NEWS & RECIPES

SONOMA MAGAZINE: 11 Sonoma Chefs Over 60 You Should Know. By Heather Irwin

By |August 19th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, News & Press|

JOHN ASH, Age 75, Founder of Wine Country Cuisine and Educator Though Ash is retired from the daily rigors of his namesake Santa Rosa restaurant, he continues

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GRILLED SALMON SOFT TACOS

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

Serves 4 Fish tacos have become all the rage in recent years and are a specialty of the Pacific Coast of Southern California and Mexico. This is

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John Ash Orchard Dinners August 19 & 25

By |August 5th, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh, News & Press|

Each summer we look forward to and feel honored to have dinners in the orchard with legendary Chef John Ash, in partnership with Relish Culinary. Chef Ash

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The Queen of England Enjoys Four Cocktails Every Day

By |August 3rd, 2017|Categories: News & Press|

The Queen of England Enjoys Four Cocktails Every Day by: Stacey Leasca By now we all know the Queen of England really knows how to live, especially

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Recipe: Almond-Orange Biscotti

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Makes 36 biscotti Biscotti, the “twice baked” treat from Italy can be made in an infinite number of flavors. They are very easy to make, keep well

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Grilled Pizza

By |July 5th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Makes 6 pizzas Pizza cooked straight on the grill is very simple and one of the most delicious things you'll ever eat. Once you've seen it done

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Recipe: SPAGHETTI MARCO POLO

By |June 5th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

​Serves 2 – 4 This is a mash-up of Julia Child’s original Spaghetti Marco Polo along with some additions via Arthur Schwartz’s “Garbage Pail Pasta”. Arthur was

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Recipe: BAKED RICOTTA

By |May 24th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

BAKED RICOTTA This makes a rich warm cheese dip with a light, airy, soufflé-like texture can't be beat for any occasion. In addition to crudites its delicious

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Favorite Recipe: Orange Ricotta Cake with Strawberries

By |May 6th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

We’ll be forever grateful to Chef John Ash for creating this recipe which has become a centerpiece at any Bellwether Farms event. In his words, “The key

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Recipe: Risotto Verde

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|

This is a gorgeous, fresh tasting green risotto and is easy to make as it is baked in the oven. The Cutrer Chardonnay would be delicious with

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North Coast Wine & Food Festival – June 10, 2017

By |April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, News & Press|

SOMO Village is once again the host to the 2017 North Coast Wine & Food Festival 1400 VALLEY HOUSE DRIVE, ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928 Saturday, June 10,

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The Clever Root Cookbook Review of “Cooking Wild”

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, News & Press|

It's an honor to be reviewed by the Clever Root. If you're not familiar:  https://thecleverroot.com

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Please join us for a World Class Cruise … put it on your 2018 calendar!

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, Information, JohnAsh|

PLEASE JOIN US: 2018 Cruise on one of the world's most food friendly cruise lines: Oceania. Their culinary and class director is Jacques Pepin. Impressive! It's going

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Waldorf School & Farm – Special Event – Farm to Feast Fundraiser

By |March 17th, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, Information, JohnAsh|

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for Farm to Feast! Please join us for our largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, May 20th from 4:00-9:00pm for

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OLD-SCHOOL SWEDISH MEATBALLS

By |March 8th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Serves 8 Though not a diet food. Swedish meatballs are a delicious addition to a holiday buffet or meal. They are traditionally served with buttered egg noodles

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SALMON CAKES WITH HERB AIOLI

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Serves 8 as an appetizer In my restaurant days when we were cutting fresh salmon we always seemed to have a few small pieces left over. I

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COUS COUS RISOTTO WITH OLIVES, BABY KALE AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

By |February 17th, 2017|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

Serves 4 – 6 as a main course This recipe uses a kind of cous cous known as Israeli cous cous. It’s really just a small pearl

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A simple dinner for Valentine’s Day

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Valentine’s Day is often problematical. Restaurants are busy (and often expensive) and we are encouraged to spend maybe too much on chocolates, flowers or whatever. Why not

