sacramento connect » Food & Wine http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:55:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 ……creating life http://j.mp/1BpY6Lh http://j.mp/1BpY6Lh#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:12:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=6b062e0716e30c0aca64014252a9de9c http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/25/creating-life/feed/ 0 Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir: #Wine http://j.mp/15AbX6o http://j.mp/15AbX6o#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:00:32 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.com/?p=28459 http://findingourwaynow.com/2015/01/acacia-vineyard-pinot-noir-wine.html/feed 0 Red Velvet Blondies http://j.mp/1tcEl9F http://j.mp/1tcEl9F#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:00:35 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=11038 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 http://j.mp/1ycTx20 http://j.mp/1ycTx20#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:19 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=16142 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 http://j.mp/15qnF3a http://j.mp/15qnF3a#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=10981 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 http://j.mp/1D1D2KW http://j.mp/1D1D2KW#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:59:54 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=12275 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/23/whole-wheat-strawberry-chocolate-chip-muffins/feed/ 0 SusieCakes opens at Pavilions http://j.mp/1GKMZlJ http://j.mp/1GKMZlJ#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:58:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=6841cd8a73e8225ff22dec025db32056 http://www.munchiemusings.net/feeds/4715034193636738650/comments/default 0 Event Recommendation: Kanpai Popup Izakaya by Tree House on Sat http://j.mp/1D0fnKI http://j.mp/1D0fnKI#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:00:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=e825b2c22f3c6cc3055308f50e8bcbef http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/23/event-recommendation-kanpai-popup-izakaya-by-tree-house-on-sat/feed/ 0 Sacramento: A Coffee Capitol in its Own Right http://j.mp/1D0biGy http://j.mp/1D0biGy#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:54:40 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18206 http://sacfoodies.com/2015/01/sacramento-a-coffee-capitol-in-its-own-right/feed/ 0 Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup http://j.mp/1CZY4cR http://j.mp/1CZY4cR#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:36:46 +0000 http://www.guavarose.com/?p=10206 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 […] ]]> http://www.guavarose.com/2015/01/rotisserie-chicken-noodle-soup/feed/ 0 Celebrities praise Nevada County restaurants http://j.mp/1Cm1g46 http://j.mp/1Cm1g46#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:47:15 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17774 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/food/celebrities-praise-nevada-county-restaurants/feed/ 0 13 Pies for National Pie Day. http://j.mp/1GGwJ5g http://j.mp/1GGwJ5g#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=11045 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 http://j.mp/1wrpgvO http://j.mp/1wrpgvO#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:43:55 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8211bcd8f9596306f2c02b99e14314fb http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/22/dining-news-concepts-by-red-rabbit-kru-shady-lady-coming-to-7th-k/feed/ 0 Scallops with Farro and Brussels Sprouts http://j.mp/1JpM7Pp http://j.mp/1JpM7Pp#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:07:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=63650e50158cf49e4af5901ab70b479f http://www.stealthcooking.com/feeds/5356482087396090884/comments/default 0 Win Free Tickets to Sac Bacon Fest Chefs Competition http://j.mp/1yNL1dI http://j.mp/1yNL1dI#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:45:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=e4f6e8196dd4f5c25f436be85fd13b80 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/22/win-free-tickets-to-sac-bacon-fest-chefs-competition/feed/ 0 Crispy Chocolate Bars: #Recipe http://j.mp/1GAMn28 http://j.mp/1GAMn28#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:00:50 +0000 http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/?p=10618 http://findingourwaynow.com/2015/01/crispy-chocolate-bars-recipe.html/feed 0 Single Serve Monkey Bread http://j.mp/1BKb5de http://j.mp/1BKb5de#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=11013 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 http://j.mp/1CSmSTY http://j.mp/1CSmSTY#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:33:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=925fe3a5d53b9b66bbff3a3000056ae0 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/21/dining-news-midtown-biergarten-celebrates-1st-anniversary-on-thursday/feed/ 0 Chocolate Red Hot Cookies http://j.mp/1E4d8d0 http://j.mp/1E4d8d0#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:02:29 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=12245 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/21/chocolate-red-hot-cookies/feed/ 0 Wordless Wednesday: Jack’s Urban Eats http://j.mp/1Jiiobj http://j.mp/1Jiiobj#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:04:41 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18197 http://sacfoodies.com/2015/01/wordless-wednesday-jacks-urban-eats/feed/ 0 Fall 2014 http://j.mp/1CR4MSm http://j.mp/1CR4MSm#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:06:19 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=16687 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/past-issues/fall-2014/feed/ 0 I’m busy at Guest Innovations http://j.mp/1BFPFhm http://j.mp/1BFPFhm#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:50:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=7faeb19b98c142c70be1c23a825d2f79 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 http://j.mp/1zwGkHT http://j.mp/1zwGkHT#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://whoscookingschoolunch.com/?p=2120 Continue reading ]]> http://whoscookingschoolunch.com/?feed=rss2&p=2120 0 Skinny Cheesecake Dip {low-Fat or low-Sugar options} http://j.mp/1E1w8sv http://j.mp/1E1w8sv#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=11033 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 http://j.mp/1uqH9Ro http://j.mp/1uqH9Ro#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:19:38 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=da0abd66a12b40eac6f01356fbdf48ee http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/20/dining-news-now-open-track-7-natomas/feed/ 0 Game Day French Bread Pizzas http://j.mp/1uqfPTk http://j.mp/1uqfPTk#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:39:53 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=16133 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 http://j.mp/1uqfIqV http://j.mp/1uqfIqV#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:50:32 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=fffa0b098fe3a80c68306e5bfdc7923a http://www.vegetarianized.com/2015/01/chicory-salad-chobani/feed/ 0 Small Bites for the Big Game http://j.mp/1BBB6eB http://j.mp/1BBB6eB#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:23:31 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18194 http://sacfoodies.com/2015/01/small-bites-for-the-big-game/feed/ 0 Breads Worth Seeking Out: The Baker and the Cakemaker, Inc. http://j.mp/1C3XNXX http://j.mp/1C3XNXX#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:49:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8d9c3d70e895ead7f4eb1429345aa14b http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/20/breads-worth-seeking-out-the-baker-and-the-cakemaker-inc/feed/ 0 Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats http://j.mp/1yE9V2i http://j.mp/1yE9V2i#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:36:01 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=12227 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/20/chocolate-protein-overnight-oats/feed/ 0 Dining News: Sac Bacon Fest Kicked Off on Monday http://j.mp/1DX6yFc http://j.mp/1DX6yFc#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:54:48 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=8a2cd9c1b65fb25fdf55a106b03ecb78 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/19/dining-news-sac-bacon-fest-kicked-off-on-monday/feed/ 0 Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites http://j.mp/1yGgsb7 http://j.mp/1yGgsb7#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:54:38 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=16125 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 http://j.mp/1GmDFEx http://j.mp/1GmDFEx#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:46:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=b9602d62e8a1ce86572a5e698bf66f64


