Food & Wine

Media Life: National PBS show highlights Auburn 'pie place'

A new PBS documentary has Ikeda’s in Auburn in the spotlight for its pie-making. “A Few Good Pie Places” debuted in late-August, airing on PBS stations around th ...

Fall is like opening a brand new box of crayons

The end of summer marks the beginning of the harvest season for some of my favorite produce — produce that inspires, like corn, figs, tomatoes, watermelon, honeydew, apples, ...

A little creativity turns a good tomato sandwich into great

The tomato sandwich is one of my all-time favorites. I have many fond memories coming home after school and throwing a quick tomato sandwich together to curb my cravings. Toasted w ...

Cool avocado-cucumber soup hits the spot on a hot summer day

I came across this recipe a while back and thought it was very good but lacking the big bold flavors you would expect from a recipe titled “Spicy Cucumber Avocado Soup.&rdquo ...

The fun of cooking is you never know what’s in store

I was walking through the market the other day when something caught my eye. The color was beautiful and it beckoned me to create a dish with it — heirloom carrots with beaut ...

Holman Ranch a place of weddings, retreats and its own wines

It’s tucked away but not off-grid. Fairly dripping with the nostalgia of Old California but embracing all that’s good about the new. The place is Holman Ranch. Growing ...

The Food Dude: Make time with your family to make a meal unforgettable

It’s my opinion that among other distractions, the busy lifestyles we all lead these days are not helping with the direction our society is heading. We all talk about how t ...

The Food Dude: Let’s just say you can’t always get what you want

Things do not always work out the way we think they will, and my big, awesome Fourth of July celebration red, white and blue dessert parfait recipe was no exception to the rule. ...

The Food Dude: Summer salads cool off and nourish your body

Summertime in Northern California can be sweltering hot, and I find that my desire to eat – let alone make a hot meal – evaporates when the temperatures are blazing out ...

The Food Dude: Keep your kitchen cool when the heat is on

There’s no doubt summer is here and heating up a kitchen cooking hot food just doesn’t seem right when you’re paying to cool it down to begin with. So how can you ...

Meet cioppino, a San Francisco seafood original

There was a day when I thought cioppino was an Italian dish just based on it’s composition. Imagine my surprise and delight to learned it was first made right here in beautif ...

The Food Dude: Meet cioppino, a San Francisco seafood original

There was a day when I thought cioppino was an Italian dish just based on it’s composition. Imagine my surprise and delight to learned it was first made right here in beautif ...

The Food Dude: Fast, flavorful and healthy, right at your fingertips

Something you may not know about me is that aside from writing this food column, I work a full-time job as a helpdesk analyst for a local document technology company. As if that ...

The Food Dude: Meet arancini, one very versatile little appetizer

Arancini are stuffed rice balls that are coated with breadcrumbs and fried. The name originates from their shape and color, which is similar to that of an orange (the Italian wor ...

Sweet to savory: Cooking with fruit adds extra dimension

It’s that time of year when we turn to out door fun. Barbecues, pool parties, picnics, camping or just a relaxing day at home with your sweetheart. A cool breeze, the warm su ...