For Women’s History Month, we look at three cooks ― and their recipes ― who had a big impact on Wine Country cooking.

By |March 17th, 2021|Categories: Cooking Tips, JohnAsh, Press Democrat Article, Recipes|

THREE WINE COUNTRY WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT There are 3 women who many have not heard of but who changed the way we

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By |December 18th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

Gifts that you make always seem to be more personal. Here are some easy, simple favorites that are great for the holidays. LEMON CURD Makes about 3

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Thanksgiving Recipes

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: JohnAsh, Recipes|

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. They are

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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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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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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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Food and Love and Oysters on the Half Shell

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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

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

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