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Specialties of Salmon Creek Ranch
5 months ago

Specialties of Salmon Creek Ranch

I was out visiting a chef in Bodega Bay several months ago, and she had a selection of meats she was cooking up that were totally delicious and tasted so fresh, …
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Willie Bird Turkeys & Moonside Cheese
9 months ago

Willie Bird Turkeys & Moonside Cheese

Each month, if not more frequently, my husband and I head out for a culinary adventure throughout Sonoma County. This month, we split our trip between historical culinary treasure Willie …
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Mardi Gras in Sonoma
11 months ago

Mardi Gras in Sonoma

It’s that time of year, when Mardi Gras is near—even when I am at home in Sonoma. This year, February 24-28 is the time for Mardi Gras celebrations! Over time …
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The Legacy of  M.F.K. Fisher
1 year ago

The Legacy of M.F.K. Fisher

Remembering an inspiring local culinary writer and hostess extraordinaire

As an aspiring young chef at the age of 15, I began a job with a lady in Glen Ellen, where …
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Heirloom Tomato & Pepper Festivals
1 year ago

Heirloom Tomato & Pepper Festivals

20th Annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival As a chef and cheese maker, the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival is one of my personal favorites. I love the garden tours, the …
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Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Company
1 year ago

Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Company

When I first met Larry Peter of Spring Hill Jersey Cheese Company, it was on a Friday morning at the Sonoma Valley Farmers Market in 1986. I had just graduated …
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Culinary Treasures in Cloverdale
2 years ago

Culinary Treasures in Cloverdale

Each spring my husband Ben and I look forward to the opening of the seasonal farmers markets around Sonoma County, with Cloverdale being one of our favorite destinations. Whether we …
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Spring Sheep  and Lamb
2 years ago

Spring Sheep and Lamb

We are blessed that Sonoma County is home to many sheep ranches that are producing fresh lamb meat, sheep milk cheeses, sheep milk ice cream and fresh sheep milk, along …
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Visiting Pugs Leap Cheese and Gypsy Cheese Company
3 years ago

Visiting Pugs Leap Cheese and Gypsy Cheese Company

Each time I’ve had the opportunity to visit a farm, I have cultivated a new friendship with a cheesemaker and/or dairy farmer. Once I’ve enjoyed seeing a farm, met the …
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Seasonal Cheeses and Ciders
3 years ago

Seasonal Cheeses and Ciders

One of my favorite Sonoma County culinary travels is to Weirauch Farm and Creamery, established by Joel and Carleen Weirauch (pronounced “why-rock”) in East Petaluma.

This is one of our …
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