Local Food

Mediterrasian Eggplant

A fusion of Asian and Mediterranean ingredients provides this seasonal side dish an explosion of flavor! This recipe starts with Asian Eggplant in a marinade, this marinade is used in the final baking after the dish is assembled. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients this dish is an amazing splash of flavor. Ingredients: 5 or 6 Asian Eggplant […]

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Chopped Salad

About the best Chopped Salad I ever had was at Cowboy Ciao that was once a culinary hot spot in Scottsdale, AZ. They added pecans, roasted pumpkin seeds and Israeli Couscous and tossed in a creamy green goddess styled dressing at the table.  I will emphasize the ingredients are interchangable and open for substition several […]

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Fruit Salad

As we continue our feature of salads and since peaches, nectarines and apriums arrived this week just in time for Memorial Day, we take this opportunity to tell you about a fruit salad that is very special. Developed for a big crowd event, I have adapted this recipe slightly since the first time I served […]

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Innocent Cole Slaw

I almost dislike using the dietary terms vegan, paleo, or no-mayo to describe this recipe but out this is all of that and more. Substitutions are encouraged, to a degree. If you use a toasted sesame oil instead of a golden sesame oil you should only use about a tablespoon because of the stronger flavor. […]

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Strawberry Spongecake

Strawberry season is at its peak on summer solstice. Strawberries are influenced by the amount of daylight hours to fully ripen and maximize sweetness. You can wrap them up and hold them for 24 hours or more until you’re ready to serve.  Now is the prime time of the season to treat yourself and eat […]

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Haiku Contest – Winners!

Our Haiku Contest winner — Ann Ingraham! lightening bugs in jars rainstorm, cracking of thunder my mom’s hands paint thyme Ann Ingraham   Runners up: Small child’s hand in mine Lindsay saw the falling leaves “The leaves are leaving!” Kathy Tresch Delicate flower Your love was a raging sea And a summer breeze Conner Tamblin […]

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Look Mom, We Made the Local Newspaper

Thank you to Houston Porter of the Argus Courier and Victoria Webb of victoriawebbphoto.com for the wonderful coverage. Popping up recently along the alley leading from the shadow of Petaluma’s downtown clock tower to the Balshaw walking bridge, Jupiter Foods has added a small European-style grocery store to our historic downtown streets. It packs a […]

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Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Eating seasonally often dictates that old ideas of “traditional” dishes are really a product of marketing. Apple pie at Fourth of July picnic as an example, apples just are not in season in July. A better choice for summer might be peaches or cherries but somehow these do not translate into “traditional”. Take Valentine’s Day, […]

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Fried “Rice” Cauliflower

Whenever I have a big head of cauliflower hanging around, I like to “rice” it, a technique I learned by trial and error. What I found was that the shredded “riced” cauliflower can react a number of ways based on the technique. What I would like to impart in this recipe is how to prepare the cauliflower as a fried rice dish adding a lot of whatever you might have in the refrigerator or leftovers. I also like to make a little omelet and cut it into strips like in Chinese Fried Rice.

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