Waterhorse Ridge Jams
Oct11

Waterhorse Ridge Jams

  The best things in life require a bit of effort. Like spending a week tracking down an off-the-grid jam-maker. Waterhorse Ridge Jams aren’t your everyday sugary jellies and chutneys, but dreamy fusions of Thai dragon chile and peach, kumquats and cabernet grapes, or black cherries with ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Using fruits and vegetables grown on their 50-acre Cazadero ranch (or purchased from market friends) mixed...

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Sonoma Chocolate: Locals do it best
Feb04

Sonoma Chocolate: Locals do it best

Whether or not chocolate is an aphrodisiac is a matter of debate. The Aztecs were the first to suggest a link between the cocoa bean and, well, romantic feelings. Scientists say its chemical components trigger feeling similar to falling in love. The truth, perhaps, lies more in the size and contents of the bow-wrapped box you give your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. Bigger is, of course, always better. Here in Wine Country,...

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DaVero’s New Healdsburg Tasting Room

Since the demise of Plaza Farms in 2008, Sonoma County’s olive oil fans have been chomping at DaVero Olive Oil owner Ridgely Evers to open another retail outlet for his ever-growing selection of locally pressed oils, preserves and estate wines. This week Evers (who is notoriously obsessive about his small-batch products) opens his long-awaited tasting room/vineyard/biodynamic farm on Westside Road near Madrona Manor....

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Salt Side Down Chocolates

Sweet treats are nice, but any cook will tell you it’s the salt that really makes your taste buds stand up and take notice. Wrapping sweet, salty and a little bit of umami into a truffle-iciously tasty package is chocolatier Julie Herson of Salt Side Down Chocolates. Using the best stuff she can get her hands on — heirloom cacao, fresh local fruit, cream and wines and artisan sea salts — this Culinary Institute of...

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Tres Leches Cake

In a fit of mommy-guilt, I once spent twelve hours constructing an edible tableaux of the pyramids at Giza for my son’s fifth birthday–layer upon layer of homemade yellow cake and chocolate butter cream. It was a masterpiece, complete with brown sugar sand, plastic palm trees and camels. Even better, it tasted divine. He, of course, hated it. Let’s be honest, we both knew he would have been much happier digging into...

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