Newcastle Produce

Find your inner chef at Newcastle Produce cooking classes

Friends and newcomers  will gather several nights each week this summer to learn new methods of cooking, polish up on technique and have a good time making good food. Newcastl ...

Noon Hour Update: Sheriff's Association lawsuit; garbage fees; solar schools and bear hunting

Welcome to the Auburn Journal's "Noon Hour Update," where we'll present you with stories and updates on what's going on in the news and what we're working on for our Wednesday edit ...

Foothills seeing orange: Mountain Mandarin Festival returns to Auburn

Thousands of mandarins will make their way from the field to the fairgrounds this weekend, enticing citrus lovers with not only the fruit itself, but also an array of food, beverag ...

Iced tea a taste of summer in every sip

Iced tea is the ultimate summer drink. No matter whether you like it strong and black, sweet and green, or fruity and light, a sip of iced tea can refresh to the core on the hottes ...

Sweet or savory —winter squash is true comfort

When those dreary days of winter seem never ending, it’s nice to know there’s a bright orange piece of heaven to perk you up. Pureed in soups, baked in a pie, or diced for sal ...

Specialty foods shop savors 10-year anniversary

A local shop that has become a favorite for chefs, cooks and foodies is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. Newcastle Produce is known for its locally grown fruits and ...

Polenta dish is perfect showcase for porcini mushrooms

It’s porcini season and if you look really hard, you can find these tasty mushrooms — fresh — in local markets from now through the middle of July. While dried porcini are us ...

Tasty Morsels: Kiwi sparks ideas for marinade, salad dressing

About two weeks ago I was on a mission to find something fresh and perhaps a bit unusual for a sauce to go with steak. Not after anything in particular, I drove down to Newcastle P ...

It’s possible to have a merry, kitchen-free Christmas

Cooking for Christmas? Bah humbug. If all you want for Christmas is to spend more time under the tree and less time standing over the stove, local restaurants and grocers are her ...

Tasty Morsels: Holiday tart gets extra crunch from area-grown walnuts

This is the time of year to load up on walnuts. Though it’s a time-consuming proposition, it’s kind of a fun to gather in the kitchen to shell the little treasures. And if you ...

Spending $20 at the Farmers’ Market yields bounty of goods

I spent $20 at the farmers’ market and all I got was … well, actually, quite a bit. I was talking to Carol Arnold, Foothill Farmers’ Market Association marketing manager, a ...

Tasty Morsels: For a great tasting treat, just think purple

Having just returned from a visit to my younger brother who is a priest in Corsica (the Mediterranean island where Napoleon Bonaparte was born), I was a little stumped on what grea ...

Belt-tightening, ‘tweaking’ keep eateries afloat

A slowing economy and rising prices have local restaurants feeling squeezed but coping. At The Big Salad in Downtown Auburn, owner Danielle Nelson said she’s seen costs go up ab ...

State of bee-ing

Fall to spring is queen-breeding time in Newcastle for beekeeper John Miller. The owner of Miller’s Honey Farms & Mandarins cites the mild winter and elevation as positives for t ...

Tasty Morsels: Rhubarb is delicious as sweet dessert or savory sauce

When I was very young, our neighbor in Michigan had a big, tempting rhubarb plant just on the other side of the fence. It was almost within reach and one day, feeling rather brave, ...