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How do you Independence Day? July 4th it!

How do you Independence Day? July 4th it!

One week from today is July 4th. Is it just me or does this feel like the summit of summer? After Independence Day it feels like summer is on the down slope. We are all coasting into fall. Oh the barbeques! In some places they are called cookouts. Whatever you call the gathering of...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: The science of peanut brittle

Jun 21, 2014
#100HappyDays: The science of peanut brittle

Peanut brittle, batch the second. Batch the first was more like PayDay innards. June 15, 2014I admit, crankypants Shawna showed up to our early Father's Day BBQ. I stomped in in a huff, cursing my peanut brittle. Well, what should have been peanut brit...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Visit downtown Grass Valley: A cool small town

Visit downtown Grass Valley: A cool small town

THE FOOTHILLS ARE HOME TO SOME OF THE WEST’S coolest small towns, and Grass Valley is at the forefront. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core— about 15 walkable blocks—continues to be the community’s main shopping...

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“Chef’s Table” with Chez Panisse veteran Alan Tangren at Tess’ Kitchen Store

“Chef’s Table” with Chez Panisse veteran Alan Tangren at Tess’ Kitchen Store

This weekend we joined about 10 other people in the restaurant-quality kitchen at Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley for a preview of “Chef’s Table,” a new monthly cooking series with Alan Tangren, who worked at the venerable Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley for 22 years, as a chef and forager. Tess’ “Chef’s Table”...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Unusually tasty vegetables

#100HappyDays: Unusually tasty vegetables

Vegetable Tian, May 28, 2014I love when a dish turns out WAY better than expected. Want to make this super tasty and surprisingly healthy roasted veggie thing? Here's easy recipe: Vegetable Tianxoxo,shawna#100HappyDays1. 24 Hours of Happy2. If loving a...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Unusually tasty vegetables

#100HappyDays: Unusually tasty vegetables

Vegetable Tian, May 28, 2014I love when a dish turns out WAY better than expected. Want to make this super tasty and surprisingly healthy roasted veggie thing? Here's easy recipe: Vegetable Tianxoxo,shawna#100HappyDays1. 24 Hours of Happy2. If loving a...

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The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Hearty soup for a hot "summer" day

May 18, 2014
#100HappyDays: Hearty soup for a hot "summer" day

A riff on Olive Garden's zuppa toscana... Italian sausage, potatoes and kale in a milky broth. Yum!What sounds good for dinner when it's nearly 100 degrees out? To Mr. T, hot soup apparently.Or at least that's how he answered my dinner query last week ...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
High altitude cooking with Stella restaurant’s chef Jacob Burton

High altitude cooking with Stella restaurant’s chef Jacob Burton

“Cooking at altitude can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but once you understand the basic underlying science, you’ll never need another high altitude cook book again,” Chef Jacob Burton, chef at Stella restaurant at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, writes on his blog. “As most of you are already aware, cooking at altitude...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: Caprese chicken magic

May 10, 2014
#100HappyDays: Caprese chicken magic

I don't claim to be a professional quality chef. But for an at-home cook, I'm getting pretty damn good (if I do say so myself).A marker of this "goodness"? The ability to throw together tasty meals without a recipe which is a relatively new feat for me...

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Cooking up a storm at BriarPatch and Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley

Cooking up a storm at BriarPatch and Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley

“No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.” —Julia Child BRIARPATCH EXPANDS COOKING SCHOOL BriarPatch Co-op’s Cooking Class series in Nevada City is expanding. “People love cooking classes,” says Hilary Dart, a BriarPatch manager. “They love to taste new flavors.” With classes costing $30 for BriarPatch member-owners and $35 for others, attendees have found...

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