Archive for January, 2008:

Jan
30

Taste of COPIA

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Last week I had the pleasure of finally experiencing a piece of wine country that I’ve been meaning to visit for years: COPIA, the American Center for Wine Food & the Arts, a nonprofit organization located in downtown Napa. Fellow SacFoodie, Amy Kull, along with a small group from our San Francisco office (COPIA is […]

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Jan
25

Nacho Average Nachos

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I had the pleasure of spending all last week in Mexico on vacation in the sunny, warm Riviera Maya town of Playa del Carmen. I know, poor me. Truth be told, we didn’t eat outside the resort often, because in an “all-inclusive” resort with all-you-can-eat and drink, why would you? However, we did venture into […]

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Jan
24

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and … Seaweed

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Mikuni. Fuji’s. Zen Toro. Kru. Nishiki. Name any sushi spot in the greater Sacramento area and odds are I have a story and a favorite roll to go along with it. But after sampling some of the best Japanese food that Northern California has to offer, I always seem to return to my favorite sushi […]

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Jan
22

Coffee Talk

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Last Saturday we found ourselves whiling away the afternoon at a coffee shop on the square in Sonoma. Between corralling our big boy and comforting the little one, my husband and I reminisced about our first introductions to coffee. For me, the love of the drink started when my great-grandma, Nanny, offered it to me […]

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Jan
17

The Cheese Does Not Stand Alone

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When you bring in a selection of California cheeses to the office, the lunch room is never empty.  Patty Mastracco, an honorary member of our Fleishman-Hillard team, just returned from the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade’s Fancy Food Show in San Diego and brought back some delicious cheeses not even on retail shelves […]

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Jan
15

Snickerdoodles

Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand For the topping: 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon For the cookie dough: 3 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature 2 cups sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon light corn […]

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Jan
15

Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta

PORT-POACHED PEARS AND RICOTTA (Recipe from the California Milk Advisory Board) Servings: 4 Ingredients: 1 cup California Ricotta cheese Port-Poached Pears: 2 pears, such as Anjou or Bosc, peeled and cored 2 cups Port wine 3/4 cup pure maple syrup Instructions: Place pears, Port and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil […]

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Jan
15

Port-Poached Pears with Ricotta Cheese

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Poached pears is a choice dessert menu item that I’ve always wanted to attempt at home. The variations are endless for this treat, and when searching for recipes online I found one on the California Milk Advisory Board’s Web site that particularly caught my eye: Port-Poached Pears and Ricotta. Pears, a port reduction sauce AND […]

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Jan
14

Snickerdoodles

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As I’ve mentioned here on a couple of occasions, I love to bake. The blending together of butter, sugar, vanilla and flour brings me so much happiness. I especially love baking in the winter because of the added warmth it brings my kitchen and the sweet aromas it spreads through my home. While my favorite […]

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Jan
14

Dine Downtown Restaurant Week 2008

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Downtown’s top restaurants come together for week of fine dining at an unbelievable price!  Through this Friday Jan. 18, local chefs from 22 of Downtown’s top restaurants will create special three-course dinner menus for only $30 per person at participating venues. It’s a great way to experience the best of Downtown Sacramento’s dining scene.  We […]

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