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ZITI WITH BROCOLLI RABE AND SAUSAGE

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

ZITI WITH BROCOLLI RABE AND SAUSAGE Serves 4 Broccoli rabe and sausage is a match made in heaven I think. They go well together with pasta, as

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The Marriage of Food & Wine Thurs. April 13th, 6-8p, $80 with Renowned Chef John Ash

By |January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh, News & Press|

For many of us the task of putting food and wine together harmoniously is a mystery. Too often wineries as well as wine professionals have over analyzed

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Cooking Wild ~Eating Close to Nature~ Wed. April 12th, 6-8p, $80 with Renowned Chef John Ash

By |January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh, News & Press|

On the Menu: Hen of the Woods Mushroom Tempura & Ponzu Sauce Chilled Green Pea Soup with Purslane Sable Fish, Tomatoes, Pine Nuts & Olives Roast Venison

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A Wintertime Favorite: CREAM OF “GREEN” VEGETABLE SOUP

By |January 13th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Serves 4 - 6 This simple, rich soup goes together really fast and can use your favorite green vegetable. Candidates, either fresh or frozen, could include peas,

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Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur: “Cooks with Books” Event – January 19, 2017

By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

Larkspur~Cooks with Books~John Ash Thursday, January 19th, 6:30 pm Join us at Left Bank in Larkspur as we partner with Book Passage in Corte Madera to present

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Perfect Meal for Cold Weather: Pot-au-feu which means “pot on the fire” in France

By |January 6th, 2017|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

POT-AU-FEU Serves 8 Pot-au-feu which means “pot on the fire” in France is very similar to the Italian Bollito Misto or to a New England or Irish

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Tom Simoneau’s Wines of the Year 2016

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Information, Wine Pairing|

Our favorite Wine Guy and his wine recommendations for 2016. Listen to us on KSRO radio: John Ash - http://www.ksro.com/saturday/. Show are also archived so that you

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Tucson Festival of Books Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12, 2017

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Books, Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

So many interesting things to do in 2017. I will be doing a demo and book signing ... in a big tent on campus! Tucson Festival of

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2 Favorite Recipes: CRAB HUSH PUPPIES & TURKEY MOLE PUEBLA STYLE

By |November 30th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, Recipes|

CRAB HUSH PUPPIES Makes 20 - 25 In honor of the start of crab season! 6 cups peanut oil for frying 2 cups yellow cornmeal 1 cup

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Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers – Try this famous TURKEY TETRAZZINI recipe!

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, Recipes|

TURKEY TETRAZZINI Serves 4 – 6 This dish purportedly was named for Luisa Tetrazzini, an Italian soprano who was popular in America in the early 1900’s. Beautifully

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Recipe: TOMATILLO, CORN AND ALASKA COD CHOWDER

By |October 30th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

The weather has really changed here in Northern California. Soup weather! Here is a recipe that I did for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute that would be

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Dinner with Chef John Ash at Tallman Hotel, Upper Lake CA

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

JOHN ASH AND COOKING WILD TO BE FEATURED IN TALLMAN HOTEL’S CELEBRITY CHEF SERIES OCTOBER 15 On Saturday evening October 15, the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake

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Here’s a Favorite Mushroom “Comfort Food” Recipe

By |October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

CHAWAN MUSHI Serves 4 Chawan mushi is Japanese comfort food that combines eggs and dashi (the basic stock of Japan) to make a light custard and then

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An Interview with Chef John Ash by Teresa O’Conner, UC Food Observer

By |September 18th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, News & Press|

It was an honor to be interviewed by Teresa O’Connor, the assistant editor of UC Food Observer. She had attended a food bloggers conference where I spoke.

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In my opinion: Food trends that hurt and help!

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, JohnAsh|

I'm having a problem with all of the companies who are offering home delivery of foods to be cooked by the subscriber  like Blue Apron.  It's not

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“Flavors of Fall” & Book Signing at Korbel!

