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Today In Sonoma


7 slow-cookers of polenta

Creamy Polenta in a Crock Pot or ...

Man pouring craft beer
Drink Pairings

Beer and Cheese: A Starter Guide

Melted Brie Cheese

Beer & Cheese: A Trigeminal Touchdown!

Ploughman's Lunch
Sandwiches & Such

Ploughman’s Lunch

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit, with Variations: A Beer Lover’...

Silversmith Cheese
Nibbles & Snacks

Formaggio All-Argentiera

Pinot Noir Lamb Dinner Pairing
Drink Pairings

Pinot Noir Pairings

Pinot Noir Being Pressed off its skins

Sex and a Single Grape


Why I Don’t Call Myself a ...

Drink Pairings

Sauvignon Blanc Pairings

Watermelon Salad
Drink Pairings

Rosé Pairings


“Michele Anna Jordan has been exploring and extolling the wonders of Wine Country (and especially Sonoma County) food and wine since long before it was recognized by the rest of the country as one of the great culinary treasure spots. Not only is she a great teacher but also has the ability to communicate recipes in a straightforward “I can do that” manner that has been an inspiration for cooks of all abilities. Her role as culinary historian for our part of the world is much appreciated and she, almost single-handedly, has made stars of our local growers, farmers, and producers. We’re so lucky she is here with us!”

– Chef John Ash, author and father of Wine Country Cuisine

Latest Posts
Articles, Narratives

Melted Brie Cheese Narrative

Beer & Cheese: A Trigeminal Touchdown!

From Maine to California, chefs and sommeliers are recognizing what certain cultures have understood for centuries, that fermented grain-based beverages flatter and are flattered by cheese, which is itself a ...

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Rhubarb Narrative

Rare Meat and Rhubarb

My sole memories of food until my fourth birthday have to do with watermelon, which was the only thing I remember wanting to eat. Then we went on a vacation, ...

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Potato Salad with Bacon and Tomatoes Opinion

Potato Salad Preferences

Potato salad is one of those incredibly personal things, like spaghetti sauce. Most of us ate it when we were kids, imprinting on our mother’s versions no matter how ...

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Glass of Wedding Cuvee at a tasting room Drink Pairings

What To Drink with Potato Salads

A lovely quaffer with potato salads of all kinds. If potato salad will be part of a barbecue or picnic, it is a good idea to offer a selection of ...

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Girl dressed up as a tomato Narrative

The World’s Biggest BLT

We made the first World’s Biggest BLT at the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in 2003. It was timed to coincide with the publication of The BLT Cookbook. At about 14,976 square ...

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Mussels freshly prepared Narrative

Sonoma: America’s Provence

Note: When I wrote this article in 1994, there was an excitement about the connection between Sonoma County and Provence that blossomed quickly. Shortly after the article appeared, it was translated ...

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Recipes, Tools & Techniques

carbonara2 Recipe

Spaghetti Carbonara

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