by Kris Caputo Hurley
Need some inspiration for the holiday weekend?! We just completed a photo shoot for a client (Pacific Cheese) and came up with nine ways to “Just add blue!” to your next recipe. Check out our list below and tell us your favorite ways to add blue cheese. And look for cave-aged Pacific Blue Crumbles available at a Costco near you soon!
Just add blue to…
- Sweet potato fries
- Burger toppings
- Figs and honey
- Wedge salad
- BBQ potato chips
- Pears and walnuts
by Liz Conant
Giants fans agree that the $17 is worth it for the fresh Dungeness crab sandwich on garlic-butter brushed grilled Sourdough. My advice: share it with a Giants-loving friend!
By: Shreya Suresh
With colder days round the corner, enjoy the last of the summer with the perfect drink to cool you off! Indian buttermilk, also called chaas, is a refreshing option especially after a large meal and best of all, is easy to whip up!
Homemade chaas doesn’t require elaborate preparation. All you need is:
- One and a half cups of yogurt
- One cup of water
- A few ice cubes
- Asafetida powder (native to Iran and available at Whole Foods)
- Salt (black salt tastes better, but regular salt works too)
- A few coriander or mint leaves (I prefer mint)
Blend the yogurt, water and ice cubes together. In my experience, a watered-down version of chaas always seems to do wonders for me if I have an upset stomach, so sometimes I like to blend in more water too. Add half a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of asafetida powder. Add mint or coriander leaves to garnish.
Picture by Maps of India
By: Shreya Suresh
Fun fact: Most popular Indian foods in the U.S. are North Indian specialties. Naan, paneer, and chicken tikka masala all originate in the North. South Indian cuisine is vastly different—it’s almost like eating food from a different country. Breads (like naan) are a staple of the North, while South Indians survive primarily on rice and are mercilessly ridiculed for it. South Indian food is also spicier and offers an overall larger variety of vegetarian options.
Now I don’t want you to feel like you did in algebra class—mildly interested but wondering if this would take you somewhere. I want you to experience the actual difference between the two cuisines by going to one of the most amazing South Indian restaurants in the area. Mylapore, a restaurant located in Folsom, offers a large variety of great South Indian food. I recommend you try the Paper Masala Dosa—it’s crisp, served with potato masala and eaten with their fresh chutney. It’s a great introduction to the cuisine, although I may be a little biased in this opinion—I’m kind of a dosa snob.
While you can enjoy dosa at any time in the day, it’s usually a breakfast or snack food. Think of it as the savory equivalent of pancakes or crepes. And if I scared you off by telling you that South Indian food tends to be spicier, don’t worry—you can always request a milder version.
So here’s wishing you a delicious trip to Folsom!
Photo by Saras
1760 Prairie City Road, #160
Folsom, CA 95630
by Liz Conant
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good sandwich. Since Togo’s has now opened a location in midtown, I’ve even been motivated enough to get in the car during work hours to head over there to get a sammy. And, anyone who knows me also knows that I really like to win free stuff. So while at Togo’s a few weeks back, I of course dropped my business card in the fishbowl at the register, hoping that I might win what I thought would be a free sandwich.
Imagine my surprise when a representative from Togo’s called me at work to let me know that I was a winner…and not the winner of a free sandwich, but the winner of a free sandwich tray! How cool is that? A few days later I stopped by and picked up a delicious tray of Togo’s sammies which many of my fellow SacFoodies enjoyed for lunch.
1420 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
by Liz Conant
These days there seems to be a festival for just about everything (bananas, bacon, chili, beer)…so why not wings? If you were thinking the same thing, then Sactown Wings – yes, a festival dedicated to good old fashioned chicken wings – will be right up your alley.
This Saturday, August 15th will mark the 2nd annual Sactown Wings event at Cesar Chavez Park. From 3-7pm, you can enjoy music, games, beer and over 40,000 chicken wings (!!) provided by local vendors including Chicago Fire, Blue Cue, Barwest, Ink Eats and Drinks, Brookside Restaurant and Bar, 3 Fires Lounge and more. Games provided by the Xoso Sport & Social League will include cornhole, giant beer pong and giant Jenga.
General admission tickets are just $10 in advance ($15 at the door) and include a souvenir mug. Food and beer will be available for purchase. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Get your wing on, Sacramento!
By: Shreya Suresh
Naan and tikka masala always make your mouth water, but you know what’s even better than these dishes? My new series, Spoonful of Chutney, where I talk about all kinds of Indian food. I come from India, and I am excited to talk about recipes, restaurants, festival food, and much more from my culture.
