sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:55:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ……creating life Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:12:00 +0000 0 Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir: #Wine Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:00:32 +0000 0 Red Velvet Blondies Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Would you call them red velvet blondies or red velvet brownies? I’m calling them blondies because (1) they’re not brownies, these are brownies and (2) I used my blondie base. It’s settled: they’re red velvet blondies. Last week Jordan was home sick for a few days. This made me appreciate several things: 1. Zicam. (Mine […]

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Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:19 +0000 When I find a recipe that I really like, I tend to make it over and over until my family asks begs me to stop. Slow Cooked Beef Ragu is one of them. So far, they haven’t asked me to stop, everyone loves when I make this, but I have made this quite a few times already this [...]

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His & Hers FitBit Giveaway Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00:45 +0000 Happy Saturday!! Today I’m joining with some of my friends and giving away TWO FitBits! One for you and one to share. I got my FitBit for Christmas and I’m still getting used to it, but I love it so far! It tracks my steps and, with the app, it’s easy to track your calories […]

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:59:54 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 SusieCakes opens at Pavilions Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:58:00 +0000 0 Event Recommendation: Kanpai Popup Izakaya by Tree House on Sat Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:00:00 +0000 0 Sacramento: A Coffee Capitol in its Own Right Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:54:40 +0000 0 Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:36:46 +0000 The flu season is definitely in full swing all over the country. It knocked me out for the past few weeks, and chicken noodle soup seemed to be mostly what I wanted to eat. When you’re not feeling so well though, and you want to make a nourishing bone broth, a rotisserie chicken comes in handy. Try to get an organic or free range one if you can. Separate out all the bones and skin to use for the broth, and save the meat for later. One benefit of using a rotisserie chicken vs. a raw chicken is that the broth will taste much better since the bones have already been seasoned a bit and roasted. In addition, you will have meat to add back into the soup after the broth is done, as well as to make easy chicken salad sandwiches or chicken dishes. The sandwiches were definitely handy to pack for school lunches. Vegetables for the broth: parsley, celery and/or fennel stalks, carrots, onion and garlic (no need to peel these), and a small jalapeno pepper. I keep a bag of fresh jalapeno peppers in the freezer, specifically to have on had for making broth. Several black peppercorns […] ]]> 0 Celebrities praise Nevada County restaurants Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:47:15 +0000 0 13 Pies for National Pie Day. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:00:54 +0000 Today, January 23rd, is National Pie Day! I couldn’t let this day pass without a celebration. Pie for everyone, the end. Now, if you know me at all, you know that, even though Pie Day is a big day, my big pie celebration is Pi Day. Pi Day, to celebrate the math symbol, is on […]

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Dining News: Concepts by Red Rabbit, Kru & Shady Lady Coming to 7th & K Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:43:55 +0000 0 Scallops with Farro and Brussels Sprouts Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:07:00 +0000 0 Win Free Tickets to Sac Bacon Fest Chefs Competition Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:45:00 +0000 0 Crispy Chocolate Bars: #Recipe Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:50 +0000 0 Single Serve Monkey Bread Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:34 +0000 Because you’re soooooo craving monkey bread but you don’t want to eat 12 servings of it. That’s why you should make this Single Serve Monkey Bread. Of course, yesterday I talk about how I’m falling off the proverbial “eating well” wagon, and today I post monkey bread. It’s a hard job, my friends, but someone […]

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Dining News: Midtown BierGarten Celebrates 1st Anniversary on Thursday Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:33:00 +0000 0 Chocolate Red Hot Cookies Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:02:29 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Wordless Wednesday: Jack’s Urban Eats Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:04:41 +0000 0 Fall 2014 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:06:19 +0000 0 I’m busy at Guest Innovations Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:50:00 +0000 My new job has changed their company name from Dinnerwire to Guest Innovations.  That's because we will be moving into bigger digs and adding new restaurant industry products starting next month.  So far we have  Dinnerwire for the consumer to search for restaurants and Rezku, a restaurant management and reservation system.

This is keeping me so busy that I haven't been writing many Munchie posts. That's because I'm busy writing blog posts over there.  But they are still great posts, so I'm going to share them here. Keep in mind that they are written for restaurants.

Claim Your Restaurant’s Dinnerwire Profile 
Calorie Counts and Your Restaurant
The Anatomy of a Good Restaurant Website
Planning for the Busiest Days of the Year
Increasing Business on the Slowest Days of the Year
There’s Money in Mocktails
Setting Restaurant Goals for the New Year
Maximizing Restaurant Email Campaigns Part 1
Maximizing Restaurant Email Campaigns Part 2
Put Your Best Dish Forward at Fundraisers
Making the Most of Food Holidays

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Five Flavor Culinary Course Inspires School Food Service Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Skinny Cheesecake Dip {low-Fat or low-Sugar options} Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:00:41 +0000 For when you want cheesecake and your skinny jeans: Skinny Cheesecake Dip. You can make it low-sugar or low-fat, but either way you’ll be happy you’re eating cheesecake with less guilt. You guys. I’m a total cliché. My “eat healthier” lasted about 10 days. Then I slipped and fell and it’s been downhill ever since. […]

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Dining News: Now Open – Track 7 Natomas Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:19:38 +0000 0 Game Day French Bread Pizzas Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:39:53 +0000 Remember being a kid and your mom making French bread pizza in the toaster oven? I thought it was the best thing ever when my mom would make these for us. I am continuing the tradition, but fancying up mine a teensy bit. I made three different kinds Nacho Pizza, Tomato Pesto, and Garlic and Herb Veggie. These are great for [...]

