Joanne Neft

St. Patrick's Day recipes bring luck of the Irish into the kitchen

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, and in addition to celebrating gold at the end of rainbow, leprechauns and all things green, that means it’s time for some good Irish foo ...

Craving comfort? Bring home the bacon

A humorous photo making its way around the Internet shows a plateful of sizzling bacon with the caption, “You can’t buy happiness. But you can buy bacon, which is about ...

Homemade soups and stews warm the soul

There are few things more comforting on a cold day than a hot bowl of soup. From traditional favorites to new creations, there are many soup options in Auburn. Kenzie Johnson, mana ...

Places of water origin pay ultimate price

In response to Kevin Hanley’s “Hands off Placer’s water” (Another View, Nov. 4), may I comment that apparently Mr. Hanley does not understand that building the peripheral c ...

Partial to peaches? Late summer rocks

It’s peak time for peaches. Weeks and weeks of basking in the summer sun bring the fruit to juicy, sweet perfection during August and early September. There’s a lot more to pe ...

Real Food: Sweet bell peppers are colorful, delicious and healthy

Welcome to the wonderful world of peppers! Foothill neighbors who planted gardens earlier in the year are reaping the benefits of spring rains and recent warm weather. In fact, ...

Real Food: July's the perfect time to talk tomatoes

It’s July and there’s nothing quite like biting into the first vine-ripened tomato of the season. As errant juices drip down toward your elbow, it’s time to celebrate summe ...

Berries the delicious little gems of summer

Biting into a fresh berry is a little bit like having fireworks explode in your mouth. These little gems that pack a flavor punch are some of summer’s finest foods for a number ...

Real Food: Baby, you've just got to try bok choy

During the past two weeks I’ve been reading “The Amen Solution, the Secret to being Thinner, Smarter, Happier.” In the third chapter, “Eat Right to Think Right and Keep T ...

Real Food: Seasonal fruits sweetening up spring

The rains have slowed down and it’s beginning to feel like we’re shaking hands with summer. Farmers market tables are groaning with spring onions, crispy asparagus, and one of ...

Real Food: Light quinoa salad will put a spring in your step

April is the time of year to begin serving lighter fare. Oftentimes we want to spend more time outdoors in the garden or on hikes through the canyon so it’s important to prepare ...

Real Food: Pot roast even better with grass-fed beef

We are what we eat. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Our good health depends on the quality, not quantity, of food we consume each and every day. In Placer County we are tru ...

Real Food: A dessert to sweeten any occasion

Whenever I think about ice cream balls my mind immediately returns to favorite friends in Boulder, Colorado. Our family moved to Colorado from Minnesota during my high school yea ...

Food & Wine: January calls for a wood fire, a good book and a great stew

During the month of January I’m always ready to build a fire, hunker down, read a good book, and eat meals that are much more satisfying as the winds blow and the rains in Auburn ...

Celebrate the real Christmas

Congratulations to Auburn’s Joanne Neft for winning the prestigious “Citizen of the Year” award from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments on Dec 10. The SACOG region ...