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‘The Princess and the Pea,” written Hans Christian Andersen, is one of most famous references to peas. Maybe you remember Carol Burnett starring in the television musical interpretation of this children’s story? The younger among us may better recall the 1996 musical revival starring Sarah J…

Here we are in the depths of winter. Sometimes it feels like 10 p.m. but we look at the clock and it only 5:30 p.m. Let’s bring some zest and brightness into the kitchen with the plentiful tangy and colorful citrus that’s abundant this time of year. The fragrance alone of citrus fruits is li…

I have to admit that even though I am a foodie and write about foodie things regularly, it’s often long stretches of time between my visits to local restaurants. So many wonderful choices here in the valley, and just not enough time.

“Eating My Way Through Italy.” Yes, this could be me talking about my “Let’s Go Cook Italian” adventures. In this case, it’s about “Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasure of the Italian Table.” Again, sounds like what I love doing on my travels.

Living in the Napa Valley, we often hear the word “veraison” (ver-ay-zuhn), especially in July when there are breathtaking changes in the vineyards that surround us. The word veraison comes from the French, and is defined as “change of color of the grape berries”. From green to yellow, red a…

When I hit the road to Italy with my “Let’s Go Cook Italian” groups, I know the joyful moments that will greet me on the other end. The special moments and memories that come from these culinary adventures are due in no small part to our chef instructor, and my friend of many years, Chef Cri…

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