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French toast with caramelized bananas

French toast with caramelized bananas

Turn breakfast into a special treat with this recipe for French toast with caramelized bananas. Covered with real maple syrup, this fun breakfast dish will please adults and kids alike. Seconds will definitely be requested... Read More

Old vine, old time Six Hands Chenin Blanc from Cresci Vineyard

Old vine, old time Six Hands Chenin Blanc from Cresci Vineyard

Six Hands’ desert dry Chenin Blanc with rocks from Cresci Vineyard

Six Hands Winery has just released a 2013 Six Hands Cresci Vineyard Lodi Chenin Blanc ($16) that is as dry as a desert, yet gushy in varietal perfumes of wild honey, green melon, white flowers and underlying minerality... Read More

Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

Pear Harvesting is Almost Over...Already

Bosc pearsI was a bit naive last year when I sat down to dinner with members of the California Pear Board. It was last September and we were at the Tower Bridge Dinner. The Board had been kind enough to invite me to be their guest and I had promised to write about pears. The problem? Pear season was already over... Read More

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

Summer is the perfect time for salads. The veggies and fruit are so tasty and fresh, and it is usually just too darn hot to heat up the kitchen.

One of our very own Mamas, Kim Box, has written a cook book all about the beauty of the salad. Here's a little bit about her:

Grilled chicken with corn salsa

Grilled chicken with corn salsa

Grilled chicken never needs to be boring again. Cook the chicken until it is tender and still moist, then top it with a sweet corn and tomato salsa. That is, if you're able to resist eating all of the salsa first... Read More

Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini takes center stage in this remake of pesto pasta. Topped with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, this zucchini pasta with pesto dish just might be one of our new favorite summer dinners... Read More

John Fogerty never slept here (101 grapes & other lesser known facts about Lodi)

John Fogerty never slept here (101 grapes & other lesser known facts about Lodi)

“Lodi” was also  on Creedance Clearwater Revival’s 1969 Green River album

Oh, lord…

Although it was the “B” side of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 single record, “Bad Moon Rising” (which peaked at No. 52 on the Top 100 singles charts), in many ways the song “Lodi” has endured as one of the group’s catchiest, most memorable tunes – its story line (being “stuck” in a nowheresville town), one that almost anyone can identify with.

But it was never a true story... Read More