firm, . . . → Read More: Dealing with all these apples

GARBO’S ORANGE & ROSEMARY SCENTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH SEA SCALLOPS

By Chef Garbo, www.chefgarbo.com

ORANGE & ROSEMARY SCENTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH SEA SCALLOPS

With the Holiday Season upon us one traditional dish that comes to mind is butternut squash soup. Every year I change up the recipe with creative twists on a traditional theme.

Butternut squash is an impressive vegetable with a formidable history, and it’s a . . . → Read More: GARBO’S ORANGE & ROSEMARY SCENTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH SEA SCALLOPS