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh, News & Press|

“Flavors of Fall” & Book Signing at Korbel! September 10 (Sat) Hours: 11am - 3:30pm Join us for crush at Korbel! California champagne and food pairings featuring

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Cooking Wild Dinner at the Tallman Hotel & Blue Wing Saloon in Upper Lake CA

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

SPECIAL EVENT ... AND YOU ARE INVITED! Tallman Hotel 9550 Main Street, Upper Lake, CA 95485 Saturday, October 15, 5:30 PM– 8:30 PM Tallman Hotel Dining Room

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ARUGULA, ASIAN PEAR AND PROSCUITTO SALAD

By |August 20th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

ASIAN PEARS The Asian or oriental pear has been in America since the late 1800s but it’s only in the last decade or two that enough trees

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Thanks from the Cavallo Point Cooking School – well worth sharing!

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

Dear Chef Ash, On behalf of Cavallo Point and the Cooking School team, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your time and talents with us last

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Chef John Ash and Korbel Champagne Team Up for a Really Good Time!

By |August 13th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

“Flavors of Fall” & Book Signing by Chef John Ash September 10 (Sat) Hours: 11am - 3:30pm Join us for crush at Korbel! California champagne and food

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POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE BENEFIT

By |August 7th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

One of the widest and most beautiful parts of the Mendocino Coast is Point Arena, home to the Point Arena Lighthouse. Originally constructed in 1870 and rebuilt

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An upcoming event at the University of Massachusetts Club.

By |August 7th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

I'm looking forward to it!

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Recipe: Lime Posset

By |August 7th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Posset (pronounced pos-it) originally was an English drink made of hot milk curdled with ale or wine and usually sweetened and spiced. Here it becomes a lovely

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Soba Noodle Salad with Smoked Duck

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

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Soaking lentils

By |July 29th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

Soaking lentils: Recipes using lentils will often tell you that one of their advantages, unlike beans, is that you don’t have to soak them before cooking. While

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Supper Workshop: Taste of Place with John Ash and Baker Lane Vineyards

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh, Wine Pairing|

TIME Jul 28, 2016 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM LOCATION SHED Grange 25 North St, Healdsburg, CA, United States COST $115.00 DETAILS http://healdsburgshed.com/events/john-ash/ LODGING http://go-sonoma.com Celebrate wild

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RAMEKINS … JULY 17, 2016: Recipes from Culinary Birds

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, Events & Classes, Information, JohnAsh|

FEATURED RECIPES • Japanese Yakitori Chicken • Filipino Chicken Adobo • Korean Chicken Wings • Tuscan Chicken Liver Toast Here is one of the recipes for you

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Sonoma-Cutrer Wine and Cookbook Offer

By |July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Books, JohnAsh, News & Press, Recipes|

Sonoma-Cutrer has this great offer, that includes my new book, "Cooking Wild" a bottle of 2013 Les Pierres Chardonnay, and 2013 Vine Hill Pinot Noir for $99,

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Refreshing Summer Recipe: WHITEFISH CRUDO

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

WHITEFISH CRUDO Serves 4 Raw fish has been enjoyed around the Mediterranean for probably as long as sushi. Crudo, the Italian version, like it’s Japanese cousin depends

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Catfish Day on the “Good Food Hour” with Chef John Ash

By |June 25th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

Saturday is National Catfish Day, a fitting topic for Steve Garner and I on "The Good Food Hour" KSRO radio show. Below is a recipe we will

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Recipes from Ramekin’s Class – June 2016

By |June 25th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Recipes|

Enjoy these recipes from a class that Chef John Ash recently taught at Ramekin's in Sonoma, California. FRESH CALIFORNIA FLAVORS • Grilled Asparagus with Prosciutto, Buratta and

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SWITCHEL OR HAYMAKERS PUNCH

By |June 24th, 2016|Categories: Information, Recipes|

Serves 6 Most people these days reach for a sports drink or “smart” water after a good workout or an afternoon of yard work. But there was

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ARSENIC IN RICE

By |June 24th, 2016|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Information|

We’ve known for years that rice is a major source of dietary arsenic, but in a new study by Consumer Reports, they found arsenic in more than

