Fine wine brand manager, and foodie

  • Location: Petaluma,CA
  • Favorite foods: Salt, carbohydrates, and Fat

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

Savory bread puddings and savory cakes! yum!

Cookbook recommendation needed!

Great recommendations all!! Thanks so much!

The Nigel Slater book was suggested by my husband who had purchased it and gifted it away to others four times before I had met him. We don't have a copy ourselves and my husband swears by it.
The Bento Box suggestion is super interesting too. I will look at all of these options. Thanks again!!

Cook the Book: 'Rustic Italian Food'

My husband made homemade buratta for the first time and he was so proud of it. It was delicious!

Cook the Book: 'Bluestem: The Cookbook'

Rosso Pizzeria

Book Giveaway: Pat the Foodie

The Tiger Who Came For Tea

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

tortilla chips tossed in Sriracha.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Cured Meat Experience

With fresh homemade burratta.

Cook the Book: Molto Batali

friends and family!

Bake the Book: 'Momofuku Milk Bar'

artisan breads and french pastries. But the bread has to rival the best in the world.

Cook the Book: 'Super Natural Every Day'

whole wheat pasta arrabiatta.

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

Kind of gross, and I probably shouldn't eat it, but can't resist

Lucky Charms. I can eat a whole box in a couple of days. It's sick and wrong.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

First time I had suckling pig in a tapas restaurant in London. It was amazing!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

Bouchon in Yountville.

Tuscon Traveller

Definitely rent a car. Public transport is non-existent and it's like 100 plus degrees.
There are a few vegetarian restaurants, but maybe stick to places like Feast, Cup Cafe, Maynard's, Bluefin, Jax Kitchen, or J Bar. They all offer delicious food and service that will accommodate a vegetarians dietary needs.

Slice Poll: How Long Have You Gone Without Eating Pizza?

2 months because I was borderline gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. Finally though I gave in and had two slices at 36 weeks. Sooooo delicious.
The baby's due in two weeks, then I will limit my pizza intake for weight loss reasons, but my motto is everything in moderation.

New Yorker going to Gramercy Tavern for the 1ST TIME. Worth it?

We ate there on a whim while visiting the area. Just walked by and decided to stop for a light meal. We really liked it. The food was really comforting, but creative. Everything was well prepared and flavorful. We thought the wine list had a lot of unique options that didn't break the bank and the service was very friendly and casual.
I'd go back if we were in NY again. I wouldn't go as a special occasion stop though, just a fun casual meal.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

Strawberries, straight from our garden. Texturally perfect and deliciously sweet!

Where to eat in Scottsdale?

Zinc Bistro is not very good. It's poorly made, wanna-be French food. Sauce is OK, but it's a chain.
Pizzeria and Pane Bianco are excellent. You will wait for Pizzeria Bianco, but if you get there early, it's not too bad.
St. Francis is new and very good.
Cowboy Ciao has a chaotic but incredible wine list and is a classic for the area.
Gallo Blanco in the Clarendon Hotel downtown is great modern Mexican. Fantastic tacos.
Matt's Big Breakfast, for breakfast obviously.

I agree with Mizzvenuz, and say head to Tucson. Much better weather, and really far more interesting and creative restaurants to choose from. Especially if you want real Mexican Food. Plus Tucson is more down to Earth, and friendly than the Phoenix area. It's only a 2 hour drive.

Cook the Book: 'The Book of Tapas'

Jamon de Serrano and Manchengo

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Tofu and brown rice. Dressed up according to my mood.

Cook the Book: 'In The Green Kitchen'

Wash your veggies. Even those where you peel or cut away the "skin".
Food poisoning is not fun.

Hosting a Wine Tasting, Need Suggestions!

How about a "Trust Your Importer" tasting?
Then you can have various styles, producers, regions etc., but all brought in from one particular Importer. There are so many reputable importers, it could be very interesting to focus on one company.
Most of your fine wine shops would be able to accommodate such a tasting. You might not be able to accomplish this if you buy wines from a big box store, or a local grocer.

Cook the Book: 'Molto Gusto'

Hey Robert Carpenter!
Great Plug for Wilco! You mean in Tucson right? A great friend of mine owns that place!

Our regular is Rosso's Pizzeria in Santa Rosa, CA. We eat ther probably once a week to every 10 days.

Cookbook recommendation needed!

Hi All!

I have recently become a stay at home mom to a twenty month old. Before I was a stay at home mom, it seemed like I had a lot more time and inclination to cook a decent meal for my husband and I at the end of the day.
The baby typically eats before us as she has a pretty early bedtime still and my husband doesn't get home from work until after six o'clock.

What I am looking for is a book that caters to someone who can cook and has a real interest in food, but not a lot of time to plan and cook an intricate meal. So many of the options I have come across are geared to people who are new to cooking or are more utilitarian in their enjoyment of food. We like to eat good food!

Any ideas? I would really appreciate it!


Baby's first birthday cake

Hi All,
Any recipes out there for a low sugar first birthday cake that tastes good too?
We haven't given any processed foods or sugar to our little one yet and it's her first birthday this weekend. We are having a few people over so it needs to live up to our standards of tasting delicious, but also be suitable for three little babies in attendance.

Any ideas?


melting macaroons

I have made coconut macaroons three times now, and each time they have melted into a big mass of messiness.
The coconut part stays together enough to still be tasty, but everything else in them seems to melt out of them.
How can I stop this from happening?
I made Ina Gartner's recipe last night. Really easy, sweetened coconut, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and two egg whites.
Bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes.

Crazy delicious, but most melted away.

Any advise?

Leftover Spareribs

Hi Everyone,
Any ideas as to what I should do with a leftover rack of Spareribs we made for the Fourth of July?
It was the first time we ever made ribs, and grilled them according to the River Cottage Meat book recipe. Now we have no clue what to do with the leftover ribs.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Castelfranco Radicchio ... Help!

I have had Castelfranco Radicchio in my CSA box now two weeks in a row. Last week, we sauteed it it butter and bacon fat and tossed it with pasta and goat cheese. That was a recipe from Babbo on-line.

Truth be told, I hate the stuff. It's bitter beyond belief, but here it is again, rearing its beautiful, but bitter head. What should I do with it. Any ideas?