Take a peek at my first spotlight, “Spicy Kitchen,” where I list some of the essentials in the average Indian kitchen. Check this space each week for something new and exciting!
While moving overseas opens up a new world of food options, it isn’t long before we find ourselves craving the familiarity of the food we grew up with. And as a result, every Indian’s kitchen, regardless of where they’ve made their homes, has these spices:
- Turmeric: Known for its many medicinal properties and excellent flavor, it’s an essential component of every Indian kitchen. The next time you have a sore throat, add a pinch of turmeric to warm milk, honey and a dash of pepper. It doesn’t sound appealing, but it provides instant relief.
- Cumin seeds: Jeera, as it’s called in India, is loved for its aroma. The most delicious way to eat it is by frying it lightly in oil and adding it to rice (find the recipe here). You can also add it to boiling water, strain it and drink the water every morning. It’s a great way to detox and boost immunity.
- Garam masala: Also called “curry powder,” (a term no Indian will recognize) garam masala is a combination of different spices. It’s used whole or as a powder, and enhances the flavor of any Indian dish. In fact, a lot of Indians add it to pasta too, just to give it a more tangy touch.
These spices are just a fraction of what goes on in the average Indian kitchen. To keep our spices organized, we use a traditional Indian box that we call a masala dabba (box of spices).
Image by Petit World Citizen
These spices, and many more, belong in every kitchen. They’re delicious and healthy, and not too hard to come by. Turmeric powder and cumin seeds, and even garam masala under the name “curry powder” are found everywhere. So why don’t you make a trip to the nearest grocery store and add some spice (see what I did there?) to your kitchen?
by Megan Foster
Nothing against my favorite Sacramento eateries, but sometimes I need a bit of a show with my dinner and if that involves the outdoors then I’ve found the perfect dinner combo. Thankfully, the Sacramento RiverTrain must have had people like me in mind when planning their Sunset Dinner series, offering up three-course meals while traversing 28 miles of scenery, chugging along at a leisurely 10 to 15 miles per hour. Entrée selections include beef, chicken, fish or veggie and a house or premium wine option to accompany your dish. The train staff even welcomes guests with a champagne toast to kick off the evening. The next Sunset Dinner departs 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 and there are just a few tickets left, so don’t miss the train!
What: Sacramento RiverTrain Sunset Dinner
When: 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Cost: $83 and up
Tickets: (800) 866-1690 or http://goo.gl/rAqro3
Photo courtesy of SacramentoRiverTrain.com
by Megan Foster
Don’t miss out on a delicious opportunity to learn all about food and craft beer pairings from a local chef. Track 7 Brewing Co. and Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s Chef Dio will be teaming up to host Bites and Brews with Track 7 Brewing Co., a demonstration-style cooking class that will inform while offering up small bites and tasty brews for students. The fresh-made dishes will include blistered Padrón peppers with goat cheese; crispy salmon skin sushi rolls with avocado; jerk chicken wings; heirloom tomato and burrata pizza with smoked bacon, and chorizo and potato empanadas with smoky salsa. Need we say more?
Well, maybe a note about the cost. It’s $55, and $45 for Co-op owners. But really, when was the last time you were in a class that let you cook and drink beer? Ok, party university alum put your hands down, we’re all jealous. At any rate, the education and libations are definitely worth the cash
What: Bites and Brews with Track 7 Brewing Co.
When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015
Where: Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op: 1914 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816
Cost: $45 to $55
RSVP: Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (916) 868-6399
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
by Jenna Buhagiar
Today is National Cheesecake Day! We’re all in for celebrating, but where is the best place to indulge in Sacramento?
We know The Cheesecake Factory tops the favorite list for many. (Plus, they’re offering any slice of cheesecake for half price today.) We’re also hearing good things about their newest flavor – Salted Caramel Cheesecake – which made its debut on July 29th.
Rick’s Dessert Diner offers a multitude of cheesecake options – from Amaretto Cheesecake to Chocolate Kahlua.
Ettore’s European Bakery has a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake that is finished with silky white mousse and fresh raspberries.
Or, if you’re in for just a bit of cheesecake indulgence, Gunther’s Ice Cream offers a fan-favorite Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. We say, scoop it up!
Where’s your favorite place for cheesecake in the Sacramento area?
The Cheesecake Factory’s new Salted Caramel Cheesecake.