INNA jam?

August 30, 2011

It Takes One To Know One. When a Meyer Lemon Marmalade class sells out within a few hours, you have to wonder who the instructor is.  I love Meyer Lemon Marmalade as much as you but come on…a sell out in less then a day online?  Something was up. Out of curiosity and a bit […]

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Quinta do Tedo

August 16, 2011

One of the reasons I chose Florence, Italy as our home in 2009 was the knowledge that a dear friend, Kay Bouchard, lived just outside in the Chianti Region. She was a great source of information and inspiration…my security blanket. I had known that she and her husband Vincent were developing a winery on the […]

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What Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

August 10, 2011

Extra Virgin Olive Oil?  You can see the answer in our pictures above.  It comes from caring for your trees from birth….harvesting with reverence and care……processing in a top flight facility……storing properly……honoring the earth.    It’s always great to know the technical aspects but just as important is to know the heart and soul…so for all […]

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A Simple Summer Salad

July 27, 2011

Who can resist a tempting bowl of perfectly cooked pasta? Not us! The summer heat has pushed us to deviate from our normal hot pasta routine, and instead create a delicious pasta salad that can be served cold. It’s great as a light dinner or lunch, or as a side. The success of this recipe […]

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Introducing Rob Larman Creator of Sonoma BBQ Sauce

June 24, 2011

In his 30 years as a chef and restaurateur, Rob Larman has worked in some of the Bay Area’s highest profile kitchens. The original Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco, Casa Madrona in Sausalito and the wildly popular Kuleto’s in San Francisco are just a few. He was also chef and proprietor of the acclaimed […]

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One Mans Junk…..

April 5, 2011

There was no brand strategy meeting in Y2000 to determine the look of our retail stores.  There was the day that I was sitting in the middle of an empty 3,200 sq. ft space, flat broke, ready to open, with product of course…but nothing to put it on.  My dogs were there so I’m sure […]

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Meet the Diva – Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 8, 2011

Come join us this Saturday for a cooking class with Judy Witts Francini, aka, Divina Cucina!  Judy will transport us all to Tuscany as she prepares Sage and Walnut Pesto Cibreo’s Passato Di Zucca Sicilian Orange Salad Panna Cotta and Olive Oil Cake There will be plenty to sample and you will leave with a […]

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The Well-Stocked Larder, Part III — Roasted Artichokes

January 22, 2011

Okay, I’ll admit it. As much as I advocate shopping locally and seasonally there are times when I crave ingredients that are simply not in season. That said, I’m not going to purchase hothouse tomatoes or Peruvian asparagus in the dead of winter (or anytime of the year, for that matter). And though I’ve canned […]

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Pan Seared Scallops

December 29, 2010

The holidays are over—bummer, or a godsend, depending on your point of view—and life is slowly returning to normal. Time to slow down, but also time to eat simply, if very well after the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s feast-a-thon. Shellfish is especially good this time of year, when the waters run cold and there is no risk […]

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Guess the Yield – Double H Ranch Oakville

December 13, 2010

It’s late and we have two properties to harvest early tomorrow so I’m just going to give you the facts of our latest property, Double H Ranch.  It was a last minute deal that came through Bettenelli Farming Co…our friends from Twin Sisters….and one that I couldn’t pass up. We will get into the story […]

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