sacramento connect » Food & Wine sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:21:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Osteria Fasulo Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:02:00 +0000

Two items on the Osteria Fasulo menu were listed as specifically vegan, so I ordered both. I started with this beautiful salad, the L'Insalata d'Avocado ed Arance, consisting of avocado, oranges, and heirloom tomatoes, served on a bed of Romaine and tossed with a mustard and extra virgin olive oil dressing. It was perfect.

For my entrée, I had the Risotto Primavera, a mixture of creamy Arborio rice and seasonal vegetables, including zucchini, red bell pepper, and carrots. It was very good too, considering that the salad was a very hard act for it to follow.

Both of these items are on the menu for both lunch and dinner.

Osteria Fasulo is located at 2657 Portage Bay East, #8, adjacent to Village Homes. Their phone number is 530-758-1324, and their website address is The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.]]> 0
Strawberry Banana Bread Oatmeal Cookies Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:13:02 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Celtic music & magic: KVMR’s festival turns 20 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:51:57 +0000 0 Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:42:28 +0000 0 Foraging for flavor: Summer cooking classes in the Sierra Foothills Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:29:36 +0000 0 La Dolce Vita! Touring Italy like a local Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:19:13 +0000 0 Sunday Spotlight Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:02:53 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Summer is prime time for farmers markets Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:24:59 +0000 0 Direct-marketing farms have double the regional impact Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:22:21 +0000 0 Sierra Stages’ “Little Shop of Horrors” is a “must see” show this summer Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:13:54 +0000 0 Come See Me at Pinners Conference AZ! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:00:22 +0000 Hi everyone! I have some exciting news: I’m going to be a presenter at the Pinners Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona this October. Will you come say hello?? Have you heard of Pinners Conference & Expo? It’s not just for bloggers! Pinners is two events in one: a collection of over 90 classes taught by pros […]

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No Bake Cheesecake Truffles (3 ways) Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:00:05 +0000 That’s right, my friends. I turned one of my favorite desserts into NO BAKE Cheesecake Truffles, made three ways. You can roll them in graham cracker crumbs, dip them in chocolate, or fry them carnival style. When you can’t commit to an entire cheesecake, these truffles are exactly what you need. This weekend my husband […]

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Quinoa Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten Free) Thu, 21 Jul 2016 03:46:00 +0000 Hybrid Rasta Mama

Who doesn’t love a rich, chocolatey treat every now and then? I know I do! Long ago and far away I discovered that quinoa can be used as a replacement for flour in many cake recipes. Sure, it changes the texture a bit but not in a negative way. In fact, most people I have […]

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Former Chef at Beloved The Eatery Announces Next Project Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:12:59 +0000 0 Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:21:51 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Food Delivery Apps Bring Sac’s Best Food Right to Your Door Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:22:21 +0000 0 Warmuths named family of the year at the Nevada County Fair Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:51:20 +0000 0 Back to School Tips with Better Homes and Gardens Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:00:14 +0000 10 Back to School Tips to get your family started on the happiest and healthiest school year yet.  If you haven’t had the chance to pick up the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens yet, you should! You will see my face and my back to school tips. It’s pretty exciting seeing yourself in [...]

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Coconut Macaroons: #Recipe Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000 Perfecting these Coconut Macaroons was quite a journey. It took countless bags of coconut and egg whites, as well as the many other ingredients. Sometimes the seemingly simplest of recipes turn out to be anything but. I can say this happened to be one of them. After a week’s worth of experiments, I finally was […]

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No Bake Butterscotch Pudding Pie Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:00:19 +0000 You guys. Seriously. This No Bake Butterscotch Pudding Pie is one of the BEST PIES I’VE EVER EATEN. The other day Jordan was asking for a cookie after lunch (it’s like a default response when she stops chewing at any meal) and I told her no, because she’d already had a Frappuchino and because she […]

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Off The Grid Launches Taco Tuesday Series Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:27:00 +0000 0 Love Beer? Love Yoga? Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:56:13 +0000 0 Gold Miners Inn receives TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:48:37 +0000 0 ……hot chicks at the beach Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:17:00 +0000

It seems that our hens have gone on vacation. The decrease of eggs tells us this. While there could be many reasons for this production loss that happens's really boils down to a few reasons here at our farm.

Chickens love routine... habit and a coop that is not too hot..... and not too cold..... changes to any of these will stress out your hen and cause disruption to their laying. Change of habitat such as construction or loud nose power equipment and hammers.......will not do well with the hens as well.

