What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Raw sheep’s milk cheese made in the traditional Basque style is a rarity in Northern California. We took a tour of Barinaga Ranch to learn about the ancient process directly from the source.
Cowgirl Creamery, a forerunner of the artisanal foods movement in the Bay Area, has been producing organic cheese in West Marin for 15 years. Here is a recap of a tasting tour, some history of the creamery and information about many of the Cowgirl cheeses.
Moving northwards to find the best farmers’ market gifts in the North Bay, at the Sebastopol and Marin Civic Center markets.
Forget about the food trucks for a minute; let’s go hang out with some farmers! Check out this list of great farm tours, hands-on events, and more happening at farms, ranches, and orchards around the Bay Area and beyond. But what if you want to stay closer to home, enjoying the flavor of local farms without getting mud on your shoes? Then head over to Potrero Hill’s sweet, sunny Plow.
Take a video journey to Cowgirl Creamery in West Marin to learn how artisan cheese is made and how scientists are putting cheese under the microscope to gain new insights about this incredible, edible food. You can also watch another video to learn more about the role of terroir in artisan cheese.
New York Times food scribe Kim Severson talks with Bay Area artisans Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery and Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery about their award-winning bread and cheese — and their epic culinary failures too.
So if you love enchiladas, but aren’t crazy about making them; or if you simply crave an easy-to-make hearty one-dish meal that will please your entire family, here is my recipe for Cheesy Enchilada Casserole. The main recipe uses chicken but I’ve also included a vegetarian alternative that uses butternut or acorn squash at the end. Both are great choices for an easy and hearty dinner at home.