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

ganache
-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.
Enjoy.

notes:
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 http://j.mp/1yBSDzJ http://j.mp/1yBSDzJ#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:12:25 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=e39d3d8d9afef740d76c574a75d10078 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/19/try-it-capay-valley-vineyards-sparkling-viognier/feed/ 0 In Need of Some Wintry Comfort Food? Head to Biba http://j.mp/1yBSDQc http://j.mp/1yBSDQc#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:10:12 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=d7b67eada7f7bb172324aea87348c7ed http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/19/in-need-of-some-wintry-comfort-food-head-to-biba/feed/ 0 Art award winners at 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival http://j.mp/1yAJ9Vm http://j.mp/1yAJ9Vm#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:21:16 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17739 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/fwablog/art-award-winners-at-2015-wild-scenic-film-festival/feed/ 0 Easy Double Fudge Brownies with the most amazing frosting ever. http://j.mp/1yyA8zr http://j.mp/1yyA8zr#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=11004 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 http://j.mp/1BSRYfY http://j.mp/1BSRYfY#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:02:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=a76f7b49b6dbcbc5c4d21888627e4dbb



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 http://liquidologybar.com/ and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/liquidologybar/timeline. 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 http://j.mp/1xmP1yH http://j.mp/1xmP1yH#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 06:17:38 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=12206 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/18/the-ultimate-healthy-buttermilk-pancakes/feed/ 0 Look Mom…I was on the Radio! Part One http://j.mp/1EekcAW http://j.mp/1EekcAW#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:11:32 +0000 http://cavegrrl.com/?p=5331 ]]> http://cavegrrl.com/2015/01/18/look-momi-was-on-the-radio-part-one/feed/ 0