Placer County Real Food

Community Portrait: Artist captures the true beauty of Placer County produce

Auburn’s Paula Amerine is blessed, and she’s appreciative and grateful. Amerine is an artist, a fine arts painter and she has found a personal and professional niche. She’s i ...

Neft, Kenny still keeping it ‘Real’

Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny love the farmers market. The weekly markets, in Auburn and throughout Placer County, have become community gathering places where families and farmers m ...

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 ...

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: 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 ...

Real Food: Fall’s finest in every bite of cake

It’s the season for heartier fall fruit — apples, Asian pears, and St. Nick melons. If you want to experience many different varieties of apples, the farmers market is the pla ...

Real Food: Take advantage of local tomatoes

There are plenty of tomatoes at the farmers market, and today’s skirt steak recipe puts them to good use. The presentation for the meat is especially pleasing, thanks to the ri ...

Real Food: Fresh pink-eyed peas worth the work

Editor’s Note: Joanne Neft is a longtime Placer County agriculture advocate. This is the first in a monthly column. It’s the season for fresh peas and you’ll want to check ...

New book serves up ‘Real Food’

Placer County is extraordinarily edible. Joanne Neft and Laura Kenny spent each Monday in 2009 creating and serving dinner for eight in Neft’s Auburn home. Neft, a longtime ag ...

Cookbook project praises Placer’s ‘real’ food

Joanne Neft and Laura Caballero are in the midst of hosting a yearlong dinner party. Each Monday since the start of the year the duo — Neft is a longtime agriculture advocate a ...