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Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

Summer Food Events - What will you eat this summer?

The great thing about Sacramento is that we have food events all year long.  Our name of Farm-to-Fork Capitol is appropriate with everything from Baconfest to the Banana Festival. In fact, sometimes competition is fierce for your attention and your dollar.

We are also blessed to be in the middle of so many destinations. With Napa, Tahoe, Reno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel, and Yosemite so close by, there are events to select from throughout Northern California.

Below is the Foodie Calendar through September's Farm-to-Fork Festival. The ones with comments are my favorites that I return to year after year.

July 17-18 Marysville Peach Festival
July 18 Capay Organic Tomato Festival 
July 24-26 Gilroy Garlic Festival... Read More

What to Make This Week

What to Make This Week

Megan Myers

Hello, summer! This is the time to enjoy as much time as possible under the warm sun, and that means not slaving over a hot stove each night! To help you serve dinner without fuss, we’ve collected recipes for every night of the week... Read More

Craft-brewing leader gives $1 million to enhance UC Davis brewing facility

Craft-brewing leader gives $1 million to enhance UC Davis brewing facility

Carlos Alvarez, founder and owner of The Gambrinus Company of San Antonio, Texas, announced a $1 million gift to the brewing science program at UC Davis

The gift will fund new brewing and laboratory equipment at UC Davis to create the brewery of the future. The gift from Alvarez will build on previous investments and secure UC Davis’ position as a leader in brewing education.

Gambrinus is a leader in craft-brewing with three independent and distinctive breweries: the Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California; BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon; and the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, which is home of the iconic Shiner Bock beer... Read More

Vegan Recipes: Summer Vegetables Take Center Stage

Vegan Recipes: Summer Vegetables Take Center Stage

Alice K. Thompson

Grilled Summer Vegetables

It’s the time of year when irresistibly fresh, colorful vegetables naturally take up more room on the plate. I’m obsessed with summer produce, perusing recipes and thinking up new ways to serve it even when I should be doing something else. (Especially when I should be doing something else!)

With vegetables in their glory it’s particularly gratifying to turn to vegan dishes: Light, healthful and packed with summer’s best flavors and magnificent variety. Here are some of the recipes I find most appealing for both dedicated vegan eating or just for a change-up from the usual... Read More

Cooking with Apricots

Cooking with Apricots

Alana Sugar

Apricot Graham Snackers

Fresh apricots have a mild, sweet aroma and are fabulous grilled, sautéed, poached, baked, broiled or glazed. You can use them interchangeably in a variety of recipes that call for other stone fruit (fruit with flesh enclosing a stone, or pit) such as peaches, nectarines and plums. Although fresh apricots are available in late spring and early summer, canned and dried apricots are available year-round. Dried apricots are easily reconstituted, and their flavor is deeper, sweeter and more intense.

Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy apricots:... Read More

Fun Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated

Fun Ways to Keep Kids Hydrated

Elizabeth Leader Smith

Strawberry-Watermelon Water with Basil

I’ve read that children need between five and eight cups of water each day — and children who are very active may need more. So wait…how much water exactly should my kids drink? It’s a bit confusing.

Here’s what I do. I have water accessible nearly everywhere my kids go, and I offer them water a lot. However, I don’t count every ounce of water my kids drink because I make sure that they are getting hydration from plenty of other sources too.

A Toast To Drinks Other than Plain Water

You can prevent taste bud boredom by simply flavoring water with lemon, lime, mint or a little 100% fruit juice. ... Read More