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California Wine Country 2009 – Dry Creek – Day One

May 31, 2009
Sonoma Country Wine Map

California Wine Country holds a very strong appeal for many. And for many, that typically means going to Napa Valley and taking in the traditional tourist atmosphere. Every California wine aficionado should do this at least once. But once you’ve done that, your best bet is to take your tourist experience and then delve deeper into the culture, the wine, and the region.

After numerous trips to California wine country, we honed in on Sonoma County and, specifically, the Dry Creek area near Healdsburg. This is the first of a four part series recounting our recent trip to this area.

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Farro and Arugula Salad with Flank Steak

May 24, 2009
Farro and Arugula Salad with Flank Steak

Farro is not one of those ingredients that most people have laying around in their kitchens. That’s a pity. It has become a staple in my house due to its versitility, texture, flavor and health benefits.

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Grilled Asparagus Milanese

May 23, 2009
Grilled Asparagus Milanese

Spring brings asparagus season, and asparagus just screams for two of my favorite ways to prepare food… grilled, and with an egg on top.

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White Bean and Ramp Soup

May 11, 2009
White Bean Soup with Ramps

I may have mentioned a time or two how much I like ramps. As it is now high ramp season, much of what I am cooking has a ramp component to it in one way or another.

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Ramps – Produce Spotlight

May 10, 2009
Ramps

Ramps were one of the finds that made our first CSA Produce season worthwhile. I had never heard of a ramp before I first started getting our produce box from Harmony Valley Farm. Now they have become a passion. They came in the very first box, and I looked at them with intrigue. On the […]

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Cooking Out Of The Box – Week 1

May 9, 2009
CSA Produce Box, Week 1

The first CSA produce box of the season brings the challenge of ramps, sunchokes, asparagus, spinach, burdock, rhubarb, sorrel, parsnips, chives and black radishes!

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Madison and Dane County Area Farmers Markets 2009

April 27, 2009
Madison Area Farmers Markets

Farmers’ Market season has hit, and Cuisine Capers has your guide to the Madison and Dane County area Markets! There’s a market for everyone – find yours here!

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Spinach Pizza with Egg

February 22, 2009
Spinach and Egg Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

Yes. Spinach and Egg Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust might sound a bit off-putting, but it is one of the more tasty, healthy recipes that I’ve played around with lately.

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Touring Wine Country

February 1, 2009
Red Wine

If you are going to be in Northern California or in the San Francisco area, a trip to the wine country is certainly something to consider. Napa and Sonoma counties are, traffic permitting, only a several hour drive north from San Francisco. While this can be done as a day trip, it’s better done as a two to four day excursion.

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Wine – The Subjective Response

January 8, 2009
Red Wine

The appreciation of wine is in it’s essence is a subjective response. While with exposure and experience one can make learned comments about the “nose” or the color or expound on the presence or absence of any one of those various wine speak attributes one hears at wine tastings, at the core, you have a very personal reaction to wine that may have very little to do with the inate qualities of the wine itself.

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Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese

July 9, 2008
Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese

A Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese is filling, flavorful, and healthy! It is also a great way to use produce in your CSA box!

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