Rosso Petaluma back on track

After a brief hiatus, Rosso is ramping up development of its Petaluma restaurant again. Owners had hoped to be in the downtown Theater District space last summer. Locally-made cheeses will feature prominently in the new shop. Opening dates are still soft but late spring looks promising.

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10 Commandments of Cookie Baking
Dec20

10 Commandments of Cookie Baking

Thou Shalt Not Suck at Baking Cookies A few tricks of the trade help cut down on the work and make every cookie recipe better. As someone who’s made hundreds and hundreds of recipes, I’ve learned over the years how to get consistently good cookies every time. Or at least most every time. 1. Use Parchment or Silpats Martha uses them and so should you. Parchment paper (or a silpat silicone sheet — though I prefer...

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Norwegian Toast
Dec20

Norwegian Toast

These reminded me so much of the old Stella Dora cookies of my childhood. Norwegian Toast By Peggy Melick My mother was from Virginia, Minnesota, a small town in the Iron Ore range of Northern Minnesota. After one of her visits to Virginia, she brought this recipe back from her childhood girlfriend, Ann Foster. Mom and I prepared them on her return, and I’ve been making them ever since. They are somewhat like biscotti but not as firm....

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Walnut Slice Cookies | Cookie Recipe
Dec20

Walnut Slice Cookies | Cookie Recipe

These use a ton of ingredients, but make a huge pan of coconutty, shortbready cookies that will feed a crowd. We all decided the recommended lemon frosting seemed like overkill on these, but you can decide for yourself. Another holiday favorite. (And yes, this one slipped by my official photo session as well. Argh!) Walnut Slice Cookies Patricia Swan “I have been making these cookies for over 40 years” 1 cup butter,...

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Baked Apple Oatmeal Cookies | Cookie Recipe
Dec20

Baked Apple Oatmeal Cookies | Cookie Recipe

This recipe is a leading contender this year, due in part to how good they taste, but also to how good they make your house smell while you bake them. It’s a multi-step recipe, but well-worth he extra effort for a memorable cookie that’s like eating a freshly baked apple. (OOPS! This picture is not really of these cookies. The batch I made got snapped up SO FAST I didn’t even get a picture. Seriously. But they looked...

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Coco-Nutty Crunchy Cookies Recipe
Dec20

Coco-Nutty Crunchy Cookies Recipe

Laurie Figone is a great local baker and cook who always impresses me with her recipes. These are no exception — and were some of the first cookies to get snapped up when I brought in cookies for the Press Democrat staff. Coco-Nutty Crunchy Cookies By Laurie Figone 1 cup butter, room temp. 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, room temp. 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup toasted...

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