Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

Preheat oven to 375 degrees 2 whole chickens, 3 to 4 pounds each Salt and pepper to taste 4 cloves garlic 4 sprigs thyme Season the chickens with salt and pepper. Place garlic and thyme in cavity. Roast on a sheet tray 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Thirty minutes into roasting, brush with half of […]

More Farmers Markets going year-round

ALL ACROSS AMERICA, FARMERS MARKETS are flourishing. The number of markets has grown to more than 5,300 from 1,755 since the USDA began tracking them in 1994. Total annual sales are estimated at more than $1 billion. Now there’s a weekly farmers market near the White House, with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, cut flowers and […]

Patio dining in the foothills

With our pleasant weather and surroundings, we’re an ideal region to eat outdoors most of the year, including during our Indian Summer. Here are ten of our favorite outdoor dining spots in the foothills and Sierra. Diegos, Grass Valley Diegos Chilean restaurant has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, an overhead trellis and […]

Lefty’s Grill: White tablecloth dining

TWO AWARD-WINNING CHEFS WHO ARE friends, and happen to be left handed, have teamed up to create one of the best casual dining experiences in the foothills. Lefty’s Grill, on Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, is a popular spot for “casual, white tablecloth dining.” The restaurant is regularly crowded—a testament to its stylish but […]

Cafe Zorro: A Rogue Trattoria

THOUGH PACKED WITH LOCALS, CAFÉ Zorro is also just minutes from I-80, making it an easy stop for visitors. You can enjoy fine dining and get back on your journey. Don’t let the restaurant’s tucked-away location fool you: Its menu would hold its own in any food obsessed city. “We reach across culinary boundaries to […]

Sublime Mexican desserts

MOST PEOPLE FILL UP ON TORTILLA chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants and are too full for dessert. But Mexican desserts are a treat worth waiting for, with recipes dating back to the Colonial Era. Flan is a famous Mexican dessert—cool and creamy and ideal for summer. It is a simple but rich custard, topped […]

Bent Metal Winery: “Clink!”

“CLINK!” IS MORE THAN the sound of wine glasses hitting after a formal toast. If you’ve ever visited Bent Metal Winery, it’s an expression. “Around here we say, ‘Clink!’” says Scott Brown, owner and winemaker of Nevada County’s newest wine producer. Bent Metal Winery, just four miles from historic downtown Grass Valley, features award-winning, hand-crafted […]

Montoliva Vineyard: Tuscany in the foothills

WINE SHOULD TELL A STORY. Montoliva’s started years ago, when the Earth shifted to create a mountainous region of granite and quartz. Then climate and glaciers combined to grind the rock into a coarse sand and deposit it along the Sierra foothills. At the same time, the area’s weather settled into a pattern of warm […]

Pilot Peak Winery: A destination winery in the foothills

THIS YEAR MARKS THE fifth annual release of wines at Pilot Peak Winery, one of the foothills’ premier destination wineries. To celebrate, the winery has expanded its signature, flower-filled terraces, relocated the dance floor and added colorful landscaping. The Penn Valley winery, on a hillside overlooking Pilot Peak, continues to offer varied events during the […]

Solune Winegrowers: “Distinctive wines” from the foothills

SOLUNE WINEGROWERS combines the French words for sun (soleil) and moon (lune) to convey the premium grape growing climate in the Sierra foothills. The name also reflects the roots of winemaker and co- owner Jacques Mercier, who grew up in Quebec, Canada, and now is a regular international wine tasting judge (his most recent was […]

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