Food & Wine

Clams and linguine fit for inland dining

Last week I talked about the health benefits of seafood. While seafood is generally very healthy for you there are also some shellfish and finfish that are less than stellar in the ...

The Food Dude: Salmon, one of the most versatile and healthy ingredients

The connection between seafood and health is undeniable, yet information available to consumers can be confusing and conflicting. Doctors, nutritionists and federal agencies reco ...

The Food Dude: Risotto – a great foundation for flavor

Who doesn’t like risotto? Risotto is comfort food in the first degree. Dating back to the 1400s, this dish has become a global favorite. When it was discovered that humidit ...

The Food Dude: Leftover sweet potatoes? It’s an open canvas

Last week, after making my Grilled Sweet Potato Salad, I was faced with an opportunity I have been wanting for some time now. I had leftover potatoes from the salad recipe, but wha ...

The Food Dude: The sweet potato – one of the world’s healthiest foods

You have eaten the sweet potato at holiday meals for years. Sweet potato pie, mashed sweet potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole and the list goes on. However, d ...

Choose a chili packed with flavor, not fat

Have you ever looked at that chicken in the refrigerator and thought ... “Not another night of the typical chicken. Fried, Baked, Grilled etc. How can I prepare this chicken ...

Recipes are important, but not etched in stone

It’s time again to get out the crock pot for this week’s delicious 41 Clove Crock Pot Garlic Chicken.   Say what? It’s supposed to be 40 clove garlic chick ...

Corned beef a very American-Irish tradition

St. Patrick’s Day, or “The feast of Saint Patrick.” Most people know it as a day to wear green (or get pinched), drink green beer at the local watering hole and e ...

Media Life: Auburn syrah in wine mag winner’s circle

Forgive Wine Spectator magazine for pouring on some poetic license to top off its enthusiastic review of an Auburn wine. But when it’s from racecar driver Scott Pruett&rsquo ...

Take me to the river and fire up the grill

With the weather warming up, the question of what to do for the weekend was a no-brainer. Call the friends and meet at the river for a long-overdue barbecue. We used to do this n ...

Winery growth issues fermenting in Placer County

There will be plenty of time and opportunities for vintners and grassroots groups to weigh in on winery rule changes that could be coming to Placer County this year. And the Place ...

Snow survey shows fourth year of Placer, state drought conditions likely

California’s latest snow survey found on Tuesday that the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal and could end up being the lowest on record in nearly 25 years. Snow sup ...

Usher in March with a lamb recipe sure to satisfy

Most of us have only enjoyed a nice lamb dish at an upscale restaurant. Why not make this easy-to-prepare dish at home? The secret – and I know this sounds rather simplifie ...

Placer’s pioneering Green Family Winery to be sold at bank sale

Closed since December, a modern-day pioneering vintner in rural Auburn is to be sold at a trustee’s sale. According to a legal notice, the Pine Ridge Lane Green Family Winer ...

With spring rolls and hummus, food equals fun

Food should be fun and nothing could be more fun than making great food with friends and family. The recipes I have for you this week are great for sharing in the creation of as we ...