sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:50:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sierra Stages presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in Grass Valley Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:20:33 +0000 0 Lighten Up is open today! Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:07 +0000 It’s September 1st. Tomorrow is the big day, and I am feeling bittersweet about the whole thing. We have had a dreamy summer. Think lazy days on the beach. Lots of s’mores around the fire pit. And restocking the sunscreen weekly. But, I can feel fall creeping in. It is starting to smell crisp in the evenings and the leaves [...]

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Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:55 +0000 You know what I love most about apple season? Caramel. Caramel goes with everything. So do apples, it turns out. They go especially well with blondes, toffee, and homemade caramel sauce. I’d say this recipe is fall baking #forthewin. So it’s September 1st. That means I can post all apple all pumpkin all caramel all […]

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Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:02:00 +0000

For starters, I ordered a plate of fabulous Yellow Curry Noodles. I'm not sure, but I don't think I've ever had curry noodles before. I always think of curry as a rice dish. These noodles were served in a mild coconut curry sauce and topped with snap peas, onion, dried papaya, and peanuts. They were so good!

I also ordered the Vegetarian Burrito, with no cheese. It was filled with black beans and rice, which were good, but what really made this burrito were the added whipped sweet potatoes and island slaw. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a burrito so much.

I don't have much occasion to go to Auburn, but I enjoyed the food at Joe Caribé so much that I'll look for opportunities to go back. Maybe next time I'll try the Veggie Curry, which is served over quinoa, or the Vegetarian Curry Burrito. Either way, I know I can't go wrong!

Joe Caribé Bistro & Cafe is located at 13470 Lincoln Way in Auburn, and their phone number is 530-823-5333. Their website address is and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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……….the buzz zone Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:18:00 +0000 0 Food & Wine Festivals this summer and fall Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:13:22 +0000 0 Check out Truckee in September! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:22:41 +0000 0 Lattice-Top Blackberry Pie {lattice top pie photo tutorial} Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:00:47 +0000 Before I made this Blackberry Pie I’d never made a lattice-top pie. I’d never even made a two crust pie. I feel ashamed. I call myself Crazy for Crust and I’ve never made a two-crust pie? #shocking Oh well, now I can check both of those off the list: two crust lattice-top blackberry pie. With […]

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Fogo de Chão in San Jose: A Meat Lover’s Paradise! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:42:49 +0000 ]]> 0 Dark Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bites Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:36:16 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 10 Ways to Use White Pumpkins at Weddings Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:10:47 +0000 0 Mountain House Books in Nevada City named a “favorite local bookstore” by Chronicle Books in S.F. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:46:37 +0000 0 Gluten-Free Mud Hen Bars Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:00:39 +0000 Hey all you Gluten-Free friends! This post is for YOU today. Yes, that’s right. I made Mud Hen Bars and they’re totally gluten-free! Sometimes I feel really sorry for people with food allergies. I mean, how hard must it be to go through life and not be able to eat something? (Especially if they were […]

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August Wasn’t Too Shabby Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:46:00 +0000 0 Free Small Chai Latte from Peet’s Coffee with Purchase Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:00 +0000 0 Acai Berry Bowl Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:02:42 +0000 0 These Waffles Are Out of the Box Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 0 Dining News: Trail’s Restaurant Sold, to Remain a Restaurant Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:40:42 +0000 0 FREE FOOD LITERACY FAIR Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:22:00 +0000
Veggie of the Year to be announced
 I received this press release for the Food Literacy Center, please support this great program.
Our goal at Food Literacy Center is to teach children from low-income families about cooking, nutrition, fruit and vegetable appreciation, financial literacy through budgeting, and more using our approachable curriculum.
SACRAMENTO – As part of Food Literacy Month in September, local residents can attend the free Food Literacy Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Southside Park across from California’s largest certified farmers market. The fair, hosted by Food Literacy Center and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson in partnership with Southside Park Neighborhood Association, will include live music from The Hoots, live cooking demonstrations featuring local kids and chefs, crafts, kids games, free food samples, veggie costumes, face painting, a photo booth, awards and the announcement of the Veggie of the Year.
Assemblymember Roger Dickinson authored ACR-161, a resolution sponsored by Food Literacy Center, to declare September Food Literacy Month in California and to raise awareness about food literacy on the state level. This year’s Food Literacy Month will include the Food Literacy Book Club kickoff, free Food Literacy Fair and Veggie of the Year voting and activities. For more information, visit
Food Literacy Center was established in July 2011 to educate and inspire low-income children to eat healthy food. Students learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how to read nutrition labels, basic cooking skills and environmental impacts of their food choices. The nonprofit also runs the Food Literacy Academy, which trains community members as food literacy advocates. To date, the nonprofit has 70 active volunteers and serves 2,400 kids annually. After just three months of food literacy education, 70 percent of students request the foods they have tasted in class, including broccoli, celery and oranges. Ninety-one percent of all students say healthy food tastes good, and 88 percent of children understand how to read a nutrition label. To make a donation:


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Dingle Gin Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:55:57 +0000 0 Hard Hat Happy Hour at Capital Dime During Construction Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 0 Trails restaurant to close, but prospective buyer on board Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:51:47 +0000 0 Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor shares Salzburg Festival experiences Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:20 +0000 0 Bourbon Vanilla Cherry Blueberry Pie & Vanilla Bean Whipped Coconut Cream Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:00 +0000

After a Saturday morning run with my sister to the farmers market, she said she needed to decide on a dessert to make for a potluck later that evening. I referred her to my recipe inspiration board on Pinterest where I go when I'm not quite sure what to make.

