sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:18:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dining News: Former Sac Bee Restaurant Critic (Briefly) Discusses Change Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:15:00 +0000 ]]> 0 Employee Appreciation Day + Hock Farm Craft & Provisions Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:35:08 +0000 0 Chocolate Pots: #Recipe Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:00:02 +0000 This chocolate pots recipe is one of my very favorites. This delight of a dessert is an extra special treat at any time. On one of our wedding anniversaries, my husband surprised me with this incredible dessert.  He is an excellent cook in his own right, and it was such a treat to have this fantastic chocolate delight […]

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No-Bake Mint Chip Lush Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:00:09 +0000 I never know what to call these kinds of desserts. Are they simply a no-bake dessert? Lush? Lasagna? I have several lush recipes and I think I call them a different name every time. Whatever they’re called, they’re one of the best desserts ever invented. And this No Bake Mint Chip Lush version? Is my favorite […]

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Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:20:02 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Dining News: Wicked ‘Wich Returns Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:21:58 +0000 0 15 Most Popular Cowtown Eats Posts of February 2015 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:00:00 +0000 0 One Fine Day wedding event at the Miners Foundry March 8, 2015 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:32:55 +0000 0 Peanut Butter Blondies Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:32 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Dining News: Introducing Cecil’s Taste Food Truck Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:15:00 +0000 0 Carrot Cake Coffee Cake Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:00:00 +0000 Hands down, this is my favorite coffee cake ever. I know it will be yours too! This is another one of those recipes that Mel ate. That means it gets 5 gold stars. Although, I’ve gotta say, there is not one carrot cake recipe on this blog that he has not tried. He’s that crazy […]

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Luck of the Irish Giveaway: Win a Keurig Elite Brewer and $100 PayPal Cash! Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:51:42 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 French Caramelized Onion Tart Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:37 +0000 0 5 Most Memorable Reviews by Former Sac Bee Restaurant Critic Blair Anthony Robertson Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:30:00 +0000 0 Lodi’s Family Dinner from around the World Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:00:39 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 3 Ways to Juice on Sunday for the Whole Week Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:22:00 +0000 I am no juicing expert, but I have gotten into juicing — in a rather convoluted way. You see, I'm a bit of a tightwad and so I see no sense in paying a juice store to do something I can do for far less money on my own.  The irony is in how much I've spent on actual juicers.

I started out with a Breville centrifugal juicer. When it busted I got a Ninja Bullet. Then when the Ninja busted (from me cramming too much into each jar) I went for the big bucks and got a Vitamix so that I could emulsify and keep the fiber.  But I got tired of so much fiber and so I went out and got an Omega cold press juicer to keep all those nutrients.  Finally, I received a free, new Ninja Auto IQ Blender, which I fell in love with.  Yes, I've spent a lot of money on juicers for being a tightwad.  

When I say that I'm not an expert, it's mostly because I don't make a variety of good tasting juices that I switch up each day. No, I keep things simple. I know that you should have mostly vegetables because fruit adds calories, so my juices are pretty green and veggie filled. My routine consists of going to the farmers market on Sunday morning, washing my purchases, then juicing or prepping for the entire week's worth of juices. 

Yes, my juices pretty much taste the same all the time, but I don't care.  I'm getting my nutrients. What do I put in?  Typically I go to the farmers market and buy the following (1 bunch each):  kale, cilantro, carrots (including the greens), celery, parsley, sometimes mint, a few cucumbers, green apples, sometimes kiwis.  At home I'm lucky enough to have a giant grapefruit and lemon tree to take care of the citrus. Citrus is important to cut that green, leafy taste. I'll also add the following at home, varying upon my mood: chia seed, tumeric and coconut oil (they need each other to work), cayenne pepper, pineapple, and ginger. As you can see, my juice is veggie heavy. 

I juice on Sundays and have juices every day for the rest of the week. And I don't lose much nutritional value because I freeze everything. 

Over the course of the last year I have developed three different methods for doing this.  Each has its own merits. Sometimes it's a matter of how lazy I am and sometimes it's a matter of if I want a lot of fiber or do I just want the juice. The common denominator is that I'm not interested in taking time every day to juice and clean juicers.  I'd rather clean up the whole mess just one time.

1. Mason Jars

Mason jars can be put in the freezer because the glass is so thick. The key things to remember is that you must use the wide mouth jars and you must leave an air gap because liquids expand. Forget the air gap and the freezing liquid could make your jar crack or explode in your freezer.

Mason jars are best used for saving pure juices versus all the fiber in emulsification.  I use 1 pint (2 cups) jars.  After I get all my juices squeezed and have diluted them with a bit of water to stretch them out and tone down the strength a bit, I pour it into the jars, leaving a gap, and quickly seal them with lids and put them in the freezer.  Done quickly enough, you won't need to worry about losing nutrients to oxidization. Each day you can take out a serving of juice and let it thaw out to drink it later. I find that if I take it with me to work, I can drink it mid morning or for lunch.  I've heard that some people do this method but use juice bags to freeze in versus jars.  I like jars. They are easy to clean and you aren't creating waste.

2. Bag it

I had been doing this method a lot recently and really like it. Cut all your vegetables and divide them among several baggies. In the morning grab a bag out of the freezer and throw it into the blender with water, citrus juice, and any extras like chia seed or protein powder.  It will be icy cold from the frozen veggies and it's easy to quickly rinse out a blender. I reuse all my baggies the next week.