Occasionally a hen will go broody. This means that she wants to try and hatch those eggs she’s just laid. When a hen “goes broody,” she stops laying eggs and starts sitting on the nest day in and day out.

Just like us humans.....the ladies need a balanced diet. Poor nutrition = poor laying = poor egg quality. It takes a lot of energy to produce those eggs and if you’re hen isn’t getting enough requirements ..........she will stop laying. To produce 1 egg your hen will use up 10% of her body's calcium. Water supply is also a source of a decline in eggs.... make sure your hens have constant access to  a clean water supply.

So if you sell eggs to a weekly clientele list should let the clients know in advance.....that there will be several interruptions of deliveries each year....due to the natural nature of chickens.

You should also make sure that the ladies pack sun block.........
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International Food Bloggers Conference — Food for Vegans Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:02:00 +0000 International Food Bloggers Conference comes to the Sacramento Convention Center July 28th through 31st, and I can’t wait! My name is Pam Giarrizzo, and I'm the author of Sacramento Vegan, a blog that provides information about vegan options available in local restaurants. I've been vegan for almost fourteen years, and blogging for about five. This will be my first IFBC event, and I’m excited about the opportunity to meet all of my fellow food bloggers, take excursions to local farms, learn from the workshop presenters, and sample products from participating vendors.

In case there are any vegan or vegan-curious IFBC attendees, there are plant-based options at a few of the restaurants you’re likely to come into contact with during the course of the conference.

Since many of you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency, that seems like a good place to start. Vines, the hotel’s café that’s open for breakfast and lunch, offers a couple of nice vegan options. For breakfast, you can order their vegan chorizo hash, a mix of chorizo spiced tofu, peppers, onions, potatoes, and black beans, served with corn tortillas. I haven’t tried this dish before, but it sounds wonderful. If you decide to order it, let me know how it is!

If you’re having lunch at Vines, turn straight to the “Healthy Balance” page of the menu, where you can create your own vegan meal. Choose tofu, either grilled, sautéed, or steamed, as your main course, then choose a sauce and two side dishes to go with it. The picture below shows grilled tofu with mushroom and EVOO sauce, accompanied by roasted potatoes and roasted vegetable hash. Yum!

A few of the restaurants sponsoring this year’s IFBC offer vegan options. Trendy Hot Italian makes a vegan pizza, the Muti, topped with tomato sauce, seasonal vegetables, and arugula. You can also add Daiya vegan cheese. One of my favorite things at Hot Italian, though, is to stop by for Bellinis and olives, with a side of their excellent pizza crust wedges.

Mother is a popular vegetarian restaurant that offers a couple of vegan options. Their delicious carrot nut burger with arugula, caramelized onions, mustard, and ketchup is a big hit with local vegans.

Thai Basil is an IFBC sponsor that serves wonderful Thai food, with vegan items clearly marked on their menu. But what I really want to tell you about is the restaurant upstairs, which was recently opened by the same owners. As the name suggests, VEG offers a vegetarian and vegan menu, and I've enjoyed some outstanding dishes there. My favorites are the ginger guacamole with sweet potato chips, roasted veggie crepe, and basmati rice pudding. Just typing this is making my mouth water!

Sacramento food blogger Catherine Enfield will be hosting an event for IFBC attendees after the day's activities on Thursday, July 28th, at Lucca, a local Italian restaurant. If you decide to stay for dinner there afterwards, be sure to ask for their vegan menu. I love their patchwork salad, consisting of Romaine, radicchio, asparagus, strawberries, currants, peppers, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette, and their sweet peppers stuffed with brown rice, beans, roasted squash, spinach, and basil marinara sauce.

If you'd like to know more about restaurants offering plant-based options in Sacramento, be sure to look for me at IFBC or check out my Sacramento Vegan Facebook page. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you on July 28th!

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Sunday Spotlight Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:53:38 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 …….being very diversified Sun, 17 Jul 2016 03:59:00 +0000 0 Broccoli Salad Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:32:00 +0000 0 Easy Churro Bites {AT&T GoPhone Giveaway} Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:04:42 +0000 It’s FAIR season! I love going to the fair for the food, like fried cookies and Churros. This year I decided to recreate one of my favorites at home: Easy Churro Bites with only 4 ingredients. And they’re baked in a waffle maker – NO frying! As we talked about last week, Jordan’s getting older and more […]

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