She very quickly decided on this bourbon and vanilla infused pie overflowing with more cherries and blueberries that could possibly fit in her pie pan.

After making it for that Saturday evening potluck, we made it into a cobbler for my brother-in-law's birthday, and again as a monstrous pie for a game night gathering [where we enjoyed the company of a hilarious bunch as well as homemade-from-scratch salsa and guacamole].

 I found it to be a brilliant filling for this flaky gluten free pie crust and a sublime candidate for this ethereal vanilla bean flecked whipped coconut cream.

Who knew bourbon complimented berries and whipped cream so exquisitely?

Bourbon Vanilla Cherry Blueberry Galette
& Vanilla Bean Flecked Whipped Coconut Cream
makes 1 galette -or- filling can be doubled to make 1 pie


-1 pound fresh cherries, pitted
-1/2 pound fresh blueberries
-1/3 cup coconut sugar
-2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
-2 Tablespoons bourbon
-1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
-zest of 1 lemon

-1/3 cup millet flour
-1/3 cup sorghum flour
-1/3 cup brown rice flour
-1/3 cup arrowroot starch
-3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
-1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
-2 Tablespoons sugar
-1/2 cup dairy free butter, chilled
-1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
-3-5 Tablespoons ice water
for brushing and sprinkling: dairy free milk or butter and turbinado sugar

whipped topping
-1 can coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
-scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod
-1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

1. Begin preparing crust by whisking together flours, xanthan, salt, and sugar. Cut in chilled butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add apple cider vinegar and ice water until mixture comes together to form a dough. Transfer to flour-sprinkled parchment paper-lined cutting board, flatten slightly, and refrigerate for 15 minutes, not too much longer.
2. Prepare the filling: In a large bowl toss together cherries, blueberries, sugar, starch, bourbon, vanilla, and zest. Toss well to coat making sure everything is well mixed. Set aside.
3. Remove crust from fridge, preheat oven to 375F, and flatten dough slightly with hands. Sprinkle flour over top of dough and place additional parchment paper over top. Roll dough out from center to edges until rolled to 11-12" circle.
4. Spoon filling onto crust dough, first placing the fruit into the center, carefully folding dough up around edges of filling. If dough breaks or tears, simply smooth over with your fingers or tear off a small piece from the top and patch, making sure there are no holes or tears for the juicy filling to escape while baking. The more rough and rustic the form, the better. Once all possible breaches are patched in the crust, spoon filling juices into center of galette. Chill pie for about 30 minutes, until crust is firm.
5. Brush crust with dairy free milk or butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, until crust is golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 4 hours before slicing.
6. To make the whipped topping: chill mixing bowl. Using a whisk attachment, beat chilled coconut cream and scraped seeds of vanilla bean at high speed until whipped and fluffy. Add maple syrup one tablespoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached, whip until thoroughly combined and fluffy. Serve immediately or store sealed in refrigerator.
Slice pie and top with whipped topping. Enjoy.

filling adapted from this recipe by Half Baked Harvest
crust adapted from  this recipe by Allergy Free Alaska
optional substitutions:
-coconut sugar: turbinado, white, or brown sugar
-arrowroot starch: corn starch

Mangia! Mangia!
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Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream {no-churn} Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:10:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Farm to Fork Legends of Wine is September 18th, 6:00-8:30pm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:08:58 +0000 ]]> 0 Marshmallow Ladybugs: #Recipe Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:58 +0000 Gee, you would think I’d get tired of making these marshmallow critters. As I had mentioned in my Marshmallow Bumblebee post, this was inspired from working in the garden. So here we go again with my Marshmallow Ladybugs. Like the other marshmallow critters, these are really easy and a blast to make...

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Soft Homemade Golden Oreos Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:08 +0000 I pink puffy heart Golden Oreos. If forced to choose one kind of Oreo, it would be Golden over regular every single day. Now I can make my Golden Oreos at home. They’re soft, they’re sweet, and they’re totally from scratch! Do you watch HGTV? We watch a lot of it. It’s kind of our […]

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Dining News: Trail’s Restaurant to Close Next Month Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:27 +0000 0 Joe Rogan Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:15:00 +0000 0 Tomato Strawberry Jam Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:32:27 +0000 0 Sampino’s Towne Foods… Now That’s Amore. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:55:39 +0000 0 mint & cumin spiced lamb chops Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:53:00 +0000 0 Place orders now for Jewish Food Faire favorites Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:39:27 +0000
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Half Off ‘Eat Drink Be Merry’ Dinner at Kupros on Thursday Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 ]]> 0 Watermelon Salad Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:12:00 +0000 0 Pairings announced for the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:55:28 +0000 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - Sixteen booths will showcase unique collaborations of flavors and styles distinct to the Sierra Nevada region at the 5th Annual Sample the Sierra, Lake Tahoe’s only farm-to-fork festival. This food and wine festival brings together local chefs and restaurants with neighboring growers and producers to create delectable samples expertly paired with wine, beer […]

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Try It: Opa Opa’s Falafel Platter Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:47:00 +0000 0 Groundbreaking ceremony for repairing Bridgeport Covered Bridge is September 2 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:21:18 +0000 0 Chow Chow Deviled Eggs Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 0