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DRYING SUMMER’S TOMATOES

By |June 24th, 2016|Categories: Cooking Tips, Recipes|

For about 1 cup of dried slices: My favorite way to preserve delicious home grown summer tomatoes is to dry them. They are easy! Eat them as

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Beautiful Evening with John Ash at The Hivery, Mill Valley CA

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events & Classes|

To our dear Community Table attendees, We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for attending our first (Hivery) Community Table last night! It was

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Taste of Place with John Ash and Baker Lane Vineyards – July 28

By |June 5th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

Celebrate wild and uncultivated foods with two-time James Beard award winner John Ash and his new book “Cooking Wild” at a special Taste of Place dinner at

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JOIN CELEBRATED WINE COUNTRY CHEF JOHN ASH AT THE COMMUNITY TABLE – Sunday, June 12

By |June 5th, 2016|Categories: Events & Classes, JohnAsh|

Equator Coffees & Teas, recently named the Small Business Administration's Small Business of the Year, and The Hivery have joined forces to welcome celebrated Wine Country chef

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What Are Omega-3s??

By |May 28th, 2016|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Information|

The fat in fish is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids called omega –3s. Fattier fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are especially good sources since they

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A Treat for Father’s Day

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Cooking Tips|

The current issue of Fine Cooking magazine (No. 141) highlights a cut of beef that I’ve used for years that is little known but delicious and inexpensive.

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Press Democrat: Father of Wine Country cuisine John Ash gets close to nature with ‘Cooking Wild’

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News & Press|

Here is an exciting article in the Press Democrat today about my new book, "Cooking Wild" by Diane Peterson. The article includes a recipe and starts here ...

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Stinging Nettles from Cooking Wild by Chef John Ash

By |May 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Recipes|

STINGING NETTLES Here is one of my favorite recipes from my new book “Cooking Wild”. It's available now in bookstores and via Amazon. Now is the time

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Sunset Celebration, Saturday, May 14, 9 am-Noon

By |May 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Come see me at the Sunset Celebration, Saturday, May 14, 9 am-Noon. KSRO News Talk 1350 am/103.5fm will be broadcasting 'Garden Talk' and 'The Good Food Hour'

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A nearly foolproof way to cook your holiday roast

By |February 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Your holiday roast is an investment, so here's a restaurant-proven way to make sure it comes out right. If you’ve looked at the price of beef lately

Quick holiday appetizers for parties, friends and family

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |

Who needs stress at the holidays. Here are a few quick appetizers you can whip up in a jiffy.

Duck, Duck…Duck! Three Duck Recipes

By |November 17th, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , |

Cooking duck doesn't have to be difficult. Here are three great recipes from an article I wrote for Fine Cooking Magazine

Mother’s Day 2015 Recipes from John Ash

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Recipes, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Flourless Chocolate Souffle is a perfect (and easy) dish for Mother's Day. (Shutterstock) Mom shouldn’t have to cook on her day so here is a

Pineapple and Cola Glazed Ham Recipe

By |April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , |

Pineapple and Cola Glazed Ham Recipe Serves 16 or so This is a riff on a recipe my grandmother used to do for Easter and Christmas. Do

Broccoli Pesto Recipe

By |January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|

Broccoli Pesto? Here’s an easy to make and really delicious pesto to use with pasta, as a filling for ravioli, to top baked potatoes and a way

Steve’s “Uppercrust” Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

By |December 12th, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Recipes, Uncategorized|

Fried chicken inspired by Steve's Kentucky upbringing. STEVE’S “UPPERCRUST” SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN RECIPE Serves 4 - 6 This is a recipe from my long-time friend

Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Recipe

By |November 26th, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|

This is my absolute favorite recipe for a moist, delicious roast turkey. The key is brining and roasting. I think you'll love it too. Roast Turkey From Chef

Braised Chicken Thighs

By |November 3rd, 2014|Categories: Recipes|

BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH LEMON AND GREEN OLIVES Serves 4 – 6   An easy chicken dish with delicious flavors of the Mediterranean.   8 bone-in, skin-on

My Favorite Tailgate Burger: Pimento Cheeseburgers

By |September 16th, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|

Pimento cheese on a burger? It's surprisingly great. With the return of football, fall is tail gating time. With a portable grill there are all

Can a GMO save our oceans?

