By now, after reading about Lou’s adventures in Whistler, you must be curious to know how Harper spent her summer vacation sans her BFF bitch-buddy, right? Well, sit tight, you’re about to hear all about it! A long-awaited break from our work-a-day world finally arrived in mid-July for my significant other, David, and me, and we caught an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle, then took a Horizon Air turbo-prop plane over to Bozeman, Montana.
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I was introduced to this delicious recipe on a recent trip to Montana, thanks to my sister-in-law, Martha, a fabulous cook. Recipe is from "This Place Called Home: A Kansas City Cookbook. Read More
With Northern California’s breathtakingly beautiful Wine Country less the an hour’s drive away from our doorsteps, Lou and I — on a spur-of-the-moment whim — once again pointed the car north to go explore the town that some consider the very heart of Napa Valley: St. Helena. Located 65 miles from San Francisco, Napa County is a tourist magnet with its abundance of vineyards and tasting rooms that draw wine enthusiasts from all over the world like bees to nectar.
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A combination of two recipes I recently found, in hopes of making good use of some flavorful dried cherries I got at our local farmers market. With all these fresh ingredients and a light dressing, you can't go wrong! Read More
If you’re in the mood for fresh veggie pizza, why not go the homemade route? This recipe is super easy and you can whip it up in no time. – Good Housekeeping, March 2015
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For our final BRB road trip of 2014, we hit the highway heading north to the town of Healdsburg. Truth be told, Lou and I just can’t seem to get enough of Wine Country – which is kind of funny because we’re both total lightweights when it comes to wine! But we do love to “drink in” the scenery of Sonoma County, which is always awesome and ever-changing, depending on the season when you visit.
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The Napa Valley is arguably THE most popular wine and food lovers’ destination in all of Northern California! Napa attracts close to 3 million visitors annually, and we feel lucky to live just 40 miles away. Lou and I had postponed our trip here, originally scheduled just two days after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Napa on August 24 and jolted most Bay Area residents awake in the wee morning hours.
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Beet risotto will add a beautiful splash of color to your holiday menu. - Gourmet magazine, November 2004. Read More
Delicata squash, harvested in early fall, also goes by the name sweet potato squash. Its distinctive yellow skin with dark green or orange stripes and its oblong shape make it hard to miss at farmers markets.
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Lou and I originally chose downtown Napa as our next BRB destination, but Mother Nature had other plans with a violent 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the quaint city of Napa at 3:20 a.m. on August 24th – just two days before our scheduled trip. So, with our Napa plans dashed temporarily, we headed for an East Bay waterfront town that neither of us had ever visited before – Benicia. The city’s slogan is “A Great Day by the Bay” and our day trip certainly lived up to that!
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Autumn's here and the weather's starting to turn cooler, so a warm, hearty breakfast is the perfect way to start to the day. You'll need to assemble the recipe the night before, letting it set up, then bake first thing in the morning. Super scrumptious! Read More
Sure, store bought pesto is readily available, but making your own is so quick and easy, and it adds a super fresh flavor to pasta or vegetables. Or simply slather some on top of a slice of your favorite bread. Recipe from Food Network Kitchens. Read More
This is a nice, fruity spin on an everyday condiment. A favorite recipe of Chef Lee Ann's, whose mother would slather this sauce on plump beef hot dogs right off the grill. Also good on Cajun sausages and even steak! Read More
This is a great salad served just as it is, or it can be added to a base of lettuce, then dressed with your favorite dressing and tossed. Make this recipe on the weekend, refrigerate in a sealed glass container, and you've got salad to last all week long. Read More
A sweet and decorative base for salads! A recipe learned by Chef Lee Ann on her recent culinary trip to Morocco! Read More
A refreshing twist on traditional pasta salad. A perfect summertime salad for lunch al fresco! Recipe from Southern Living. Read More
This recipe was created by Marin French Cheese Co., located near Petaluma, CA. A great combination of eggs, fresh asparagus, and creamy cheese. Ooh-la-la, c'est magnifique! (For the scoop on our visit to their cheese factory, read our post in Road Raves: Petaluma.) Read More
With Lou in the driver’s seat and me riding shotgun, we embarked on another of our BRB adventures, this time heading up to Petaluma, a quaint town that sits about 33 miles northwest of San Francisco. Although you can take Hwy. 101 all the way, we forked off on a scenic route that took us through miles of rolling green pastures, home to herds of happy cows, sheep and goats. We actually ended up doing three day-trips because, besides having power shopping and eating on our itinerary, we also wanted to tour a few of the nearby farms.
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A colorful, refreshing "anytime" salad from Chef Lee Ann, highlighting the aromatic flavors of Morocco. Check out her other Moroccan recipes posted below! Read More
This aromatic staple of Moroccan cooking comes to us from our team member, Chef Lee Ann. For any hard-to-find spices listed, Lee Ann likes to order them online at Savory Spice Shop. (Refer to our Road Raves posting for the town of Santa Rosa to find out more about Savory Spice Shop!) Read More