I have never been too much of a snacker, but this small side always turns me into a crazed grazer. There is just something about this crunchy combo that has me hooked. To make matters worse (but also better), this dip has a healthy lentil base, so I never feel guilty eating a whole salad bowl of the stuff…and I often do!
By Samantha Fugate
With the World Series around the corner, this is the time of year for baseball fans! Get in the spirit of your favorite team with this baseball-inspired cake.
Here are a few tips:
1. Use food as decoration – the baseball stitching is done with fresh- cut strawberries, small thin slices work best
2. Always use a crumb coat – for smoother frosting, start with a crumb coat layer of frosting and then refrigerate for an hour
3. Not all frosting tips are alike – in this case, a flat, multi-opening frosting tip works best for that fresh-cut grassy look
I’m pretty sure there is no better flavor combination than the majestic trio of garlic, basil and tomato. Now I’ve never self-identified as an Italian-loving foodie, but when you fill the kitchen with the potent scent of garlic, freshly chopped basil, and oh-so-juicy home-grown tomatoes I’ll be the first say, “DELIZIOSO!”
So, you better believe that, when making homemade pizza last week, I couldn’t resist piling on this tasty trifecta of ingredients…plus some fresh mozzarella and artichoke hearts for good measure. What resulted was the above masterpiece of flavor, each steamy mouthful packed with basil-tomato-garlicky goodness. Oh, and playing classy Italian music in the background definitely completed the experience!
This weekend, Sacramento will welcome the TBD Fest to town! Formerly known as Launch Festival, the three day event will feature art, design, music and farm-to-fork cuisine. While the festival boasts an awesome musical lineup this year (Blondie, Moby, and Justice, to name a few), we have to admit it’s the local food flavor that we are most excited about.
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.