Making Memories in Tahoe


My family loves Tahoe summers. You can escape the Sacramento triple-digit days and soak in the cool mountain air while dining by the lake or taking in a few holes of miniature golf. So when a very significant birthday of mine was on the horizon, I knew a long week in Tahoe was exactly where I wanted to be on my special day.

While there are many amazing restaurants in Tahoe perfect for a special occasion, I have three kids under 5, so going out for a fancy meal isn’t always an option. Thankfully my thoughtful husband took matters into his own hands, and hired a chef to cook me the ultimate birthday dinner at the house we had rented in Tahoe City. Chef Derek Hagglof of Real Tahoe Food created a custom menu that was incredible starting with nibbles on the patio with a glass of Champagne and heaping spoonfuls of Burrata atop crisp grilled bread with homemade tomato jam. Pure birthday bliss! Chef Derek even enlisted the help of my very curious 4-year-old in the preparation of my birthday cake, which warmed both my heart and my belly.

Being able to celebrate my big day with friends and family in the comfort of home (with “Toy Story” quietly playing in the background) made this a birthday I will never forget.

Tahoe Treats KB

 Kim’s Birthday Menu

Burrata with Grilled Sourdough, Tomato Jam, Roasted Garlic, Oven Dried Grapes, Honeycomb

Crab Fritters with Tarragon Aioli

Roasted White Corn Soup with Caramelized Shallots

Maple Pork Belly Risotto with Chive Oil

Braised Short Rib with Cauliflower Mash, Grilled Asparagus and Buttermilk Onion Rings

Molten Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Espresso Ganache

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Magpie Café


Last week I visited one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento, Magpie Café, for a quick alfresco dinner on a warm summer evening – my favorite kind of dining! My dining companions and I knew immediately that we would be ordering one of the appetizer specials: the Crispy Pork Belly with Black Mission Figs sounded to-die-for, and it was! Drizzled with a coriander infused honey and topped with pickled onions and frisee, we hit a home run with this appetizer.

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Chicken-Veggie-Whatever In a Dish


This is the enthralling tale of one resourceful man overcoming his hunger by combining the contents of his refrigerator into sweet and sultry sustenance. This man is me.

Let me start off by saying that this is your typical “look-in-the-fridge-and-throw-what-you’ve-got-in-a-pot” recipe. Now, with that being said, the absolute key to doing this is to make sure you have some good stuff in your fridge. This makes it a lot easier to let your culinary creativity run unrestricted. If you’re not the creative type, feel free to check out my quirky recipe below.
1 Ingredients:
Roasted garlic olive oil
Chopped onion
Chicken (the feathered, flightless friend of foodies everywhere)
A splash of Merlot wine
Yellow Summer squash
Heirloom tomatoes (Purple Cherokee to be specific)
Parsley flakes
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Togo’s Giving Away 10,000 Free Sandwiches


Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially free food? July 24th might seem like just another day, but think again! Togo’s Sandwiches is giving away 10,000 of its best-selling sandwich, the #24 Turkey & Avocado, this Thursday, July 24.

For over 40 years, the California-based sandwich chain has been whipping up hearty and delicious sandwiches and this giveaway will help to commemorate over 24 million #24s being sold. Here’s how you can score a free #24:

  • “Like” the Togo’s Facebook page
  • Join the email club before 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 22
  • If selected, you’ll receive a coupon that you can redeem at any Togo’s location
  • Use the Store Locator tool to find which of the 30 Sacramento area locations is closest to you


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Breakfast of Champions



I do love breakfast. I have friends who skip breakfast, some whose breakfast consists of a triple Venti nonfat latte, and others who wouldn’t mind a carton of eggs and a side of beef for breakfast.

I like to start my day with a solid meal, plus lots of hot, strong coffee. My penchant for sweets sometimes leads me down the road of French toast or pancakes – ah, I do love pancakes. But, I’ve learned that if my breakfast isn’t packed with protein, then my day just goes downhill.

So when my friend and trainer, Mindy McFall, owner of Folsom Lake Fitness, shared her recipe for protein pancakes with me, I just couldn’t keep all of this goodness to myself! If you’re a breakfast person, but you want something that stays with you and is healthy, you just may have found your new favorite breakfast.

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A Foodie’s Perspective

By Tricia Juanitas

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With a little change in perspective, it’s easy to see that food is a world of wonder.

Inspired by: Christopher Boffoli

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I’m All About Ghee


By Tricia Juanitas

The day I learned about Ghee was the day I turned my back on butter and never looked back. Not to say that butter is bad for you, but I always felt slightly guilty, and maybe even a little judged, when I would use butter in heaping amounts…that is until I found Ghee. It was a way to give in to the seductions of buttery flavor without the guilt and I would be remiss if I didn’t share this secret with you all.

What is Ghee?
Ghee (pronounced “gee”) is clarified butter, the most concentrated form of milk. It’s completely lactose-free and considered non-dairy by the USDA. What starts as cultured butter, which is then boiled down removing any lactose, protein solids and water, results in a product we call Ghee. It’s a food that has been around for thousands of years and has been used in South Asian countries, such as India and Tibet, for cooking as well as healing and medicinal properties.
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Capay Tomato Festival


Summertime produces the best tomatoes and there is no better place to enjoy them than at the Capay Tomato Festival in the beautiful Capay Valley. Farm Fresh to You, the home delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce to consumers’ doorsteps invites you to join in this 7th annual event on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Event-goers will enjoy organic, heirloom and cherry tomato tasting, live music and dancing, delicious food, local wine and beer, tractor tram rides, kids’ activities, camping on the farm and more. Pack a blanket, pull up a hay bale and watch the sunset – all the while supporting a good cause with event proceeds benefiting the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.
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Sacramento BLT Week



You know you’re a bacon-lover if….

1. You have a side of eggs with your bacon for breakfast

2. You buy Costco packs and stock up your freezer… the thick-cut hickory style stuff, of course!

3. You’re more afraid of bacon shortages than power outages

4. Your childhood nickname was “Porky”

5. You already own this t-shirt or deeply wish you did:

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LowBrau Sausage Platter


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1050 20th Sacramento, CA


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