By |August 1st, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized|

Many of us have strong opinions about GMO's (genetically modified organisms) and I confess I've been one that has been concerned about their development and use. But

The Best Grilled Cheese

By |July 21st, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|

Serves 4 I recently saw a recipe from Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of the famous Prune restaurant in Manhattan that reminded me of the same thing my Grandmother did

Perfect Burgers for Father’s Day

By |June 6th, 2014|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Grilling hamburgers is the best way to cook them in my opinion. In recent years burgers have moved up from just being fast food faire

Food and Love and Oysters on the Half Shell

By |February 14th, 2014|Categories: Information, Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food and Love:  The two seem to have always been connected in an intimate dance of the senses.  Do you ever think about it and wonder why

Korean Fried Chicken Wings

By |February 1st, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Try this twist on an American Classic for the Super Bowl, or for any other party! According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume

CHUTNEY RECIPES

By |November 30th, 2013|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Photo from MaryFrancesMain Chutney is a condiment we often associate with Indian cuisine. But this condiment has now gone global and offers a punch

My Latest Cookbook: Culinary Birds

By |October 9th, 2013|Categories: Information, Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s here! My latest cookbook project has been released just in time for the holidays! For more than 7,000 years, poultry has been a mainstay of the

Beef Tagliata- A Recipe to Remember

By |August 6th, 2013|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beef Tagliata- a recipe to remember! Photo Credit: Ed Aiona/Chef John Ash One of my favorite things about food and cooking is the way it

Sustainable Seafood Choice- Arctic Char

By |May 29th, 2013|Categories: Information, Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve just returned from this year’s Cooking for Solutions  event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have been on the board of this event since its inception

Sustainable Black Cod in a Spicy Coconut Broth

By |April 29th, 2013|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information, Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooking for Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium  is back! I have been involved with this event since it  began, and I’m passionate about its mission: to

ORANGE GLAZED HAM

By |March 27th, 2013|Categories: Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Photo from sk8geek For many of us, the Easter ham is a tradition that goes back generations! This is a recipe for one my favorite

Sexy Recipes to Woo Your Valentine

By |February 14th, 2013|Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food and Love have always had a special association. M.F.K. Fisher notes in her wonderful little book An Alphabet for Gourmets that gastronomy has always been connected

A Super Bowl Snack with a Spicy Twist

By |February 1st, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Grilled Shrimp Wrapped in Soppressata with Mango Hot Sauce This is one of those combinations that sounds weird, but is a crowd-pleaser. This recipe for

Gluten Free Dishes for Holiday Gatherings

By |December 19th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

As we gather for the holidays with friends and family for great meals and get togethers, you may find that some of your guests are on a

Bacon Recipe Contest Winner

By |November 21st, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Me and my radio co-host, Steve Garner, broadcasting from the finals of the Bacon Recipe Contest for The Good Food Hour Earlier this month my

Got Bacon? And a Great Recipe?

By |October 29th, 2012|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo from GoodNCrazy For more than 26 years I have been co-hosting a Saturday morning show called “The Good Food Hour” on KSRO, a local Sonoma

Judging the Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest

By |October 15th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  I recently had the honor of judging the Third Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest . Six finalists were chosen to prepare their dishes for myself

JAPANESE STYLE ROASTED SALMON

By |September 19th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

John Ash and fellow chef and friend, Mei Ibach, pose with salmon dishes made at the Windsor Certified Farmer’s Market, August, 2012. Photo courtesy: Rick Tang

A Special Event to Celebrate Tomato Season

By |September 5th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you always wanted to have a big-name chef cook you dinner in a gorgeous setting? If so, I have a great opportunity, and you would be