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Chicory Salad with Torn Croutons and Lemon Yogurt Dressing Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:50:32 +0000 0 Small Bites for the Big Game Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:23:31 +0000 0 Breads Worth Seeking Out: The Baker and the Cakemaker, Inc. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:49:00 +0000 0 Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:36:01 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Dining News: Sac Bacon Fest Kicked Off on Monday Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:54:48 +0000 0 Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:54:38 +0000 It was a big football weekend! I had a friendly wager with my son that it was going to be the Seahawks and the Colts going to the Super Bowl. We each got one right, so there wasn’t much pain for either party. I called the Ohio State game a few weeks ago and he needed to make me

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Raw Brownies & Salted Lavender Chocolate Ganache Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:46:00 +0000

Already the year has proved it will be one to remember. 
Life has been busy lately, and so much of what has occupied my time has been the celebration and enjoyment of some of the best company I could ever imagine being surrounded by. 
2015 will be a year full of inspiration, delicious food, cold drinks, good company, and many great memories.
I wish you a year full of the same.

Raw Brownies & Salted Lavender Chocolate Ganache
makes 1 loaf pan

brownies-1 cup pecan halves
-1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
-1/2 cup cocoa powder
-1 cup dates, pitted
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt

-2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
-2 Tablespoons maple syrup
-1/4 cup cocoa powder
optional  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
optional  1/4 teaspoon ground culinary lavender

1. Line 4x9 loaf pan with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Process pecan halves, flaxseed, and salt in food processor until fine (be sure not to over-process into pecan butter). Add cocoa powder and process about 10 seconds. Add dates and process until dates are broken down and thoroughly incorporated. Press into lined pan.
3. For the ganache, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and evenly spread over top of brownies. Sprinkle with additional lavender or fleur de sel. Refrigerate until set or freeze for at least 5 minutes.

store in refrigerator
adapted from this recipe by Eat Good 4 Life
-I used very moist dates, if yours are on the dry side, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes
-1 cup pecan halves or 3/4 cup pecan pieces
optional substitutions...
-pecans: walnuts
-cocoa powder: cacao powder

Mangia! Mangia!
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Try It: Capay Valley Vineyards’ Sparkling Viognier Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:12:25 +0000 0 In Need of Some Wintry Comfort Food? Head to Biba Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:10:12 +0000 0 Art award winners at 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:21:16 +0000 0 Easy Double Fudge Brownies with the most amazing frosting ever. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:53 +0000 These easy double fudge brownies were my undoing. I could not resist them at all! Want to know what else undid me last week? Having to spend $200 on new curtains for my living room. We got new neighbors in November. I don’t know where they moved from, but I’m betting it was somewhere where […]

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Liquidology Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:02:00 +0000

My first experience with Liquidology was at the annual Christian Brothers High School Wine, Beer & Food Extravaganza last September, where they were pouring samples of their delicious juices. Also on-hand at that event was Chef Brooke Preston of the Green Boheme, whose tasty raw vegan treats paired nicely with the juice. It was like a lovely little vegan oasis in the midst of all the restaurants offering meat and cheese dishes.

Chef Brooke is partnering with Liquidology in their new location as well, offering raw vegan salad, snacks, and desserts to go. Veggie burgers, pesto pizza, and brownies are just a few of the Green Boheme items you can buy to go with your juice.

The juice selection at Liquidology provides a nice variety of flavors, and you can sample them before you buy. The cold-pressed juices are made from raw, organic, and locally-grown produce. They're mostly vegan, although a couple of them contain honey. After sampling a few different juices, I bought bottles of The Alchemist (coconut water, coconut meat, turmeric, Madagascar vanilla, and nutmeg) and Main Squeeze (pomegranate, pear, and apple), one of their Seasonal Harvest juices, to take home with me. Fabulous!

Liquidology also sells kale chips and cashew cheese from The Cultured Kitchen, draft kombucha from Kombucha Kulture, and shots of blue-green algae. It's mostly a take-out restaurant, although one table is on-site for those who wish to enjoy their purchases there.

Liquidology is located at 4601 H Street, and their phone number is 916-970-5102. Their website address is and their Facebook page can be found at They are open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Ultimate Healthy Buttermilk Pancakes Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:17:38 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Look Mom…I was on the Radio! Part One Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:11:32 +0000 ]]> 0