Archive for December, 2015:

Dec
14

Foodie-Inspired Stocking Stuffers

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Looking for stocking stuffers/hostess gifts for that foodie friend in your life? Check out this short list of ideas. All of these have been tested, approved and highly recommended. Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker  Admittedly, I originally bought this because it looks cool. BUT THEN I discovered it’s by far the easiest to use, easiest to […]

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Dec
11

10 Things You Don’t Know About…

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My favorite foods are cheeseburgers and crème brulee. But not necessarily together. Close seconds are potato salad and chocolate-chocolate cake. Family is everything! I have huge extended family, and we find just about any excuse to gather or travel together. I love to bake. Scones, cookies, breads – you name it. A lot of what […]

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Dec
10

Picon Punch: A French-Style Holiday Cocktail

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On a recent trip to France, my husband insisted that we not only seek out and try Picon Punch cocktails, but that we also locate and bring home a few bottles of Amer Picon, the French bitter orange liqueur that is used in the classic cocktail and which is no longer available in the U.S. […]

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Dec
09

Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Crème Fraiche

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For the ultimate in “special” breakfasts perfect for the holiday season, I give you my recipe for Challah French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Crème Fraiche. Sounds fancy and tastes delicious, but is surprisingly simple to throw together. This recipe became a fast favorite after a visit to see my best friend in Seattle for […]

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Dec
08

Spoonful of Chutney – The Christmas of My Childhood

By: Shreya Suresh Although my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas traditionally, I went to a school in Bangalore, India that takes celebrations very seriously. As a result, I grew up to be an adult who gets irrationally excited on the last day of November. On a more national scale, Christmas is one of the most awaited […]

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Dec
07

Jingle Bells and Holiday Bites

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This is me at my Kindergarten Christmas concert. As you can tell, I’m a bit of a ham. I’ve always loved the Christmas show at my elementary school and this year may be the most special because it’s my first as a Kindergarten parent. In just a week, I’ll be front-and-center as my son starts […]

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Dec
04

Sac Foodies weekend picks

By: Shreya Suresh Learn to Prepare Classic Italian Desserts Head to the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on Saturday, December 5 for a demonstration-style cooking class where instructor Lucia Oliverio will prepare amaretto chocolate cupcakes, pears baked to perfection in wine, an orange-ricotta-almond tart, and traditional pizzelle cookies. You will learn about traditions and techniques, and […]

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Dec
01

10 Things You Don’t Know About…

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I don’t like food with a middle. Yes, one could argue that all food has a middle. But I don’t like the messiness of eating off a bone, cob or stick. If ribs are advertised as “fall off the bone” that works for me. I’m really digging the Sacramento-area craft beer scene. Especially in West […]

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