GOAT CHEESE STUFFED PIQUILLO PEPPERS

By |August 16th, 2012|Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  30AEATS Wonderfully versatile piquillo peppers come exclusively from the small northern Spanish region of Navarra. Nestled between the borders of southern France and Basque territory, the town

Watermelon with Chili Salt

By |August 7th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photo from moreno0101    It’s going to be another hot couple of days here in Northern California!  I know most of the country has had

Fresh from Alaska

By |July 30th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yours truly with a fresh ling cod I’ve just returned from an annual class I do at the Talon Lodge  in Alaska. This gorgeous place

Cold Soups for Hot Weather

By |July 13th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As the temperature goes up, the last thing most people feel like doing is a lot of cooking. This time of year cries out for make-ahead dishes

About Foie Gras

By |June 22nd, 2012|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

Seared Foie Gras with Mango Peach Chutney On July 1, 2012 producing, selling and buying foie gras is going to be illegal in California. Foie

Watermelon Salad

By |June 13th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

From a recipe by moi made by a student in my Salad Workshop at Chef's Conference at UMass Amherst. JA

Roasting, Poaching and Toasting Garlic

By |June 6th, 2012|Categories: Cooking Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

A simple way of taming garlic’s sometimes dominating flavor is to roast, poach, or toast it first.  When you cut into raw garlic you break

Mexican Corn on the Cob

By |May 27th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mexican corn on the cob with mayo, cotija, chile powder and a squeeze of lime.

All About Asparagus- Part 3

By |May 21st, 2012|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

COOKING ASPARAGUS Wash asparagus just before cooking to remove any bit of grit left from the sandy soil it is usually grown in. Asparagus does not usually

First berries of the season at Santa Barbara farmer’s market. Yum!

By |May 14th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

All About Asparagus- Part 2

By |May 11th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I have fond memories of wild asparagus growing up on my Grandparents ranch in Colorado. The ranch was at the base of Mt. Princeton, one of the

All About Asparagus- Part 1

By |April 30th, 2012|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If ever there was a harbinger of spring, it’s asparagus.  As the days grow longer and the soil warms, asparagus suddenly springs into life, sending

Eating lamb in Patagonia

By |March 2nd, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Remembering Ingram’s Chili Bowl

By |February 27th, 2012|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

Longtime Sonoma County residents, and even those who have traveled to Sonoma County through the years, may remember Ingram’s Chili Bowl. It was a very

Cooking for Solutions: Sablefish

By |December 28th, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m already looking ahead to spring of the New Year and one of my favorite events I participate in each year, the Cooking for Solutions

Cool Kitchen Tip: Opening Sparkling Wines and Champagnes

By |December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Cooking Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

At sports victories we’ve all seen the winners shaking a bottle of champagne and then opening it so the cork flies off and the wine

Posole- A Recipe to Warm You Up

By |December 16th, 2011|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

When the weather turns cold, I’m ripe for anything warm, spicy and soupy. One of my favorite simple recipes is Mexican Posole (pronounced po-zo-lay), a

Perfect Mashed Potatoes- Revisited

By |November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It is that time of year again when we turn to warm, comforting holiday foods.  It seems one of the most popular dishes, would also

Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

By |November 10th, 2011|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Most of us have heard about deep frying turkey, which originated in the south and is often called “Cajun Fried Turkey”.  When I finally tried

KSRO Chicken Recipe Contest

By |October 25th, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lately I have been focused on a true global culinary star—chicken!  I am currently writing an upcoming cookbook called Culinary Birds, and I’ve been gathering and testing

Cool Kitchen Tip: Facts About Cookware

By |October 14th, 2011|Categories: Cooking Tips, Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

•    Aluminum:  Remember a few years ago when people were throwing out their aluminum pots and pans because of the “Aluminum causes Alzheimer’s” scare??  According

A Fire and Ice Recipe Inspired by Mexico

By |October 7th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I have had the good fortune to teach cooking classes at Rancho La Puerta, a gorgeous getaway located just over the California border

Cool Kitchen Tips: Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

By |September 27th, 2011|Categories: Cooking Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many people believe bottled water is safer than tap water.  I’ve bought into this too, but it often isn’t true.  Municipal water supplies are tested every day

Cool Kitchen Tip: Why Do We Marinate Meats?

