Fall is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m definitely one of those people that buys pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored goodies as soon as they come out in stores (practically during the spring!) hoping it will somehow force away the last weeks of summer heat and welcome in the cool breezes, crisp evenings and colorful leaves of autumn. Unfortunately my efforts haven’t worked thus far, but now the official start of fall is here and needless to say, I am celebrating!
Have you ever heard of the foods: Lechon, Sinigang, Longanisa or Adobo?
I didn’t think so. If yes, bonus points for you!
This is a short-list of some of my all-time favorite Filipino dishes, and it’s a shame that they haven’t made it into the mainstream American food scene. Having been born and raised in the Philippines, I feel blessed to have eaten an array of exotic cuisine, which I have grown to know and love. I’ve been wanting to share this taste of home with my fellow foodies and our recent SacFoodies potluck was just the place!
Hi everyone, and happy 1st day of fall! I’m Gabby, a new member of the SacFoodies team and I can’t wait to share my perspective on all things edible.
For my first SacFoodies post, I thought it fitting to feature something near and dear to my heart: Apple Hill. My grandparents live and have an orchard right in the heart of all the quaint mountain farms, and I have grown up working, playing and (most importantly) eating amongst them all! So, since this last weekend marked the opening for Apple Hill’s 50th Season and my grandpa’s birthday, a trip up the hill was in order!
I remember when Vosges introduced Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar and people thought it was the wildest thing.
“Bacon and chocolate?!?!?!,” they would gasp. “That’s crazy!”
Even I, a self-proclaimed bacon lover, know when too much is too much, and bacon mania seemed to be spiraling out of control. But when I stumbled upon the ridiculously easy recipe for Chocolate-Covered Bacon I had to take the leap. And I’m sure glad I did. It was sweet, smoky, salty and sinful. And the best part, it was easy to make ahead, so this would be great for a party with kids and adults alike.
Did you know that 46 million people in the United States deal with hunger issues? 12 million of them are children and 7 million are seniors. September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. A group of 30 passionate food bloggers recently put together an exciting cookbook, Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours, complete with fabulous recipes, slow cooking tips, tips for cooking affordably and price-per-serving on each recipe.
As I was strolling through Costco a few weeks ago, I ended up in the beer section. Somehow this seems to occur every time I make a Costco run. Guilty pleasure I guess. My eyes are trained to look for new and interesting beers that I’ve never had before, and this time was no exception. They immediately latched onto a green-labeled bottle, bearing the title “Cascaderade.”
“Is it like a hoppy Gatorade?” my brain churned. “Or maybe a play-on-words between Cascade hops and lemonade?” At any rate, the 22-ounce bottle made its way to the checkout line. Cool label, local beer (Sudwerk Brewing, Davis), and it’s an India Pale LAGER?! Ok, you’ve won me over.
The theme of the 2014 SacFoodies Potluck (our 7th annual!) was “Small Bites” and I was inspired to return to my 2011 potluck roots and decided to select a recipe from PotatoGoodness.com (one of our clients is the US Potato Board). The Mashed Potato Puffs recipe had been calling my name ever since I first saw it on the popular food website The Kitchn.
Now, I must admit, I did cheat a little bit and I did not make my own mashed potatoes when I prepared this recipe for the potluck (sorry fellow SacFoodies). Yes, I cheated and went with the pre-made store-bought mashed. However, I didn’t hear any complaints from the crowd at the potluck as we all enjoyed chowing down on the various Small Bites-themed dishes. I’m including the full recipe below, but now you know my little time-saving trick. Enjoy!
Before last weekend, I’d never written a Yelp review. Despite having been to countless wonderful restaurants and devouring several fantastic meals, writing a Yelp review was never the post-meal priority. But last Saturday, everything changed. I had the best meal of my life and for the first time, writing a Yelp review became the post-meal priority.