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New Calistoga Event Brings Community Together with Delectable Harvest Cuisine

New Calistoga Event Brings Community Together with Delectable Harvest Cuisine

The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first-ever Harvest Table event. Fifteen local restaurants will bring their tables together in the center of downtown Calistoga for a one-of-a-kind experience to celebrate the plentiful harvest season. Visitors and locals alike are invited to dine in the midst of the breathtaking city on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Tickets are limited and prices range between $50 and $150 per person for the best cuisine Calistoga has to offer.

Dining News: Goodbye Little Prague in Davis, Hello Old Soul

Dining News: Goodbye Little Prague in Davis, Hello Old Soul

Old Soul will be expanding to Davis, replacing Little Prague later this year, reports Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson. ... Read More

Hands-on Kitchen Botany July 16

Hands-on Kitchen Botany July 16

The Mary L Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, continues to offer exciting summer programing for adults.  On Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Ellen Dean, Curator of the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, will give a "hands-on" presentation on Kitchen Botany.

Are tomatoes a fruit, vegetable, botanical berry or a culinary vegetable?  Are avocados, bell peppers, eggplants, squash, sweet peppers, tomatillos, vanilla and zucchini fruits or vegetables?  Find out the answers to these questions while learning to identity the structure and classification of common supermarket fruits and vegetables.

“There’s a botanical world waiting to be explored,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Come to the Davis Branch Library and learn the difference between tubers, legumes, roots, grains, nuts, bulbs, stems and leafy vegetables.”

Sensational Swordfish

Sensational Swordfish

Megan Myers

Meaty and rich, swordfish is like no other fish you’ve had before. Swordfish is in its peak in summer, which means it’s a wonderful option for putting on the grill for a quick weeknight dinner or for entertaining. It only needs minimal preparation to make the flavors shine — salt, olive oil, and lemon are a great combo — but it also pairs well with summer produce like squash and tomatoes. Leave it as a whole steak for those perfect grill marks, or add to kabobs for meaty morsels... Read More

What to Make This Week

What to Make This Week

Megan Myers

Cooking a good meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when we’ve taken all the guesswork out of meal planning for you. Make these recipes for the entrée or to round out your main dishes this week!

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Spend your Fourth on the Field!

Spend your Fourth on the Field!

Still searching for something to do this July 4th? Come out and celebrate our nation’s birthday on the baseball field! Raley Field will bring the neighborhood block party feel to the River Cats' home turf this Friday night.

In the evening, kiddos can enjoy a fun-filled kids area equipped with games, coloring pages, face painters, and inflatable structures; local food trucks, beer, and live music from Nunchuck Taylor will entertain grown-ups.

To cap off the night, find a comfy spot on the field and watch the night sky above the ballpark light up with a spectacular fireworks show synced to patriotic music at 9:30pm. (Blankets are okay; no chairs are allowed on the field.)

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice

Alice K. Thompson

Back in the day, I used to look at a recipe that called for boiling something destined for the grill and think “What? Why cook it twice? Will there be any flavor left?” The answer for many foods turned out to be a resounding “Yes.” Parboiling can actually add flavor, plus speed your grilling time, reduce flare-ups and increase moisture and tenderness. Best of all, it can take a lot of guesswork out of that eternal question “Is it done yet?”... Read More