Ice Cream Sodas
There’s no such thing as too much ice cream! One of my favorite memories was my Grandfather making us Black Cows (for the uninitiated, that’s a root beer float with vanilla ice cream).
So we decided to make ice cream sodas California style, with spectacular combinations that you may not have tried before. In Deborah Geitner’s back yard in Healdsburg, California, Deborah, Amy and I did three rounds with different ice creams, sorbet... -more-
Dried Fruit in Vanilla Wine Syrup
It's a good sign when a recipe starts out with a full bottle of wine!
And this recipe is an outstanding dessert. Looks beautiful, smells wonderful and tastes fantastic.
For this recipe you need a bottle of Riesling. Put the whole bottle into a saucepan, and add 2/3 cup of 21 Missions Organics Vanilla Agave Syrup and one cinnamon stick. Simmer the syrup for 20 minutes, so that the cinnamon can infuse the syrup.
Add ab... -more-
Cheese Torta with Apricot Chutney
The simpler the recipe the more important the quality of the ingredients is. This cheese torta is a perfect example. Simple, easy to prepare, and so tasty.
Mari Rossi invited me to try this recipe in her kitchen at B & R Farms. Jim and Mari Rossi and their son Scott run this apricot ranch in Hollister, where they grow the Queen of Apricots, the Blenheim. Using recipes from Jim's mother Elsie and recipes developed by Mari, their p... -more-
Pancakes & Scones
For no-hassle treats at breakfast time, nothing beats these pancake and scone mixes. And the scone mix even comes with a matching tea!
I made a visit to B & R Farms in Hollister when their Blenheim apricot trees were in bloom, and Mari Rossi and I made a scrumptious breakfast in her kitchen.
Bo's Best Pancakes mixes are so easy to make and turn out so perfectly. We used the Buckwheat Buttermilk mix (my fave), and they a... -more-
Wild Rice and Beef Salad
Tasty, easy, healthy and hearty – that’s this salad, which is just as good in the fall as in the summer.
To start, we used a stovetop grill to cook the beef. You could also pan sear it, use an outdoor grill, or (my favorite) a George Foreman grill.
We used a perfect London Broil cut from Nick Ranch. This ranch in Santa Margarita (just north and a little inland from San Luis Obispo) has been in the family since 1918. Th... -more-
Sausages with Condiments and Pasta with Spicy Tomato Sauce
We took a smorgasbord approach to this video, since there are so many wonderful items to choose from on SavorCalifornia.com. We just had fun trying various combinations of the sausages and condiments. This would be a great way to host a party, letting people mix and match.
The two sausages from Fabrique Délices we served cold: Saucisson Sec, a dry, hard sausage, and traditional French-style Garlic Sausage. (Both are great for... -more-
Tuna & Bean Salad
This is a delicious and colorful twist on the traditional Tuscan tuna and bean salad, using superb ingredients from California.
Pinquito Beans are a heritage variety of bean with a beautiful color and a rich taste: the perfect base for this salad. They’re so easy to prepare. You just pour the beans into a colander, remove the seasoning packet, and rinse them off. Then put them into a pot with 2 quarts of water and the contents of ... -more-
Smoked Duck and Carmody Appetizer
Smoked Duck Roulade from Fabrique Délices and Carmody Cheese from Bellwether Farms are simply made for each other. Put a cube of each on a toothpick, offer a variety of condiments, and “Voila!”
Fabrique Délices is a company of French Americans (some with accents very much intact) who make a wide variety of French-style charcuterie, from time-honored French classics to innovative new products. The names even sound romantic: ... -more-
If you need to come up with a quick and easy appetizer that will put that blissed-out look on your friends’ faces, these two endive appetizers will fit the bill.
Endive spears are a perfect base for any number of savory appetizers. They taste good and pair well with a wide variety of ingredients, they are healthy, and they are easy to eat with your fingers. Particularly for a stand-up party, it’s nice to have an appetizer that you... -more-
If you’re like I am and like cold beverages no matter what the weather, this is for you. The vineyards of McCray Ridge Winery are (no surprise) on top of a ridge that looks east towards Healdsburg, Geyser Peak and Mount St. Helena. It’s the perfect spot on one of those hot dry days in the Sonoma County summer when ice is required in your drink.
We started with iced coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee of Mendocino County. Paul Katzeff,... -more-