Carrot Nectarine SaladOh, baby!  It’s hot out there!  How hot?  For starters, it’s already been 108° F this week in Sacramento and there’s more week and hot to come.

Don’t even think about venturing into the kitchen and turning on anything that generates heat. [click to continue…]


Shrimp and Corn Chowder v1Soup in summer?  Yes!  Especially when it’s a light soup filled with summer’s sweet yellow corn and cool toppings.

This Shrimp and Corn Chowder is a loose variation of locro de papa, [click to continue…]


New Clairvaux Vineyard 1What links together railroad magnate Leland Stanford, a dismantled Spanish building, and cloistered monks in a tiny northern California farm town? [click to continue…]


Chicken Shawarma v1Chicken Shawarma slowly turning on a rotisserie fills the air with garlicky and spiced aromas.  You can sense the tender meat is packed with good tastes. [click to continue…]


Fried Rice v2Fried Rice.  A popular dish requested in Chinese restaurants, and that seems to perplex the cooks in the back of the house.  After all, fried rice is leftover rice. Why are customers ordering leftovers?  And the boss wants leftover rice for the next day? [click to continue…]

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Pasta Carbonara v1Just strolling through Sambucca di Siclia’s weekly street market can make you hungry. [click to continue…]