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Cook More, Talk Less

Cook More, Talk Less Sometimes it's a good idea to cook more and talk less. I find this is particularly true when I'm feeling overwhelmed, burdened, stressed or sad. I ...

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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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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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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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Picture of People Working Narrative

The Foods of Sonoma & Provence

Many factors have converged over the last two decades to create this synthesis of Provençal sensibilities and Sonoma foods, not the least of which has been the influx of ...

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Spagetti and Meatballs in Thermos Narrative

How to Eat Spaghetti

Called my friend Jerry the other evening. "What's happenin' ?" I asked as I stirred onions and garlic simmering in olive oil. The aromas were provocative and ripe with promise. "Making ...

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Bouillabaisse in Provence Narrative

The Provençal Sky

Upon my return from ten days in Provence the questions, of course, have been inevitable: Is it as much like Sonoma County as you said? (Yes.) Did you have a ...

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A Burning Lei in the Lava Flow Narrative

The Phantom Microwave

I am what you could call microwave illiterate—I don’t understand its particular language and have never felt inclined to learn its unique grammar.  As a source of heat, ...

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A Young Michele Anna Jordan in Lakeville, 1974 Narrative

Lakeville Requiem

My first years in Sonoma County were spent in a small cottage on Old Lakeville Road Three, where I raised my two girls amidst the large dairy farms, undulating hills ...

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