By |September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Cooking Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

The most important reason to marinate is to add flavors.  Here’s how a marinade works:  A good marinade is a blend of something acid (wine,

Cool Kitchen Tip: Storing Basil

By |September 2nd, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For those who garden, I’m sure you’ve heard you should always harvest herbs in the morning after the dew has dried?  For those of us who do

A Dinner in the Orchard with Dry Creek Peach and Produce Company

By |August 11th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of my favorite events each year is a class and dinner that I do with Dry Creek Peach Company in the middle of their

Grunts: A Delicious and Simple Dessert

By |July 18th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Grunts are one of those great “Grandma” desserts that trace their history back to colonial times.  They are in the large family of cooked fruit

RECIPES THAT PAIR WITH PINOT NOIR

By |July 1st, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was recently invited to participate in Kosta Browne Winery’s annual retreat at the beautiful Mayacama Club nestled up in the hills of Sonoma County.  Kosta Browne

Sustainable Shellfish

By |June 6th, 2011|Categories: Information|

In the current issue of Eating Well Magazine you will find this great article on shellfish written by Rowan Jacobsen with recipes from me.  Nicely

Beer and Food Pairing

By |May 10th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I just cooked for a fund raising dinner for the Mendocino Music Festival at the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, CA.  It was a very

Shucking and Sharing Oysters

By |April 27th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Saturday, (April 30, 2011) I am honored to be the Guest Shucker at the Hog Island Oyster Company at the Oxbow Market in Downtown

Wild Alaska Crab Deviled Eggs

By |April 25th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , |

I hope everyone has had a great Passover and Easter weekend.  As a result, many of us have some leftover hard-boiled eggs to put to

“Best” Restaurants in New York

By |April 13th, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

I should rather title this “memorable” restaurants in New York.  How could anyone pick the “best” in a place like New York City?  I've just

Come Savor Sustainability

By |April 1st, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I will be joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its tenth Cooking for Solutions celebration, May 20-22, 2011. In a weekend of celebrations, live cooking

Winter Fruit Chutney

By |March 14th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We have one more week before spring officially begins.  In celebration of the last week of spring, I'm sharing one of my favorite winter recipes. 

Trip to Viet Nam

By |February 22nd, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I just returned from a couple of weeks in Viet Nam.  It was an amazing trip.  In Viet Nam you’ll find the whole cultural spectrum

By |February 11th, 2011|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Duck is one of those birds that most Americans shy away from. If that describes you, then it's time to give duck a try! They

Top 10 Cookbooks of 2010

By |January 26th, 2011|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Here are my top ten favorites from a fantastic crop of cookbooks in 2010: •    One Big Table by Molly O’Neil.  Simon and Schuster $50. •    Tartine

Plan Now for a Great Spring Event

By |December 29th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Every year I look forward to the annual "Cooking for Solutions" get together in May at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It's always a sell out

Best Wines of 2010

By |December 22nd, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I'm sharing Tom Simoneau's "Best Wines of 2010", which I think you'll find interesting.  Tom is "The Wine Guy" on KSRO radio where I have

Cranberries: An American Original

By |December 17th, 2010|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The cranberry, along with blueberries and the Concord grape, have a unique and special place in American cuisine.  They are the three North American native fruits that

Gifts From Your Kitchen

By |December 6th, 2010|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Some of the best holiday gifts are those you make yourself.  The investment of ingredients, time, and the effort you put into making something special can pay

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

By |November 24th, 2010|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It would seem that nothing could be simpler than mashed potatoes.  They are simple but there are a few basics that will help make sure

A Cranberry Recipe from a Pioneer in the Industry

By |November 19th, 2010|Categories: Information, Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

This is a recipe I got from Tom Darlington of Medford New Jersey whose Aunt Elizabeth was one of the prominent pioneers in the cranberry industry.  She

Thanksgiving 2010 Recipes

By |November 17th, 2010|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |

For all the years that I’ve fixed Thanksgiving, my kids especially, have been adamant about keeping it traditional:  turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. 