3. Giant ice cubes

This is a method I started doing recently because I was getting tired of too much fiber again. I've been cold pressing all the greens and carrots.  I pour the cold press juice into giant ice cube trays. These cubes are about 2" squares. Each morning I grab a cube, half a cucumber, a stalk of celery, and then water, citrus juice, and chia seed.  I blend it all up and this way I've got a lot of greens concentrated in the ice cubes but also some fiber from the cucumber and celery. Rinse the blender and done!

Juicing doesn't have to be a big ordeal every day.  Keep things simple and do one of the above methods once a week, when the produce is the freshest, and clean up once. Then enjoy your juices for the rest of the week with little effort. ]]> 0
Luck of the Irish Giveaway: Win a Keurig Elite Brewer and $100 Paypal Cash!! Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:25 +0000 Are you feeling lucky? I hope so! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blog friends to give one lucky reader a fabulous prize! One lucky person is going to win a Keurig K45 Elite Brewer (I LOVE MINE!) and $100 in paypal cash. How awesome is that? This giveaway is hosted & sponsored by […]

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Cinnamon Apple Beer Bread Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:20:43 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Breaking News: Blair Anthony Robertson Out as Sac Bee Restaurant Critic Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:53:18 +0000 0 M. Shahrzad Serves Up Terrific Persian Cuisine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:51:00 +0000 0 Check it Out: Shine Coffee Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:39:00 +0000 0 “A Garden in Every School” Symposium Offered March 14 & 15 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:32:00 +0000 0 Top 15 Happy Hours of February 2015 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:00:00 +0000 0 How to Meal Plan When You Aren’t a Planner Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:25:25 +0000 (Pork Chops with Apples and Red Onion Sauce – Roasted Green Beans – Roasted Yukon Golds – made on the fly with no recipe) The idea of meal planning makes me want to break out in hives. It can feel so restrictive. I don’t know exactly what I am going to want to eat for dinner 5 days from now. [...]

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……welcome to our tomatoes all birdies Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:44:00 +0000 0 Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:30 +0000 Last summer, when I made these ice cream cupcakes, raise your hand if you said to yourself “bet she makes a mint version some day!” Some day is here, my friends. I made Mint Chip Ice Cream Cupcakes and that was the best decision I made all month. I hope you’re not too tired of […]

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Two Minute Mondays #4 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:46:44 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Kitchen428 in Woodland Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:02:00 +0000

I was happy to see they had clearly marked the lunch menu to identify the dishes that were vegan or could be made vegan, which made ordering very easy. I decided on the hummus and pita plate, without the feta cheese, and the beet salad without the chevre. I could have added marinated tofu to the salad for an extra charge, but decided this was going to be enough food as it was.

The tasty hummus was spicy, and it was served with lightly toasted pita triangles, carrot and celery sticks, roasted red peppers, and Kalamata olives. The serving size was generous and could easily have been shared with another person.

The salad consisted of red and gold beets, mixed greens, micro greens, Mariani walnuts, and a citrus vinaigrette. It was very fresh and the flavors blended together beautifully.

I went back the next day with my husband. The Kitchen428 dining room was closed, but lunch was being served in the adjoining Mojo's Lounge & Bar. I ordered the Portobello Grill without cheese, which consisted of portobello mushroom, grilled zucchini, spinach, and basil oil on delicious focaccia, served with a side salad.

Kitchen428 is located at 428 First Street, and their phone number is 530-661-0428. The website address is and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Dining News: OBO’ Italian by Selland Family to Replace Good Eats Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:24:14 +0000 0 FREE Gluten FREE Donuts! Today We Reveal the Winner of the Dr. Bob’s Giveaway… Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:48:51 +0000 ]]> 0 Mimosas My Way: #Wine #Cocktail Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Just recently, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We’ve never been much for big presents, but we do like to go to an extra special place to eat on our special day. We made a decision to go to Napa for a special brunch at one of our favorite haunts. As you would […]

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Easy Lemon Tarts Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:00:51 +0000 Well hello there, Easy Lemon Tarts. How you doin’? I’m really hoping you read that in your best Joey voice. Man, I miss that show. You guys, today is kind of a special day. It’s March 1…and it’s my parents 40th wedding anniversary! I can’t wrap my brain around the fact they’ve been married that […]

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2014 Annie Movie Birthday Party Ideas Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:00:30 +0000 This is a super photo-heavy post, but I wanted to share ALL my Annie Party Ideas with you. The 2014 Annie Movie was so new that I couldn’t find very many ideas, so if your little girl is as obsessed as mine, I’m hoping this will help you. And yes, I’m fully aware that other […]

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Lemon Chia Seed Protein Cookies Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:47:31 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 15 Most Popular Cowtown Eats Posts of January 2015 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:00:00 +0000 0 Top 15 Happy Hours of January 2015 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:00 +0000 0 Dining News: Sac Beer Week is Here Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:00 +0000 0 Wheyward Girl Creamery Kickstarter kickoff on March 2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:12:11 +0000 0 Wheyward Girl Creamery Kickstarter kickoff on March 2 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:12:11 +0000 0 Panna Cotta With Fresh Fruit: #Recipe Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:01 +0000 I love this recipe. This Panna Cotta recipe is super easy and one of my husband’s favorites. No baking is required and I guarantee great results. What’s there not to like about that? Panna Cotta is something that, at times, has been misclassified as a custard. It’s not that, however, it has a very similar texture. […]

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