Tacos from left: The Democrat (shredded beef barbacoa topped with fresh avocado, queso fresco, cilantro and onions, served with Tomatillo Sauce on a fresh corn tortilla); and Jalapeno Sausage, Egg & Cheese breakfast taco from Torchy’s Damn Good Tacos in Austin, Texas.
Believe it or not, summer is quickly coming to an end, and that means one thing – it’s time to soak up as much of the beautiful Sacramento sunshine as you can while it’s still here! If you’re looking for ways to get out of the house this weekend, head on over to the 17th Annual California Brewers Festival from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Discovery Park!
This year, Point West Rotary will bring more than 60 brewers from across the country to Discovery Park all with one unified goal – to support local charities by quenching your thirst with their unique microbrews. With live entertainment from J Ras, ZuhG and Wooster and a bevy of delicious food options provided by local vendors, this event is the perfect way to toast “goodbye” to summer.
For tickets and a list of participating brewers, visit www.calbrewfest.com.
I never really appreciated fresh produce before I moved to Sacramento two years ago. Things like fruit stands and farmers markets overflowing with fruits and vegetables, likely picked and delivered straight from nearby farms that morning, just don’t exist in Phoenix as they do in California. These days, Sunday morning visits to the farmers market on X and 9th streets in downtown Sacramento have not only become a regular part of my weekly routine, but they’re one of my favorite parts about living in this city.
There are a lot of reasons why strolling through the downtown farmers market each Sunday has become an almost therapeutic way for me to “check out” before heading back to the daily grind on Monday. It’s the unassuming location and popping up like clockwork under a freeway overpass each week; the friendly faces of the “mushroom lady,” “avocado guy” and “chicken lady” I now look forward to seeing and chatting with weekly; the huge selection of fresh fruit, veggies, meat, seafood, pastries and flowers just begging to be taken home. Needless to say, this particular farmers market is a “must” on my list of things to do in Sacramento. Regardless of what’s on your shopping list, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for – and then some!
Pigs in a Blanket, Franks in Jackets, Devils on Horsebacks, Biscuit Dogs – regardless of what you know them as, these crescent roll-covered sausages sure do hold their own among the grilled cheese sandwiches, potato salads and pot pies of the world.
When we landed on an All-American theme for the SacFoodies potluck, I thought I’d try my hand at making this classic finger food because, well…I had never had a pig in a blanket before (so very un-American of me)! For fear of botching up such a classic dish, I did my research and landed on the below recipe from Pillsbury for what they’ve deemed “Crescent Dogs.” This recipe puts a bit of a twist on the original pig in a blanket recipe by adding in a gooey surprise: melted cheese rolled up in each “blanket!”
Recipe: Pigs in a Blanket/ “Crescent Rolls”
- 8 hot dogs (you can also use mini sausage links)
- 4 slices American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
- 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slit hot dogs to within 1/2 inch of the ends and insert 3 strips of cheese into each slit (SacFoodies note: using mini sausage links, I found it easier to simply place a couple pieces of cheese on top of the sausage links).
- Separate dough into triangle and wrap around each hot dog.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
SactoMoFo was held on April 30, 2011 in Fremont Park
Deconstructed Somosas from CurryUpNow, the Bay Area’s first Indian mobile food truck inspired by street foods in India.
Chairman Boa’s baked buns out of San Francisco (from left): chicken; braised pork with mustard seed; pork belly; tofu
Asada, chorizo and lengua tacos from Tacos La Piedad located in Natomas.