Bean Counting

By |October 12th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

    In an earlier blog entry I've written about my love of beans.  It seems that heirloom beans are experiencing a revival as more

Cooking with Wine

By |September 14th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , |

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

Sustainable Seafood Bouillabaisse

By |August 30th, 2010|Categories: Information|

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

Cold Summer Soups

By |August 13th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , |

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

By |August 2nd, 2010|Categories: Information|

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

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

By |June 25th, 2010|Categories: Information|

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

Cook With Chef John Ash

By |June 14th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , |

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

Wax on… Wax off

By |June 2nd, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , |

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

Cooking for Solutions at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium

By |May 14th, 2010|Categories: Information|

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

Expiration Dates

By |April 21st, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

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

Dreaming of Italy

By |April 5th, 2010|Categories: Information|

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. 

Artisan Cheese Festival

By |March 13th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the tastiest events takes place March 26-29 in Petaluma, California, just south of me, and is totally about immersing yourself in one of my favorite

Collecting Wine: Tips from a Chef

By |March 4th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , |

A few more thoughts about collecting and cellaring wine: Wine is best kept in the dark.  While incandescent or fluorescent lights seems to have no

Collecting Wine: Components for an Ideal Wine Cellar

By |February 24th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

I began my wine collection many years ago, and every time I tasted something new that I liked, I’d buy a case.  This is when I learned

Collecting Wine: Keeping a Journal

By |February 15th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , |

OK I have to admit it - - my two great passions in life are enjoying food and wine.  As a chef for more than 35 years

Wasabi or Not?

By |January 29th, 2010|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Listen to Chef John Ash as he explains the difference between real wasabi, and the not-s0-real green mound we often get with sushi. To learn

Notable Trends in Food in 2009

By |January 4th, 2010|Categories: Information|

I’m sure everybody has an opinion and here are my observations: The rise nationally of street food in every form and via every kind of conveyance:  trucks,

Holiday Kitchen Help

By |December 19th, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , |

Happy Holidays! This time of year we’re often spending more time in the kitchen and as a result more questions come up.  Here is a couple I’ve

Bean Appetit!

By |November 25th, 2009|Categories: Information|

On my weekly radio show, The Good Food Hour on KSRO in Sonoma County, we recently hosted a recipe contest featuring beans.  I am amazed

An Alternative Thanksgiving Menu- My Grandmother’s Pumpkin Pie

By |November 22nd, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , |

Over the last few days, I've given you some alternative recipes to make for Thanksgiving if you're looking for a break from the traditional dishes. 

An Alternative Thanksgiving Menu- New Twists on Old Favorites

By |November 15th, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We continue with some recipes you may want to try for Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday meals.  It's always fun to shake things up a bit, so

An Alternative Thanksgiving Menu

By |November 6th, 2009|Categories: Information|

A quick note to let you know tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be at J Winery in Healdsburg at 2 p.m. for a book signing.  Feel free to stop

The Low Carbon Diet

By |October 23rd, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , |

One of the food service companies that I greatly admire is Bon Appétit Management Company. They provide café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities, and

A Fraiche Look at an Old World Favorite

By |October 18th, 2009|Categories: Information|

I’ve recently been working with Sadie Kendall and her wonderful Kendall Farms Crème Fraiche.  Her farm is in Atascadero, CA south of Paso Robles. If you aren’t familiar

BRINING AHEAD: THE SECRET TO MOIST GRILLED FISH AND MEATS

By |October 2nd, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , |

Living in California gives me lots of opportunities to use my charcoal grill.  I love the smoky, caramelized flavors that grilling contributes.  There is one drawback however:

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

By |September 22nd, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Over Labor Day weekend we broadcast my KSRO radio show,  "The Good Food Hour" (on the air for 22 years now, tune in on Saturday's from 11

Welcome!

By |September 1st, 2009|Categories: Information|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I thought I would celebrate the opening of my new blog with one of my favorite end of summer recipes.  I hope you'll try it and let