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Cooking with Wine

Most cooks will tell you that adding wine to sauces, marinades, ri­sottos, braises, ragus, broths, the stuck-on browned bits in a sauté pan, and many other foods enhances flavor. If you ask why, they may tell you that the wine’s … Continue reading

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Sustainable Seafood Bouillabaisse

This year’s Cooking for Solutions event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium was the best one yet.  This event is part of the aquarium’s educational outreach to help all of us make good choices with the seafood that we buy.  Many … Continue reading

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Cold Summer Soups

Here in Northern California, we are still waiting for the really hot days of summer to arrive.  But in other parts of the country, I know you’ve experienced your share of those steamy, warm days when it’s tough to think … Continue reading

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And now for the answer to the question in my last blog entry– which fruits do NOT ripen after picking? Answers: Cherries Citrus Cucumber Grapes Pineapple Pomegranate Soft Berries like straw and raspberries Watermelon Be sure to keep these in … Continue reading

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Do All Fruits Continue to Ripen After They’re Picked?

Fruits fall into two categories in answer to this question:  Climateric which means that they do continue to ripen and nonclimateric, those that don’t ripen after picking.   For those that ripen, the agent that makes that happen is a gaseous … Continue reading

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Cook With Chef John Ash

I’ve been asked to do a cooking demonstration at this year’s Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma on Friday, June 25th at 7 p.m.  This is one of the sweetest fairs in the region and I’m looking forward to being part … Continue reading

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Wax on… Wax off

It is a common practice in the food industry to put wax on produce.  I don’t like the practice and it is another reason why I’m such an advocate of local farmer’s markets.  Click here to listen to more: Wax … Continue reading

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Cooking for Solutions at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium

I have been involved with this great culinary event since it started and it’s something I really believe in, in addition to being a fun, educational and delicious event.  This year marks the ninth Cooking for Solutions celebration scheduled for … Continue reading

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Expiration Dates

For many things that we eat, we definitely know when its time to toss ‘em.  Fresh milk that now looks like cottage cheese.  Spices and herbs that you bought when your now 20-something kids were in kindergarten.  Jars of olives … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Italy

Hope you had a great Easter! I’m very excited about going along on a wonderful adventure in October and would like to invite you too.  I plan to eat, drink and explore Italy with friend and wine expert, Bill Traverso, … Continue reading

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